WRITTEN BY MEGIN POTTER | PHOTOS (AND RECIPES!) BY DANIELLE KUEHNEL
“The connection you can have with nature is one you can have with nothing else in life,” said Eve Bucwinski.
“It’s a soulful connection that brings a sense of peace.” Eve is a florist, pro-gardener, moss wall artist, and mother of five boys.
Eve grew up at her family’s farm in Poland and came to the States in 1988. She’s always been a forager but has recently seen a surge of interest in the pastime. The tag #foragingtiktok has garnered more than 94 million views on the social media platform. To reach this growing online audience, Eve runs six Facebook gardening groups; Upstate Gardening & Outdoor Living, 518 Plant Lovers, Adirondack Butterfly Gardeners, NY Foraging and Outdoors, and Adirondack Plant & Garden Life.
Like geocaching, foraging is outdoor treasure hunting, she said.
“You get to collect treasures and use them – in art projects, to eat, or for their medicinal properties.”
In her foraging, forest bathing, and crafting workshops, Eve demonstrates how to read the forest by identifying plants and their uses, as well as deciphering clues about what animals exist in the habitat.
Eve’s moss walls are displayed at Clifton Park’s Sushi Thai restaurant, Active Ingredient Brewing in Malta, and Plug Power in Latham.
“They’re a very simple way of bringing the green of nature indoors with absolutely no maintenance. They make the space more serene and are a sound absorber.”
Through a multi-step drying process, Eve preserves and enhances the moss’ vibrant colors. To learn her technique and register for all the classes available at local Saratoga County parks and forests every Saturday morning, go to shopgardenofeve.com, find her on Facebook and Instagram.
*Please note - identification is key in foraging and using wild mushrooms. Many are toxic, poisonous, or can be dangerous lookalikes.
Wild Mushroom Risotto
With Roasted Summer Squash,
Tomato Confit, and Garlic Confit
Wild Mushroom Stock
Crispy Air Fryer Summer Squash
Garden Tomato Confit
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