Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Foraging workshops with Greg Rosen

Learn the basics of foraging wild plants. There's food at your feet!

Join Greg Rosen in learning the basics of foraging for plants. We'll harvest, inspect, wash and then nibble. Foraging benefits include the joys of nature connection, free & nutritious food, new flavors, and mutually beneficial relationships with local landscapes.All ages are welcome. Children under 18 need to be accompanied by a participating adult. 

Tuesday evenings  | August 30 and September 20, 5:00 - 6:30 pm and October 18, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Saturday November 12, 1:30 - 3 pm

Sign up for any or all of the above dates. 

Suggested donation of $15 per person per class. No one is turned away for lack of funds. 

Meet at the Manse Garden – behind the stone building to the right of South Presbyterian Church when facing from Broadway  

Maximum capacity for each date is 10 participants. 

Greg is an educator at Groundwork Hudson Valley, owner of Forest Folk and member of Roots & Wings steering committee. He gained his Permaculture Design Certification at the Panya Project, a sustainable living education center in Northern Thailand, and has led foraging tours for Hastings-on-Hudson Parks & Rec, Dobbs Ferry Girl Scouts, Queens Botanical Garden, Wayfinders on the Hudson, Groundwork Hudson Valley, and Forest Folk. 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Shiitake Mushroom Growing Workshop - July 14 @5 pm

Learn to grow shiitake mushrooms in your own backyard with wild edibles expert Greg Rosen on Thursday, July 14, 5 - 7:30 pm.  

The hands-on workshop takes place in the Manse Garden, Roots & Wings new permaculture-teaching space. Participants will learn the process of cultivating shiitake mushrooms—from tree cutting and drilling logs to inserting spawn plugs, hammering, and coating. Each person will take home an inoculated log that will (hopefully) produce a small crop of organic shiitake mushrooms.


RAIN DATE Friday July 15, 5 - 7:30
Participation is donation based and limited to 12 people. Any minors must be accompanied by adults.

The process:
  1. Use a handsaw to cut down an invasive Norway Maple tree and make 4 logs, each about 3' long and 4" diameter wide.  
  2. Use an electric hand drill to drill holes 1.25" deep and 5-6" apart in a diamond pattern.
  3. Use a hammer to lightly pound in shiitake mushroom spawn plugs.
  4. Use Dave's custom-built fire pit to build a small fire.
  5. Melt soy wax in an old glass jar placed in a titanium camping pot filled halfway with water and placed in the fire. 
  6. Use an old toothbrush to coat the plugs with the melted wax.
  7. Lean the logs against a tree in the shade.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Compost Conversation on April 21

A roundtable discussion with experienced composters including Susan DeGeorge, a backyard composter, Els van den Bosch, a participant in Roots & Wings’ community composting, and Sophia Macaluso of Hudson Compost Services, a new curbside food scraps pickup biz. 

There will be plenty of time for Q&A so you leave empowered to keep your food scraps out of the landfill and return nutrients to the soil.   

Arrive at 6:45 behind South Church for a demo of Roots & Wings 3-bin system that's used by dozens of people including members of Roots & Wings CSA. Bring (a small amount of) food scraps and see what happens next!

This roundtable is sponsored by Sustainable Dobbs and Hudson Compost Services. Rumor has it that Kathy Dean is baking some yummy bread! Questions? You can reach Roots & Wings at info@RivertownsCommunityGardens.

Monday, February 1, 2021

We're celebrating 10 years!!

Roots & Wings celebrates 10 years in 2021~ ! We celebrate our Kitchen Garden - a group that gardens together each Saturday morning and donates hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry each summer, our active CSA with FABLE: From Farm to Table, and our labyrinth now reconceived as a spiral of healing herbs. 

Over the years we have hosted film series and book groups, roundtable discussions with local farmers and suburban chicken owners and bee keepers, Rivertowns Permaculture - a certification class, bread and soap and sauce making classes, gardening and composting workshops, potlucks, presentations by a Native elder, a local young woman who walks to draw attention to environmental issues, gardeners who are creating stops on the pollinator pathway and so much more. 

Our vision is to live more sustainable and full lives through connection with one another and the earth. 


  • CSA outreach
  • Social media 
  • Programming (organizing workshops, garden tours, films ... )
  • Food coop envisioning
  • Herbal gardening / creating remedies

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Thank you for your interest!

Thank you to all who tuned in to Gabriela Munoz' presentation Fire Cider, Fungi, Fruits & Ferments. We apologize for the technical difficulties ...

Below are some of the recipes and resources shared that evening. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Let's talk about ways to support our health and immune systems

Your health is in your hands! Learn simple natural approaches to support your health and immune system so you are in your best shape for the fall and winter seasons. 

Fire Cider, Fungi, Fruits & Ferments

Simple, natural approaches to support your health and immune system

  • A conversation with clinical herbalist Gabriela Munoz
  • Thursday, November 5th via Zoom, free

Gabriela Munoz, a Dobbs Ferry resident and member of Roots & Wings steering committee, is a clinical herbalist with certification from the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism. 

She is also trained as a chemist and soil scientist, with degrees from University of Buenos Aires and University of Wisconsin. This background opened her eyes to what she describes as an empowering view of health. 

"Most traditional and alternative approaches focus on life-sustaining practices that can actually improve our health and better equip us to cope with disease. When we take care of our bodies, we are less prone to getting sick, whether by germs or other causes. It's all about a harmonious relationship with the world around us.

The one-hour program offers simple steps you can take to improve your overall health and resiliency through lifestyle choices including your activities and routines, sleep patterns and emotional landscape. Gabriela will also share recipes for foods and herbal preparations we can make at home that are allies in supporting our health, such as broths, syrups, vinegars, infusions and fermented foods.

“Every day we have the opportunity to make better choices to improve our health and vitality,” said 
Gabriela. “Our bodies always strive for health and have an amazing capability to heal if we work with nature and nourish and care for ourselves.”

If you have questions, please send them to info@rivertownscommunitygardens.com