Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Fun Fact

Invasive plants are extremely detrimental to our natural ecosystems (and pocketbooks), with an estimated $2.1 billion price tag on impacts to US forests. However, some of the rogue plants are quite tasty. Two such locally found invasive species are garlic mustard, which tastes (surprise) like garlic, and Japanese knotweed, which has shoots that taste like rhubarb (in the early spring).

Check out this
website for links to various recipes that incorporate invasive plants.

The last edition of the Rural Rambler asked readers to guess how many VISTA volunteers Rural Action has hosted over the past ten years. And the answer is… Rural Action has seen 251 AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers performing 581,184 hours of service over ten years!

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