Sat, Feb 17|
East End Beach
Bittersweet Harvest/Removal (Free!)
Remove invasive bittersweet from the landscape; receive basket material.
Time & Location
Feb 17, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
East End Beach, Eastern Promenade Trail, Portland, ME 04101, USA
About the event
Oriental, Asian, or round-leaved bittersweet is a creeping vine with inedible berries that is invasive in North America. Frustrating to gardeners and arborists, bittersweet is considered a largely useless bane on wild land.
We are passionate about finding holistic solutions to problems that involve as few chemicals as possible; imagine if everyone loved making baskets from bittersweet, and cut all the way to the roots when they harvested, and dug 'em all up, and came back the next year to clip all the new shoots for new baskets - that'd help to fight the war on invasive species, wouldn't it?
We can use ancient harvesting techniques to tend Asian bittersweet in the wild, simultaneously harvesting material for baskets while managing future growth. Come and gather the bittersweet for basketry; we'll also concentrate on removing it completely from the landscape.
If you've got time, and aren't too cold, stay to learn the basics of twined basketry.
This is a free event! Rewild Maine is a registered non-profit organization. We depend on [tax-deductible!] donations from the community to exist and are grateful for your support.