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For anyone located near the Coastal area of Virginia...Free bare root native tree and shrub seedlings will be given away to the community. Open to residents of all localities. Free event. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a large trash bag to place your tree(s) in, as one will not be provided. These trees are provided by the Virginia Forestry Department by way of a generous donation from the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company. Event is organized by Mohamed and Cheri Elrahhal, Newport News residents. Available while supplies last and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

We do have a tentative variety availability list; however, these are seedlings that are still growing in the mountains of Virginia at the Forestry Department’s facility, and, it all depends on the success rate of the seedlings and how bad our Virginia winter will be. The tentative variety availability list is:

Apple, Common,

Pear, Common,


Dogwood - White,

Dogwood - Silky,

Dogwood - Red Osier,

Allegh. Chinquapin,


Elderberry, Amer.,

Maple, Red,

Maple, Silver,

Oak - White,

Oak - Chestnut,

Oak - Gobbler S.T.,

Oak - S. Red,

Oak - N. Red,

Oak - Pin,

Oak - Black,

Bald Cypress,

Pine, Longleaf,

Wash. Hawthorne,

River Birch,


Locust, Bristly,

Locust, Black,


Bicolor Lespedeza,

Crape Myrtle
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Free Community Native Tree and Shrub Giveaway in Newport News

March 10, 2018, 9:30am - March 10, 2018, 12:00pm

Free bare root native tree and shrub seedlings will be given away to the community. Open to residen...

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Blood circle? Yay chainsaw workshop! Also learn how to create a hugelkultur self sustaining garden bed.

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Kelly's Chainsaw and Hugelkulture SEWP

December 10, 2017, 10:00am - December 10, 2017, 2:00pm

UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE Steve Kanner, the tree guy & Grow Gainesville member - will be giving a CHA...

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Yellow/Lemon Guava, Strawberry Guava, and Pineapple Guavas planted in April? 2015. Kayla Susan Sosnow's yard. ... See MoreSee Less

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Goodies Kayla Susan Sosnow's Gainesville Garden Sweat Equity Work Parties (SEWP) have left over. Come get them dry loofahs, green loofahs, cassava sticks. See Kayla's post below for instructions on propagating cassava. ... See MoreSee Less

Here are goodies we have left over. Some dry loofahs, some fresh green loofahs, and cassava sticks f...

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Carolina Madera shared Debra Kuhn's post to the group: Edible Plant Project (.org). ... See MoreSee Less

Cranberry hibiscus from EPP is blooming! Planted at end of May 2017.

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Sochan (Rudbeckia laciniata), cut-leaf or green-headed cone flower, is native to most of the continental United States. Its native distribution dips into the Florida panhandle, so some consider it native to here. It is one of the favored greens of the Cherokee.

Soil: We expect it to appreciate a little improvement in our native poor soils.
Water: This plant appreciates wet areas, and will probably grow better if irrigated.
Sun: Part sun to shade.
Cold: Cold is no problem, though it shrinks to a small ball of leaves in the winter.
Propagation: It spreads rhizomatously and can be propagated by seed or cuttings of the rhizomes.
Pests: None known.
Other problems:Leaves are usually best in the spring. Not a heavy producer.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: In the Spring, Sochan produces a bunch of large leaves. It is these young leaves that are generally harvested. They can be stored by freezing or dehydration. Sochan is traditionally prepared by boiling and discarding the water. It is then fried in oil and spices, sometimes mixed with poke weed and/or creasy greens (winter or upland cress). Some cooks recommend adding a bit of vinegar. Teas and infusions have uses in herbal medicine, but pregnant women are recommended to avoid the tea, though they can eat the greens prepared as described.

More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Rudbeckia%20laciniata
Photo (at left): http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12146_12213-36450–,00.html


6 comments to Sochan

  • Have you guys tried eating it yet? This is quite interesting.
    You folks have the awesomest selection!

  • chad ananda

    ive been nibbling on this in the wild for years, excited to grow out some root divisions this year. it reminds me of oxyeye daisy and i think it goes great with beans or stir fried with onion

  • Tom

    I have had them and they have very good, sweet flavor. Mine have been simmered in a little water until well wilted, also drank the pot liquor. Be advised this plant resembles poison hemlock and grows in the same areas.

  • Tom, it would be hard to confuse sochan with poison hemlock. the leaves and growth patterns are quite different.

    Sochan is a tasty, nutritious green that is easy to grow and comes back year after year.

  • I tried it for first time at friends fish fry. Was excellent mixed with other greens and seasoning. Will definately include it for my wild harvesting!

  • Christine

    Eric Toensmeier, It’s delicious. Haven’t met anyone I have introduced it to, who didn’t like it.

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