Wild Ridge Plants, owned and operated by Rachel Mackow and Jared Rosenbaum, has been certified as a River-Friendly Farm. Wild Ridge is located on a ridgetop, at the top of the Pohatcong watershed. Kara Hasko, Natural Resource Specialist with North Jersey RC&D, presented the River-Friendly Certified Farm sign to Rachel Mackow and Jared Rosenbaum at Wild Ridge Plants in Alpha on June 26.
“We strive to farm with nature at our nursery. We grow native plants that are acclimated to the region from locally collected seeds. We farm as naturally as possible to benefit the plants we grow, the health of the wildlife that rely on them, and to support the soil that nourishes the whole system. We feel that the River-Friendly Farm program melds extremely well with our mission and what we are already doing here on the farm. We’re really happy to be certified!”
This family-owned nursery is dedicated to the cultivation of regionally native plant species. Wild Ridge Plants also provides educational programming on native plants and consulting services for meadow and forest restoration. A significant part of their work is offering programming about the importance of native plants for wildlife and people. Jared Rosenbaum wrote and published a children’s book, “The Puddle Garden”, to introduce this topic to young children. Wild Ridge Plants’ mission brought them to seek River-Friendly Farm certification because of their deep belief in the health and well-being of the environment.