Kerry Hardy, local author, naturalist and steward, will take participants on a “tour” of the edibles one might find along the beaches and coastal waterfronts, from kelp and crustaceans to mushrooms and elderberries, with photos and freshly-picked specimens.

The talk will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Camden Yacht Club.

Hardy grew up in Lincolnville, exploring human ecology and natural history and eventually writing about traditional foodways of Maine in his book Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wababanki, published in 2009. He has worked as a landscape designer and was the director at Merryspring Gardens in Camden for 10 years. Today Kerry Hardy is the steward for the Vinalhaven Land Trust.

“We only protect that which we cherish. So if you want to see change, it starts here [pointing to his head and his heart]. You have to find a way to connect yourself to these native foods," Hardy said in a news release.

The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). For more information please contact the CYC office at 236-7033 or visit

This is the final event in the series of eight 2016 Sunset Seminar talks at the Camden Yacht Club.