The Garlic Mustard Challenge in New England

volunteer pulling garlic mustard

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The Garlic Mustard Challenge in New England is a collaborative effort to restore and protect natural ecosystems and prevent the further spread of the invasive plant garlic mustard (Allaria petiolata). The goal is to encourage people to get out on the land and care for local natural areas in New England in a fun and engaging way.

  • When? Late April through early June, or whenever garlic mustard is in flower (but seeds are not yet set)
  • Where? Participate by pulling garlic mustard (and organizing others to pull) anywhere in New England that garlic mustard is present.
  • Who? Anyone can participate! Pull in your own backyard, in a nearby conservation area, with friends, with volunteers, or with a school group.
  • Want more? Anyone posting a garlic mustard pull on the Nature Groupie calendar can receive up to 25 "Pull It" stickers to give to volunteers at your event. Once your event is posted, we'll reach out and see if you want some stickers for your outreach (or you can email us).
  • How? Keep track of how much or how many bags of garlic mustard you've pulled and report your bags below!

Report Your Bags (New England)

Estimate how many hours of time were spent pulling garlic mustard.
Typical garden, leaf, or contractor bags
Typical kitchen garbage bags