Use the form to the right to email Sarah Sorci,                                                  Sweet Flag Community Herbalist.

Or contact Sarah by phone or mail:

PO Box 261, Fredonia, NY  14063

716-997-2007


Fredonia, New York
USA

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Classes & Events

Educational workshops are the bread and butter of Sweet Flag Herbs. In western New York, as in nearly every community, there is an abundance of medicinal and edible plants growing in every lawn, sidewalk crack, and wooded area. Sarah offers workshops about identifying, sustainably harvesting, and using these plants.

Sarah has experience offering plant-based workshops for individuals of all ages and ability levels, including differently-abled individuals. If you are interested in scheduling a workshop or would like more info, visit the Contact Page to get in touch.

 

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk: Frontier Community Ed
Sep
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk: Frontier Community Ed

Cloverbank School, 2761 Cloverbank Rd, Hamburg, New York 14075

Monday, September 25 at 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs will lead this leisurely walk on the grounds of Cloverbank Elementary School. We will learn to identify a range of local plants that are safely edible and/ or medicinal. We will discuss the properties they contain and ways each plant has traditionally been used. Meet in the parking lot near the playground.

$8 for residents; $10 for non-residents.

Pre-registration required: please visit the ticketing website above.

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Cold and Flu Care with WNY Plants
Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Cold and Flu Care with WNY Plants

Cold and flu season is upon us. Luckily, western NY lawns, roadsides and gardens offer an abundance of local plants that can help. Studies have shown that herbs like elderberry, echinacea, boneset, thyme and more can help with prevention and/or reduce the severity and duration of sickness. Learn to identify and/or cultivate these plants, as well as how to safely and effectively use them for a healthy winter season. Many samples will be offered!

Cost: $12

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Backyard Remedies: free talk
Sep
28
1:00pm 1:00pm

Backyard Remedies: free talk

Schofield Care. 3333 Elmwood Ave, Kenmore  14217

Wild medicinal plants abound in western NY. In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will focus on those that are easily found in lawns and gardens. Learn about identification and unique properties of plants like self-heal, burdock, dandelion, red clover, and yarrow. We will discuss safe and sustainable harvesting, and what to do with these common "weeds."

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The Basics of Herbal Tincture Making
Sep
23
10:00am10:00am

The Basics of Herbal Tincture Making

Greystone Nature Preserve
8531 Bear Lake Rd
Fredonia, NY 14063

$10 includes herbs and handouts to take home

Alcohol-based tinctures are a convenient way to extract and preserve medicinal herbs. Using basic ratios and principles, we can easily make quality herbal remedies at home.

In this workshop, Community herbalist Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs will share several methods for tincture making. Participants will sample tinctures made with plants abundant in WNY. Each participant will select an organic dried herb to take home for crafting their own tincture. 

To sign up, contact Sarah Sorci at 716-997-2007 or Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com.   

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Lockwoods Fall Festival 2017
Sep
9
9:00am 9:00am

Lockwoods Fall Festival 2017

4484 Clark St, Hamburg
Rain or shine
Find complete details on the Lockwoods website soon.

Lockwood's Fall Festival is even better this season with the return of craft vendors (including a Sweet Flag Herbs info table!). Busted Stuff is back with fantastic music from 12-3 while you enjoy Weidner's Barbecue on the front lawn. Classes, a terrarium workshop, and plant specials will keep our festival as educational and entertaining as always!  

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Arden Farm Retreat
Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

Arden Farm Retreat

Arden Farm, 1840 Billington Rd, East Aurora. 

Led by Rishi Bruke and Sarah Sorci

Creative Wellness and Arden Farms are collaborating to offer this magical event to the community: Farm Yoga to celebrate abundance. Through a Yoga Asana practice, Herbal Medicinal Plant Walk, and a Guided Plant Meditation we will engage the flow of abundance through us. Acknowledging abundance (aparigraha), we recognize the blessings in everything and gain insight on our existence. 

Cost: $40. Registration required. Please visit www.creativewellnessgroup.com to sign up.

Richard Jason Bruke or "Rishi" is a leader, healer and seer, yoga teacher and reiki master. Grounded through his work with plants and the landscape he holds a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture. He is a 500hr registered yoga teacher and practices an integrated science of Hatha Tantra and Ayurveda. He has studied yoga at the Omega Institute, ISHTA Yoga in NYC and at Shri Kali Ashram in India. Click here to learn more about Sarah.

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Medicinal Properties of Culinary Herbs + Spices
Aug
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Medicinal Properties of Culinary Herbs + Spices

Williams Sonoma, Walden Galleria, Buffalo
Please call to register: (716) 651-0057

Even the most basic spice cabinet is a treasure trove of digestion supporters, circulation and memory boosters, cold/flu teas, congestion relief and more. Holistic Herbalist Sarah Sorci will introduce us to the unique medicinal properties of common herbs and spices, including rosemary, thyme, mustard, cinnamon, parsley, ginger and more. Sample unique herbal preparations and take home recipes.

Suggested donation: $10 - $15
All proceeds will go to Greystone Nature Preserve's Native Medicinal Plant Trail, located in Fredonia, NY. 

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Wild America Festival
Jul
29
to Jul 30

Wild America Festival

Hosted by Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Saturday, July 29th  10am - 7pm
Sunday, July 30th  10am - 5pm


Panama Rocks Scenic Park
11 Rock Hill Road, Panama NY 14767
716-782-2845

I am excited to take part in the first Wild America Nature Festival in Chautauqua County! Check out an Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk on Saturday (3pm - 5pm), or Sunday (10:30am - 12:30pm). We will discuss a range of local, native and non-native species. Learn to identify, sustainably harvest, and safely use those that grow abundantly; learn to cultivate or substitute for those that do not. All ages welcome, though info will be presented for adults.

Cost for the walk is $6/person over age 14. Children are free. Payments can made at the start of the walk.

Weekend workshops will include Native Plants with author Doug Tallamy; Biological Alchemy with Michael Phillips; Live Animals with Wild Spirit Education and much more. Click here for a complete weekend schedule. 

Online Pre-Sale Discount Weekend Pass
Discount Offered Through July 23rd
Or Until Discount Tickets Run Out!
Age 13+: $10.30
Age 6-12: $5.15
Age 5 & Under: Free

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Herbs for the Cardiovascular System & Emotional Heart
Jul
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Herbs for the Cardiovascular System & Emotional Heart

Frontier Middle School, Rm. 131.   2751 Amsdell Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075

Studies confirm the beneficial effects of local hawthorn & motherwort on the cardiovascular system. Interestingly, these plants have traditionally been used for emotional healing, and support in times of change or grief.
Using science and traditional knowledge, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will discuss how these herbs affect the body, exploring the connection between the physical and emotional “heart." 

Participants will sample herbal concoctions and take home dried herbs, with instructions for making a tincture or tea at home. Each herb discussed can easily be grown in Western N.Y. Learn how to grow them, and take home motherwort seeds to plant in a pot, garden or ditch!

Advance registration required. Click here for registration information. 

Fee: $15*   Non-resident: $20
Lab Fee: $5*

*The lab fee covers supplies, educational materials, samples and seeds.
*No Golden Pass discount given.

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Cardinal Retreat
Jul
21
to Jul 23

Cardinal Retreat

Resolve to Evolve

Arrival: Friday, July 21st between 4-6pm.
Departure: Sunday, July 23rd after 2pm.
6045 Old Lake Shore Rd, Lake View, NY 

Join Eliza Schneider of Resolve to Evolve for a weekend-long retreat by the lake. Enjoy yoga, time at the beach, guided meditation, energy healing and dance, bonfire, music and much more. On Saturday, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will lead a guided nature walk and edible/medicinal plant identification.  All meals are local, organic, and vegan/gluten-free options are available.

Click here for a complete schedule of Cardinal Retreat Weekend and registration information. $250 value includes a bed, sheet, towels, all goodies, food & drink for the weekend!

Make a deposit to hold your space (limited to 7 guests) or Pay in Full.

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Summertime Herbal Remedies
Jul
12
to Jul 19

Summertime Herbal Remedies

beHealthy Institute
40 Main St, Hamburg 14075

Wednesdays, July 12th & July 19th

6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Cost:  $35/class (samples, supplies, handouts and recipes included)

Each season offers a new array of local medicinal plants that can support wellness. In this two-part class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will introduce you to local medicinal plants that can be harvested in summertime. We will discuss identification, safe use, recipes, and sustainable harvest for each species. We will even sample an herbal cocktail!

Week 1: We will focus on wild chickweed, self-heal, red clover, plantain, St. John’s Wort and jewelweed, learning how to safely use these plants for salads, antiviral support, supporting menopause and a healthy menstrual cycle, poison ivy first aid, balanced mood, and more. Participants will sample preparations made with these herbs, and take home recipes.

Week 2: Learn to support the respiratory system and prepare for cold and flu season with local mullein, boneset, bee balm, yarrow, lemon balm, and elder. Some of these plants make safe and delicious teas and foods (or even herbal cocktails!). Others should be used short-term. Learn to incorporate these abundant plants into a healthy lifestyle. 

Participants will take home herbs, supplies and directions to prepare their own herbal tincture. All are welcome.

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Heron Day Retreat
Jul
8
9:00am 9:00am

Heron Day Retreat

Resolve to Evolve
Saturday, July 8th   9am - 9pm
6045 Old Lake Shore Rd, Lake View, NY 

Join Eliza Schneider of Resolve to Evolve for a day of retreat by the lake. All meals are local, organic, and vegan/gluten-free options are available.

9:00 Arrival/tea/breakfast snacks/settle in
9:30 Opening Circle
10:00 Yoga & Meditation
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Beach walk/swim/water movement workshop
2:00 Guided woods plant walk & talk with Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs
3:00 Siesta -- take some time to journal/rest/snack
4:00 Dancing Freedom Ceremony & Energy Healing
6:00 Grill & Enjoy Dinner
8:00 Bonfire & Music

Click here to register, and here for more information about Eliza and Resolve to Evolve. $100 value includes all meals & drinks, and gifts for you to take with you. All meals are local, organic, and vegan/gluten-free options are available.

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Jun
10
10:00am10:00am

Greystone Native Medicinal Plant Trail: talk and walk

Greystone Nature Preserve, 8531 Bear Lake Road, Fredonia NY. Join Sarah of Sweet Flag Herbs on a tour of edible and medicinal plants on Greystone's property. Our leisurely walk will pass through a sunny field and onto a shady trail, covering both native and non-native plants. Sarah will incorporate basic concepts of plant medicine and sustainable harvest.  If you would like to harvest plant material to take home, feel free to bring a shopping bag with you (preferably paper or cloth).  

If you attended this event last year, some of the plants will be new, and some will be a review. Be sure to dress for the weather, and bring notepad and writing utensil if you wish.

Cost: $5.

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Wild Wellness (JCC North)
May
31
to Jun 21

Wild Wellness (JCC North)

Jamestown Community College, North Campus (Dunkirk).   4 Wednesdays.

For as long as humans have existed, we have relied on plants for remedies and food. Sarah will introduce you to a range of common local plants and how they can be used medicinally. This class will cover the basics of herbal medicine and medicine making; explore the science behind the effects of various herbs; and introduce the plants “in person” as participants learn to identify them. Participants will prepare and take home an herb-infused vinegar and oil, as well as the supplies to prepare their own herbal tincture. Many samples and handouts are included. No experience necessary.

Cost is $69, which includes all supplies, handouts and samples.
Visit https://www.sunyjcc.edu/ceto reserve your spot.

Week 1: Wild edible and medicinal greens (nettles, chickweed, dandelion, clover). Prepare a mineral-rich, herb infused vinegar using local/seasonal greens.

Week 2: Immune system/cold and flu supportive herbs (lemon balm, elderberry, boneset, mullein). Discuss tincture-making, and take home supplies to make your own herbal tincture.

Week 3: Liver and digestive support (burdock, yellow dock, dandelion root, chicory). Discuss appropriate tea preparations for roots and barks vs. leaves and flowers. Sample several herbal teas.

Week 4: Herbs for the skin (plantain, violet, yarrow, witch hazel). Prepare an herb-infused oil for topical use.

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Backyard Remedies (two part class)
May
23
to May 30

Backyard Remedies (two part class)

Creative Wellness, 726 Main St, East Aurora.      Tuesdays, 5/23 and 5/30, 7-8:30pm.


In these hands-on workshops, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will introduce you to twelve locally-abundant plants we can use for food and medicine. Many of these herbs may already live in your backyard. Sarah will share detailed information about their properties, identification, and safe, easy ways to use these herbs this spring.

Wonderful Wild Greens (5/23): Learn to identify and harvest cleavers, chickweed, self-heal, violet and more. Learn about the support these plants offer our digestion, skin, lymphatic and immune systems, in addition to their tasty contribution to meals. Each participant will craft an herb-infused oil for topical use.

Rich Roots (5/30): A number of weedy roots offer unique support to our liver, digestion and skin. Learn the special properties of plants like burdock, chicory, dandelion root and yellow dock. Each participant will craft an herb-infused vinegar to take home. 
 

Cost: $30 for one class / $50 for both classes. Click here to register. 

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Herbs for the Cardiovascular System & Emotional Heart
May
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Herbs for the Cardiovascular System & Emotional Heart

Dawnfire Sanctuary. 5655 Main St, Williamsville.

Studies confirm that local hawthorne & motherwort herbs have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. Interestingly, these plants have traditionally been used for emotional healing, and support in times of change or grief. 

Using science and traditional knowledge, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will discuss this connection between the physical and emotional "heart." Participants will sample herbal concoctions and take home dried herbs, with instructions for making a tincture or tea at home.

Each herb discussed can easily be grown in western NY. Learn how to grow them, and take home motherwort seeds to plant in a pot, garden, or ditch! 

$25 per person
Includes supplies, educational materials, samples + seeds

*Please register by May 17th:
716-997-2007 or sarah@sweetflagherbs.com

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Springtime Herbal Remedies
May
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

Springtime Herbal Remedies

 

beHealthy Institute (40 Main St, Village of Hamburg)

Two Mondays, May 15th &  22nd

 Spring offers an abundance of local medicinal plants in western NY. In this two-part class, Sarah will introduce a variety of wild species that can support wellness– many of which may be in your backyard. Learn identification, sustainable harvesting techniques, and how to safely utilize each plant. Each participant will prepare an herb-infused oil and vinegar to take home.
Cost:  $64 for two classes (samples, supplies, handouts and recipes included).
Click here to register.

Wonderful Wild Greens (5/23): Learn to identify and harvest cleavers, chickweed, self-heal, violet and more. Learn about the support these plants offer our digestion, skin, lymphatic and immune systems, in addition to their tasty contribution to meals. Each participant will craft an herb-infused oil for topical use.

Rich Roots (5/30): A number of weedy roots offer unique support to our liver, digestion and skin. Learn the special properties of plants like burdock, chicory, dandelion root and yellow dock. Each participant will craft an herb-infused vinegar to take home. 

 

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Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk
May
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Herman Park, 72 Mill St. Angola

Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will lead a leisurely walk at Herman Park in Angola. We will learn to identify a range of local plants that are safely edible and/or medicinal. We will discuss the properties they contain and ways each plant has traditionally been used. All ages. Cost is $7/person. Contact Lake Shore Community Education to register.

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Herbal Teas
May
7
11:00am11:00am

Herbal Teas

Lockwoods Garden Center
4484 Clark St, Hamburg 

Herbal Teas
 are a delicious and fun way to support wellness. In this workshop, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs (and Lockwoods) will explore the unique properties and growing requirements of holy basil, lemon balm, peppermint, ginger and more. Participants will prepare their own tea blend, sample herbal concoctions, and take home recipes. Mary Trifunovic will complement the teas with herb flavored scones.

Class is $20. Click here to register.

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Free! Living Local: Intro to Herbal Medicine
Apr
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Free! Living Local: Intro to Herbal Medicine

Creative Wellness Group, 726 Main St, East Aurora.

Both science and tradition confirm the medicinal value of plants growing abundantly outside our back doors. In this talk, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will explain the Local Medicine philosophy behind her herbal medicine practice. In addition to connecting herbal medicine to the local food movement, Sarah will discuss the benefits of crafting our own remedies, getting to know our local ecosystem in the process. Enjoy sampling herbal concoctions, and receive recipes to try at home. Click here to register. 

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Opening Celebration: Creative Wellness
Apr
22
11:00am11:00am

Opening Celebration: Creative Wellness

East Aurora's Creative Wellness Group is Now Open!

I am thrilled to partner with this outstanding collection of practitioners and educators, offering workshops and consultations at Creative Wellness (726 Main St, East Aurora). 

Join us for the Opening Celebration on Earth Day. Meet instructors & therapists, tour the space, enjoy special discounts, sign up for workshops or classes, view or participate in special demonstrations, food, music and much more.

RSVP requested:  creativewellnessgroup@hotmail.com or 716.714.9347.

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Wild Herbal Teas
Apr
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Wild Herbal Teas


Dawnfire Sanctuary, 5655 Main St, Williamsville, 14221

There is a world of edible and medicinal plants growing right outside our doors. Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will introduce us to several wild, weedy species that make delicious teas. Learn to identify, sustainably harvest, and properly prepare stinging nettles, self-heal, raspberry leaf, and more. After sampling each tea, participants will design and take home their own nutritious tea blend. 

$25/person. Cost includes samples, supplies, and handouts. 
Reserve your spot: Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com, or 716-997-2007.

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Buffalo's Backyard Remedies
Apr
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Buffalo's Backyard Remedies

Inspiration Point, 483 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo

Wild medicinal plants abound in western NY, and spring is an excellent time to encounter many. In this hands-on workshop, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will focus on self-heal, chickweed, violet, galinsoga, red clover and mullein. Learn detailed information about their properties, identification, and how to harvest sustainably and respectfully in urban areas.

Each participant will craft an herb-infused oil for topical use.No experience necessary.

Cost is $30, which includes all supplies, samples and handouts.

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Making Elderberry Rosehips Syrup
Apr
2
2:00pm 2:00pm

Making Elderberry Rosehips Syrup

Sunday April 2nd    1:00 – 2:30 pm
Be Healthy Institute, 40 Main St, Hamburg 

Elderberry is a locally abundant herb, traditionally used for its immune boosting properties. Research has confirmed its antiviral nature and effectiveness in preventing and treating cold and flu. In this workshop, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will discuss identification, harvest, properties, and use of elderberries for syrup. Prepare and take home your own bottle, made with local raw honey and rosehips. Elderberry is safe for both children and adults. 
To register and for more info, visit the Be Healthy Institute website.   
Cost is $39 per person, including supplies, samples and educational handouts. 
 

photo credit: Elder (Sambucus nigra).

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Edibles and Medicinals in the Home Garden
Mar
29
to Apr 26

Edibles and Medicinals in the Home Garden

Orchard Park Community Education. Four Wednesdays, 3/29 - 4/26. (No class 4/12).       Click here to register.

Whether you have a spacious backyard or a stoop for a few containers, you can enjoy beautiful, easy-to-grow plants at home that are edible or medicinal. Sarah will introduce you to a range of common edible and medicinal plants, including tips for cultivation and use after harvest. You may be surprised by which garden plants you can cook up for dinner or make into tea! 

Each class includes recipes and instructions for harvesting and using these plants. Participants will prepare and take home an herb-infused vinegar, oil, and supplies to prepare your own tincture. No experience necessary.

Week 1: Houseplants and Garlic.  Aloe, rosemary, catnip, thyme. Honorable mentions. Intro to plant-based medicine. Activity: Making Infused Vinegar/Honey.

Week 2: Full/Part Sun Outdoors. Discuss edibles (Daylilies, Jerusalem artichoke, groundnut, rose, nasturtium) and medicinals (Calendula, Cayenne, St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, and rose). Activity: Making Infused Oil.

Week 3: Full/Part Sun Outdoors Part 2. Discuss medicinals (Bee Balm, Echinacea, Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Marshmallow root, Motherwort, Feverfew) plus honorable mentions. Tea Activity: Infusion vs. Decoction.

Week 4: Shade Outdoors. Discuss edibles (Ramps, Hostas) and native woodland medicinals (Bloodroot, Goldenseal, Black Cohosh, Solomon’s Seal, Wild Geranium.) Activity: Making Herbal Tinctures.

Cost is $68. Fee includes all supplies, samples, garden seeds and handouts.

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Making Herbal Tinctures 101
Mar
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Making Herbal Tinctures 101

Dawnfire Sanctuary, 5655 Main St, Williamsville, NY.

Tinctures are a convenient way to extract and preserve medicinal herbs. Using basic ratios and principles, we can easily make quality herbal remedies at home.

In this workshop, Community herbalist Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs will share standard rules for tincture making, and give a brief history of the process. Samples will illustrate the differences between using fresh and dried plant material and other variations.

Each participant will select from several organic dried herbs to craft their own tincture. You will take home the supplies needed to prepare, store, and properly dose your tincture (mason jar, dried herbs, cheese cloth, dropper bottle, labels). Just add vodka when you get home.

To sign up, contact Sarah Sorci, Community Herbalist.

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Hamburg Sliding Scale Consults (monthly)
Mar
10
10:00am10:00am

Hamburg Sliding Scale Consults (monthly)

Sarah's home office, village of Hamburg.

Initial consultations typically last an hour and a half, giving Sarah a more in-depth picture of immediate health concerns, body type, diet, lifestyle, health history, medications and supplements taken, and one's experience with different body systems. 
Sliding scale: $35-$65. 
A personalized herbal formulation is often recommended and prepared, and is offered at wholesale price for all clients ($6/oz for a tincture). 

Followup sessions are often shorter than the initial consult. This is a time for you to report any noticed changes since implementing the protocol discussed, allowing further problem-solving if needed. Sarah will tweak the herbal formula or dosage as needed. A followup is not needed to obtain a formula refill. 
Sliding scale: $25-$45.

Wellness involves every part of one's lifestyle, including diet, exercise, stress, quality relationships, etc. Wellness solutions are sought in these areas before looking to herbs for additional support. 

Herbal medicine is people's medicine, and should be accessible to all. Focus is on education and empowerment, rather than dependence on practitioner.

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Dunkirk Sliding Scale Consults (monthly)
Mar
9
10:00am10:00am

Dunkirk Sliding Scale Consults (monthly)

SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, 2014 Main St, Dunkirk. 

Initial consultations typically last an hour and a half, giving Sarah a more in-depth picture of immediate health concerns, body type, diet, lifestyle, health history, medications and supplements taken, and one's experience with different body systems. 
Sliding scale: $35-$65. 
A personalized herbal formulation is often recommended and prepared, and is offered at wholesale price for all clients ($6/oz for a tincture). 

Followup sessions are often shorter than the initial consult. This is a time for you to report any noticed changes since implementing the protocol discussed, allowing further problem-solving if needed. Sarah will tweak the herbal formula or dosage as needed. A followup is not needed to obtain a formula refill. 
Sliding scale: $25-$45.

Wellness involves every part of one's lifestyle, including diet, exercise, stress, quality relationships, etc. Wellness solutions are sought in these areas before looking to herbs for additional support. 

Herbal medicine is people's medicine, and should be accessible to all. Focus is on education and empowerment, rather than dependence on practitioner. I choose locally abundant or Sarah-grown herbs whenever possible. 

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Wild Wellness: 4 Week Class
Mar
6
to Mar 27

Wild Wellness: 4 Week Class

Orchard Park Community Education. 4 Mondays, 3/6 - 3/27. 7pm-8:45pm. Click for info about signing up.

For as long as humans have existed, we have relied on plants for remedies and food. Sarah will introduce you to a range of common local plants and how they can be used medicinally. This class will cover the basics of herbal medicine and medicine making; explore the science behind the effects of various herbs; and introduce the plants “in person” as participants learn to identify them.  Participants will prepare and take home an herb-infused vinegar and oil, as well as the supplies to prepare their own herbal tincture. Many samples and handouts are included. No experience necessary.

Cost is $68, which includes supplies and samples.

Week 1: Wild edible and medicinal greens (nettles, chickweed, dandelion, clover). Prepare a mineral-rich, herb infused vinegar using local/seasonal greens.

Week 2: Immune system/cold and flu supportive herbs (lemon balm, elderberry, boneset, mullein). Discuss tincture-making, and take home supplies to make your own herbal tincture.

Week 3: Liver and digestive support (burdock, yellow dock, dandelion root, chicory). Discuss appropriate tea preparations for roots and barks vs. leaves and flowers. Sample several herbal teas.

Week 4: Herbs for the skin (plantain, violet, yarrow, witch hazel). Prepare an herb-infused oil for topical use. 

 

 

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Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs
Mar
4
10:00am10:00am

Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. The workshop will cover the basics of growing, processing, and marketing a range of herbs. We will touch on both sun and woodland species, the latter offering ways to utilize forested spaces on one's property. The instructor, herbalist and grower Sarah Sorci, will borrow from trainings on Good Agricultural Practices for Medicinal Plants through the NC Extension, and woodland medicinal agriculture training the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition. 

Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Road. Jamestown, NY 14701.

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