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, 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/cultivating, and making concoctions with these plants.

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

photo credit: Jessica Cunningham Photography 

Beautiful Bitters: Reconnecting with a Lost Flavor
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Beautiful Bitters: Reconnecting with a Lost Flavor

Once upon a time, humans ate a diverse array of the plants surrounding us-- many of which tasted mildly (or seriously) bitter. The human gastrointestinal tract and liver developed a complex relationship with bitterness, and our bodies greatly benefit from this flavor for healthy function.

In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will briefly discuss the disappearance of bitterness from American agriculture and diet. We will explore the range of effects that bitterness has on the body, including stimulation of digestive secretions, improved absorption of nutrients and fats, support of healthy blood glucose levels and weight, and more. Sarah will describe the specific properties of some of her favorite bitter herbs, focusing on those that can be cultivated or sustainably wild-harvested in New York State. Numerous samples will be offered.

Cost: $20

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Matching Herbs to Body Type: 5 part series
Feb
6
to Mar 6

Matching Herbs to Body Type: 5 part series

In this five week class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will borrow from traditional western herbalism, Indian Ayurvedic medicine, and Chinese Medicine to teach how to match herbs to body type.

It is easy to fall into matching herbs to diseases: “Ginkgo for memory,” or “St. John’s Wort for depression.” However, holistic herbalism acknowledges that herbs successfully support health when we match their properties to one’s body constitution—not just a symptom.


Week 1: Use traditional constitutional medicine to discern our bodies' tendencies and “type.” 
Week 2: Learn to use your senses to determine an herb's likely effects. Is it bitter? Aromatic? Mucilaginous? Astringent? Sweet? What effects do these constituents tend to have on the body?
Weeks 3-5: Discuss 4-6 specific herbs in detail each week, learning which body types/states they are most appropriate for. Sarah will focus on herbs that can be easily grown or sustainably wild-harvested in western NY.

Cost: $72 for 5 weeks.

Each participant will sample herbal preparations, and take home herbs to make your own tincture or teas at home.

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Making Elderberry Syrup
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Making Elderberry Syrup

Thu, Feb 7th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Cost: $24 includes 4 oz bottle of elderberry syrup, recipe, samples and emailed powerpoint presentation. Optional Lab fee: $8.50 elderberry syrup kit (makes approximately 2.5 cups syrup)

Elderberry is a locally abundant herb that has traditionally been used for its immune boosting properties. Research has confirmed its antiviral nature, and its potential support in avoiding cold and flu. In this workshop, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs will discuss identification and harvest, properties, and uses of elderberry syrup. Participants will learn about a few of Sarah's favorite ingredient additions, like rosehips and astragalus root. Sarah will demonstrate the preparation of elderberry syrup, and each participant will take home a 4 oz bottle made with local raw honey. Elderberry syrup is safe for adults and children over the age of 1 year.

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Harvesting a Home Apothecary: 6 Month Intensive
Apr
13
to Nov 9

Harvesting a Home Apothecary: 6 Month Intensive

A Full-Day Intensive Series for the Beginner & Intermediate Herb Lover

2nd Saturday of the month for 6 months (April - Nov)

9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Based in Hamburg. Class sites will vary.


I am excited to offer a program that walks participants through the entire process of thoughtful cultivation or wild-harvest, preparation, and safe & smart use of herbal remedies to complement healthy lifestyle choices.

In Harvesting a Home Apothecary, morning sessions will focus on getting to know plants in person, whether on a plant walk, in an herb garden, or at a garden center. In the afternoon, we will shift our focus to safe and effective remedy preparation.

Each month will focus on a different body system: the digestive system, nervous system + stress, immune + endocrine systems, cardiovascular system, hormones & the endocrine system, and the musculoskeletal system. 

I believe it is vital to start with nutritional requirements and lifestyle factors before turning to herbs for support. Participants will receive detailed information about common nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle choices that may cause issues for each body system.

Each month features a different herbal preparation: herbal tinctures, vinegars, teas (infusions and decoctions), oils and salves, syrups and honey, and glycerites. Participants will prepare a different concoction each month using plants we harvest together and/or herbs I provide. By the end of six months, participants will have the knowledge to prepare a range of herbal remedies, and a budding home apothecary.

Stay tuned as details are finalized! 

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Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

In western NY, our backyards are teeming with wild plants that are nutritious, safe, and even medicinal. Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will lead this leisurely plant walk starting at Russell Joy Park’s Howard Street parking lot, Fredonia. We will learn to identify a range of local plants that are edible and/or medicinal. We will discuss the properties they contain, and ways each plant has traditionally been used. We will also discuss safety and sustainability considerations when harvesting wild plants. Bring a notebook if desired.

Exchange: $12. Payment may be made at the event (check/cash), or through paypal (Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com).

Preregistration is appreciated (contact Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com or 716.997.2007)
Rain date: Wednesday, July 10th, 6pm - 7:30pm. Registrants will be notified by phone or text.

photo credit: Jessica Cunningham photography

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Cold and Flu Care with WNY Plants
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Cold and Flu Care with WNY Plants

Cold and flu season is upon us. Luckily, Western NY lawns, creeks and gardens offer an abundance of local plants that can help. Studies and tradition have shown that herbs like elderberry, echinacea, boneset, thyme and more can help with cold and flu prevention, and/or reduce the severity and duration of sickness. Learn to identify or cultivate these plants, and how to safely and effectively use them for a healthy winter season. Samples will be offered, and each participant will take home 2 oz of dried elderberries for preparing their own tea or elderberry syrup at home.

Cost: $10 includes samples and dried elderberry packet.

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Herbalists Without Borders WNY Meeting
Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

Herbalists Without Borders WNY Meeting

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Rochester! We hear you!
Herbalists Without Borders WNY is committed to connecting Buffalo, Niagara and Rochester through herbal community. At meetings we present ideas for building, connecting, and strengthening community through herbalism. Then we decide on a course of action and make it happen. Rochester herbalists, your presence is valued and so needed at this meeting. Hope to see you!

Carpooling: Buffalo area folks & south towns can talk to Sarah (Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com). Niagara County folks can check in with Kristin (reciprocalroots@gmail.com). 

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Beautiful Bitters: Reconnecting With a Lost Flavor
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Beautiful Bitters: Reconnecting With a Lost Flavor

beHealthy Institute, Main St, Hamburg

$24. Fee includes samples and handout. Click here for registration info.

Once upon a time, humans ate a diverse array of the plants surrounding us-- many of which tasted mildly (or seriously) bitter. The human gastrointestinal tract developed a complex relationship with bitterness, and our bodies greatly benefit from this flavor for healthy functioning.

In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will briefly discuss the disappearance of bitterness from American agriculture and diet. We will explore the range of effects that bitterness has on the body, including stimulation of digestive secretions, improved absorption of nutrients and fats, support of healthy blood glucose levels and weight, and more. Sarah will describe the specific properties of some of her favorite bitter herbs, focusing on those that can be cultivated or sustainably wild-harvested in New York State.

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Free! Intro to Holistic Herbalism
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Free! Intro to Holistic Herbalism

Anderson Lee Library, Silver Creek

Both science and tradition confirm the medicinal value of plants growing abundantly outside our back doors. In this talk, Holistic Herbalist Sarah Sorci will explore the importance of holistic and local herbal medicine. Sarah will draw connections to the local food movement, and explore what a "holistic" approach involves. She will also introduce medicinal uses of herbs and spices you may already have in your pantry or backyard. Sample herbal concoctions, and receive recipes to try at home.  

optional: $4 bags of dried herbs available.

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Herb Infused Gifts for the Holidays
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Herb Infused Gifts for the Holidays

EMPact America, East Aurora (7615 Seneca Street, East Aurora)

Cost: $10   

Healing herbs make outstanding and easy holiday gifts! In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will guide you through the preparation of basic herb-infused vinegars, herbal finishing salts, and herb-infused honey and maple syrup. Learn which tasty herbs to choose for your intended purpose (digestion support, mood-lifting, memory boosting, etc.).


Each participant will select a baggie of herbs for preparing herb-infused gifts at home, plus a handout of recipes.

Pre-registration required. Contact http://empactnewyork.org/

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Herbal Tea Blends for Health
Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

Herbal Tea Blends for Health

Teas are a comforting and grounding way to enjoy the benefits of medicinal plants. In this workshop, Holistic Herbalist Sarah Sorci will share some of her favorite tea blend recipes for support of healthy digestion, relaxation and sleep, and gentle cardiovascular support. Sarah will offer suggestions for steep times based on the herbs’ constituents, and go in-depth on the properties of several tasty tea herbs. After sampling tea blends, each participant will select from a variety of dried herbs to create their own tea blend.

Want to offer your own hand-blended tea for holiday gifts– or a gift to yourself? Additional teas will be made available for purchase.

Cost: $24 includes 1 oz of your own tea blend. Register here.

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Beautiful Bitters: Reconnecting With a Lost Flavor
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Beautiful Bitters: Reconnecting With a Lost Flavor

Orchard Park Community Education, Orchard Park High School

$18. Fee includes samples and handout. Click here for registration info.

Optional lab fee: $4 for a baggie of herbs for concocting at home.

Once upon a time, humans ate a diverse array of the plants surrounding us-- many of which tasted mildly (or seriously) bitter. The human gastrointestinal tract developed a complex relationship with bitterness, and our bodies greatly benefit from this flavor for healthy functioning.

In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will briefly discuss the disappearance of bitterness from American agriculture and diet. We will explore the range of effects that bitterness has on the body, including stimulation of digestive secretions, improved absorption of nutrients and fats, support of healthy blood glucose levels and weight, and more. Sarah will describe the specific properties of some of her favorite bitter herbs, focusing on those that can be cultivated or sustainably wild-harvested in New York State.

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Herb-Infused Gifts for the Holidays
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Herb-Infused Gifts for the Holidays

Creative Wellness
726 Main St, 3rd floor, East Aurora
Cost: $20 includes 1 oz tea blend

Healing herbs make outstanding and easy holiday gifts! In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will guide you through the preparation of simple herb-infused vinegars and tea blending. Learn which tasty herbs to choose for your intended purpose (digestion support, mood-lifting, memory boosting, good nutrition, etc.).

Each participant will be guided through the creation of your own herbal tea blend. Many samples will be offered throughout the class.

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Invasive Plant Medicine
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Invasive Plant Medicine

Hamburg Community Education (Hamburg Middle School)
Cost: $18. Click here for registration info and class location

WNY is home to many "invasive" plants which have a notable (and often unwanted) presence in the landscape. Luckily, many of these plants are edible and medicinal. In this class, Sarah will help you identify and safely use species like garlic mustard, purple loosestrife, multiflora rose, Japanese knotweed, barberry and more.


Cost includes samples and recipes. Optional $4 lab fee covers a baggie of herbs to take home.

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 Invasive Plant Medicine
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

Invasive Plant Medicine

Frontier Community Education (Hamburg)
Cost: $18. Click here for registration info and class location

WNY is home to many "invasive" plants which have a notable (and often unwanted) presence in the landscape. Luckily, many of these plants are edible and medicinal. In this class, Sarah will help you identify and safely use species like garlic mustard, purple loosestrife, multiflora rose, Japanese knotweed and more.


Cost includes samples and recipes. Optional $4 lab fee covers a baggie of herbs to take home.

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Herb Infused Gifts for the Holidays
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Herb Infused Gifts for the Holidays

JCC North Campus (Dunkirk)

Healing herbs make outstanding and easy holiday gifts! Now is the time to start preparing herb-infused vinegars, honeys, salts and syrups. In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will guide you through the preparation of simple and delicious recipes. Learn which tasty herbs to choose for your intended purpose (digestion support, mood-lifting, memory boosting, etc.) and sample some of Sarah's favorite concoctions. Each participant will take home a bag of dried herbs for preparing a gift at home.

Cost: $49. Click here for registration info.

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Invasive Plant Medicine
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Invasive Plant Medicine

EMPact America, East Aurora Cost: $10

Click here to register.

WNY is home to many "invasive" plants which have a notable (and often unwanted) presence in the landscape. Luckily, many of these plants are edible and medicinal. In this class, Sarah will help you identify and safely use species like garlic mustard, purple loosestrife, multiflora rose, Japanese knotweed, barberry and more.
Cost includes a baggie of herbs to take home.

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World on Your Plate
Oct
6
8:30 PM20:30

World on Your Plate

15th annual conference focusing on food, nutrition, the environment, farming, & politics.

Daemon College
PRE-REGISTERED FRI. & SAT. OR SAT ONLY: $30 | FRI. ONLY 10$ |
AT DOOR ADD 5$


I'm honored to be offering another class at this excellent gathering. "Beautiful Bitters" will take place at 11:45am. For a complete schedule and list of other workshops, visit this website.

By the way-- the locally-sourced lunch was incredible last year!

Beautiful Bitters: Reconnecting With a Lost Flavor
Once upon a time, humans ate a diverse array of wild plants and mushrooms-- many of which tasted mildly (or seriously) bitter. The human gastrointestinal tract developed a complex relationship with bitterness, and our bodies greatly benefit from this flavor for healthy functioning. In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will briefly discuss the disappearance of bitterness from American agriculture and diet. We will explore the range of effects that bitterness has on the body, including stimulation of digestive secretions, improved absorption of nutrients and fats, support of healthy blood glucose levels and weight, and more. Sarah will describe the specific properties of some of her favorite bitter herbs, focusing on those that can be cultivated or sustainably wild-harvested in New York State. Samples will be shared.

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Natural Support for Menopause & Perimenopause
Oct
2
6:30 PM18:30

Natural Support for Menopause & Perimenopause

Menopause is a time when a woman’s experience and wisdom should be celebrated. However, menopause may come with symptoms that can negatively impact daily life. In this class, Holistic Herbalist Sarah Sorci will discuss lifestyle changes and herbs that can support hot flashes; anxiety, irritability and depression; constitutional dryness and more. This class will touch on interesting research, as well as the importance of tradition in honoring our experience as women. Fee includes samples and handout.

Cost: $20

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Natural Support for Menopause & Perimenopause
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Natural Support for Menopause & Perimenopause

Orchard Park Community Education. Register Here.

Menopause is a time when a woman’s experience and wisdom should be celebrated. However, menopause may come with symptoms that can negatively impact daily life. In this class, Holistic Herbalist Sarah Sorci will discuss lifestyle changes and herbs that can support hot flashes; anxiety, irritability and depression; constitutional dryness and more. This class will touch on interesting research, as well as the importance of tradition in honoring our experience as women. Fee includes samples and handout.

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Sustainable Self-Care
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Sustainable Self-Care

Greystone Nature Preserve, 8531 Bear Lake Rd, Fredonia

Cost: $12 includes making your own tea blend to take home

Holistic herbalist Sarah Sorci believes that "In order for something to be truly healthy, it must also be good for the environment." In this indoor workshop, participants will explore sustainable ways to use locally wild and cultivated plants for wellness. We will focus on plants that support emotional well-being, stress management, and energy levels. Learn about medicinal properties and safe uses of plants like nettle, ashwagandha, tulsi, lemon balm, hawthorn, peppermint, garden Solomon's Seal and more. Sarah will also offer information about sustainable harvesting techniques, and cultivation tips for garden plants. 

Participants will sample numerous herbal concoctions, and create their own tea blend to take home.
 

Space is limited; please register by contacting Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com or 716-997-2007.

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Lockwoods Fall Garden Festival
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Lockwoods Fall Garden Festival

Lockwoods Garden Center, 4484 Clark St, Hamburg

With autumn in the air and the kids back in school, it is time to enjoy Lockwood's Fall Garden Festival. Join us for 3 lectures and an afternoon workshop, music by Busted Stuff and food by Weidner's Barbeque. We will also have a selection of vendors with jewelry, art work and garden themed items as well as plant specials.

This one day event celebrates the arrival of mums and pumpkins grown right here at Lockwood's. Come celebrate the coming fall season. Rain or shine - we have covered areas prepared for inclement weather. Stop and visit the Sweet Flag Herbs table!

For more info, visit this website.

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Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk

Blue Sky Wellness, 112 East Main St, Springville

In western NY, our backyards are teeming with wild plants that are nutritious, safe, and even medicinal. Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will lead this leisurely plant walk starting at Blue Sky Wellness in Springville. We will learn to identify a range of local plants that are edible and/or medicinal. We will discuss the properties they contain, and ways each plant has traditionally been used. We will also discuss safety considerations when harvesting wild plants.

Exchange: $14

Rain date: Thursday, Sept 13th, 6-7:30pm.
Pre-registration is appreciated. Contact Blue Sky Wellness at (716) 923-3805 or blueskywellness3@gmail.com

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Medicinal Garden Talk: Sarah's Home Garden
Aug
19
4:00 PM16:00

Medicinal Garden Talk: Sarah's Home Garden

Sunday, August 19th
4pm - 5:30pm

142 Buffalo St, Hamburg. **Please park in Village Plaza lot, across the street.
Exchange: $12. 50% of proceeds go to Herbalists Without Borders WNY. 
**Herbalists Without Borders members attend for free.


Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci is passionate about medicinal plants growing wild or cultivated in WNY. She is also excited to demonstrate how many species can be cultivated and utilized in a small space. Visit Sarah's humble garden for a casual talk about the 30+ species of perennial and annual herbs she is tending in the shade and sun. Sarah will discuss uses and growing tips, as well as offer samples of concoctions she has made from these species. 

RSVP is appreciated. Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com or 716-997-2007.

Bring water and a notebook/pen if desired. Natural bug spray will be offered. 
Bathroom access is upstairs. 
Payment may be made in cash/check to Sweet Flag Herbs, or via paypal (Sweet Flag Herbs/ Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com)

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Free! Garden Guest Q & A
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Free! Garden Guest Q & A

SOLE Giving Garden, Union Pleasant School Field; 150 Pleasant Ave, Hamburg, NY 14075

We welcome great garden experts into the Giving Garden for an hour of Q & A! This is free and open to the community. Garden Club kids will be serving light garden refreshments!
7/26 - Great Garden Speaker and Plant Guru David Clark
8/2 - Garden Expert and Seed Saving Whiz Remy Orlowski of The Sample Seed Shop
8/9 - Garden Herbs and Medicinal Herb Expert, Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs
Please bring a lawn chair and come enjoy an evening in the garden sharing and learning!

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Making Herbal Tinctures: Frontier Community Ed
Aug
7
6:30 PM18:30

Making Herbal Tinctures: Frontier Community Ed

Cost: $16 + $6 lab fee

Alcohol-based tinctures are a convenient way to extract and preserve the constituents of medicinal plants. Using basic ratios and principles, we can easily make high quality herbal remedies at home.
In this workshop, Community herbalist Sarah Sorci will share standard rules for tincture making, as well as suggested variations for different herbs. Participants will see a demonstration, and sample several tinctures. Sarah will discuss the properties and safe uses of several herbs in depth; these will be offered to take home.

Lab Fee: Each participant will select a 2 oz bag of dried herbs to craft their own tincture at home. Lab fee also covers handouts and samples.

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Hamlin Park Plant Walk
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Hamlin Park Plant Walk

Hamlin Park, 166 South Grove St., East Aurora

In western NY, our backyards are teeming with wild plants that are nutritious, safe, and even medicinal. Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will lead this leisurely walk on the grounds of Hamlin Park in East Aurora (166 S Grove St). We will learn to identify a range of wild local plants that are safely edible and/ or medicinal. We will discuss the properties they contain, and ways each plant has traditionally been used. We will also discuss safety considerations when harvesting wild plants.

Meet at the Roycroft Pavilion at the north end of the park. Rain or shine, except in the case of thunderstorms. Thunderstorm alternate date: Tuesday, July 17th.

Pre-registration through Creative Wellness is required. Sarah will not have the ability to take payment or registrations on site. Please visit Creativewellnessgroup.com/workshop-registration or call 716-714-9347 to register.

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Sensory Plant Walk: Fredonia
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Sensory Plant Walk: Fredonia

Greystone Nature Preserve, 8531 Bear Lake Rd, Fredonia, New York 14063

Rain or Shine (If thunderstorms, there will be a talk indoors)

Suggested donation $7 - All proceeds go to Greystone

Herbalists know that the taste and smell of a medicinal plant may reveal a lot about its effects. When should we cook a spicy dish, or drink a moistening tea? Which herbs can support the immune system, or digestion? In this plant walk, holistic herbalist Sarah Sorci will guide participants through the differences between aromatic, bitter, mucilaginous, sweet, sour, and nutritive flavors. We will smell and taste plants along the way, and sample herbal concoctions. Learn how these principles are relevant to the herbs and spices in your pantry, and the weeds in your backyard.

Contact Sarah Sorci to register for this event: Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com or 716-997-2007

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Village Plant Walk
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Village Plant Walk

Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will guide us on a Herbal Walk in the Village of Hamburg. Sarah will help demonstrate how to identify and harvest many of the medicinal and edible plants growing right in our backyards and neighborhoods. Sarah will share thoughts about which types of locations are safe for harvesting, and which may be too contaminated. 

We will begin and wrap up at beHealthy, with most of our time spent out in the neighborhood. We will pass by beHealthy halfway, offering an opportunity to use the restroom if needed.
Bring comfy walking shoes and a notebook/camera if desired. 
Walk will be slow/moderate. We may go down a set of stairs on Main St. to the 18 mile creek.

Cost: $16 per person.

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Natural Support for Menopause and Perimenopause
May
29
6:00 PM18:00

Natural Support for Menopause and Perimenopause

Blue Sky Wellness, Main St, Springville.

Menopause is a time when a woman's experience and wisdom should be celebrated. However, menopause may come with symptoms that can negatively impact daily life. In this class, Holistic Herbalist Sarah Sorci will discuss lifestyle changes and herbs that can support hot flashes; anxiety, irritability and depression; constitutional dryness and more. This class will touch on interesting research, as well as the importance of tradition in honoring our experience as women. Samples will be provided.

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Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk: Orchard Park
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk: Orchard Park

Orchard Park High School
Cost: $10.00

Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs will lead this leisurely walk on the grounds of Orchard Park High 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 off of Baker Rd, on the sidewalk by the high school.

Pre-registration required. Visit the Orchard Park Community Education website to sign up. 

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Edible & Medicinal Series at Lockwood's
May
17
to May 31

Edible & Medicinal Series at Lockwood's

Lockwoods Garden Center
4484 Clark St, Hamburg

3 class series (6pm - 7:30pm): attend one for $10, or all three for $25.

Lockwood's customers might expect to find edible plants exclusively in the vegetable and fruit tree sections. However, there are edible and medicinal uses for a range of "ornamentals," allowing us to enjoy our garden in creative ways while not detracting from its beauty.
In this 3-part series, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will highlight edible and medicinal plants in 3 departments at Lockwoods. She will discuss safe cultivars; proper plant parts for use and time of harvest; delicious recipes and more.

May 17: Perennials. Learn about delicious bee balm tea, relaxing blue vervain,  sweet flag root for digestion, lemony wood sorrel, wild geranium, hostas, yarrow and more.

May 24: Herbs. Though we are familiar with culinary uses of herbs, many of us are unaware of the potent medicinal properties of these plants. Learn the medicinal uses of lemon balm, holy basil, rosemary, thyme, mint, sage and more.

May 31: Trees and Shrubs. A number of native and non-native trees and shrubs have tasty flowers, vitamin-rich hips, and medicinal bark and leaves. Learn how to make your own witch hazel and use rose plants, sweet shrub, elder, raspberry leaves and more.

To register, contact Lockwoods at 716-649-4684 or visit their workshop page.

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Edible + Medicinal Plant Walk at Pinehurst Elementary
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Edible + Medicinal Plant Walk at Pinehurst Elementary

Pinehurst Elementary School, 6050 Fairway Court Lakeview, NY 14085

Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will lead this leisurely walk on the grounds of Pinehurst 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 at the north end of the building. 

$10 for residents; $12 for non-residents. Rain or shine (except for thunderstorms). 

Thunderstorm alternate date: Tues, May 22nd. 

Pre-registration required: please visit the Frontier Community Education website to register, or call 716-926-1744.

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Making Herbal Tinctures 101
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

Making Herbal Tinctures 101

beHealthy Institute, Main St, Hamburg
Cost: $34 Includes choice of 2 oz dried herbs for tincture-making at home.

Alcohol-based tinctures are a convenient way to extract and preserve medicinal herbs. Buying them at the store can be expensive, but we can easily make high quality herbal remedies at home. In this workshop, Community herbalist Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs will share standard rules and ratios for tincture making, and give a brief history of the process. Samples and demonstrations will illustrate the differences between using fresh and dried plant material, as well as other variations. Participants will leave with the confidence to prepare herbal tinctures independently.

Pre-registration required. Visit the beHealthy workshop webpage to sign up.

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