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 

Harvesting a Home Apothecary: 6 month intensive
May
11
to Oct 12

Harvesting a Home Apothecary: 6 month intensive

I am excited to offer a season-long program that walks participants through the entire process of thoughtful cultivation/wild-harvest, preparation, and safe & smart use of herbal remedies to complement healthy lifestyle choices. By the end of six months, participants will have a budding home apothecary, and the knowledge to prepare a range of herbal remedies.

Program Outline (subject to minor changes):
May 11

  • 9am-10:15am: Plant walk, creekside plants (Russell Joy Park, Fredonia)

  • 10:30am: plant walk, Greystone Nature Preserve Medicinal Plant trail and grounds (Fredonia)

  • 12:15pm: lunch

  • 1pm: Natural Support for the Digestive System. Bitters, prebiotics, nutrition.

  • 2:30am-4pm: Herb-infused vinegars and oxymels.

    Each participant prepares and takes home an herbal vinegar with herbs harvested that day. Dried organic herbs will also be available.

    June 8

  • 9am-10:20pm: Medicinal properties of culinary herbs (Lockwoods greenhouse)

  • 10:30am-noon: Perennials, trees and shrubs: navigating a local nursery for medicinal plants (Lockwoods greenhouse)

  • 12pm: lunch at Lockwoods; shop if desired. 

  • Meet at Sarah's home office at 1pm.

  • 1pm: Natural Support for the Nervous system + Stress. adaptogens; natural support for anxiety and depression; nerve tonics; lifestyle factors + nutrition.

  • 2:30pm: tincture making. 

  • Group harvests and prepares their own tincture using herbs from Sarah's garden.

July 13

  • 9am - noon: Sarah's home garden + potted medicinal plants

  • noon - 12:45pm: lunch

  • 12:45pm - 2:15: Natural support for the Immune + Lymphatic Systems (Sarah's home office)

  • 2:25pm - 4pm: Teas. Infusion, decoction, cold infusion, blending.

  • Each person creates their own tea blend to take home.

August 10

  • 9am: plant walk (Resolve to Evolve retreat center)

  • 10:30am: garden talk + harvest 

  • noon-12:45pm: lunch (Resolve to Evolve)

  • 12:45pm: Infused oils and salves. Demo: herb-infused oil with primary solvent. Group prepares a salve together.

  • 2:30pm-4pm: Natural support for the Musculoskeletal System and Skin. 

  • Participants take home 2 oz herbal skin salve.

Sept 14

  • 9am-11am: plant walk, 18 mile creek, Hamburg

  • 11am - noon: plant walk, village of Hamburg / harvesting in urban areas

  • 12:15pm - 1pm: lunch

  • 1pm - 1:30pm: Glycerites (Sarah's home office)

  • 1:30 - 3:30pm: Natural Support for the Endocrine System. female / male bodied support. adaptogens II.

  • 3:30pm - 4pm: bottle and label glycerite together.

  • Participants take home bottled glycerite

Oct 12

  • 9am - noon: plant walk + nursery walk at Mastersons Garden Center / honey products, East Aurora

  • noon - 1pm: lunch / shop at nursery if desired.

  • 1pm: Herb-infused honey and syrups. (Mastersons). Demo: herb-infused honey. Group prepares syrup together.

  • 2pm: Natural Support for the Cardiovascular System

  • 3:30pm: bottle herbal syrup and label together.

  • Wrap up program: quick paper survey for feedback.

  • Group takes home bottle of herbal syrup

Exchange: $528 for the season. Includes 6 full days of class, supplies and herbs for creating a concoction each day, many samples, handouts, and seeds.

Registration is complete with a $150 deposit. I will refund until April 1st; non-refundable after that.

  • Payment can be made on paypal (to Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com), or by mailing a check made out to Sweet Flag Herbs (mail to: Sarah Sorci, 142 Buffalo St, Upper  Hamburg, 14075).

  • Full payment is due by/on the first class day. If this is a hardship, please feel free to talk to me about a payment plan.

  • To keep the cost as low as possible, I'm hosting a few sessions at my home office, and participants will bring a bagged lunch. Herbal tea will be provided each day (and coffee if desired!)

  • There is a waiting list for folks who want to attend just one or a few sessions. They will be invited to join if the program doesn't fill up.

  • If you register but are unable to attend a class, you will receive all recipes, handouts, concoctions/supplies, and a summary of plants we encountered that day.

  • Participants in this program have access to additional supplies you may need at cost  (no markup from me). Because I get bulk or member discounts on certain items, I want to make this available. This includes honey, bottles, dropper tops, glycerin, beeswax, tincture ingredients, etc. I will provide a list of what I pay for each item, and you can place an order any time during the program if you wish.



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Medicinal Plants: Stories and Traditions
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Medicinal Plants: Stories and Traditions

Suggested donation: $6. All proceeds go to Greystone Nature Preserve

It's easy to overlook local wild plants as we tend our vegetable and ornamental flower gardens. However, many of these "weeds" in our lawns, ditches, and forest edges carry a rich history of relationship with people as we used them for food, medicine and more. In this leisurely plant walk, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will tell stories about the history and traditional uses of wild edible and medicinal plants found at Greystone Nature Preserve. Sarah will incorporate tales and uses from First Peoples, Europe, early America and Asia. If weather is poor, the program will take place indoors at Greystone. Bring adequate sun protection, water, and a notebook if desired.

*Please pre-register if possible by contacting Sarah: 716-997-2007 or Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com.

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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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Creative Preservation of Culinary Herbs
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Creative Preservation of Culinary Herbs

Cost: $12 includes choice of dried herb and recipes

Many gardeners look for creative uses of abundant herbs in their garden. In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will briefly discuss the growing preferences and medicinal properties of common herbs like thyme, lavender, rosemary, sage, lemon balm and more. She will share recipes and samples of herb-infused vinegar, herbal finishing salts, herb-infused honey and maple-syrup, and demonstrate the preparation of herb-infused vinegar. Participants will take home a recipe handout and select a dried herb for home concocting.

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Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Herbalists Without Borders WNY meeting + seed packing

Spring will be stirring by our next HWB WNY meeting! Join us as we make plans for 2019, solidifying ideas and hopefully setting dates for a few events.

The second half of our meeting will be spent packaging herb seeds into smaller packets. These can be used for any and all projects/gardens/fundraising efforts that members and supporters wish. If you have extra seeds at home, please bring them! We'll provide the envelopes and label stickers.

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Mar
1
8:30 AM08:30

Educator Development: Farm to School

Is your District growing a Farm to School Program and sharing lessons on Agriculture in the classroom?

Erie County Agricultural Society in cooperation Seeds of Living Education Organization want to grow Farm to School education for kids. This day is a perfect fit for Elementary through Middle School Educators, Community Garden Leaders and anyone working in Youth Development.

The day will offer 4 workshop sessions with experienced and fun instructors sharing lessons that can be brought back to your classroom or program. Enjoy the day learning and networking with other programs and districts. Breakfast refreshments and Lunch will be provided.

For a full schedule and registration information please go to, http://bit.ly/EduDevDay

Registration Deadline: February 18, 2019
Registration fee: $50

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Free! Creative Preparation of Culinary Herbs
Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

Free! Creative Preparation of Culinary Herbs

In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will briefly discuss the growing preferences and medicinal uses of common culinary herbs like thyme, lavender, rosemary, lemon balm, holy basil and more. She will share recipes and samples of herb-infused vinegar, herbal finishing salts, teas and infused honey, and demonstrate the preparation of herb-infused vinegar.

Registration required; see poster for details.

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Making Elderberry Syrup
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

Making Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry is a locally abundant herb that has traditionally been used for its immune boosting properties. Research has demonstrated its antiviral nature, and its effectiveness for both avoiding and supporting cold and flu. Its dark purple color make it an excellent source of antioxidants.

In this workshop, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs will discuss identification and harvest, properties, and uses of elderberries, as well as common syrup additions like rosehips and astragalus root. Participants will enjoy a demonstration of syrup preparation, and take home their own bottle made with local raw honey and rosehips. Recipe will be shared as well.

Pre-registration is required; click here to sign up.

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Cocktail Bitters and Beyond: Reconnecting with a Lost Flavor
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Cocktail Bitters and Beyond: Reconnecting with a Lost Flavor

Cost: $29 includes recipes, many samples, and herb seed packet

Whether splashed into a cocktail or used medicinally before meals, bitters have an array of health benefits for the human body. Throughout our history, the human gastrointestinal tract (and several other body systems) developed a complex relationship with bitterness– including special bitter receptors– and our bodies require this flavor for healthy functioning.

As we sample bitter tinctures and cocktail recipes, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci 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, stress management, and more. Sarah will describe the specific properties of some of her favorite herbs, focusing on those that can be cultivated or sustainably wild-harvested in New York State.

Participants will take home a seed packet for cultivating your own bitters at home.

Click here to register.

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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.

Register with Lizz Coffey: lcoffey@buffaloseminary.org, or (716)885-6780 Ext. 202

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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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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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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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