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-11am: plant walk, 18 mile creek, Hamburg or Lake View

  • 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

Sept 14

  • 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.

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 for the Home Garden
May
13
to Jun 10

Medicinal Plants for the Home Garden

Whether you have a spacious backyard or a stoop for a few containers, you can enjoy beautiful, easy-to-grow plants at home that have beneficial properties for wellness. In this class, Holistic Herbalist Sarah Sorci will introduce you to remedies made from a range of common perennials and annuals. She will also introduce more unusual medicinal plants. Tips for cultivation, harvest and storage will be discussed.

Participants will receive recipes and sample numerous herbal concoctions. Class series includes eight seed packets, handouts, and powerpoint presentations emailed after class.

Exchange: $84 for all four classes, or $25 per class (each class includes two seed packets, recipes and many samples).

Registration and class details here:
https://behealthyinstitute.com/events/14187-2019-05-13/

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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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Medicinal Properties of Culinary Herbs
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Medicinal Properties of Culinary Herbs

Though the American cook may use culinary herbs for flavor alone, every culinary herb and spice possesses medicinal properties. In this class, Sarah will share research-based information about how the plants in our spice cabinet or herb garden can support health. Numerous samples will be shared.

Cost: Pending.
To register, email julie@farmersandartisans.com or call 716.633.2830.

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Herb-Infused Gifts for Mothers Day
May
5
1:30 PM13:30

Herb-Infused Gifts for Mothers Day

Lockwoods Garden Center, 4484 Clark St, Hamburg

In this class, holistic herbalist Sarah Sorci will demonstrate the preparation of three herbal gift ideas for Mother's Day. Learn to make a body scrub with lavender buds and lemon zest; sample herb-infused honeys; and smell a home-grown herbal sachet. Participants will take home a 2 oz jar of body scrub and recipes.

Cost: $15 includes body scrub and recipes. Register here.

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Natural Support for the Digestive Tract
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Natural Support for the Digestive Tract

Certain nutrients and lifestyle choices are vital for healthy digestion and liver function. Numerous studies also confirm that bitter and aromatic herbs serve an important role for digestive function. Using science and traditional knowledge, we will discuss how herbs, nutrition and lifestyle directly impact the digestive tract. Learn to identify, cultivate and effectively use four local herbs to safely support optimal digestion.

$18. Pre-registration required; visit the Hamburg Continuing Education website.

Lab fee (optional) - payable directly to instructor: $2 for a seed packet; $4 for a bag of dried herbs for home use.

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Earth Month Expo
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Earth Month Expo

Sponsored by Greystone Nature Preserve, this Expo will focus on how you can become a steward for the Earth. From workshops on helping our feathered friends, to talks on bats, butterflies and medicinal plants, we will have something for everyone!  Visit the facebook page for more information.

Sarah will host a vendor table, and offer an 11am talk about Local Plant Medicine.

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History and Cultivation of Common Herbs
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

History and Cultivation of Common Herbs

 Cornell Cooperative Extension, LEAF series

$10/person

Around the world, plants we think of as "culinary herbs" traditionally had a broader range of uses. Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will briefly discuss the growing preferences and uses of common herbs like thyme, lavender, rosemary, lemon balm, sage and more. She will share recipes and samples of herb-infused vinegar, infused honey and more.

Holistic herbalist Sarah Sorci is the owner of Sweet Flag Herbs in Hamburg. She offers wellness consultations, educational workshops, therapeutic horticulture sessions and garden consults. Sarah is a 2014 graduate of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, and is completing a clinical herbalism program through the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. Sarah is a member of the Medicinal Garden Committee at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, and board president at Greystone Nature Preserve in Fredonia. She is co-coordinator of the WNY chapter of Herbalists Without Borders, and is thrilled to be part of the movement towards accessible, just, and sustainable health care.

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Natural Support for the Cardiovascular System
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Natural Support for the Cardiovascular System

Certain nutrients and lifestyle choices are vital in supporting cardiovascular health. Studies also confirm that gentle, local herbs like hawthorn, motherwort and more offer significant benefits to the cardiovascular system. Using science and traditional knowledge, we will discuss how herbs and nutrition affect the cardiovascular system. Learn safe identification and effective use of four cardiovascular tonic herbs. Participants will sample herbal concoctions and take home a handout.

$18. pre-registration required; visit the Hamburg Continuing Ed website to sign up.

Lab fee (optional), payable directly to instructor: $2 for a motherwort seed packet; $4 for a bag of dried hawthorn leaf and flower.

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Cocktail Bitters: Reconnecting With a Lost Flavor
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Cocktail Bitters: Reconnecting With a Lost Flavor

$12 includes samples, handouts, recipes. Click here to sign up

Once upon a time, humans ate a diverse array of bitter plants. Our gastrointestinal tract developed a complex relationship with bitterness-- including special receptors-- and we greatly benefit from this flavor for healthy function.

In this class, Sarah will explore the range of effects of bitters, including stimulation of digestive secretions, improved absorption of nutrients, support of healthy blood glucose levels and weight, and more. She will share samples of some of her favorite bitters, focusing on those that can be cultivated or sustainably wild-harvested in WNY. Samples of cocktails and bitter pastilles will be shared, along with recipes.

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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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