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 - 10:30am: village plant walk/18 mile creek

  • 10:45am - noon: Sarah's home garden + potted medicinal plants

  • noon - 12:45pm: lunch

  • 12:45pm - 2:15: Natural Support for the Cardiovascular System (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-10:30am: Plant walk/discussion, Hobuck Flats, North Evans

  • 11am - 12:10pm: Hobuck Flats, Part II

  • 12:10pm - 1pm: lunch

  • 1pm - 2pm: Glycerites: Prep batch and simmer; chemistry & uses; sample glycerites (Sarah's home office)

  • 2:15 - 3:30pm: Natural Support for the Endocrine System: female / male bodied support. Brief 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 Immune + Lymphatic Systems

  • 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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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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Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Hobuck Flats Plant Walk: Rain Date!

Sarah will lead this leisurely plant walk at Hobuck Flats in Derby. 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/camera if desired.

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

Click here for directions for getting to Hobuck Flats.

Preregistration is required: contact Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com or 716.997.2007
Rain date: Wednesday, July 17th, 6pm - 7:30pm. Registrants will be notified by phone or text.

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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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West Falls Center for the Arts:  Herb Gardening Class
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

West Falls Center for the Arts: Herb Gardening Class

Westfalls Center for the Arts will offer a hands-on learning experience with Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci of Hamburg. Sarah will share information about some of her favorite culinary and medicinal herbs, including cultivation, harvest, and safe use. Sorci will also share general herb gardening tips, including healthy soil information. The class will culminate with the planting of an accessible herb garden for the community to enjoy.

$5 Admission, payable at the event.

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Local Living Fair
Jun
7
4:00 PM16:00

Local Living Fair

The Giving Garden, UPES rec field

Free and open to the public!

Small Local businesses and farms that support happy and healthy families through food, products and services will gather to share and sell at our annual farmer market set up in the garden. There will be free fun offerings and lots of terrific shopping. This is open to the public. We will list farms and businesses as they sign on to the event.

Shine Yoga ~4pm
We will have a drumming circle with the amazing Steve & Liz and Unity Through Rhythm at 6pm

Check out the amazing vendor list and details here:
 www.facebook.com/events/776277729385616/

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Hamburg Village Plant Walk
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Hamburg Village Plant Walk

Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will guide us on a Herbal Walk in the Village of Hamburg. Sarah will demonstrate how to identify and harvest many medicinal and edible plants growing right in our backyards and neighborhoods. Sarah will share info about which 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. 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.

$18 /person. Register here.

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Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Eggert Elementary School Plant Walk (Orchard Park)

In western NY, our backyards are teeming with wild plants that are nutritious, safe to eat, and even medicinal. Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will lead this leisurely plant walk at Eggert Elementary School. 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. Meet in the south parking lot off of Eggert Rd.(lot runs parallel to the road).

Admission: $12. Rain date: June 11th.

Registration required: visit this site to sign up.

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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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May
30
6:00 PM18:00

East Aurora Plant Walk

In any WNY town, there are dozens of edible and medicinal plants that we pass by every day. Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will guide us on a Herbal Walk in the Village of East Aurora. Sarah will demonstrate how to identify and sustainably harvest numerous species. 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 Creative Wellness, with most of our time spent out in the neighborhood. Walk will be leisurely; bring comfy walking shoes and a notebook/camera if desired.

$16 admission. To register, visit this website.

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Writing Project: A Nourishing Harvest
May
30
2:00 PM14:00

Writing Project: A Nourishing Harvest

As a health practitioner with a background in environmental studies, I often reflect on the disconnect between the wellness community and environmental justice/public health. On one hand, it is important to own the power we have over our own wellbeing. Mindfulness, whole/local foods, movement and getting outdoors, managing stress, and positive relationships play a huge role. And in a capitalist society, our dollar is our vote for a more just and sustainable culture. 

On the other hand, Americans live in a nation where regulations favor corporate profit over citizens' wellbeing. We experience daily exposure to toxic chemicals in our lawns and food, water, air, and home products. Communities of color and low-income individuals are most affected by environmental health risks, but have the least access to resources to support wellness and political action.

I believe that a health culture focusing solely on personal responsibility, while ignoring the social and environmental factors that affect us all, is missing the mark. It is a reflection of our increasingly individualistic society-- a society that ranks pretty low in Gross National Happiness. Addressing environmental risks is not only vital for improving physical health; working together as a community to resolve shared issues helps us to feel more connected, and more fulfilled. 

I also believe that environmental sustainability requires an intimate relationship with our local ecosystem. Cultures that rely on local plants for food and medicine have a vested interest in the vibrancy of those species, and are much more likely to notice changes and issues that arise. In order for us to safely rely on plants in our local community, we must have access to information about the safety of soils in our gardens and public spaces.

This philosophy shapes a new subscription-based writing project I'm excited to be launching: A Nourishing Harvest. This Patreon page offers 2-3 articles per month connecting the WNY gardening, wild-foraging, and natural health communities with WNY-focused information supporting safe, toxin-informed harvest of food and medicine.

Articles focus on two themes:
1.) Guidance about legal and safe wild foraging in western NY's public spaces. 
I believe tax payers should have permission to respectfully harvest plants like invasive Japanese knotweed and dandelions in parks and forests. Many of us rent housing, and do not have access to private property for gardening or foraging. Harvesting invasive species also serves park management intentions. So, where is harvesting allowed? What is the history of use of that park? Is that pretty hill an old garbage dump? Was that recent planting of trees a corn field routinely sprayed with DDT? What are the pest/invasive management practices like? How can the public access herbicide/pesticide application records to know whether that invasive garlic mustard is safe to make into pesto?

2.) Safe gardening and wild-harvesting throughout western NY. 
I have received many related questions from students."My lawn hasn't been sprayed in 3 years. Is it safe to grow food there?" "I live in the city and can't harvest from the contaminated soil. Is this potting soil brand safe to use for food/medicine?" "I live 1/2 mile from a corn or grape farm. How much of the spray is getting onto my property?" "Where do local landscaping companies get their topsoil from? How can I know it's safe for raised beds?" 

Since I encourage hundreds of students each year to eat wild "weeds" and grow their own medicine, these questions are important to answer as best I can. I searched for gardening books that address safely growing food in our chemical-heavy country, and didn't come up with much. Online articles address gardening safely around heavy metals in the soil-- but what about other chemicals from landscaping, ag applications, and more? I'm excited to learn more from journal articles, interviews with experts, and hopefully testing local soils if funds allow.

Because it's easy to place writing on the back burner as I deal with day-to-day work responsibilities, I'm happy to have found a way to prioritize this work. "I don't feel anxious when I'm writing," I told Patrick recently. "It clears my head, and gets me in touch with what I'm most passionate about."

"Sounds like you should do more of that," he replied.

A $2 monthly subscription to Sweet Flag Herbs: A Nourishing Harvest on Patreon gives access to all of my writing & research on these topics.

You'll come along as I explore the history and management practices of WNY forests and parks; WNY-relevant information about toxin-aware gardening;  interviews with local farmers, landscaping employees, DEC and park employees, soil experts, corporations & more. 

Can't wait to share what I'm learning with you!

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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 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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