Though the American cook may use herbs for flavor alone, every culinary herb and spice possesses medicinal properties.
In this class, Holistic Herbalist Sarah Sorci will share research-based info and traditional knowledge about how the plants in our spice cabinet and herb garden can support our health.
Samples, recipes, & stories will be shared.
Suggested Donation: $10
To reserve your spot,
please call 716-882-0848
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
Though the American cook may use herbs for flavor alone, every culinary herb and spice possesses medicinal properties.
Many gardeners look for creative uses of abundant herbs in their garden. In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will share recipes and samples of herb-infused vinegar, herbal finishing salts, and herb-infused honey and maple-syrup. She will demonstrate the preparation of herb-infused vinegar, and discuss her favorite herbs for each of the preparations. No experience required. All participants will take home a recipe handout.
Cost: $10. Visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension website to register:
Elderberry is a locally abundant herb that has traditionally been used for its immune boosting properties. Research has confirmed its antiviral nature, and its effectiveness in supporting the body during cold and flu season. In this workshop, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci of Sweet Flag Herbs will discuss identification and harvest, properties, and use of elderberry syrup. Participants will prepare and take home their own bottle, made with local raw honey and rosehips. Elderberry syrup is safe for children over age 1.
Cost: $30 includes a 4 oz bottle of elderberry syrup and handout.
For more information about Sarah’s holistic herbalism practice, visit www.sweetflagherbs.com.
16th Annual World On Your Plate: FOOD, NUTRITION, THE ENVIRONMENT, FARMING AND POLITICS.
Keynote speakers, panel discussion (Friday), and breakout workshops.
Sarah Sorci’s Break Out Session:
A Nourishing Harvest: Toxin-Aware Gardening and Foraging in WNY
Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci has received many questions about safe harvest in a contaminated culture. "My lawn hasn't been sprayed in 3 years; is it safe to harvest there?" "Which compost brands are safe to buy?" "Does this park spray herbicides on medicinal/edible invasives, like garlic mustard and Japanese knotweed?" These questions inspired A Nourishing Harvest, a Patreon project offering monthly articles exploring these questions. In this talk, Sarah will share insights and stories that have impacted her the most thus far.
This year's featured speaker is nationally acclaimed John DeGraaf, author, filmmaker, speaker and activist with a mission to help create a happy, healthy and sustainable quality of life for America. In addition, Walter Simpson will present to the group. Walter is an energy professional and environmental educator who served for 26 years as Energy Officer at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). At UB, he led a nationally recognized campus energy conservation program credited with over $100 million in savings. He also founded and directed the UB Green Office, UB’s environmental sustainability office, and taught many college-level energy and environmental courses. For more info, schedule, and to see past events visit http://worldonyourplate.org
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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):
9am-10:15am: Plant walk, creekside plants (Russell Joy Park, Fredonia)
10:30am: plant walk, Greystone Nature Preserve Medicinal Plant trail and grounds (Fredonia)
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.
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.
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.
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.
9am: Intro to Permaculture (Resolve to Evolve retreat center)
10:30am: Natural support for the Musculoskeletal System and Skin.
Garden talk: herbs to support the musculoskeletal system and skin
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. Participants take home 2 oz jar of herbal skin salve.
2:30pm-4pm: Plant walk and sustainable harvest time.
9am - 10:30am: Natural support for the Immune + Lymphatic Systems (Masterson’s Garden Center)
10:45am: talk from Erin of Masterson’s about bee products and beekeeping
11:15am: wild plant + nursery walk (review, plus a few new plants)
12:15 - 1pm: lunch / shop at nursery if desired.
1pm: Herb-infused honey and syrups. Group prepares elderberry+astragalus+rosehips syrup together.
2:45pm: Q & A / Herb Conversation. Sarah shares herbal resources for further learning.
3:30pm: bottle herbal syrup and label together. Group takes home bottle of herbal syrup
Wrap up program: quick paper survey for feedback.
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.
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.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716.633.2830.
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.
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.
3007 Bowen Rd, Elma NY
Sean Kennedy: The Basics of Permaculture
Sarah Sorci: Edible & Medicinal "Weeds" and Invasives: ID and Use
Refreshments and Raffles; fundraiser event for Elma CERT
Register at: ElmaCERT.org
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.
Cornell Cooperative Extension, LEAF series
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com, or (716)885-6780 Ext. 202