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PO Box 261, Fredonia, NY  14063


Fredonia, New York

Edibles and Medicinals for the Home Garden

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 

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Edibles and Medicinals for the Home Garden

Jamestown Community College, North Campus, Dunkirk
4 week series: starts Wednesday, May 2nd
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: $68. Includes all samples, garden seeds and handouts.

Whether you have a spacious backyard or a stoop for a few containers, you can enjoy beautiful, easy-to-grow plants at home that are edible or medicinal. Sarah will introduce you to a range of common edible and medicinal plants, including tips for cultivation and use after harvest. You may be surprised by which garden plants you can cook up for dinner or make into tea! 

Each class includes recipes and instructions for harvesting and using these plants. Participants will sample a range of herbal preparations, and take home a seed packet of choice. No experience necessary.

Week 1: Houseplants and Garlic.  Aloe, rosemary, catnip, thyme. Intro to plant-based medicine. Demo: Making Infused Vinegar/Honey.

Week 2: Full/Part Sun Outdoors. Discuss edibles (Daylilies, Jerusalem artichoke, groundnut, rose, nasturtium) and medicinals (Calendula, Cayenne, St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, and rose). Demo: Making Infused Oil.

Week 3: Full/Part Sun Outdoors Part 2. Discuss medicinals (Bee Balm, Echinacea, Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Marshmallow root, Motherwort, Feverfew). Tea Activity: Infusion vs. Decoction.

Week 4: Shade Outdoors. Discuss edibles (Ramps, Hostas) and native woodland medicinals (Bloodroot, Goldenseal, Black Cohosh, Solomon’s Seal, Wild Geranium.) Demo: Making Herbal Tinctures.

Pre-registration required. Visit the JCC Continuing Education website to sign up.

Earlier Event: April 10
Medicinal Plants for the Home Garden
Later Event: May 3
Intro to Herbal Tincture Making