Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci is the owner of Sweet Flag Herbs. She is a 2014 graduate of the Holistic Herbalism program at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine (BRSHM), and is currently completing a Clinical Herbalism program through the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. For Sarah, the most exciting herbs to work with are those that grow wild or are easily cultivated locally.
Sarah is based in Buffalo's south towns, where she offers wellness consultations, educational workshops, plant walks and garden consultations. Look for her course contributions to the Herbal Academy's online classes.
Sarah graduated from Denison University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies/Sustainable Development. Since then, she has worked to connect people with plants, nature, and food. Sarah spent 3 seasons apprenticing and working for organic vegetable and herb farms, and coordinated a gardening education program through the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry (CCRM). Sarah developed and coordinated CCRM's Cooking and Nutrition Program, which was awarded the NYS Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program Best Practice Award in 2013.
Sarah moved to North Carolina in 2013 to complete a Horticultural therapy program alongside the BRSHM herbal medicine program. While completing her studies, she worked as a horticultural therapist at St. Gerard House, implementing a pre-vocational vegetable and herb garden program for individuals with autism.
Sarah is excited to be back home in western New York. She is the proud Executive Board president and volunteer at Greystone Nature Preserve in Fredonia, NY, where she has developed a Native Medicinal Plant trail. She is also the Co-Coordinator of the WNY chapter of Herbalists Without Borders, and a member of the Buffalo Botanical Gardens' Medicinal Garden Committee.
Sarah has always felt most alive and herself when immersed in nature. She is passionate about knowing the ecosystem in her home region, and believes that a sustainable relationship with nature is required for human wellbeing. She is grateful to combine her love of plants, people, and community in her work with Sweet Flag Herbs.
Photo: Jessica Cunningham photography