Weeds, Leaves, Seeds, and Shoots
May 17, 2014, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
COOPERSTOWN, NY — April 17, 2014 — Spring has finally arrived, and with “Weeds, Leaves, Seeds, and Shoots,” a learning experience in identifying wild plants, their nutritional benefits, and preparing them to eat at The Farmers’ Museum on May 17 from 1-5 p.m. The class is led by Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, R.N., a practicing herbalist and Registered Nurse wellness educator.
This class is all about wild herbs and foods that are either non-endangered or are considered invasive, what some might call “weeds.” Uhlmann-Bower reviews traditional uses of these plants and offers practical uses for optimal wellness and balance today, for the simple, beneficial, dense nutrition they supply.
Participants learn to harvest a plant that is not cultivated, always leaving enough for the plant to repropagate. Uhlmann-Bower leads a walk outdoors to identify plants of the season, while teaching the impact we have on plant populations by changing the micro-environment, soil organisms, and local species.
Many of the first greens of spring are traditional pot herbs, and the main tastes of the season are bitter and sour, with some pungency too: barberry, chicory, dandelion, garlic mustard, Japanese knotweed, leeks, nettles, ox-eye daisy, sorrel, watercress, yarrow, and yellow dock. Traditional ways these wild foods were used at this time of the year will be discussed
Indoors, participants learn to cook with nature’s bounty, using recipes made with in-season wild food. The class is sure to include a food and drink tasting. Preservation methods that avoid refrigeration are also shared, supporting the less-is-more concept of energy conservation.
The class is equally appropriate for plant beginners and experts, ages 12 and older of all abilities. Approximately 90 minutes of the class are held outdoors, so participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring a walking stick. The walk will be adjusted to match participants’ abilities. Bring a drink and snacks.
This class is one of a series spanning the seasons, each highlighting wild plant edibles in all their stages of growth. Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, R.N., is author of "Healing the Injured Brain: Overcoming the Fog, the Fatigue and the Forgetfulness." She combines natural therapies in traditional and eclectic herbalism with evidence-based, health-oriented community education outreach programs.
Weeds, Leaves, Seeds and Shoots is held at The Farmers’ Museum on Saturday, May 17 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Registration is required; call 607-547-1461. Cost: $20 or $15 for members of the New York State Historical Association. The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Todd Kenyon, Marketing and Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum / The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: email@example.com