Publication Date: 
August 2014

Weeds, Leaves, Seeds, and Shoots 

August 30, 2014, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
 
COOPERSTOWN, NY — July 28, 2014 — “Weeds, Leaves, Seeds, and Shoots,” a learning experience in identifying wild plants, their nutritional benefits, and preparing them to eat, is offered at The Farmers’ Museum on August 30 from 1-5 p.m. The class is led by Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, a practicing herbalist, Registered Nurse, and outdoors 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.
 
The main tastes of the season are cool, bitter and spicy foods that support one to remain cool and active: bed straw, bee balm, burdock, cattail pollen, chickweed, day lily, lambs quarters, mallow, rose, sow thistle, and wild mustard. 
 
Indoors, participants learn to cook with nature’s bounty, using recipes made with in-season wild food. The class also features how to cook and bake with the various wild grains available. The class is sure to include a food and drink tasting. 
 
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, August 30 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.
 
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Press Release Contact: 
Todd Kenyon, Marketing and Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum / The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: pr@nysha.org
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