Backyard "Farmacy": Getting to Know Local Edible and Medicinal Plants

  • Arlington Park 2650 Waldemere St Sarasota, FL 34239 USA
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We all know and love our cultivated vegetables and fruits, but most of us are not aware of how much food and medicine grows abundantly all around us. Come take a leisurely walk through Arlington Park and learn about some of these plants, as well as how to identify and prepare them.

Wild foods can play an important role in a balanced and vibrant diet, in addition to empowering us to rely a bit less on the industrial food system. Many medicinal species grow right where and when we need them, and learning the herbs outside our front-doors means that we can use them to keeps ourselves healthy and well, before reaching for pill bottles.

This will be an evening walk in an area with water, so bring natural bug spray if you think you will be bothered by bugs. Please wear comfortable shoes that can get dirty: we won't be doing any serious hiking, but we won't be staying on the paved paths either. A notebook and camera may also be useful for recording notes.

Meet at the picnic tables by the rec center, next to the main parking lot on Waldemere. $10 per person.

About the Instructor

Caitlin McMullen is a passionate advocate of local food, grounded in her practices of growing a garden and wildcrafting both edible and medicinal plants. She has completed community herbalist training with Emily Ruff at the Florida School of Holistic Living, and has had the pleasure of learning about our wild herbal allies from a wide range of Florida-based teachers.