The Vegetarian Society of Chautauqua County along with the Seventh-day Adventist Church Healthy Cooking Class will sponsor two herb walks in the coming weeks. The first walk will be held on Tuesday at Falconer Village Park. The second walk will be on Wednesday, June 12, at Luensman Overview Park. Dinner will be at 6 p.m., and the walks will start at 7 p.m.
The leader of the walks will be Laurel Honey. She has spent years studying native herbs as well as wild edible and medicinal plants. She will share her knowledge of identifying these plants, telling of their many uses and healing properties, and explaining how to incorporate these plants into our everyday lives as food and medicine. The group may find plants such as jewelweed, plaintain, pokeweed, lambs quarter, yarrow, mint and more.
Falconer Village Park is located at Phetteplace Street in Falconer. To get to the park, drive on Main Street (Route 394) into Falconer, and turn left (if coming from Jamestown) or right (if coming from the east) onto Phetteplace. Drive two short blocks, and you will be at the entrance to the park. We will be at Pavilion No. 3. There are picnic tables and bathrooms available.
John Luensman Overview Park is located on Thayer Road in Portland. To reach the park from Mayville, follow the signs from county Route 58 to Brocton Road to Burdick Road to Thayer Road. From Lake Erie follow the signs in Brocton to Highland Road, then right on Ellicott Road, left on Thayer Road; from West Portland follow Webster Road to Ellicott Road to right on Thayer Road. There is a pavilion at the park with picnic tables and there is also a bathroom available.
The cost to attend either walk is $5 per person. The menu for both dinners will be healthy pot-luck. Those coming are invited to bring a nutritious dish to share which will serve eight to 12 people, as well as the recipe. This should be vegan (no meat, eggs, milk, butter or other dairy products used in preparing it), and organic if possible. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 499-3801, or Anne Watkins at 782-4334, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants should remember to bring footwear and clothes appropriate for the weather, paper and pencil to take notes, food to share, and plates and silverware.
These walks are open to the public; you do not need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend. They are open to anyone who is interested in learning about healthy eating and living.