Celebrate Earth Day with Sustainable West Milford

| 17 Apr 2012 | 02:10

WEST MILFORD— Spring is here in full force and Sustainable West Milford’s Medicinal Plants Garden is ready to thrive. Join the group for the first garden work day of the season on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, from 11:30a.m. to 3:30p.m., for as little or as long as you’d like.

Volunteers will be waking up the garden and celebrating the new spring and the great season to come. They will be raking out the beds, clipping old stems, and weeding. The group will assemble the water catchment system, which will ensure that the garden is 100 percent rain-fed. As always, herbalist Robin Rose Bennett will talk about herbal medicine and answer any questions. Join Sustainable West Milford and get off to a great start learning about this fascinating and important practical subject.

Additional work days at the medicinal garden for the 2012 season are scheduled for May 20, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4; save the dates; times will be announced.

Adopt a garden bed Volunteers may also adopt one of the garden beds and take care of the particular plants in it. Would you like to work with lobelias and veronicas? How about pearly everlasting and wild strawberry? Those are just two of the many beds which need regular tending. If you have been wanting to learn more about herbal medicine and how to use natural methods for healing, here's a perfect opportunity. As you learn to provide what they need to be healthy, Bennett will help you learn how to prepare them in ways that will help you to be healthy.

Herbal education series begins The Herbal Education Series is hosted by Sustainable West Milford and presented by Bennett of WiseWoman Healing Ways.Join us for an introduction to herbal medicine as everyday medicine for the health of self, family, community, and the earth. Learn how easy it is to make medicinal herbal infusions and why eating even a few dandelion leaves a week can profoundly impact your health and energy.Bennett will talk about how to help spring allergies, too.

The class is informative and fun as you touch, smell, and taste the herbs being talked about.The class will be held on Wednesday, April 25, from 7:30 to 8:45p.m. in Room 10 at the Hillcrest Community Center, 1810 Macopin Road.There is no charge to attend..

For more information about this and other Sustainable West Milford programs, visit www.sustainablewestmilford.org. For more information about WiseWoman Healing Ways, visit www.RobinRoseBennett.com.To adopt a garden bed, to join the garden mailing list or for questions about the garden work day or herbal medicine class, email Russ at fdutch@aol.com.

Pearly Everlasting is one of the plants in the SWM medicinal garden.