Medicinal plants have a long history across civilizations, and are garnering attention as the influences of herbalism and natural medicine move into the mainstream. Join Niraj Ray, founder of Cultivate the City, on the rooftop of its urban farm and learn how to utilize a diversity of these plants for both food and medical purposes.
Some of these amazing plants grow wild and are native to the local area, while others require a little more care to flourish in homes and gardens. Ray shares plant identification techniques, growing and harvesting methods, and tips on how to cook, preserve, or use medical plants as salves, tinctures, infusions, and teas. She discusses varieties such as Indian mint, Vicks plant, echinacea, chamomile, tulsi, mint, aloe, moringa, and others.
Participants have a chance to try or taste some of the products Cultivate the City makes from its locally grown or foraged medicinal plants, and everyone gets their own seedling or seeds to take home.