Monday March 26    
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Nature Institute
2213 South Levis Lane, Godfrey, IL, 62035

A new wave of herbal study has swept the nation. Herbalists have the ability to know which plant would make the best home remedy, but where would someone find these herbal plants?

Join Michelle Berg Vogel from the McCully Heritage Project for an upcoming workshop called, “Forest Farming: Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Plants.” On Monday, March 26th at 7 p.m., learn how to identify these plants. This free seminar will be hosted by The Nature Institute and held at the organization’s Talahi Lodge.

Berg Vogel will not discuss medicinal or herbal properties as much as species identification. She will also cover laws and regulations regarding growing, harvesting and selling ginseng in particular.

The other woodland plants that will be covered are those that grow in similar deep wood habitats; such as wild ginger, jack-in-the-pulpit and green dragon. Guests that attend this forum will leave with the ability to recognize these plants and their habitats. They will also have more understanding of the importance of conservation and proper protection of these forest species.

Berg Vogel manages roughly 870 acres of the McCully Heritage Project. She is also trained in agroforestry, which gives her a perspective on managing the forest beyond harvesting timber. This includes value-added farming, growing mushrooms and other edibles and understanding the economic and environmental value of woodland plants.

The McCully Heritage Project is a natural area made up of 940 acres in Calhoun County, Ill. The project offers 15 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, ponds for fishing, and more. The focus of the McCully Heritage Project is upon cultural and environmental enjoyment, education, and preservation. The public is welcome to hike, picnic, bird watch, and enjoy the natural beauty of the site. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.McCullyHeritage.org.

These workshops are free and open to the public. This group meets the last Monday night of each month August through April. What is sustainability and why should we live a life that is sustainable? Each month discuss different topics that will help you be a responsible citizen to Mother Earth such as; how to grocery shop responsibly, how to compost, why we recycle, and where our recycling goes.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

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