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Edible and Medicinal Herb Walk

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Edible and Medicinal Herb Walk

Time: August 1, 2009 from 10am to 2pm
Location: Jo and Geoff Fowler's Farm, Greencastle, Co. Donegal
City/Town: Greencastle
Website or Map: http://www.wisewomanireland.c…
Phone: 0864019987 or 0749381000
Event Type: educational, walk
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Latest Activity: Jul 29, 2009

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Nature Walk – Edible and Medicinal Herb Identification with expert Donegal herbalist

Transition Inishowen are delighted to invite all interested to a Nature Walk with expert herbalist and author Judith Hoad. The “Edible and Medicinal Herb Walk” takes place on Saturday August 1st in Greencastle from 10am to 2pm costing €10 and includes lunch.

Judith Hoad, a retired Western Herbalist, has been walking the lanes, fields and gardens of Ireland for nearly thirty years, introducing the people who come with her to the medicinal qualities of the wild plants that grow there. More recently there is a growing interest in the edible plants that grow wild, as well. As Judith uses these in her own kitchen and has done for years, she is only too happy to add this information to the walks.

“The origins of herbal medicine are primarily wild plants. Very rarely are any of them cultivated” says Judith. She continues, “I am very keen for everyone to have access, through knowledge gleaned from any reliable sources, to the benefits to be derived from these plants. With the world domination of food seeds by only one or two multinational corporations, it is going to become important in the future to know what is available in the wild for both food and medicine”.

Judith's walks are full of anecdote and memorable stories about the plants, what they do, how they can be treated and she debunks some of the myths that have grown up around some of them in modern times. She welcomes all ages and invites us to, “come and enjoy our natural heritage!”

“One of the most popular workshops at the Inishowen Summer Gathering 2005 was Judith Hoad’s “Wondering through the Weeds”. I am delighted to welcome her back here to share her knowledge”, said Kathleen O’Hara Farren, one of the founders of the Transition Inishowen Initiative. She adds that bookings are being taken now. “Please book by phone or email so that we can prepare for lunch!” For only €10 you can attend a guided nature walk learning about all the uses of wild herbs and vegetation growing in hedgerows and meadows. It starts at 10am and ends after lunch on Saturday Aug. 1st at Jo and Geoff Fowler’s farm in Greencastle. Directions will be given when you book. Contact Kathleen at (074) 93 81000 or 086 1222898 or email

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Comment by Admin on July 15, 2009 at 13:08
sounds great!
I will be back for that! - how can we book a place?
Comment by Mary Kay Mullan on July 14, 2009 at 16:47
Sounds very interesting. I'll be attending.

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