Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Old Forge Library to offer Wild Infusions Herbal Study Sessions, Seed Library

community member Jack DeBevoise and baby Spider plants that he propagated to share .

The Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., invites our community members to stop by and take part in this Spring’s Seed Library. There are a variety of seed packets and a few plants for people to take and use in their own home gardens. This spring we have a generous donation of propogated houseplants on offer as well. If you have seeds, seedlings or plants you’d like to donate and share, please drop them off. 

The library has several upcoming programs geared towards gardening and growing plants and vegetables. The first of three sessions of Wild Infusions Herbal Study led by Jessica Maureen Hinsdill, will discuss Violets on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 pm. There is a two-fer on Wednesday May, 24 with ADKAction presenting a Pollinator program at 11 am, and Mushroom Time with Tommy Hugh, local mycologist at 4 pm. On June 1, at 10:30 am there is a program for seniors 60+ offered by Snap Ed, and all attendees will receive their own personal container garden.
Check out the library website www.oldforgelibrary.org for more information on registration and confirmation of dates and times.  
The Old Forge Library's seed library.
In addition, the library has collected a special selection of books geared toward Adirondack gardening available to borrow with your library card.  Our local challenges with a Zone 3 climate, and a hungry deer population are topics covered as well as books on container gardening and composting.  
The library is wishing all of our community a happy growing season, and would like to take the opportunity to remind gardeners that they can harvest seeds from mature plants this summer, and drop them off for next year’s seed library.  
Wild Infusions Herbal Study Sessions at the Old Forge Library:
Jessica Maureen Hinsdill of Wild Soulstice, LLC

Jessica Maureen Hinsdill of Wild Soulstice, LLC. Photo provided by the Old Forge Library.

The Old Forge library will host a free 3 session study group, Wild Infusions Herbal Study, led by Jessica Maureen Hinsdill of Wild Soulstice, LLC. Wild Infusions Herbal Study is a group learning session with focus on one herbal plant at a time. Discussions may include plant identification, medicinal usage, herbalism terminology and more.
Join in creating a circle of support, a place to reawaken a culture of wellness and rekindle the confidence to nourish ourselves, our families, and our community.  The study group will meet once a month on Tuesdays at 6 pm on the following dates: May 16 – Violet; June 20 – Chamomile; and July 18 – Calendula.
Jessica has been her family’s herbalist, healing scrapes and colds with herbal medicine and holistic living. When diagnosed with Lyme Disease, she took a break from college for Holistic Nutrition to heal, finding herbs to support the path back to wellness. Now studying with Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, she started Wild Soulstice, LLC to provide herbal education and Lyme Disease support to the community.
Bring your prior knowledge to enhance the conversation or come for the learning in community. All experiences and ages are encouraged.
Class size is limited. Call the library, 315-369-6008, or email oldforge@midyork.org to register for one or all sessions.
Photo at top: Community member, Jack DeBevoise, and baby spider plants that he propagated to share. Photo provided by the Old Forge Library. 

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