Herbalist to lead instructional walk

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Anyone interested in the native plants of Douglas County — which plants are edible and which have healing medicinal properties — are invited to go on a walk with herbalist Mary O'Brien.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 on Bell Meadow Farm near Sedalia.

“She makes her own herbal medicines and tinctures and has an amazing knowledge of all the local plants and their uses,” said Deanna Meyer, who owns Bell Meadow Farm and is one of the founders of the new Sedalia farmers market.

Meyer said O'Brien, who lives in the Steamboat Springs area, was trained by Stephen Harrod Buhner, respected herbalist and author of best-selling books such as “The Lost Language of Plants.”

A walk in the farm's meadows will be followed by a hands-on training of how to make herbal medicines and medicinal lip balms. Participants will get a lip balm to take with them.

The walk is limited to 20 participants. The cost is $35, which includes light snacks. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 10.

To get more information, or to make a reservation and to get directions to the farm, call Meyer at 303-814-6919 or email her at info@bellmeadowfarm.org.