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Plant Ancestor Medicine at Marble Hill

Date: August 20th 2-5pm

Facilitators: Marisa Prefer, urban ecologist, educator and community herbalist.

Place: MMCC (Marble Hill Senior Center).

Duration: 2 Hours

Cost: Free

Participants: Seniors 65yo and up. 


In this hands-on workshop, learn how to use common herbs in your medicine cabinet while exploring the ancestral histories of plants and sharing stories about your family plant traditions. Join community herbalist, educator and urban ecologist Marisa Prefer, whose ancestors immigrated to NYC from Romania & Poland will make three herbal preparations to take home using plants growing in the OSS gardens. We will make an all-natural skin cream, an oil infusion, and gentle blends of teas which have many uses in the body. Folks will walk away with a written guide to using these remedies to encourage sharing knowledge with their families and friends.

About the workshop leader

Marisa Prefer works to blend spaces between plants and humans, as an urban ecologist, educator and community herbalist. Their work involves working with students of all ages and tending slices of green space throughout New York City, while also collaborating on projects like Carbon Sponge with Brooke Singer, Swale with Mary Mattingly & Seeds of Change with Maria Thereza Alves.