On Sunday, Sept. 16, the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry (CCRM) will host Jacqueline Swift of Rainbow's End Herbs as part of its Local Farmers, Local Foods series.
Swift's workshop is entitled "The Herbal Medicine Chest." Participants will learn the benefits of various herbs for healing and well-being. Individuals will sample a dish prepared with garlic raised at Rainbow's End Herbs, and will take home garlic as a free gift.
Swift is an herbalist, nutritionist and co-owner of Rainbow's End Herbs. She began studying the medicinal aspects of herbs in the early 1970s, and graduated with a BS degree in dietetics in 1985. Swift served as an instructor at the Lexington Co-op for four years, and has offered workshops and talks for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, NYS Direct Marketing Association, Migrant Tutorial Program in Fredonia, and numerous other groups and garden clubs. Rainbow's End Herbs specializes in culinary and medicinal herbs. The family-owned organic farm features an 1840s farmhouse shop, fine herb products, production and display gardens, barn animals, and seasonal tours and classes.
The workshop will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at CCRM's Friendly Kitchen, located at 131 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. All are welcome and there is no cost. To participate, contact Sarah Sorci at 366-1787. These workshops are made possible by a grant through the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, and the NYS Department of Health Division of Nutrition. CCRM is a United Way Community Partner.