First Annual Nettle Fest

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Please RSVP to Kevin at Lifebridge Foundation if you plan to make your favorite nettle recipe and make sure to bring all the ingredients. We'll supply the nettles! (845) 658-3439




Lifebridge Sanctuary
in Rosendale, NY


Saturday May 11, 2013


11am - 4pm

Who should come?

  • Herbalists
  • Gardeners
  • Foragers
  • Locavores
  • Super food enthusiasts
  • Environmentalists

What to Bring?

  • gloves
  • plastic bags
  • recipe ingredients

Families are welcome. Children need to be supervised by parents.

Warning! Best not to wear shorts and sandals!

The humble nettle is a powerful spring tonic loaded with vitamins and minerals. It makes a delicious tea. Join us and become a nettle aficionado!
The stinging nettle really stings, but a little cooking dissolves the stings allowing the plant to release its powerful healing properties.

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(845) 256-9830

First Annual Nettle Fest

lifebridgeJoin Us In Celebration Of This Amazing Spring Superfood!

Presented by the Lifebridge Foundation in Collaboration with Wild Earth

• Learn to safely harvest, process and cook with this nutritious wild native plant.
• Share your favorite nettle recipes and best practices.
• Enjoy a freshly made lunch of nettle delights.
• Bring home some plants for your own garden.

Led by Herbalist and Wildcrafter Dina Falconi
and Holistic Health Care Counselor Dawn Deevy

11:00 – 12:30: Join Dina Falconi as we gather (carefully) around the nettle patch.

Learn about the nettle plant, its uses and medicinal properties. Hear some nettle lore. Safely harvest the parts of the plant we will be eating.

12:30 – 2:30: Nettle Lab: A recipe making pot-luck lunch.

Gather in Lifebridge’s kitchen, help prepare and cook several nettle recipes. People sharing recipes will bring their own ingredients and we’ll supply the nettles. Enjoy the feast!

2:30 – 3:30: Join Dawn Deevy as we learn to dry, make tinctures and infusions of nettle.

Dig some plants for taking home.

Nettles grow wild all around us and are indicators of rich soil. Our nettles are growing around our compost patch!

Our Instructors: Dina Falconi and Dawn Deevy

Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. She has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than twenty years. She produces Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is a founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association, a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and on the board of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. An avid gardener and wildcrafter, Dina is passionate about ecological agriculture and has completed the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. She is the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody. Her upcoming new book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook will be available in June 2013.

Dawn Deevy has been harvesting wild herbs and cultivating plants for food, beauty and medicine for 25 years.
Plant medicine is one of a variety of modalities she uses in her practice as a holistic health care counselor. She is also the proprietor of Dawn’s Dog Boarding, a thriving doggy day care located in Stone Ridge.