Sat, Feb 22nd or Mar 9th, 2020 11am-3pm
Used by indigenous peoples all around the Northern hemisphere, the balsam tree is Nature’s medicine cabinet!
Location: Parking along 2 Ave SE, outside of 2410 2 Ave SE building, is free on weekends. From here, we will walk a couple blocks to the harvesting area. After the harvest and plantwalk, we will meet at Pearce Estate Park (5 min. drive) to process our medicines and have a traditional snack.
Come and learn to use the gifts of the Balsam Poplar tree. We will go from Harvest to creation of a Take-Home Medicine Chest of balsam bud goodies! Uses of the balsam poplar & other poplar-family cousins for food, medicine, shelter, and household tools will be discovered in a celebration of the Plant Nation. See images from previous Balsam Harvest Fests.
This Festival of Poplars is part herb-walk, part traditional apothecary experience. We will harvest our medicines and make them over a fire, with fresh bannock and herbal tea. Kids of all ages are welcome with their parent or guardian, there is a playground in Pearce Estate Park; ages 0-7 are free, ages 8-12 are only $10 each.
What to Expect:– Meet the cousins of Balsam, the Poplar family! They are a close-knit bunch!
– Explore the many healing properties of Balsam & how to Identify it- Process our Buds into 3 unique medicines: Anti-inflammatory Ear Oil, Resin Cough Syrup, and Balm of Gilead
– Enjoy a traditional snack of bannock and herbal tea
– Learn to Harvest all parts of the Balsam tree safely, legally and with respect for nature (and without getting all sticky!)
– Take home your own Balsam medicine chest on the same day
– Drumming, singing, traditional stories about the Standing People (our friends the trees)
Checklist for Balsam Harvesting:
– Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, sun or weather protection
– a pair of inexpensive/disposable gloves
– a travel mug or water bottle (tea and water will be provided)
– bring a drum if you have one!
– an offering for the trees – not necessary but always appreciated, make sure it is biodegradable and not a hazard to birds or animals. Tobacco is traditional, but not necessary