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Seven Springs Speaker Spotlight: Faith Starr, Wild Plant Advocate

Get to know Faith Starr of Living Green With Faith in our last speaker spotlight for the 2011 Seven Springs Fair! 

What are you going to speak about at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR? 

Faith StarrI will be speaking at four different workshops. Three of the workshops are about wild edibles and the fourth one is about do it yourself health. One is a slide show of wild edible plants with information on how to recognize and use them. The second workshop is a

weed walk on the Seven Springs grounds so people can actually see the live plants in their habitat. I’ve found a great spot near the conference center that has an abundance of wild edibles. The third workshop will show how to use the wild weeds by making tinctures, oils and syrups to preserve their benefits to last all winter. I love the excitement that is generated when people realize that the weeds in their backyards have great nutritious and medicinal values – that’s in addition to being delicious!

What are you most looking forward to sharing with FAIR attendees? 

How to recognize and use those wild plants that grow everywhere. I love to see their reaction when they realize what a wealth of free food is growing right outside their door. The feedback from attendees at last years weed workshops was outstanding – so come join us!

Tell us about your background with your particular topic. 

I’ve been foraging since I was a child. When I was a teen I was very interested in herbology and that interest has continued to expand over the years. I’ve also studied horticulture with a focus on native plants and organic growing. In addition, I’ve spent countless hours foraging in the woods and almost as many hours in the kitchen experimenting with the best ways to incorporate wild foods into my diet.

Why should fairgoers attend your presentation? 

Lots of great, usable and easy to understand info that will benefit you and your family for your entire life. Plus, it’s just plain fun! On the serious side, given the economy and the decline in the quality of food that is available today, this is info that everyone should have. It should be taught in every school.

How will you get to the FAIR, and how far do you have to travel? 

As a native Pittsburgher, I will only be driving about two hours to get to the Fair. I’m thrilled that the Fair is held in Seven Springs. It’s such a beautiful place to spend a fall weekend.

What are you most looking forward to at the FAIR? 

Seeing all the friends I made last year and meeting lots of new ones. Plus I love all of the great exhibits and workshops. I had a wonderful time last year.

What advice do you have for attendees? 

Try to balance seeing the exhibits and attending the workshops. There is so much fabulous info here. I like to attend some workshops on some of my favorite interests but also attend some on subjects I know nothing about. That way I feel like I get a great learning experience. Above all – have fun! 

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could have only one thing, what would you choose? 

Fresh clean water!

Thanks, Faith. We’ll see you at the Fair! 


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