Heather Houskeeper

A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail

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Heather Houskeeper’s A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes Trail is a practical guide to identifying and utilizing the plants found along the almost 1,000-mile-long hiking trail. Many of the plants are found throughout New York State’s rolling hills, deep river valleys, rugged mountain tops, grassy meadows, and even the edges of freshly sown farm fields. No matter where the hiker may be on or off the trail, food and medicine abound.

Houskeeper is an accomplished hiker and trained herbalist who was certified by the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, NC. In 2015 she thru-hiked the Finger Lakes Trail and set the record as the first person to hike the entire FLT system, including its many side trails and byways, in one continuous trek. Renowned as “the Botanical Hiker,” she has also thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and North Carolina’s Mountains to Sea Trail (twice), about which she wrote her earlier volume, A Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains to Sea Trail.

Her guidebooks are appropriate for the beginning plant enthusiast or the most experienced botanical expert, dedicated as they are to helping everyone foster a deeper and broader relationship Author H Houskeeperwith the botanical world. In her guide, she not only shares her expertise in sustainable harvesting techniques and proper processing of plants and plant parts – but she is generous with her favorite recipes for food and medicine.

When not woods rambling or pulling back the petals on a botanical find, Houskeeper educates and guides others into the natural world. This book is the second in her series of Botanical Hiker Guides. To follow her adventures and research, visit her blog: www.TheBotanicalHiker.blogspot.com.