Peggy is a wild-foods enthusiast, herbalist, gardener, forager and educator who enjoys helping people discover the edible and medicinal plants including trees, weeds and cactus that grow all around us but often are not recognized as useful.
Peggy was introduced to wild foods by Linda Runyon in 1990 and has been on a mission to learn all of the edible and medicinal plants that grow in the desert southwest. She is especially passionate about the sweet Mesquite Bean Pods.
Peggy has obtained a lot of hands-on education with the medicinal plants of the southwest through several local herbalists. She completed a 300+ hour herbal intensive program with herbalist Michael Cottingham where the class hiked the desert and White Mountains of Arizona and the Gila Mountains of New Mexico and learned many plants. Altogether, she has learned over 100 medicinal plants and has processed many of them into tinctures and salves or dried for tea.
Peggy is a board member of the AZ Herb Association.
Peggy Sorensen’ Speaking Experience:
Peggy has been teaching workshops and plant walks since 2014. Her topics include: Mesquite Bean Pods, Prickly Pear Fruit, Edible & Medicinal Weeds, Edible & Medicinal Plants, Edible & Medicinal Trees, Herbal Honey & Oxymels. She has presented to several valley organizations such as the Valley Permaculture Alliance/Trees Matter, Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa Libraries, and at Phoenix Public Market and Old Towne Scottsdale Farmer’s Market. She taught classes at PrepperFest, to students in the 2nd, 7 th & 8 th grade, AZ State Fair, Wounded Warrior Project, Superior Prickly Pear Festival, AZ
Honeybee Festival, Vistancia Garden Club, AZ Herb Association Herb Festival & Herb of the Month presentations. She has also done a vaiety of digital presentations through Urban Farm Webinar on Mesquite, Urban Farm Podcast, Guest on the Rosie On The House radio program with Farmer Greg Peterson, and an NPR radio segment on Mesquite.