On the 9th of September 2016 there was an open day in the training center of Locodeni. The varied programs and the nice weather attracted a large number of visitors. The participants of the medicinal plant training organized within the frame of the project played an important role in the preparation and realization of the program.
The event started with a solemn opening ceremony where Mr. Kolumbán Gábor, president of the advisory board of Civitas Foundation emphasized its role played in maintaining the traditions of rural communities; he also drew the attention to the possibilities hidden in the medicinal plants and natural assets of Udvarhely Seat. Medicinal plants have an important role not only in protecting our health, but they mean a significant economical potential which must serve the welfare of the local communities. After the opening speech the participants could gain a practical insight into wildcrafting, cultivating and processing medicinal plants. One group presented the herbs, their use and curative effects at the presentation garden. Another group of women at the brook presented their products made of medicinal plants: herb salts, bath salts, creams, teas and syrups. The visitors could also try the preparation of some products. On another spot the visitors could get known the medicinal plants of Udvarhely Seat, including their gathering, storing, processing and usage. The first steps of lavender cultivation in our region were also presented to those interested; professional cultivators talked about their experience, possibilities offered by lavender and products made by them. On the next spot some processing methods were also presented to visitors: drying and distillation. During the shop-works the participants of the project tried to share their experience and contributed to a constructive exchange of views. During the whole event the children’s corner assured interesting medicinal plant related activities for the younger generations. The younger children had the possibility to draw, learn how to make a tea or to recognize medicinal plants.
The large number of visitors and the active participation at the work-shops proved that there is a significant inquiry towards medicinal plants from both, the experts and the public. At the same time we need to emphasize that our region disposes of significant possibilities and the proper use of these possibilities can be imagined only with the participation of local communities.