~Milk & Honey Herbs is a small, diversified, family-owned farm and business in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.  We believe that community health and ecological health are intrinsically connected and hope that Milk & Honey Herbs positively contributes to both~

What's New?

  • Registration is currently open for the Fall session of FROM THE ROOTS UP, a course in bioregional herbalism.  Learn to be an effective herbalist using the plants growing abundantly all around you.  (The spring session is FULL)

  • We are now accepting FALL ORDERS for live plants from our MEDICINAL PLANT NURSERY.  This year our offerings have grown to over 90 different medicinals! We ship.

  • The COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC is going strong.  Every Friday from 12-7 pm I offer low-cost herbal consults on a walk-in basis.  Come check-out our new location at 158 Main St in Greenfield at Blue Dragon Apothecary.  ALL are WELCOME!

                           -Next Barn Over Farm CSA in Hadley, MA
                           -All Things Local Cooperative Market in Amherst, MA

                           -River Valley Market Co-op in Northampton, MA


Spring Session: April -June (FULL)
Fall Session: Sept-Nov (Registration OPEN)
A course in bio-regional herbalism, this series is designed for the student who wants to dive-in and get to know the local plants up close and personal.  Folks will learn how to confidently identify plants in the field, how to harvest and make medicine with them and learn their complete medicinal
profile.  Meets 1 Sunday/ month
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Summer Solstice Plant Walk
Saturday June 21st
10:30 am-12 noon
Amethyst Brook Conservation Area-  Amherst, MA.
$0-$10 Suggested Donation.

It's high summer and an amazing time to explore our local field and woodlands in search of edible and medicinal plants!
We'll take a casual walk together and identify the numerous useful, edible and medicinal herbs growing at this beautiful site.  Harvesting tips and guidelines, edibility, identification tips and medicinal preparations will all be discussed!
~No pre-registration required~



 NOFA Summer Conference
(Northeast Organic Farming Association)
Fri August 8th-Sun August 10th
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

  • Bioregional Herbalism: Stocking the Home Apothecary with Locally Abundant Herbs  (Pre-conference Intensive)
  • 10 Culinary Herbs: Cultivation& Medicinal Use (Wksp #1)
  • Medicinal Weed Walk (Wksp #2) 

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Northeast Permaculture Convergence

July 4th-6th
Unity, Maine

Herbal Medicine Making: Tinctures, Honeys, Oils & Vinegars

The classic permaculture landscape is full of medicinal plants.  Knowing how to process these plants and use them for medicine increases our community resilience, challenges the current for-profit healthcare system in our country, greatly enhances our health, and is an extremely ecological form of healthcare.This class will cover 4 important herbal preparations that are versatile, store well, and are easy to make- tinctures, herbal honeys, infused oils and vinegars.  Come learn some simple ways that you can take the mystique out of herbal self-care and provide healthful and sustainable alternatives for yourself, your family and community. 



Harmonizing With the Seasons
Sunday Sept 10th. 12-2:30
Just Roots/ Greenfield Community Farm
Greenfield, MA. FREE

The distinct seasons of New England each exert their own subtle-and not so subtle- influences on both our physical bodies and our psyches.  By attuning with each season on hand, we can ally with these natural influences to advance our personal growth and development, and improve our health.  Using the framework of Chinese Five Element Theory as a guide, we will learn the flavors and foods, colors and sounds, herbs and daily practices associated with each season, and see the amazing unity and balance one can achieve by harmonizing with the earth and her seasonal rhythms.

The Winter Herbal Medicine Cabinet
Sunday Oct 19th. 12-2:30 pm.
Just Roots/ Greenfield Community Farm
Greenfield, MA. FREE

In this afternoon workshop we'll cover some common and not so common herbal remedies to boost our immune systems, support us through the winter months and help keep ourselves and our families and communities healthy.  Class will be a mixture of hand-outs, discussion and most importantly, medicine-making.  Participants will all leave with an herbal preparation made in class, a check-list of important remedies to have on hand for the winter season, and a sense of empowerment that grassroots healthcare is not only incredibly important and highly effective, it's also easy and fun!

View the full 2014 Schedule {here}

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