2015 Schedule

Upcoming Classes and Events

Education is at the heart my herbal philosophy and I love partnering with local community businesses and organizations.

Some greoups I have collaborated with and places I have tought:

Conferences- Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference, NOFA-MA Winter Conference, HERBSTALK, Northeast Permaculture Convergence, RADHERB Convergence, Yoga + Herbs Convergence
Non-Profits-CISA (Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture), Railroad Street Youth Project, Brickhouse Community Resource Center
, Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm, Bullard Memorial Farm, Grow Food Amherst
Educational Programs/Groups/Institutions of Higher Education- Permaculture FEAST, UMASS Medicinal Plant Program, Hampshire College, Western Mass HerbalMeet-up Group, Cooley-Dickinson Midwifery Center, Amherst LSSE
Cooperatives- Food For Thought Books, River Valley Market, All Things Local Cooperative Market
Farms- Next Barn Over, Sawmill Farm, Montview Farm, The Farm at Avalon
Apothecaries- Blue Dragon Apothecary, Goldthread Herbal Apothecary

Please be in touch if you'd like to host a workshop or series in your community!

2014 Schedule
2013 Schedule


JAN
Winter Tree Medicine. NOFA Winter Conference. Saturday Jan 10th. Worcester State University. Worcester, MA.
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't still make medicine! In this workshop we will meet some of our local evergreens and learn how to identify them,  We'll also discuss their medicinal benefits and learn how to capture these properties in easy and effective preparations such as salves, oils, and elixers.  We'll demonstrate how to make the medicine and recipes will be shared!


The Herbal Localvore. Northampton Winterfare at the Northampton Winter Farmers Market.  Saturday Jan 17th. Smith Vocational High School. Northampton, MA. FREE! 
Make your own medicine using locally available ingredients! Jade will share some of her favorite local herbs, and discuss their uses and methods for preserving them with locally available and abundant materials, with a special focus on honey and vinegar. Herbal honeys, infused vinegars, syrups, and oxymels: learn medicine-making principles that you can apply at home, take a taste, and bring home a sample.

SPICE RACK MEDICINE Winter Class Series. Meets 3 Sundays Jan-March. 1/18, 2/8, 3/8
This 3 class series will explore the rich subject of Kitchen Medicine- demystifying herbalism and bringing it back into the home.  Learn the medicinal uses of the culinary herbs, food energetics and how to get the most nutritionally from your food, eating and harmonizing with the seasons, medicine-making, and more!

FEBRUARY
Classic Culinary Herbs: Cultivation, Harvest & Medicinal Use. Greenfield Winterfare at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market. Saturday Feb 21st. 11am-12 Noon. Greenfield, MA. FREE!

The culinary herbs are among the most medicinally active plants used in herbalism today.  Learn how these well-known herbs can be used as the powerful medicinals they truly are! Easy to access in the grocery store and farmers market, and just as easy to grow in containers, small spaces, and the home garden, they provide a starting point to de-mystifying herbalism and bringing it back into the home.  Specific growth requirements, harvest, drying and storage, and medicinal uses will be discussed, and medicine-making techniques will be demonstrated.

Herbal Medicine-Making for Community Resilience. Sunday Feb 22nd. 2-4 pm. At All Things Local Cooperative Market. Amherst, MA. FREE!
Making your own medicine is fun, empowering, and fun! In this afternoon workshop we'll focus on herbal medicines made with truly "localvore" ingredients, including vinegars, honeys, syrups, and oxymels. Guidelines for wildcrafting, harvesting, and drying your own herbs will also be discussed. Herbal preparations will be demoed and recipes will be given! Pre-registration required! Register for class {HERE}

MARCH
Winter Tree Medicine. Monday March 16th. 3-6pm. At Railroad Street Youth Project. Great Barrington, MA.
Just because it is winter doesn't mean you can't still make medicine! In this workshop we will meet some of our local evergreens and two local medicinal mushrooms commonly found on certain trees in our bioregion- reishi and chaga. We'll discuss identification, harvest, their medicinal benefits and learn how to capture these properties in easy and effective preparations such as salves, oils, double-extracts, and elixirs. Medicine-making techniques will be demoed and recipes will be shared! Open to Berkshire County Youth

APRIL
Growing the Home Medicine Garden. Wednesday April 15th, 6:30-8pm. At River Valley Market in Northamton, MA. FREE! 
Learn some of the most useful medicinals to grow in the home garden and how to grow them yourself! In this hands-on workshop, participants will all get to choose from a variety of medicinals, and leave class with seeds they've sowed themselves!

Pre-registration Required. Please Pre-register with River Valley at 413-584-2665

4/26 FROM THE ROOTS UP Spring Session begins. 
Meet the local medicinal plants up close and personal. Classes meet outside and in the field in western Massachusetts. Learn botany and plant ID, herbal ecology, reading the herbal landscape, a bioregional materia medica, medicine-making, and more.  Class meets 1 Sunday/month April-June.

MAY
Propagating Woodland Medicinals. Sun May 17th, 12-1pm. At Milk & Honey Herbs, Shutesbury, MA. FREE!

Vegetative Propagation of Field-Grown Perennials. Sun May 24th, 12-1pm. At Milk & Honey Herbs, Shutesbury, MA. FREE!

Plant Walk around the Farm! Sat May 30th, 12-1pm. At Milk & Honey Herbs, Shutesbury, MA. FREE!

JUNE
Bioregional Incense. Sun June 7th. HERBSTALK Conference. Somerville, MA.
Learn how to turn your local weeds, trees, and berries into aromatic and medicinal treasures! Using plants local to our own bioregion that are easy to grow and wild-harvest, we'll cover several types of incense, including smudges, loose incense, incense sticks, and kyphi (also known as compound incense).   Many aromatic plants are powerful anti-microbials, and have a number of other powerful herbal actions as well.  In addition to learning the step-by-step process for making these sumptuous preparations, we will also cover the medicinal uses of the incenses we make and the plant ingredients we use.  Recipes will be demoed and given.
 

JULY
FROM THE ROOTS UP Summer Session begins July 19th
Meet the local medicinal plants up close and personal. Classes meet outside and in the field in western Massachusetts. Learn botany and plant ID, herbal ecology, reading the herbal landscape, a bioregional materia medica, medicine-making, and more. Class meets 1 Sunday/month July & August.

AUGUST
NOFA (Northeast Farming Association) Summer Conference
. August 14-16th. UMASS, Amherst.
       -Making Your Own Bioregional Incense
       -Common Weeds that Heal

Mint Family Plant Walk. Sawmill Farm Herbal CSA.  Thurs Aug. 27th, 6-7:30pm.
The Mint Family (Lamiaceae) is home to so many wonderful botanicals.  In addition to the familiar Peppermint and Spearmint, the Mint Family also includes Lemon Balm, Skullcap, Tulsi, Motherwort, Anise Hyssop, Catnip, Bee Balm, Clary Sage, and even all the Mediterranean herbs (Rosemary, Lavender, Sage, Thyme, Basil, Oregano).  Learn the botany of this family and how to identify mint family members, their medicinal properties, harvest, and how to capture their properties in preparations like tinctures, glycerites, and oils. By Donation $0-$10.
 

SEPT
FROM THE ROOTS UP Fall Session begins
Sept 13th
Meet the local medicinal plants up close and personal. Classes meet outside and in the field in western Massachusetts. Learn botany and plant ID, herbal ecology, reading the herbal landscape, a bioregional materia medica, medicine-making, and more.  Class meets 1 Sunday/month Sept-Nov.

OCT
Making Your Own Herbal Bitters & Cordials. Saturday Oct 17th. 12-2:30pm. Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm. Greenfield, MA. FREE! Pre-registration requested
Lately, herbal bitter and cordials are all the rage- and with good reason!  They are an alluring intersection of medicine and drink, and can be skillfully blended to taste delicious and impart health.  In this class recipes will be given and preparations will be demoed. Leave with the skills and inspiration to make your own medicine and incorporate these healthful beverages into your everyday life!
 

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