2013 Teaching Schedule

Education is at the heart my herbal philosophy and I love partnering with local community businesses and organizations. I have collaborated with Grow, the Cooley-Dickinson Midwifery Center, the UMASS Medicinal Plant Program, the Western Mass Herbal Meet-up Group, The Brickhouse Community Resource Center, Next Barn Over Farm, Montview Farm, Goldthread Herbal Apothecary, FEAST Permaculture Design Certification, Food for Thought Books, CISA (Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture), Hampshire College, NOFA-MA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), Herbstalk Conference, Bullard Memorial Farm, Blue Dragon Apothecary, Just Roots/ Greenfield Community Farm, River Valley Market Cooperative, and others.

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

Herbal Remedies for the Childbearing Year- Sun April 7th at Cradle. Northampton, MA. 11am-1pm.  $20
Pregnancy, birth and the postpartum months are times of great change and transformation, and can be joyfully supported with the help of many safe and simple herbal remedies. In this workshop we'll discuss herbal treatments for supporting a healthy childbearing year from preconception to postpartum. From helping prepare the body for birth, to low energy and trouble sleeping, to increasing milk production, to emotional support and more, herbs can be of much use in both maintaining optimal health during pregnancy and gently helping correct imbalances as they arise.

UMASS Herbfest- Tuesday April 23rd. 11:30-1:30 pm. UMASS, Amherst Student Union Ballroom. FREE
Herbfest is an annual celebration of medicinal and aromatic plants presented by students in the Umass Plant & Soil Sciences course "Herbs, Spices & Medicinal Plants."  Vital live medicinals from our nursery will be available at the Milk & Honey Herbs table as well as more info about our programs, and a chance to meet and talk herbs!

Wild Spring Edibles- Thursday April 25th. 5:30-7:30 pm. Blue Dragon Apothecary. Amherst, MA.  $20
Spring is a great time to grab your guide book and a friend and head out to the woods and fields in search of some truly wild food.  Not quite sure what's edible and what isn't?   In this class we'll discuss some of the premier wild spring edibles of our region (which are many),  share some delicious recipes, and go over wild-crafting guidelines to ensure a safe and ecologically sustainable harvest.  Participants will all share a wild food dish made together in class!

Spring Herb Walk- Sat May 4th. 10:30 am-12. Northampton Bike Trail (meet at the end of State St) . $5 suggested donation
Spring is truly here and its finally time to get out and do some harvesting!  We'll take a walk along the Northampton bikepath and identify the numerous useful, edible and medicinal herbs growing along its edges.  Harvesting tips and guidelines, edibility, identification tips and medicinal preparations will all be discussed!

Herbal Meet-up Group Plant Swap- Sat May 11th. 10-12. Amherst, MA.  FREE
Members of the Western Mass Herbal Meet-up Group come together to swap extra plants from their gardens. Not a member?  Join {here}

Edible Plant Walk-June 1st. 3 pm. Bullard Memorial Farm, Holliston, MA. Adults $10, Children $5
Come an enjoy a walk around the farm as we identify and discuss the many edible plants growing there!

FROM THE ROOTS UP: Herbal Ecology, Wildcrafting & Medicine-Making Series.  Summer Session begins Sun June 16th.  Meets 3 Sundays June 16th, July 14th, July 28th. Click {here} for details!
In this herbal class series we dig deep and forge an intimate connection with each plant we study......

Herbstalk Conference-Spice Rack Medicine.  Somerville, MA. June 8th
Imagine if your spice rack contained the only herbs you had in your home... what could you treat?  Among the plants commonly known as "culinary herbs", we can find some of the most powerfully medicinal herbs found in modern herbalism today.  From rosemary to thyme to basil and sage, culinary herbs can be used to successfully treat a multitude of common ailments including colds, fevers, infections,coughs, digestive complaints, nervous system imbalances, and more.  In this workshop we'll study some of the herbs commonly found in the home spice rack that are readily available and easy to grow locally, explore making medicine with them as a group, and learn how they can be used for more than just spicing-up our food!

The Summer Herb Garden: Growing & Harvesting Medicinal and Culinary Herbs-  Tuesday June 11th. 6:30-8 pm. River Valley Market. Northampton, MA.  FREE
We will discuss a collection of medicinal and culinary herbs essential for any summer herb garden. I will share, in detail, growth requirements, propagation techniques, culinary uses, medicinal preparations, and harvesting guidelines.  This workshop will expand your gardening knowledge and open up new ideas for using herbs.

    ~Please call River Valley Customer Service to pre-register. 413-584-2665. Everyone is welcome!

Summer Herb Walk- Thursday July 11th. 5:30-7:00 pm. Northampton Bike Trail (meet at the entrance at the end of State St behind Stop & Shop). FREE
Come out during peak summer and meet the many abundant medicinals growing right along the Northampton bikepath.
Harvesting tips and guidelines, edibility, identification tips and medicinal preparations will all be discussed!


NOFA Summer Conference- Amherst, MA. August 9th-11th.

Medicinal Plant Propagation
This class is about the ins and outs of medicinal plant propagation. We'll cover stem, root, and woody cuttings,field divisions and layering.  Learn how to make more of your favorite medicinals!

Medicine-Making 101: Tinctures, Vinegars, Honeys & Elixers
During this class we'll explore the myriad of different ways we can produce our own herbal preparations right in our own kitchens.  Making your own medicine is fun, empowering and easy!  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.


Making Your Own Herbal Salves & Lip Balms- Mon Sept 9th. 5:30-7 pm. Next Barn Over CSA.      15 Lawrence Plain Rd (Rt 47), Hadley, MA. Sliding scale $0-$10.
Learn how to make your own herbal salves and lip balms with fresh, locally grown ingredients!  Useful as all purpose remedies for cuts, scrapes and bruises, they are a great addition to any home medicine cabinet.  Salves are fun to make with friends and kids and make great gifts too!  Participants will all leave with a product we make together in class.  Pre-registration requested but not required. If possible please let us know you're coming!

FROM THE ROOTS UP: Herbal Ecology, Wildcrafting & Medicine-Making Series.  Fall Session begins Sun Sept15th.  Meets 1 Sunday/month Sept 15th, Oct 6th, Nov 3rd. For more info click {here}
In this herbal class series we dig deep and forge an intimate connection with each plant we study....

Kitchen Medicine. Sat Sept 28th. 12-2 pm. Greenfield Community Farm/ Just Roots. Greenfield, MA.  FREE. 
Learn how to use food as medicine. So many foods and spices, commonly found in most peoples' kitchens, can be used to support a strong and healthy immune system and build whole health.  We'll discuss the benefits of eating locally and with the seasons, how the different flavors affect the body, fantastic and effective herbal and culinary recipes, and essential ingredients to keep on hand in the home.  Medicine-making techniques will be demonstrated and hand-outs will be given!


The Winter Herbal Medicine Cabinet. Mon Oct 7th. 6:30-8:30. River Valley Market. Northampton, MA. FREE
Learn proven herbal remedies to boost our immune systems and support us through the winter months.  This workshop will be a mixture of discussion and hands-on medicine-making, including how to make your own elderberry syrup.  Leave with a check-list of important herbs and preparations to have on hand for the winter season, and learn how to use them!

    ~Please call River Valley Customer Service to pre-register. 413-584-2665. Everyone is welcome!~


Permaculture F.E.A.S.T. Permaculture Design Certification.  Guest Teacher.  Sat 11/30. Holyoke, MA

The Herbal D.I.Y. Spa. Monday Dec 9th. 6:30-8:30. Food For Thought Books. Amherst, MA. Sliding Scale $20-$25.

In this hands-on workshop participants will gain first hand experience making their own facial masks and scrubs, calming and invigorating bath salts, and luscious body butters- all with healthy and natural ingredients that are actually good for you!  Folks will all leave with a product made together in class and recipes will be given.  And, of course, they'll make great gifts!