Upcoming Classes and Events
Education is at the heart my herbal philosophy and I love partnering with local community businesses and organizations.
Some groups I have collaborated with and places I have taught:
Conferences & Festivals- American Herbalists Guild Symposium, Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference, NOFA-MA Winter Conference, HERBSTALK, Northeast Permaculture Convergence, RADHERB Convergence, Yoga + Herbs Convergence, UMASS Residential Life Wellness Conference, Unifier Festival, Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival
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, Spiral, People's Medicine Garden, Amherst Historical Society
Cooperatives- Food For Thought Books, River Valley Co-op, All Things Local Cooperative Market
Farms- Next Barn Over, Sawmill Farm, Montview Farm, The Farm at Avalon, Dig In Farm, Montague Retreat Center, Brookfield Farm, Crimson & Clover Farm, Sweet Autumn Farm
Please be in touch if you'd like to host a workshop or series in your community!
Educational Programs/Groups/Institutions of Higher Education- Permaculture FEAST, UMASS Medicinal Plant Program, Hampshire College, Western Mass Herbal Meet-up Group, The Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, SPIRAL, Herbal Community of Central Mass, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Amherst LSSE
Apothecaries- Blue Dragon Apothecary, Goldthread Herbal Apothecary, Bower Studio, Flower Power Herbs & Roots
2019 Class Schedule
Spice Rack Medicine Winter Class Series begins Sun 1/13. This 3 class series (1/13, 2/10, 3/10) covers the elements of Kitchen Medicine- demystifying herbalism and bringing it back into the home! Learn about the medicinal uses of the culinary herbs, food as medicine, herbal and food energetics, medicinal soups and broths, harmonizing with the seasons, mushroom medicine, and more! More info and register
Fire Cider-Making Workshop. Sat February 16th. 11:00am-12:30pm. At the Northampton Winter Farmers' Market
67 Conz St, Northampton, MA. By Donation (proceeds to benefit Tradition Not Trademark).
Fire Cider is a beloved traditional herbal folk remedy that can provide both potent protection from winter colds and flus, and also effective support and treatment when sickness hits. A wonderful example of food as medicine, it's a sweet and savory combination of common household ingredients like onion, garlic, and ginger, combined with raw apple cider vinegar and honey. We'll learn all about the medicinal properties of the ingredients, the wonderful versatility of Fire Cider and how to use it, and we'll make some together in class. Participants will leave with their own jar of Fire Cider (bring a glass jar!). Come see how fun and easy kitchen medicine can be! Pre-registration Required! Email email@example.com to register.
Growing the Home Medicine Garden. February 24th, 12:30-3:30pm. Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Boylston, MA.
Learn how to grow your own home medicine garden to build the home apothecary. Herbalist Jade Alicandro Mace will share her top medicinals for the herb garden, how to grow them, and discuss their medicinal uses and applications. This workshop is hands-on and participants will get to choose their own medicinal seeds to sow and will leave class with the beginnings of their own medicinal herbal garden! All materials included. Register Here
Tree Medicine Plant Walk. Saturday April 13th. 11am-12:30pm. At The Bower Studio- Pelham, MA. $10 (children are free)
The northeast is home to many medicinal tree species, and spring is one of the best times of the year to harvest them- especially medicinal barks- while the sap is running! Learn techniques for wildcrafting bark, how to to I.D. some of our local medicinal trees while they are still in bud before they have leafed-out, their medicinal benefits, and how to capture these properties in your own homemade medicines like tinctures, oils, syrups, and teas. This walk will take us around the land surrounding the Bower Studio and also the vast Quabbin Reservoir, which is right across the street! ***Pre-registration required. Register for class here!
From the Roots Up Apprenticeship in bioregional herbalism begins! More info here (FULL for 2019)
From the Roots Up Bioregional Herbalism Series spring session begins! More info here (FULL)
Nettles in the Kitchen. Saturday June 1st. At Herbstalk. Somerville, MA.
Learn all about this beloved and delicious medicinal and how to incorporate its healing medicine into your cooking! We’ll go in-depth on Nettles medicine and recipes will be demoed, tasted, and shared! Learn more about Herbstalk here.
Seaweed Medicine. Wednesday June 5th 6:30-8:30pm. At Blue Dragon Apothecary. Greenfield, MA. $30. Pre-registration required.
Join us for an evening workshop diving deep into the rich subject of working with seaweed as medicine and food. More nutritious then any land plant, seaweeds (which are actually a macroalgae) are immensely rich in minerals, gut healing and immune-boosting polysaccharides, trace minerals (especially Iodine, which is protective for the thyroid), and some are even anti-viral! Food traditions across the globe from Japan, to Hawaii, to the British Isles, and beyond have a rich history of incorporating seaweed into the diet and using them medicinal as well. This class will explore the different groups of seaweeds- Red, Brown, and Green- with a special focus on those abundant here in our Northeast waters, and discuss medicinal use and incorporating them into the kitchen! Recipes will be demoed (and tasted) and handouts will be provided. Pre-registration required. Register for class here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up!
Summer Solstice Herb Walk. Saturday 6/22. 11:00am-12:30pm. At Next Barn Over Farm. Hadley, MA. $10 (children are free)
Join us for a walk around the farm as we identify and learn about the medicinal herbs of high summer. We’ll learn field botany and plant ID, learn to read the herbal landscape, talk about making your own medicinal preparations like tinctures, oils, and elixirs, and get to know our locally abundant medicinal plants! Register for the walk here!
From the Roots Up Bioregional Herbalism Series summer session begins! More info here (FULL)
Medicinal Mushrooms in the Kitchen. Saturday August 10th. At the NOFA Summer Conference. Hampshire College- Amherst, MA
Mushrooms wonderfully walk the line between food and medicine. Combine their versatility in the kitchen with their medicinal virtues and you have a winning combination! This class will go in-depth on medicinal mushrooms easily incorporated into the kitchen. We'll learn about their medicinal benefits, favorite recipes, flavor combinations, and herb-pairings as we go. Learn more and register for the conference here.
Late Summer Herb Walk. Saturday September 7th. 11:00am-12:30pm. At Sweet Autumn Farm. Carlisle, MA. $10 (children are free)
Join us for a walk around the beautiful Sweet Autumn Farm as we identify locally abundant medicinal herbs, trees, and shrubs! We'll discuss medicinal use, harvesting tips, field botany, ecology, and medicinal preparations of the plants we meet. Instructions for making medicinal preparations such as tincture, oils, vinegars, and elixirs will be covered as well! Pre-register by emailing email@example.com. Carpooling encouraged!
From the Roots Up Bioregional Herbalism Series fall session begins! More info here (FULL)
Bioregional Incense w/Jade Alicandro Mace of Milk & Honey Herbs and Leslie Chaison of the People’s Medicine Project
Saturday Oct 12th. 11:30-1pm. At the People's Medicine Garden at Just Roots Farm. Greenfield, M. $20 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds) for groups working to protect sacred plants.
Cultures all over the world burn herbs for ceremony and shifting energy, however many commonly burned herbs are at-risk in the wild. Learn how to connect to our locally abundant aromatic plants, as we make bioregional incense together. By working with abundant local plants and especially herbs from our own ancestral traditions, we avoid the harm caused by commodification and over-harvesting of plants sacred to cultures in other places such as White Sage and Paulo Santo, both of which are dwindling in their native range due to over-harvest. This workshop will introduce participants to our local incense plants and techniques for making your own burning bundles and local incense as well. Handouts and recipes will be provided! Please pre-register by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Making Herbal Honeys. Sunday October 27th. UMASS Fall Festival at the UMASS Renaissance Center. More details coming soon!
Join us for a demonstration on making your own herbal honeys for your home apothecary. Honey is a wonderful medium for herbs- it's medicinal on its own even before the addition of herbs, is versatile and has a long shelf-life, and is locally abundant which allows us to make truly locavore medicine. This class will share the ins and outs of extracting herbs into honey. Recipes and handouts will be provided!
D.I.Y. Herbal Self-Care. Dec 12th. UMASS, Amherst.
Details coming soon!
Spice Rack Medicine Winter Class Series begins (dates TBA)
Spice Rack Medicine Online Winter Series begins (dates TBA)