Join Kara Buchanan of Spoonful Herbals for the first of 3 classes offered to learn about herbal gardening in Northern Vermont! (Come to one, or come to all!)
In this first class, we’ll focus on growing plants from seed; * which plants are best to start from seed and which are not! * Many benefit from any early indoor start. We’ll discuss timing, indoor growing equipment, and special treatments. * We’ll also talk about seed saving and native cultivars
Mushroom Medicine Wednesday, February 20th 6 to 7:30pm Railyard Apothecary, 270 Battery Street, Burlington, VT Join Katherine Elmer to traverse the folk wisdom and modern scientific understanding of some common wild and cultivated forest fungi. We will sip Wild Mushroom Chai and discuss the processing and medicinal benefits of medicinal mushrooms such as shiitake, chaga, reishi and turkey tail. $15 in advance, $20 the day of Preregister here
Therapeutic Herbalism Series: Healthy Hearts! Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 6pm to 7:30pm Railyard Apothecary Join clinical herbalist Katherine Elmer for this series offering an evidence-based exploration of familiar plants and fungi for restoring and maintaining wellness. This first class with focus on heart health. Therapeutic Herbalism focuses on the application of specific plant remedies for supporting specific body systems for optimum function and the prevention of disease. Participants will have an opportunity to sample the herbs and learn the best ways to prepare and administer them. Participants may attend a single session or register for the entire series. Content will be based on the book “Body into Balance” by Maria Noel Groves. Katherine is co-founder and clinician at Railyard's Burlington Herb Clinic and a faculty member at the University of Vermont Program in Integrative Health.
Sustainable Leadership: Yoga and Herbs for Resilient and Compassionate Activism Saturday, March 9th 2:30pm to 5:30pm Railyard Apothecary Are you an activist or leader in your community? Do you strive to balance the needs of the world with the needs of your body for rest and rejuvenation? This collaborative workshop with Clinical Herbalist Katherine Elmer and Yoga Teacher Gillian Kapteyn Comstock (guest teacher from Metta Earth Institute) is for anyone who is called to meaningful work in the world and is seeking more tools to enhance and deepen their work. We will explore the balance of inspiration and anxiety that motivates our efforts, and how that impacts our body, mind and spirit. Participants will be guided through a series of beginner/moderate yoga postures and learn about (and taste!) herbal/nutritional strategies focused on self-nourishment and enhanced capacity for leadership, creativity and collaboration.
Cost: $25, open to all. Bring your yoga mat and props if you have them. Preregister here
Tues, March 12. 2019 6:30-8pm Vermont Herb Gardening, Class #2: PERENNIALS, TREES & SHRUBS at Railyard Apothecary, $15 In this second of three herb gardening classes (Come to one, or come to all!) we’ll talk about favorite medicinal perennial plants, trees and shrubs to consider growing in your landscape for beauty, medicine and wildlife. We’ll discuss techniques for starting new plants from cuttings and divisions. Everyone will have the opportunity to take home a potted Elder!
Tues. April 2rd 6:30-8 pm Vermont Herb Gardening, Class #3: Planning and Planting your Herb Garden In our third and last class (Come to one, or come to all!) as we anticipate the imminent arrival of the spring planting season, Kara will suggest her favorite plants to cultivate, including welcoming in the volunteering native weeds and pollinators. We’ll discuss the growing habits as well as share the challenges of some of the plant species and families you are sure to want to invite into your garden home.
...and to look forward to in July, a tour of Kara’s Rooted Heart Rising garden in full abundance!
Some Past Workshops:
SAT. APRIL 7th, 2018 11:30-1:30 at Rooted Heart Rising garden at Rock Point Shiitake Cultivation: Hands-on Demonstration and TipsShiitake mushrooms are a delicious addition to your home cooking that pack potent cancer-fighting and immune- supporting benefits. Join Jon Turner of Wild Roots Farm Vermont, to demonstrate, sample and discuss the cultivation of shiitake mushrooms for yards and forests of the northeast.
Thursday May 24th, 2018 5-7p.m., Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms Spring Tonic Medicine Making and Herb Walk Join Katherine Elmer and Guido Mase for an evening of learning about herbs and tonics! Our farm landscapes are not only capable of producing nourishing foods, but also powerful plant-based medicines from weeds, cover crops, ornamental gardens, forests, and backyards. This “weed walk” will introduce participants to medicinal plants commonly found on different parts of the Vermont farm landscape and invites participants to engage in deepening the local food movement by incorporating nature-based local medicine as part of a resilient food system. Participants will help gather and process some of the herbs into classic tonic recipes traditionally featured in the spring. This program is offered in partnership with RAILYARD Healing Center& Burlington Herb Clinic. $20 / person
Saturday June 16th, 2018 10am -12 pm, Farm Barn, Shelburne Farms Weed Walk and Nettle Pesto Making with Spoonful Herbals Learn how to sustainably harvest nettles and then process them into a nutrient dense nettle pesto to take home. Spoonful Herbals is the collaborative effort of community herbalists and educators Katherine Elmer and Kara Buchanan. Spoonful offers an annual Herbal CSA, which includes three seasonal herbal self-care packages. Each CSA provides 4-5 varied formulas with detailed educational guidance about the plant ingredients and their uses and educational events for members, all for $150, with convenient share pickup at Railyard Apothecary. Spoonful also runs a 6-month Community Herbalism Apprenticeship program where students learn how to identify, harvest, and create remedies from native and locally-grown medicinal herbs. Spoonful’s Herb Mob program engages volunteers to bring locally harvested (gleaned) medicinal plants into our apothecary from local organic farms and green spaces such as Shelburne Farms. Register at Shelburne Farms or Railyard Apothecary, $20/person
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH 2018 9:30a.m.-11am, University of Vermont The Untapped Resource on Your Homestead: Weed Medicine for Your Community! Join community herbalists Katherine Elmer and Kara Buchanan, of Spoonful Herbals, to learn about common weeds or easy to grow medicinal plants on your farm and homestead, and basic herbal preparations that can be added to a general farm CSA or woven into an Herbal CSA. Katherine and Kara have offered an Herbal CSA program for the past 3 years in the Burlington community and will share examples and samples of delicious, simple and useful preparations emphasizing weeds and invasive plants. This course is offered through the NOFA Winter Conference. Preregistration required. Please click here to view the slides from this presentation!
TUESDAY, MARCH 6TH 2018 6-7:30p.m., Railyard Apothecary Planning and Planting Your Herb Garden We’ll discuss Kara’s favorite suggested plants to include, welcoming in the volunteering native weeds, and understanding the growing habits of some of the plant species and families you are sure to want to invite into your garden home. We’ll also cover seed starting and plant propagation techniques as well as harvesting considerations. You'll also go home with a seedling or two of your own! $15 in advance, $17 day-of. To sign up, please click here.