SAT. APRIL 7th 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 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 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
Some Past Workshops:
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH 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 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.