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Come learn how to make your own medicinal sauerkraut and other fermented foods. We will taste a few of my favorite bubbling tonics and talk about some seasonal, wild-harvested ingredients. This class is hands-on, so get ready to help chop!

Katherine Novotny, RH(AHG)

Katherine is a herbal educator/practitioner, an urban homesteader, and an artist. She believes in accessible, and affordable health care and empowers students to pursue healing through backyard gardens, kitchen potions, and deepening their connection to their local forests. Novotny is a Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild, taught as a core faculty member at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA and currently has a private herbal practise in Bloomington, Indiana. Since 2012, she has been in a continuous mentorship with Dr. William Morris; learning and teaching TCM Pulse Diagnosis as a tool for advanced herbalist in a clinical setting. She loves weaving stories of herbal folklore into lectures and teaching about different body systems. Novotny comes from a Eastern European lineage filled with crafty, green-thumbed influences. When she is not teaching herbal medicine, you could find her camping in her old truck, laying on the forest floor admiring mushrooms, or in the backyard gardening, wrangling chickens, or staring at her bees. She has been known to stop at a yard sale or two.​

Join us for the 11th annual Midwest Herb Fest, August 4-6, 2017 Register Now

  • Learn

To identify wild medicinal plants. Herbal uses, contemporary and historical

Herbal Medicine Making

  • Explore

Herb Walks

Tree Walks

Self guided tours

  • Entertainment

Live music - River Glen on the mainstage

Fire Spinning - varied artists, Mamma Beth the Fyre Wytch (poi+), KC Wilkerson (dart) & more.

  • Open Events

Labyrinth walk - facilitated by Jackie Lakey.

Drumming - at the bonfire.

Auction - fund raiser, donate items or services to raise money for our herb trail and other projects.

  • Get Back to Nature

Primitive camping

RVs welcome (sorry, no hook-ups).

Private clothing optional area secluded from event activities,

(must be 18 and over, or be accompanied by parents)

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