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Workshop Spotlight: Native Medicinal Plant Walk

Teen and youth focused. Foraging possibilities (no actual harvest will take place without permission) on site, the origins and sources of plants , traditional uses, and incorporation of them into your current diet edible invasives and why they are here - plant walk id walk- and usage how to encourage and propagate /spread good plants and naturally discourage their tendencies to take over. How these same tendencies in plants help us draw allegories to human behavior workshop and walk can be done separate or together. neither of them is required to participate in second portion.

This workshop is suitable for Teens

Beth and Neal Laferriere

Beth Laferriere is a Pagan Herbalist who has been practicing for over 25 years. She has been focused on Native plants and plants that are easily cultivated in the vast majority of the Midwest. She grew up and was trained in Wisconsin before embarking on a corporate career that took her all around the Midwest and South. She now makes her Home on 115 plus acres of wild Mountain terrain in West Virginia called Blackberry Springs Farm, with her husband children and interns fosters medicinal growth on over 1600 acres of contracted medicinal managed organic land. Through the family owned company Blackberry Botanicals She teaches herbs and medicine on her farm to both students and interns and continues to protect at risk plant populations from development.

Neal Laferriere is the co-owner with his wife Beth of Blackberry Springs Farm and Blackberry Botanical. His love of native medicinal's is evident on his sustainable certified organic forest farm in the mountains of West Virginia. Neal and his family have been leading plant rescues across the two Virginias as well as teaching others how to get involved.Blackberry Botanical is a small family run company that focuses on sustainable products made in small batches with their own certified organic crops. They make medicines, teas, spices and sell small quantities of sustainably harvested products to other medicine makers. For more information on Blackberry Botanicals reach out to us on Facebook or call us at 304 923 3716

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Join us for the 13th annual

Midwest Herb Fest: Growing Strong!

August 2-4, 2019

Glastonbury Institute of Sustainable Living, near Culver, Indiana

Learn: History of folk medicine and modern use of medicinal plants,

alchemical spagyrics, tinctures, restorative yoga, and more

Explore: Herb walks, tree walks, herb, mushroom, and vegetable gardens

Entertainment: Live music, fire spinning

Open Events: Drumming, bonfires, auction fundraiser

Get Back to Nature: Primitive woods camping with hot showers and flushing toilets

Workshops and activities for adults, teens, and children

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