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Workshop Spotlight: A New Look at American Ginseng

Panax quinquefolius Revered in our region primarily for its monetary reward, Ginseng is an integral part of the Appalachia culture. Typically harvested solely for its export to the Orient, the use of American Ginseng has all but been lost to the Western World. Called a “National Treasure” by Kathleen Maier and the “King of Herbs” by Phyllis Light, American Ginseng mostly remains a true mystery waiting to be discovered. As one of the top “At Risk” plants, it’s time for our perspective about usage, harvest and habitat to change. By reviving techniques of old such as partial root harvest, leaf medicine and zero waste combined with forest farming, we can create a thriving environment to sustain Ginseng into the future. Join Laurie as she explores the history of Ginseng in the Appalachia and its impact on those who harvest it, its use among the First Peoples and why it’s so desired in China, current trends in the industry and the innovative ways Ginseng is being marketed. Coupled with Laurie’s ideas for responsible usage and sustainable ways that entrepreneurs can help herbalists access this plant, make her cutting edge ideas eye opening and inspiring.

This workshop is suitable for Teens and Adults

Laurie Quesinberry

Steeped in the traditions of Appalachian wildcrafting, Laurie Quesinberry is a generational digger and mountain woman. With a deep connection to the plants, her journey began as a poacher and evolved into plant - and land - steward. With a unique perspective of at risk plants, Laurie is working to restore connections and breathe new life into wisdom’s of old; while preserving a path for the plants’ future.​

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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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