Foraging Plant Walk – May 31

From our Spring Foraging Walk in April at Erie Bluffs State Park.
From our Spring Foraging Walk in April at Erie Bluffs State Park.

Join Ian Hamilton and Leah Wolfe of the Trillium Center for a spring foraging adventure at the Bluffs State Park, along the shores of beautiful Elk Creek and Lake Erie.

May 31, 1-3ish PM
Raccoon Park, East Springfield, PA (map is below)

We’ll be looking at amazing wild foods and medicines, and will talk processing, cooking, and storage, so you can begin to feed and heal yourself from nature’s grocery store. This class is the first of a seasonal series through the Trillium Center, and will empower you as a forager to consciously garden and protect our wild places.

Children are welcome! $15 per person, or $30 per family. Proceeds go toward the Lake Erie Mobile Herbal Education Clinic, and will help make natural medicine accessible to the community.

Send an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com or check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1577047982558599/

Ian and Leah sitting and talking about plants.
Ian and Leah sitting and talking about plants.

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Use this map to get there:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Raccoon+Park+Boat+Launch/@41.989975,-80.48054,603m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88321299b7ea66bf:0x9b10b33263a4eb81!6m1!1e1

Drinking Tea to Study Herbs

The hairy twig of Staghorn Sumac.
The hairy twig of Staghorn Sumac.

The next Serpentine Study Group meeting is on May 23 at 4 PM at the Trillium Center. You are invited to come; we only have 10 seats, so please reserve your spot in advance. We will drink tea and taste tincture made from a regional medicinal plant so that we can learn first-hand how to use these amazing plants. The cost for the class is $10 and includes a sample to take home. Here is the webpage from our first class of the year:

http://serpentineproject.blogspot.com/2015/05/sumac-in-late-spring-httpslocomote.html

From the webpage: 

The Serpentine Project study group resumed in April of 2015 to enjoy a freshly-harvested tree medicine: sumac. In our area, Staghorn Sumac is the predominant species. It’s Latin name is Rhus typhina.  It is in the same genus as poison ivy and the same family as cashews and mangos. The drupes or “berries” have been used to color and flavor food, make a lemony drink, and as a medicine, particularly in India. The stems are hollow and can be used to make pipes and spiels to tap trees for syrup. For our early spring study group, we drank tea and tasted tincture made from the bark. To read the rest, click here:

http://serpentineproject.blogspot.com/2015/05/sumac-in-late-spring-httpslocomote.html

Wilderness First Aid: 3 more days to register!

NCM_0281We are so excited to have Dave Pike back to teach a Wilderness First Aid class at the Trillium Center. This year, Charles Schiavone will be a co-trainer. You will also be excited to learn that the Trillium Center will offer an Herbal First Aid course to participants later in the year!

Here are the details for the May training:
(Registration information is at the bottom, you must register to participate).

Wilderness First Aid
Join us on May 16-17 for a hands-on course that prepares you to avoid, prevent or cope with medical issues in wilderness environments. This is a 16-hour class over two days including the following topics:

Day One
1: Introduction, Preparation and Assessment of the Problem
2: Preventing and Caring for Injuries (All Types)

Day Two
1: Problems with Weather and Environment
2: Bites, Bugs and Plant Poisons
3: Medical Problems
4: Conclusion, Exam & Performance Evaluations

Total cost: $80 for the two-day workshop including lunch both days + $20 for the book

Lunch will be provided! Your book will be sent to you when you pre-register. We encourage you to read the book before the class. You and everyone else will have a better learning experience if we can focus on developing body memory and not focus on the book. The course ends with a 2-part exam (scenarios and written test) to ensure that you have integrated the information. You will receive a WFA card when you pass the exam. You will be better prepared in the event of an emergency!

The Instructors

Dave Pike works on a Rescue Squad in Western North Carolina as EMS crew and Wilderness Rescue Technician. A Wilderness EMT since 2002 and credentialed for instruction with American Safety & Health Institute as well as North Carolina’s Office of EMS, Dave Pike has worked as an EMT in urban, wilderness and disaster situations.

Charles Schiavone is a volunteer firefighter and paramedic at the Conneaut Fire Department, Station #3 and a builder at the Trillium Center and BLD farm. He has been a street medic trainer for more than 5 years and went to Haiti after the earthquake to provide disaster relief.

You must pre-register by May 1. Pre-registration fee is $20, which covers the cost of your book. Registration form and final payment of $80 are due May 10. Get the registration form and other details by sending an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com.

Herbalists Without Borders in Ohio/PA

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Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) is an international network of herbalists, traditional healers, complementary alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners, botanical medicine product makers, botanical trades people, herb growers, farmers, ecologists, students, humanitarian aid workers and others interested in the vital roles of plants in primary health and wellness, sustainable agriculture, tradeecological preservation.

You can support their work locally and globally by becoming a member or volunteering. If you are interested in getting involved with the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania Regional Chapter of Herbalists Without Borders, please contact me at the Trillium Center at trilliumctr@gmail.com.

Learn more about HWB at their website: http://herbalistswithoutborders.weebly.com

Become a member here: http://herbalistswithoutborders.weebly.com/join-hwb.html

They provide low-cost guides to help you cultivate social justice wherever you live. Check out their guides at this page: http://herbalistswithoutborders.weebly.com/resources–guides.html

In our region, I am working on a mobile People’s Clinic project to bring herbal education and community health to Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Read more about HWB’s People’s Clinics: http://herbalistswithoutborders.weebly.com/peoples-clinics.html

You can donate to the mobile People’s Clinic project in Ohio and western PA here:

Donate now!

Viriditas,

Leah Wolfe

May 16-17, Wilderness First Aid

We are so excited to have Dave Pike back to teach a Wilderness First Aid class at the Trillium Center. This year, Charles Schiavone will be a co-trainer. You will also be excited to learn that the Trillium Center will offer an Herbal First Aid course to participants later in the year!

Here are the details for the May training:
(Registration information is at the bottom, you must register to participate).

Wilderness First Aid
Join us on May 16-17 is a hands-on course that prepares you to avoid, prevent or cope with medical issues in wilderness environments. This is a 16-hour class over two days including the following topics:

Day One
1: Introduction, Preparation and Assessment of the Problem
2: Preventing and Caring for Injuries (All Types)

Day Two
1: Problems with Weather and Environment
2: Bites, Bugs and Plant Poisons
3: Medical Problems
4: Conclusion, Exam & Performance Evaluations

Total cost: $80 for the two-day workshop including lunch both days + $20 for the book

Lunch will be provided! Your book will be sent to you when you pre-register. We encourage you to read the book before the class. You and everyone else will have a better learning experience if we can focus on developing body memory and not focus on the book. The course ends with a 2-part exam (scenarios and written test) to ensure that you have integrated the information. You will receive a WFA card when you pass the exam. You will be better prepared in the event of an emergency!

The Instructors

Dave Pike works on a Rescue Squad in Western North Carolina as EMS crew and Wilderness Rescue Technician. A Wilderness EMT since 2002 and credentialed for instruction with American Safety & Health Institute as well as North Carolina’s Office of EMS, Dave Pike has worked as an EMT in urban, wilderness and disaster situations.

Charles Schiavone is a volunteer firefighter and paramedic at the Conneaut Fire Department, Station #3 and a builder at the Trillium Center and BLD farm. He has been a street medic trainer for more than 5 years and went to Haiti after the earthquake to provide disaster relief.

You must pre-register by May 3. Pre-registration fee is $20, which covers the cost of your book. Registration form and final payment of $80 are due May 10. Get the registration form and other details by sending an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com.

Spring Foraging Class

Join Ian Hamilton and Leah Wolfe of the Trillium Center for a spring foraging adventure at the Bluffs State Park, along the shores of beautiful Elk Creek and Lake Erie.

April 25, 3-5 PM
Address is: 12112 Abels Rd E, East Springfield, PA 16411

We’ll be gathering amazing wild foods and medicines, and will talk processing, cooking, and storage, so you can begin to feed and heal yourself from nature’s grocery store. This class is the first of a seasonal series through the Trillium Center, and will empower you as a forager to consciously garden and protect our wild places.

Children are welcome! $15 per person, or $30 per family. Proceeds go toward the Lake Erie Mobile Herb Clinic, and will help make natural medicine accessible to the community.

Send an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com or check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1429396210687327/

Peoples’ Public Forum on Injection Wells

Dear Friends of the Trillium Center, 
I wanted to let you know about this Earth Day event in Windsor Community Center. We believe this is relevant to the work we do at the Trillium Center in terms of clean water being one of the foundations of self-reliance and interdependent living. If you are interested in learning more about how injection wells threaten the health of Ohio communities, join Ashtabula County Water Watch:
Peoples’ Public Forum on Injection Wells
Earth DayWednesday, April 22, 20156-8 pm
Windsor Community Center
5430 Mayfield Rd, Windsor, OH 44099
Radioactive fracking wastewater is being disposed of in our back yards.  Come hear expert testimony explaining injection wells and health hazards of the wastewater coming into Windsor Township, Ashtabula County. Concerned residents are urged to attend and present written and oral comments.
Class II Injection Wells accept liquid waste from oil and gas wells using hydraulic fracturing. Although this wastewater has the benign name of “brine,” in addition to salt, it contains high levels of contaminants like benzene, naphthalene, formaldehyde, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and radioactive compounds like radium.  Most of this toxic waste isn’t even generated in Ohio.
In October, 2013, an oilfield service company applied to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for permits to convert two old production wells into Class II Injection Wells in Windsor Township. There are already four injection wells on the same site. Many Windsor and Ashtabula County residents, including all three Ashtabula County Commissioners, sent comments to ODNR asking for a public hearing so residents could voice concerns.  ODNR did not respond to any of these comments. The permits were quietly granted in February, 2014, without local notifications. After more than a year of waiting on public officials to communicate with us, and watching “brine” trucks from Pennsylvania roll through our communities, Ashtabula County Water Watch and co-sponsors invite all concerned residents to our own public hearing.  Copies of all testimonies will be submitted to Director Jim Zehringer, ODNR.
Event sponsored by: Ashtabula County Water Watch, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake Counties Farmers Union, Concerned Citizens Ohio, Hiram, and Shalersville, Frack Free Geauga, and the Lake Effect chapter of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. For more information, call 440-272-5174.

Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes

Earth Repair BookA couple of years ago, I was asked to contribute a small article for the book Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes.

Author Leila Darwish thought it was important to include an herbal approach to detoxification of our bodies amidst the creative and innovative ideas for improving our local environment.

Besides herbal detoxification the book provides a guide to a variety of bioremediation techniques, strategies for building community resilience, and a list of common contaminants.

This book is now available at the Trillium Center to help us raise funds for a free/low-cost alternative health clinic bus. We would like to purchase a vehicle that can be converted to burn waste oil from restaurants, or another Earth-friendly fuel. We’ll see what kind of vehicle comes our way.

Be a part of our project to bring free/low cost care and educational programs to the Lake Erie region.

The Trillium Center earns $7.95 for every book we sell. Learn more about the book at http://earthrepair.ca

Viriditas,

Leah Wolfe

2015 Erie Home and Garden Expo

Ottesen_Stilleben_mit_LöwenzahnLeah Wolfe, from the Trillium Center, will be talking about weeds at the 2015 Erie Home and Garden Expo. She’ll show us why we should embrace weeds in our gardens as local and whole medicines. Learn about the common weeds that have medicinal and nutritional benefits in your backyard medicine chest. Leah will be presenting on Friday at 6:30 PM at the Erie Convention Center. Tickets to the expo are $7.

https://erieevents.com/announcements/home-and-garden-expo

http://eriepromohome.ticketleap.com/2015-erie-home–garden-expo/

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