Community Herbal Intensive

Community Herbal IntensiveThe last reason to attend the Community Herbal Intensive is that those who complete the intensive are eligible for the apprenticeship program. There are 2 seats left in the CHI, so if you are thinking about it, you still have time. Final deadline is Jan 1.

This picture is me (kneeling in the foreground) with some of the people who attended the CHI in 2014. Here we are digging up poke root!

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The Twisted Serpent

The Twisted Serpent is back. NCM_0208


The Twisted Serpent is a fundraiser for the Trillium Center’s Seed Fund. Leah Wolfe, the Trillium Center’s herbalist, makes jewelry and other items to raise funds for seeds. Primarily, the Seed Fund is used to Fresh Pearl Necklace 4purchase seeds, plants, and rootstock for native medicinal plants. All arts and crafts are handmade and often contain found items, natural stones from Lake Erie, and recycled pieces.

Part of the work that is done at the Trillium Center (TC) is the NCM_0015development and management of a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary. BLD farm where the TC lives includes a forested area with a creek that is populated with plants that are at-risk of becoming endangered species. Some of the species we have planted here are Bloodroot, Red Trillium, and Blue Cohosh. Go to the Twisted Serpent’s easy page to see more:

Community Herbal Intensive 2015


What better way to cure the winter doldrums by going out to learn how to gather and make medicine from winter buds and twigs. We’ll go out and find Wild Cherry, White Oak, Dogwood, Willow, and more. Tree medicines are used around the world. In the northern areas, there are times when everything else is covered in snow and tree medicines are all you’ll find.

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Intensely Herbal

MD0095-2-620x264The Ashtabula Wave, a newsletter for friends and residents of Ashtabula county, posted this story about the Trillium Center and the Community Herbal Intensive:

The woodlands and meadows were the pioneer’s pharmacy, supplying colts foot for coughs, willow bark for pain relief and goldenseal root for infections. Most of us no longer turn to the natural landscape for our medicine, but nature continues to offer alternatives for those who care to explore the option. Click here for more:

Community Herbal Intensive

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This is a text message I received this morning from one of the people who completed the Community Herbal Intensive in 2014 (italics are mine):

“Hi, I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to make a presentation a few weeks ago. (CHI participants are required to make a presentation to receive their CHI certificate and letter of recommendation at the end of the program). As it turns out, my presentation before the board of the Erie City Mission is this Friday. One of the most valuable pieces of feedback was to make a 3-year plan, which I’m working on. Also, to focus on the positive benefits (of community gardens), not so much the overwhelming needs (poverty, poor nutrition, disconnection from nature, disease, etc…). I’ll let you know how it goes!”

So this is to send out good wishes to Karen Smock this week as she prepares to put the project she developed in class into action! Good luck, Karen!

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Community Herbal Intensive 2015

Honey_Bee_on_Willow_Catkin_(5419305106)REASON NUMBER THREE TO ATTEND THE CHI

This year, some of the participants developed some wonderful project proposals…

such as…

  1. a Seed Library where people can check out seeds in the spring, and check in seeds in the fall
  2. a Community Garden project where the food grown will benefit the City Mission in Erie, PA
  3. a Nature Therapy and Mindfulness program for school children

What could you do if given the opportunity to combine plants and community?

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A center for wilderness skills, self-reliance and other folk arts


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