Radical Herbalism

What is radical herbalism? For me, radical herbalism is about getting to the root of health issues. The word radical means “going to the root.” I believe that every person has a right to good health. This goes beyond providing health care. Do you see the difference?

What I see is that health care in the U.S. is largely centered around the treatment of disease. This approach to health means that most people get help after they are already sick. Programs that emphasize prevention and wellness are becoming more common because it’s becoming more clear that many of the most common health issues can be prevented with a good diet, clean water and air, and exercise.

Once upon a time, herbalism was daily part of life. So as I see it, one aspect of radical herbalism is about re-integrating herbalism into daily life. But I can’t stop there. After studying for a masters degree in public health, I learned more about how everything is interconnected and that good health is more complex than just telling people to eat better and exercise more. What if they live in a place where fresh and whole foods aren’t available? What if they can’t afford the health food prices? What if they don’t know the foods they are eating aren’t the best thing? So we’re talking about access to food, knowledge about healthy foods (which changes all the time depending on what’s in the news), cultural ideas about food, the social impact on why we eat what we eat and so on.

So how do you get to the root of the problem?

Join me for a class on radical herbalism and the different ways that herbalism can become part of daily living at the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio. If you’d like to learn about how to get to the root of your own health issues, or how to create projects that consider root issues, this might be the class for you. Here is the flier with details.

Viriditas,
Leah Wolfe

P.S. The photo above is me teaching at the RadHerb gathering at Farmacy Herbs!

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Radical Herbalism Workshop

 

 

Some such summer as it is

This is the 2017 Summer Solstice sunset from Conneaut Harbor’s “Mud Pit” Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Life sort of just rolled over my head and got parked there for the last many months. Rolled over me and left a smear of Grease Hog and 2790 splashed up one of my pant legs. I know that the skin on my leg as tuned white and will start to itch/burn as the fluid dissolves it’s way towards neutrality or chemical resolution, which ever comes first. I can never remember. These days I cruise through Erie and clean carpets in empty (and full) apartments and houses. We only run 3 trucks, upwards of 13 hours some days. Usually at least 10. It took me a while to figure out how to do things before I was able to do them without having to think about them. I had to make it a muscle memory and recover physically from bringing my carpet cleaning muscles into shape. (Mostly core) I’m no expert or anything, but chances are I can clean your carpet real good. I cleaned the grout in the kitchen tile with the truck from work and found out that the tile aren’t brown or grey. I have no memory of the grout lines when I moved in here 13 years ago. Turns out that they are BABY BLUE!!! Sometimes there is such a thing as getting stuff TOO CLEAN. I don’t know how I’m ever going to keep them clean now. ugh

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Once the muscles stopped hurting and I could move on my “weekend,” I made some progress in the barn. 10 scoops of 1/4″ screened bank sand, 20 1/4″ screened yellow native clay and 3 large forks of hay/straw.

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I wanted time to see if it would just fall off the vertical Phrag before I brought anyone else in to help.

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The seem along the top of the wall still needs attending to but the walls seem to be staying up. Remarkably, they haven’t really checked the say the 1st layer in the Seedhouse had.

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All the windows are secured with “chicken wire” and most of them are open now. it smells good and is bright and airy in there. Chickens being chickens, they mostly get it that they need to go in the door they came out of… most of them get that. 3 or 5 still get stuck in the barn every night instead of going through the coop’s exterior door. The goats have the run of the rest of the barn, except the feed room and the milking parlor.

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We took Maly walking the other day and there’s a chance he saw the fishes slowly positioning themselves close enough to catch the potential cat food or Frito that may or may not be inbound. They stayed far enough back that if Maly had seen them, which we kind of doubt, he couldn’t have gotten them anyway.

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Weekend in the Woods

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A partial scholarship is still available for those who like to help with cooking!

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What a view to wake up to! This is where this year’s herbal field intensive is happening… at a camp site rarely open to the public because the locals know to reserve these sites the moment they become available. Here’s more info. Register at the link below.

Weekend in the Woods: Herbal Field Intensive
June 2-4, 2017

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Join this 3-day educational retreat in the woods and fields to learn about regional plants in different parts of Ohio. The third HFI will be held near the shore of Lake Erie at the Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County Metropark. Here we will find many plants that inhabit the dramatic landscape of the bluffs. We will explore trails to find and identify plants of the area.

Herbalist and educator Leah Wolfe, provides a hands-on introduction to wild foods and medicines. Explore the ethics and methods of foraging, herbal actions by taste, and methods for preparing and storing herbs. Identification and use of 5 native and naturalized plants will be emphasized.

HockingHillsCrisFellows Food and lodging are included in the registration fee. Note this is a camping event and you will need to bring your own tent and other supplies. Participants in the HFI may help with the preparation and cooking to integrate herbalism into daily living. There are two work exchange positions available for people who like to plan and cook meals. Partial scholarships may be available depending on how many people sign up. Contact us if you are interested in knowing more about this. Registration fee of $165 includes healthy meals, camping, educational materials and supplies, and instructor’s fees.

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The Weekend in the Woods: Herbal Field Intensive is hosted by the Trillium Center’s Mobile Education Project. Join us!

Living on the Edge

IMG_1392I’ve been watching baby birds grow from bright pink shrieking beaks with feathery mohawks to lovely little birds. Now they are living so close to the edge that they simply must learn to fly or fall…

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Come Take a Walk on the Edge

What a view to wake up to! This is where this year’s herbal field intensive is happening… at a camp site rarely open to the public because the locals know to reserve these sites the moment they become available. Here’s more info. Register at the link below.

Weekend in the Woods: Herbal Field Intensive
June 2-4, 2017

HFIHockingHills

Join this 3-day educational retreat in the woods and fields to learn about regional plants in different parts of Ohio. The third HFI will be held near the shore of Lake Erie at the Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County Metropark. Here we will find many plants that inhabit the dramatic landscape of the bluffs. We will explore trails to find and identify plants of the area.

Herbalist and educator Leah Wolfe, provides a hands-on introduction to wild foods and medicines. Explore the ethics and methods of foraging, herbal actions by taste, and methods for preparing and storing herbs. Identification and use of 5 native and naturalized plants will be emphasized.

HockingHillsCrisFellows Food and lodging are included in the registration fee. Note this is a camping event and you will need to bring your own tent and other supplies. Participants in the HFI may help with the preparation and cooking to integrate herbalism into daily living. There are two work exchange positions available for people who like to plan and cook meals. Partial scholarships may be available depending on how many people sign up. Contact us if you are interested in knowing more about this. Registration fee of $165 includes healthy meals, camping, educational materials and supplies, and instructor’s fees.

Click Here to Register Now

The Weekend in the Woods: Herbal Field Intensive is hosted by the Trillium Center’s Mobile Education Project. Join us!

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