Class Descriptions & Teacher Bios

Common Plants, Special Women
with Amanda McQuade Crawford
How many people can we help with a small apothecary of potent plants? Come discover how simple and effective it is to refine our knowledge of materia medica so more women with fewer plants receive successful clinical care. 

Analogs for "At-Risk" Plants
Clinical results are easy to achieve with excellent "substitute" plants when we know who we are treating and why. Understand what is important to your healing practice in a multidisciplinary session on plant compounds, energetics of the herbs, body systems, and the physiology of mammals.

amanda McQuade CrawfordAmanda McQuade Crawford is an herbalist who regularly writes chapters in texts on natural medicine, most recently The H.E.R.B.A.L. Guide: Evidence-Based Dietary Supplement Resources for the Clinician, Robert Bonakdar MD, Botanical Medicine for Women's Health, Aviva Romm, MD, The New Menopause Book. Mary Tagliaferri, Isaac Cohen, and Debu Tripathy, and Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants, edited by Amala Soumyanath. She is the author of three popular books on women’s health, The Natural Menopause Handbook, Herbal Remedies for Women, and The Herbal Menopause Book, based on her years in clinical practice. She is currently pursuing her degree in Clinical Psychology. She can be seen on TV sharing herbal information in her show, What a Relief! on the Veria network (

Holistic Animal Herbalism
with Greg Tilford
Dogs and cats have been using herbal medicines for millions of years, and today still benefit from herbs--- much as their human guardians do. But the  nutritional requirements and  bodies of our canine and feline friends are very different from ours, requiring the animal herbalist to work from a different perspective.  During this lecture animal lovers will be introduced to principles and practices of safe and effective herb use in non-human recipients.

Sunday 3 hour Intensive:  Using Tonic Herbs in the Care & Treatment of Companion Animals
with Greg Tilford
Principles and practices of using tonic herbs in the daily care of dogs and cats will be discussed, as will therapeutic approaches to ailments that are commonly encountered, including chronic skin and coat issues, joint disease, digestive problems, parasite management and anxiety.

blankGreg Tilford is a well-known expert, author, consultant and teacher in the field of veterinary botanical medicine. Greg is one of the earliest supporters of United Plant Savers, and today is a charter member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Animal Supplements Council (NASC).  He recently completed two terms on the board of trustees of the American Herbal Products Association (APHA), where he continues to chair the Animal Products Committee for AHPA, who’s mission is to promote and protect responsible commerce of herb products that are intended for use in the care of animals.  He also serves on Health Canada's Expert Advisory Committee for Veterinary Natural Health Products.

Author of dozens of published articles and five books, including the acclaimed  All You Ever Wanted to Know about Herbs for Pets  (Bowtie/Fancy Publications, second ed.2009), Edible & Medicinal Plants of the West, From Earth to Herbalist and The EcoHerbalist’s Fieldbook.  He has presented his work at numerous professional conferences and universities in recent years, including the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, NV,  the annual conference of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, and the annual conference of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.  A world traveler, Greg teaches continuing education courses at several leading institutions, including Colorado State University Teaching Hospital, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant, WI, and the Japan School of Veterinary Medicine in Tokyo.  In Japan he is an honorary advisor to the Japan Animal Wellness Association, a new educational institution which is the first of its kind to train international audiences of pet care professionals in the sciences and philosophies of natural veterinary medicines.  He has also presented his work at conferences of the American Herbalist’s Guild, National Nutritional Foods Association (Las Vegas, NV), Expo West (Anaheim, CA) and the Pet Industry Advisory in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Come Free!
with Richo Cech
Everything you ever wanted to know about comfrey, including the differences between hybrid Russian comfrey and true Symphytum officinalis.  This class will cover cultivation of comfrey, how to keep comfrey from "taking over," and the uses of comfrey in medicine, veterinary medicine, compost making and permaculture.  Stories, show-and-tell, recipes, and little known facts about bone knit!

Richo Cech

Richo Cech started his professional work as an archaeologist & ethnobotanist in East Africa. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1978, he began cultivating and saving the seed of medicinal plants. Over the years, this collection has become the basis for Horizon Herbs, "Sowing seeds worldwide for the benefit of people, plants and the planet." Richo is the author of  Making Plant Medicine, Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs and The Medicinal Herb Grower, A Guide for Cultivating Plants that Heal.

The Good Herbs of the Roundtable
with Cascade Anderson-Geller
Cascade will bring some of her favorite healing plants, from near and far, and demonstrate what she has learned from them about getting success and enjoyment. She invites you to join in with stories of your own. Come, all ye with green tales of healing works accomplished with herbs. 

Herb Walk "Enjoy the Beauty of the Land"
with Cascade Anderson-Geller
Join Cascade to travel to the far reaches of the stunning Herb Pharm field, and forest, seeing wild, and cultivated herbs, in their May glory.

CascadeCascade Anderson-Geller
Everything about the Earth interests Cascade. She enjoys delving deep into knowledge. She has traveled the world learning from people who know this lovely planet; how to use plants for healing and crafts; how to prepare, and season, the Earth's bounty; how to live authentically. She thanks all of these everyday people, and also her formal teachers: her parents and grandparents, Ella Birzneck, Norma Myers, Juliette de Bairacli Levy, her fabulous herb colleagues, and others including authors long passed. Cascade has had the honor of holding many roles in her work as an herbalist for more than three decades; from herb walker, educator, practitioner, shopkeeper, travel leader, and more. She has started healing centers, food co-ops, teen centers, social and political action organizations. She raised her family using natural methods. Cascade is the mother of two grown children, wife of a psychotherapist, and lives in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of United Plant Savers advisory board.

Essential Oils: Sourcing, Sustainability, Fair-Trade and Therapeutic Uses
with Tim Blakley
In this class we will focus on what sourcing is really all about, what is and what isn't sustainable. Should Rosewood be on the CITES list? What oils really aren't being harvested sustainably and what are the key issues in the coming future. How does Fair Trade affect sustainability, both from a people and plant's perspective? What's the scoop on Sandalwood? Is the ravaging of a species acceptable in our industry? In the end we'll cover how some of those key oils are used therapeutically and the growing role of Essential Oils in alternative health care.

blankTim Blakley has been an herbalist/aromatherapist for 30 years. He was land manager, teacher and part-owner of the California School of Herbal Studies, helped create the education program and farm at Herb Pharm, created the Frontier Co-op Farm and the National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs. He presently teaches aromatherapy classes and travels the world sourcing essential oils and tea. To say he is an essential oil junkie is an understatement. He lives on his homestead in Hawaii and loves to teach.

Plants at Risk, What Can You & UpS Do About It?
With Tim Blakley & Sara Katz
In this class we will go into detail on all the plants on the United Plant Savers list, from Black Cohosh to Ginseng, we will cover the key issue of sustainable harvesting, the role of cultivation, and the impact the consumer can have to change things.  We will of course discuss our favorite uses of these important herbs.  We will discuss in depth our 'At Risk' tool that helps us determine the status of a plant, as well as going into detail regarding the present day near 'raping' of native Sandalwood in Hawaii.

blankSara Katz is co-founder & co-owner of Herb Pharm and has been actively working with medicinal herbs for over 30 years. She serves as President of United Plant Savers, has served on the board of the American Herbal Products Association, and works with a number of local, state and national environmental groups.

Herb Walk in the Display Garden
with Jane Bothwell
Herb Pharm’s display garden contains a magnificent collection of powerful medicinal herbs.  Many of these herbs you have used for years, but have only seen in the jar or read about in books.  Come meet them as they blossom from the Earth in this lovely garden of medicinal plants. Strengthen your connection to these plant allies with an informative stroll through the garden.

Adaptogenic Herbs
with Jane Bothwell
Explore the potent world of adaptogen herbs with Jane Bothwell. Herbs can help you adapt to the situations you are presented with no matter how challenging they may be.  These plants work on a deep cellular level to restore resiliency and vitality, improve memory and endurance and increase your capacity to handle stress.

jane bothwellJane Bothwell directs The Dandelion Herbal Center, a rural herbal education center in the coastal hills of Northern California.  She is a mother, educator, herbalist, hypnotherapist and flower essence practitioner.  Her passion for plants runs strong and clear and she is dedicated to empowering people with the knowledge and wisdom necessary to use plants wisely as food, medicine, and spiritual support.

Growing a Backyard Farmacy
with Kathi Keville
Grow your own! Selecting, cultivating, making and storing medicines from your backyard (or even in pots on your porch). Make a move towards high quality herbs and self-sufficiency, and an alternative to using native plants growing in the wild. Herb growing and processing techniques for the West Coast.

blankKathi Keville has taught engaging seminars on medicinal herbs and aromatherapy throughout North America for over 40 years. She has written 14 books and is director of the American Herb Association. Kathi operates Oak Valley Herb Farm in Northern California’s Sierra Nevadas.

The Endocannabinoid System: Cannabanoid Receptor Activating Plant Molecules from Cannabis spp. & Other Medicinal Plants
with Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP
The endogenous cannabinoids are ubiquitous in mammalian physiology and affect many tissues and pathways including immune function, metabolism and neurological tone. There are dozens of plant cannabinoids in Cannabis spp. but there are also plant cannabinoids found in plant species such as Echinacea and Prickly Ash. We will review the role of the endocannabinoid system and discuss various medicinal plant species, the synergy of cannabinoids and their impact on human health.

Climate Change, Plant Chemistry & Xenohormesis
As atmospheric gases change and temperature and the moisture of the earth's crust shift, not only will our food plants change their chemistry, but our medicinal plants will change as well. In the xenohormesis model, stressed plants signal humans that something is amiss. This in turn causes a physiological response in humans and other mammals. It seems that plant chemistry is already warning us that Gaia is changing.

Kevin SpelmanKevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP
Kevin is the principal scientist for Herb Pharm, directing their Research and Development lab. Past work has included brain and ovarian cancer research at the National Institutes of Health, as well as proteomics, molecular biology and clinical investigations on the bioactivity of medicinal plants. International research includes the analysis of nutrient levels in women of early childbearing age in West Africa, working with children with neurological disorders in Central America and malaria research in Paris. Kevin has practiced clinical western phytotherapy, informed by the Ayurvedic system and the medical sciences, since 1989 and is a co-founder of the MS degree at Tai Sophia Institute. 

Growing Medicinals & "At-Risk" Plants
with Mark Wheeler
Mark will lead a tour of Herb Pharm's farm explaining how to propagate, transplant, cultivate and harvest medicinals with an emphasis on "At-Risk" plants.

Mark WheelerMark Wheeler is known worldwide as an expert on growing medicinal herbs. In 1979 he founded Pacific Botanicals, which grows and ships medicinal herbs worldwide. He specializes in developing production systems for plants that have not been previously cultivated.

Bountiful Bioregional Medicines and Edibles
with Autumn Summers

There is a bounty of local wild and naturalized medicines and foods that grow from Northern California to Southern Oregon to include in your wellness kit and kitchen pantry. From the first spring blooms of Indian Warrior to the herbs of summer and fall - Yarrow, Oshala, California Poppy, Yerba Santa, Seaweeds and more - we are surrounded by medicine if you know what to look for. We will cover how to identify, properly harvest and use these herbs as well as taste a savory acorn dip.

Autumn SummersAutumn Summers
Inspired by the plants since childhood she has studied herbalism and ethnobotany for the last 20 years with a kinship for the plants, seaweeds and mushrooms of Northern California. She has guest hosted KPFA’s Herbal Highway, co- organized free community herb festivals and worked at Rosemary's Garden, Simplers Botanical and KW Botanicals. Currently she teaches edible and medicinal plant classes at the California School of Herbal Studies (  and for the Herb Pharm Intern program.

The Botanical Adventures of Herbal Ed
with Ed Smith
Join Herb Pharm's co-founder, Ed Smith, in a travelogue slideshow around the world in search of medicinal herbs and knowledge of their traditional and modern uses. You'll virtually travel to: Peruvian Andes (Maca) & Amazon jungle (Cat's Claw, Dragon's Blood); India (Green Tea, Gotu Kola, Bacopa, Black Pepper, Turmeric); Thailand (Andrographis, Ud Wood, Holy Basil, Immortality Herb); Indonesia (Cinnamon, Mangosteen), Vietnam (Crinum latifolium); Vanuatu, Fiji & Tonga (Kava Kava); and more. Ed will discuss the pharmacognosy and therapeutic uses of these herbs, and how they are being sustainably propagated by organic farmers to save them from extinction.  

Ed SmithEd Smith
Ed Smith is the co-founder and Chief Herbalist of Herb Pharm. He is a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild and served on it's Board of Directors, and he currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the American Botanical Council. Ed is an internationally respected teacher and lecturer on medicinal herbs and herbal healthcare, and has traveled to over 60 countries in search of medicinal herbs and knowledge of their traditional and modern uses.

Medicinal Aquatic Plants for your Backyard Pond
with Holly Crosson
Through slides, handouts and a visit to a pond on site, Holly will provide tips on creating a habitat-friendly water garden. You will learn how to site your pond, grow beautiful water plants (including over a dozen species of medicinal aquatics), control algae, attract wildlife, and protect local waterways by preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

HollyHolly Crosson is a botanist and aquatic ecologist with 25 years experience protecting and restoring lakes, rivers and wetlands. She shared her passion for plants and gardens while she was coordinator of educational programs at the University of California Arboretum and Public Gardens in Davis, CA. She now works full time at Pacific Botanicals in Grants Pass, but through telecommuting continues to work part time for UC Davis in the Dept of Environmental Science and Policy.

Wild Weeds Walk
with Mark Disharoon
Mark's walk will cover the uses and folklore of the plants we encounter through out our daily lives. Some of the plants to be discussed are Dandelion, Plantain, Mullien, Wild Lettuce, Shepherd's Purse,Yarrow, Lemon Balm and Nettle.

Mark Disharoon
Mark has been studying edible and medicinal plants since his teenage years in the hardwood forests of his native Delaware. Since 1995, he has cultivated the medicinal fields of Herb Pharm’s 80-acre farm. From dirt to dropper™, Mark has experience in all aspects of liquid herbal extract production. Encouraged by Herb Pharm Herbaculture interns to teach classes, he gave his first plant walk in 2006. The following year, he became caretaker of a 6000 volume private herbal library and began an intensive four-year course of self-study. During that time his teaching grew to include Herbal First Aid, Plant Spirit Communication, and plant walks focusing on specific body systems such as the digestive and musculo-skeletal. Mark continues to let the plants be his greatest teachers.

Fertility Enhancement for Men & Women
Clearing the Obstacles to Conception ... Full Term Pregnancies & Healthy, Robust Babies

with Julie Plunkett, CN, Medical Herbalist, Health Educator

Couples (and single women) may be challenged when embarking on the journey of "makin babies" – for some it is due to starting late in life, after the mid thirties and into the early 40's; and in some there are obstacles for various physiological reasons. I will share with you my clinical experiences and herbal / nutritional protocols that have worked so well, and helped dozens of women and couples achieve healthy pregnancies and deliveries of healthy babies.

Dong Quai, Chaste Tree, Rhodiola, Maca and Ginseng are just some the herbs to be discussed. Nutri-genomics (the interface of phytochemicals, nutrients and human genetics) for optimal sperm & egg health, therefore optimal fetal health, will be also be discussed.

Whole Health in Pregnancy - Safe Choices for Optimal Wellness in Baby & Mom
with Julie Plunkett
Julie will share nutritional & herbal remedies and daily protocols for a healthy pregnancy - we will especially cover safe herbs to address health issues that often arise in pregnancy that are confounding in terms of safe treatment - and how to optimize the baby's health while developing; and preparing mom for an efficient labor & delivery.

Julie Plunkett
Julie has been in clinical practice since the early 90's and deeply involved in the use of herbal medicines and nutrition for health and healing since the early 80's. She has taught herbal medicine classes at holistic healing schools, ran herbal & nutrition departments in natural foods retail, created teaching curriculum in herbal medicine & nutrition for decades, and is a consultant-practitioner in Integrative Pharmacy. As Herb Pharm's national educator for many years now, Julie is honored to teach others about herbal medicine and efficacious herbal extracts.

Dr Edward Bach: Digging Deeper
with Jonathan Treasure

Reflections on Dr Bach and his remedies via the lenses of Buddhism, Integrative Medicine, Mayan spirit medicine & clinical oncology.

Jonathan Treasure
Jonathan is a British medical herbalist who graduated in Medical Sciences from Cambridge University, and in herbal medicine from the UK School of Phytotherapy before moving from London to the Pacific Northwest in 1994. Holding both ends of the stick, (traditional western herbal medicine and cutting edge biomedical science) his clinical practice centers on botanical medicine for people with cancer. He is co-author of "Herb, Drug, Nutrient Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies "(Mosby Medical, 2008 ); is a scientific advisor to the Life Extension Foundation and a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. He met his wife Lissa at the Herb Pharm UpS event in 2007.