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Herb Pharm's

Planting the Future Conference
Williams, Oregon
June 15, 2019


All proceeds benefit United Plant Savers

Celebrating 25 years of plant conservation


United Plant Savers is a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring our native herbs will be here for generations to come. UpS was founded in 1994, after leading herbalist Rosemary Gladstar sounded the alarm that these herbs were under threat in the wild.

The United Plant Savers mission “is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.”

We’re honored to support UpS and their mission as they celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2019.

HERB PHARM AND UNITED PLANT SAVERS


Sara Katz and Ed Smith — co-founders of Herb Pharm, which is celebrating 40 years in 2019 — were founding members of United Plant Savers. Having spent so much time in the wild collecting herbs, they felt drawn to the group’s mission.

“These plant populations were in danger,” Sara said. “I felt a moral obligation to get involved on that side of it.”

Sara was UpS board president for a decade and has transitioned into an advisory role. She and Ed also created a UpS Botanical Sanctuary on the Herb Pharm Certified Organic farm back in 1999, and the company has “adopted” Goldenseal. Our Herbaculture Internship is also a member of their Partners in Education program.

Planting the Future

Saturday June 15th 2019

8:30 AM - 5 PM

HERB PHARM FARM

Williams, Oregon 97544

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Topics include: the herbalist path to sustainability, endangered plants in essential oils, creating an herb garden, substitutes for at-risk species, the ecology of seaweeds, bioregional herbs and edibles, regenerative wildcrafting and plant walks around the Herb Pharm Farm and Educational Garden.

Meals are not included in the ticket price, so please bring a lunch. A hydration station will be provided with water, tea and snacks. We are also unable to accommodate dogs and other pets on the farm, so please make plans to leave them at home on the day of the event.

Schedule and topics are subject to change.

 

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Sunday Intensive: "The Art of Seeing”


Join us for a special Sunday Intensive on June 16, 2019, with Kathleen Harrison of Botanical Dimensions. She will be teaching “The Art of Seeing,” a botanical illustration class, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. She will help us learn to truly look at a plant, fall in love with its form and then draw it realistically, using graphite and ink. All materials will be provided. Meals are not included in the ticket price, so please bring lunch. A hydration station will be provided with water, tea and snacks. Class space is limited to 20 people. The cost is $100.

 

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Speakers and Topics

Autumn Summers

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Autumn Summers

From her first herb class over 25 years ago, Autumn has been exploring the many facets of herbalism with a focus on plant, seaweed and mushroom identification and uses, and growing medicinal and edible plants. Currently, she is the lead educator at Herb Pharm and a core faculty member at the California School of Herbal Studies. She is passionate about sharing this empowering knowledge with others in an enthusiastic, hands-on way.

Looking to the Local -Bioregional Medicinals and Edibles
There are many local native and naturalized plants from Northern California and Oregon to include in your wellness kit and kitchen pantry. Included are the easy to grow herbs such as yarrow and California poppy, common ornamentals honeysuckle and mimosa, and often overlooked “weeds” plantain and mallow. We will cover how to identify, properly harvest and use these herbs and finish off with tasting fir tip honey and roasted bay nuts treats.

Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CN

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Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CN

Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS, is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist and an Associate Professor and Program Manager of the Post-Master’s Certificate in Clinical Herbalism at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She holds aMSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, serves on as an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York Chiropractic College. Bevin is the president of the American Herbalists Guild and is a board member of the United Plant Savers.
www.bevinclare.com

Herbalists Creating Change: An interactive workshop to discover your path to giving back
The bounty in plants and in herbalism as an art inspires many of us to give back to the people, the plants, and the community. Creating change and giving back can be done with any resources you might have, be it wisdom, experience, money, visibility, passion, time, or so many other options. This workshop will provide the time, space, intention and guidance to create your own path to creating change and giving back in your own way.

Ed Smith

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Ed Smith

Ed Smith —popularly known as “Herbal Ed” —has worked professionally for 45 years as a medical herbalist and an herbal researcher, teacher, botanical apothecary & entrepreneur. He is co-founder and co-owner of Herb Pharm, a grower of medicinal & aromatic plants and purveyor of herbal extracts & medicines. In 2014 Ed received an Honorary Doctor of Sciences Degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine for his lifetime achievements in herbal medicine, botanical pharmacy & wild plant conservation. Ed is a founding member of United Plant Savers, the American HerbalistsGuild & the American Herb Products Association, and he serves on the Board of Advisors of the American Botanical Council. In his constant search for medicinal herbs and herbal knowledge, Ed has traveled & lived in 60 countries worldwide, and he loves to share stories of his botanical adventures thru his informative & humorous lectures & classes.

Good Harvesting Practices & Quality Control of Crude Medicinal Herbs
•Assuring highest-quality herbs thru skilled harvest, drying & storage practices.
•Identifying & harvesting correct plant species & plant part(s).
•Sustainable harvesting methods that protect & increase wild-herb populations
•Conservation through propagation

Helen Lowe Metzman, M.S.

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Helen Lowe Metzman, M.S.

Helen has been the director of Jim Duke’s Green Farmacy Garden since 2006 and a graduate of the University of Vermont and Tai Sophia’s Institute’s (now MUIH) Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program. Although she grew up with the Washington, DC beltway in her backyard, Helen has been traipsing around wild places in urban to remote regions for as long as she can remember and developed a concern for the environment and medicinal plants. Helen has been able to fulfill her passion of nature and art in roles as a naturalist, market gardener, environmental educator, graphic designer, illustrator, muralist, social activist, mother, herbalist, and proud member of the United Plant Savers board.

Creating a Herb Garden in the Spirit of the Elders.
A vision comes to mind, it may start with a piece of land – no matter how small or large, it may be from a desire for connection to the earth and to healing plants. The vision may become a yearning voice as a call to action to plant a seed, a root, or a cutting to create your own medicinal herb garden. The options are endless, and you may ask where to start and how to make your herb garden vision a reality.

As we walk through the lush, lovely, and established gardens at HerbPharm, we will discuss the endless possibilities to create a garden to cultivate the wisdom of medicinal plants.

James Jungwirth

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James Jungwirth

James Jungwirth is a wildcrafter of edible and medicinal seaweeds, herbs and fungi. He is also an herbal and nutritional health care practitioner. A passionate student of nature since he was a child, James has been teaching classes about seaweeds, medicinal wild plants, constitutional physiology, thyroid and adrenal function, and the patterns of stress for over 30 years. In 1990 James and his wife Kari started their family business, Naturespirit Herbs, offering a complete line of wildcrafted seaweeds, herbs and herbal extracts. James and Kari live in the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon. They have two children, Inka and Arek.

The Ecology, Harvest and Uses of Seaweeds
Seaweeds, also known as marine algae, are extremely ancient plant-like ocean organisms and the ancestors of all land plants. James will talk about how seaweeds have adapted tot heir dynamic intertidal zone ecosystems. Seaweeds are also some of the most nutritionally and therapeutically valuable foods on earth. We will discuss seaweed health benefits, sustainable harvest methods, and current ocean health issues.

Jane Bothwell

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Jane Bothwell

Jane Bothwell is a home-based community herbalist who has trained and inspired generations of students to live and practice the ancient craft of Herbalism at Dandelion Herbal Center in Kneeland. She offers classes, field trips, and international travel adventures for herbal enthusiasts ranging from beginners interested primarily in basic herbal crafting techniques to advanced students/practitioners seeking to enhance their understanding and practice of herbal medicine. Connecting to our plant allies connects us to our roots and helps us heal! Find out more at www.dandelionherb.com!

Greet the Plants Where They Live! Medicinal & Edible Uses of Wild Weeds & Cultivated Plants
An Herb Walk with Jane Bothwell.

Jeff and Elise Higley

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Jeff and Elise Higley

Jeff’s background in vegetable farming and Elise’s passion for western herbalism collided at the 2012 UpS conference at Herb Pharm. In 2013 they started Oshala Farm, a certified organic 113-acre family farm in Southern Oregon growing over 70 medicinal crops. www.oshalafarm.com

Who’s Your Farmer?
You get online click a few keys and order what you need to make your next batch of amazing herbal products. Do you ever wonder who’s growing the herbs that you just ordered, when they were actually planted, where the seeds came from and how they were processed to get them to you? This presentation will be a picturesque walk through of the ins and outs of running a mid-scale production herb farm in the US. During this presentation we will cover the ins and outs of herb farming in the US and give herbalists a better understanding of the basic production, harvesting and post-harvest handling of flowers, aerial parts and roots. This class is designed to inspire herbalists to connect with their local and regional herb farmers and the herbs they use.

Kat Maier

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Kat Maier

Kathleen Maier, AHG. PA has been a practicing herbalist for over thirty years. She is currently director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA where she offers a Three Year Clinical/Community Herbalist training program. SPT’s freeclinic was one of the first on the east coast and is still growing strong. She is President of the Board of United Plant Savers Board and was the recipient of their first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Kathleen’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of biomedicine with traditional energetic systems. She is a founding member of Botanica Mobile Clinic which offers support to mental health and at-risk community members at no cost. She is co-author of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas.

Clinical Use of Analogs or Substitutes for At Risk Species
After 30 years of clinical practice, I have learned the breadth of many of our local and abundant plants that can be used effectively in place of those that are on the At Risk and To Watch lists. There will be time set aside to open the discussion to hear from local herbalists to hear of their successes in their own sustainable apothecaries.

Kathleen Harrison

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Kathleen Harrison

Ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison has a long and thoughtful relationship to Nicotiana and other psychoactive species, based on her fieldwork with native peoples of the Americas, and her explorations of the roles played by psychoactive plants in these times. In 1985, she co-founded Botanical Dimensions, a nonprofit devoted to studying and teaching the cultural uses of plants and fungi. Kat teaches internationally and runs Botanical Dimensions’ Ethnobotany Library in Northern California.

Who is Tobacco? Ways of Seeing this Twilight Plant
Kathleen Harrison will explore ways of seeing the spiritual character and protective uses of this complex plant teacher, from the perspective of various cultural traditions. This nightshade species is alive with both gifts and shadows. Domesticated by indigenous people of the Americas, tobacco took the world by storm. We are still confused —foul taboo or sacred ally? We will regard Nicotiana species and their traditional roles and instructive myths

Kelly Ablard

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Kelly Ablard

Kelly holds a PhD in Chemical Ecology, and is a certified and registered Essential Oil Therapist. Her research interests are in sustainability, chemical communication, aromatic plant medicine, ethnobotany, and the preservation of the endangered rosewood (Anibarosaeodora) tree. She is the Director of the Airmid Institute, which supports aromatherapy training in indigenous communities, projects focused on the conservation and sustainable management of threatened aromatic medicinal oil-bearing plants, and the ethical sourcing of essential oils. She was awarded the British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapy 2016 Achievement of Excellence Award, and voted one of the top five aromatherapists in Vancouver, BC. Kelly sits on the Board of the United Plant Savers (UpS), and is an independent researcher, instructor and a consultant.www.kellyablard.com

Peruvian rosewood (‘Aniba rosaeodora’): Conservation Consciousness, Cultivation, and Education
In this course you will learn why rosewood (‘Aniba rosaeodora’) is endangered, explore why its essential oil is utilized globally on a large scale, learn about ways to help conserve this plant with the help of indigenous communities, be given guidelines on how to ethically source essential oils, and examine an ideal model of sustainable management using another threatened essential oil-bearing plant -sandalwood (‘Santalum album’)

Mark Disharoon

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Mark Disharoon

Mark Disharoon began studying edible and medicinal plants as a teenager growing up in the hardwood forests of his native Delaware.  He moved to Williams in 1995 and began cultivating medicinal plants at Herb Pharm’s 85-acre farm. His 20+ years with the company have given him experience in all aspects of liquid herbal extract production.  Encouraged by Herbaculture interns to share what he had learned with others, he gave his first plant walk in 2006. He was fortunate to spend a few years as caretaker of a 6000 volume private herbal library and began an intensive four-year course of self-study. His class offerings have grown to include Herbal First Aid and Plant Communication, and plant walks focusing on specific body systems. Mark enjoys botany and plant identification, and is an avid collector of herbal books. He continues to believe that the Plants are his greatest teachers.

Meeting UpS At-Risk and To-Watch Plants on the Herb Pharm Farm
Visit some of the UpS At-Risk and To-Watch plants that grow on the Herb Pharm Farm, which include Lomatium, Oregon Grape, Goldenseal, Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Bloodroot, Cascara Sagrada, Stoneroot, Slippery Elm, Spikenard, Butterfly Weed, and Trillium. Topics will include medicinal uses, folklore, ethnobotany, cultivation and conservation.

Matt Dybala

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Matt Dybala

Over the past decade, Matt has cultivated a diversity of medicinal and aromatic crops at Herb Pharm’s production farm in southern Oregon. As a teacher, he helps build foundational knowledge in the advanced growing of herbs, offering classes in soil chemistry, propagation, and agricultural economics. He graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from University of Oregon in 1998.

Saving Plants Together!
Join Herb Pharm’s Farm Manager in a sensory, hands-on experience of propagating at-risk species growing on our farm.

Mindy Green

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Mindy Green

Mindy Green has over 40 years of experience in the herb and natural products industry. She is a nationally certified Registered Aromatherapist and has served on the education committees of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and the Aromatherapy Registration Council, among others. Mindy has authored three books and over 65 published articles on herbs, essential oils and health. An active educator and writer, Mindy is an ongoing lecturer for the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and author of their online prerequisite aromatherapy course. She also teaches for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (San Diego, CA) in their medical fellowship program. As a consultant and speaker, she specializes in botanical therapies, skin care and essential oils.

In Appreciation of Rose
As herb, food, essential oil, cosmetic and more, Rose is the mistress of the Feminine Spirit. This quintessential remedy offers much in the way of clearing the physical and emotion blocks that stunt our health and emotional well-being. The benevolence of this high vibrational plant provides healing in all its botanical forms, making it especially relevant in our challenging times that call for stability, resiliency, authenticity and an open heart.

Richo Cech

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Richo Cech

Richo Cech started his professional work as an archaeologist and ethnobotanist in East Africa. Upon his return to the United States in 1978, he began cultivating and saving the seed of medicinal plants. Over the years, his gardens have become the basis for Strictly Medicinal Seeds, growers of organic, open pollinated and GMO-free seed and plants of medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, succulents, trees and garden vegetables. Richo and his family produce a popular, bi-yearly, hand-illustrated seed catalog that provides access to this collection of common, quirky, eclectic, and bizarre seeds and plants. His books include “Making Plant Medicine” (2000), “Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs” (2002/2017), and “The Medicinal Herb Grower” (2009). Richo has botanized in China and Africa, resulting in the introduction of unusual and helpful medicinal herb species to gardeners throughout the world.

Aloe Diversity, Exploring Africa in Search of the Missing Link
Overview of world aloes including several IUCN red listed species from East Africa. Discussion of Aloe origins, popularly held misconceptions, taxonomy and pharmacology. Hands-on aloe seed planting and aloe transplanting. Extensive show-and-tell of species aloes.

Rosemary Gladstar

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Rosemary Gladstar

Rosemary Gladstar has been practicing, living, learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 45 years. She is the author of twelve books including Medicinal Herbs; a Beginners Guide, Herbal Healing for Women, GladstarHerbal Recipes for Vibrant Well Being, and her most recent book, Herbal Healing for Men. She is also the author and director of the popular home study course, The Science and Art of Herbalism. Rosemary co-founded and was the former director of both The International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference, is the Founding President of United Plant Savers, and was the co-founder and original formulator of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company. She recently moved from her home at Sage Mountain ~ an Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary where she has lived, taught and worked for the past 30 years ~ to a smaller haven where she plans to plant a small garden, dream more, do less, and spend more time with the plants. www.sagemountain.com

An Herb Walk with Rosemary Gladstar
Dying to get outside and spend some time with the plants? Join Rosemary for a stroll through Herb Pharm’s Education Garden, learning common edible and medicinal plants and enjoying the energy infusing through all.

Scott Kloos

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Scott Kloos

Scott Kloos—ceremonialist, author, wildcrafter, plant medicine maker and practitioner, animist, and singer of plant songs—guides The School of Forest Medicine and Cascadia Folk Medicine and is author ofPacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness.Through his writing and his facilitation of co-created spaces of learning and healing, he explores various ways of working with plants and their medicine, relationships with our nonhuman kin, and ecologically integral modes of engaging with and thinking with the community of life.

Wildcrafting in a Warming World: Towards Regenerative Practices for Life in the Anthropocene
How are rising temperatures, extended periods of drought, erratic seasonal transitions, and other factors of the Earth’s changing climate impacting wild plant communities and the ecosystems in which they/we live, and how as wildcrafters will we adapt our harvesting practices to reflect this new reality?

Steven Yeager

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Steven Yeager

Steven Yeager has been studying Oregon’s local flora and ecology since 1995, both wildcrafting and preparing herbal preparations for himself and the community. He enjoys botanizing and exploring Oregon’s wild places. He was the manager of the Columbines and Wizardry herbal business and has been a teacher in the Apprenticeship Program since 1997. Heis laboratory and quality control manager at Mountain Rose Herbs. In 2011, Steven became an elected trustee of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and joined United Plant Savers Board in 2016.

Botanically Speaking: A Plant Walk
Explore the poetic beauty of botanical language. This plant walk will focus on botanical anatomy and terminology you will need to identify medicinal, edible, and poisonous plants growing in your garden or local forest! The walk will also include basic medicinal uses, edible plants, and poisonous plants depending on what we find along the path. Please bring a hand lens (loupe) if you have one. We will dissect a variety of plant parts if possible. When we examine plants and their structures more closely we see the intricate beauty of these wonderful beings, details that are often casual with just causal observation. This gives us a deeper appreciation for the plants and a desire to conserve their existence and steward them for future generations.

Thomas Doty

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Thomas Doty

Thomas Doty is a native storyteller. Since 1981, he has traveled the countryside performing traditional and original stories. He learned his art and native cultural traditions from elders, including listening to Grandma Maude, the family storyteller. Doty was born in southern Oregon where he still lives. He is descended from Irish and English settlers who settled in the Rogue Valley in the 1800s, and has family connections to Takelma and Shasta ancestors of the region. He is the author of several books, includingDoty Meets Coyote, published in 2016 by Blackstone Publishing. His stories have been broadcast on Public Radio, and he is the recipient of a Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the national American Indian Program. He has been called, “A Cultural Treasure” and “A Master of his Art.”

We Are All Story People
Get to know the wise and diverse People of native mythology with storyteller Thomas Doty. Through the sharing of stories, this class will explore the Old Time world view that “Everyone is People” … Plant People, Rock People, Animal People…. Native oral tradition emphasizes the interconnectedness of all of these People. And everyone has a story.