Our farm landscapes and backyards are not only capable of producing nourishing food for our families and communities, but also host powerful plant-based medicines from cultivated herbs and flowers, weeds (including nuisance invasives), cover crops, meadows, and forested areas. Join Spoonful Herbals co-directors and community herbalists for a panel discussion with farmers and land stewardship coordinators from the Intervale Center, the Intervale Community Farm, Rock Point Commons, Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, and Shelburne Farms on the often untapped opportunity of weaving together land stewardship goals and community herbalism. Learn about and taste particular plants and value-added products! Add value to your land stewardship efforts by tapping into your "living apothecary" and sharing medicinal plants through community herbalism and mutual aid networks.
Presented by: Kara Buchanan and Katherine Elmer, Spoonful Herbals; Aly Martelle, Intervale Community Farm; Tre McCarney, Shelburne Farms; Duncan Murdoch, Intervale Center; Tyler Pastorak, Rock Point Commons, Episcopal Diocese of Vermont
Katherine Elmer (she/her) and Kara Buchanan (she/her) are community herbalists and Co-Directors of Spoonful Herbals with over five years of medicinal plant gleaning partnerships with area organic farmers. Aly Martelle (she/her) started working at the Intervale Community Farm in 2007 and focuses on the CSA, propagation greenhouse, wholesale, washing, packing, gleaning and donations, field work, harvest, winter growing, and working with the crew. Tre McCarney (she/her) works at Shelburne Farms with a variety of partner organizations to offer food systems, nutrition, health, and sustainability-focused programs and events. Duncan Murdoch (he/him) is the Natural Areas Stewardship Coordinator at the Intervale Center, where he began his work growing and planting native trees in 2015. Tyler Pastorok (he/they) is the Land Stewardship Coordinator for Rock Point Commons, Episcopal Diocese of Vermont in Burlington.