Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Community Supported Herbalism from the Wildflower School

Coming this fall!  The Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine will be selling shares to our community.  You will be able to sign up to receive just herbs, health services, education, or ALL three!
We will have various levels of membership available for your needs.  Students, apprentices and staff will be creating your fresh, local herbal preparations and we will be featuring several alumni in the shares.  Want to know more?
The Wildflower School has been sowing the seeds of the herbal revolution for over 10 years in Austin and is excited to add this to our services.

I pulled this from one of my favorite blogs, Herb Geek
Community Supported Herbalism (CSH)--By Herbalist Melanie Pulla
This is a brilliant business model that functions like a regular CSA (community structured agriculture), but instead of supporting farmers, you’re supporting herbalists. The USDA’s definition of CSA is a “community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.” I love this definition when applied to herbalism – the chosen herbalist becomes the community’s herbalist, and the community invests into the herbalist’s journey replete with highs and lows. I also love the idea of both producing medicinal herb baskets for the community as well as receiving a basket from my community herbalist that was specially crafted according to the season.  A win-win arrangement. Two notable examples of CSH ventures are Goldthread Herbal Apothecary who run a CSH from an herb farm and apothecary in Massachusetts, and Burdock & Rose who runs a creative and artistic CSH from her home in Michigan.

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