The Penultimate Herbal Wisdom Class

After 25 years, I’m bringing this free class series to a close. June 19 is the penultimate (next to last) class and July 17 will be the close. June’s class is an open forum for questions of any kind. The last class will be one of my favorites “How to Talk to Plants and Avoid Giving the Impression of Lunacy”.

Both classes are free, at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, and are from 7-8:30.

Why stop now? Things have canged a lot in 25 years. Back when we started this class sponsored by The People’s Food Co-op I was mostly concerned with maintaining the bulk herb section for the co-op. It had been acquired from The Herb and Spice Co-op around the corner, and without dedicated herbailts on hand I feared few would know what to buy and why.

That goal has been met. It is a thriving section, and knowledge of herbs and bulk herbs has vastly increased over the decades.

I also wanted to provide some easy to access quality herbal information to our area. Now, there are plenty of people who can do that. Back then, I was one of only a few practicing herbalism.

I wanted to make growing herbs and harvesting weeds more normal. This has been a great success, with dandelions flourishing in many yards without embarrassment or remorse. Plantain is an up and coming match for dandelion, and in general people are more willing to look at weeds for food and medicine.

My work is done? Well, there is always more to do. But I don’t have to be the one to do it anymore. 25 is a nice solid number. At 10 classes a year, thats 2500 classes. I’m guessing that means around 25,000 people. Some come back, some pass through. it’s a reasonable guess.

Please join me for the last two classes. It will be a joy to teach them, and I admit a relief to be done after 25 years! For more information check out the People’s Food Co-op website

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