Herb Cart

Launched in 2015, the Herb Cart was created to provide free, herbal care to communities in need around the Atlanta, serving at a variety of locations, such as city parks, soup kitchens, and community centers.  The Herb Cart Training Program also served as a unique learning opportunity for emerging herbalists and was constructed to provide a safe and supportive vessel for folks to expand their clinical potential. 

After 7 years of nurturing this incredible project, training over 50 herbalists, and serving up gallons of herbal medicine on the Atlanta streets, our sweet lil’  Cart cruised over to the caring and capable hands of Marie-Lies Van Asten as a part of her newly launched Fleur + Forage Free Clinic.  The Herb Cart embarked on a new chapter of service on March 31, 2022, to continue the mission of building community through herbalism!  Viva la Herb Cart!

 

Although Herbalista no longer coordinates the Atlanta Herb Cart Project, we hope that our experience creating, launching and serving for those many years can serve as an example of what a community can do when it comes together in love of the people and the herbs.  This page is filled with the resources we found useful (including the most recent edition of the Herb Cart Service Manual) and we hope will help folks create mobile herb clinics of their own. 

Herb Cart Service Manual

The Herb Cart Service Manual

A Guide to Starting a Mobile Herb Clinic

The Herb Cart Manual is a guide to our clinical services and is used as the training curriculum for the Herb Cart Crew.  This manual contains over 65 pages of information regarding how we set-up and service; how we stock the cart; examples of forms we use to track patient care and herbal inventory; basic first aid reference material; and oh-so-much-more. 

This is the first “Post-Covid” edition and reflects the changes we made so we could continue to serve our community safely and to the best of our abilities.  We’ve also added several new sections on legalities, money matters, and all that jazz. 

Herb Cart Trainings

We held trainings one to two times a year, training up 9 crews over the years with over 50 herbalists participating in the Program.  Using the Herb Cart Service Manual as our guide, we aimed for this training to provide the confidence and know-how for folks to eventually start up clinics and community health projects of their own.  Previous members of the Herb Cart Crew have gone on to create free foot care clinics, herbal clinics, and more. 

As with all of our projects, we strive to free our work from the confines of the clinic walls and bring herbalism out of the shadows and directly into the hands of the people.  The Herb Cart offered pop-up clinics and herbal care at a variety of locations around Atlanta.  We often served alongside partners such as Food not Bombs, Mercy Community Church,  and Atlanta Resistance Medics.

If you are interested in serving with the Atlanta Herb Cart, head over to the website of its new home, Fleur + Forage ATL, to find out more about upcoming trainings. 

The Crew

Here were the steps to join the Herb Cart Crew…

  • Download the application for the next Herb Cart Training (you can find an example of what our application looked like here)
  • Complete an Herb Cart Training.
  • Fulfill all Herb Cart Requirements as described below.

Once you had completed the process, we welcomed folks to sign-up and serve at the various pop-up clinics we scheduled throughout the year.  In the initial sessions with us, new crew members would mainly observe and assist the more experienced Herb Carters, taking on more and more responsibility as they felt comfortable.

Herb Cart Application (Example)

Here is a link to what our application for joining the Herb Cart Crew typically looked like.

Program Requirements:

  • Have a solid foundation in herbal medicine acquired through either program study, apprenticeship, or rigorous self-study. We use a broad range of remedies on the cart. Please see the Herb Cart Service Manual on the Resources page to see an example of the Materia Medica we utilize.  You must be familiar with this range of herbs and their safety requirements.
  • CPR and First Aid Certified within the last 2 years. This can be through any number of organizations, such as the Red Cross, American Heart Association, etc. This must be completed prior to attending an Herb Cart Weekend Training Session.
  • Preferably, it is recommended one also attend a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder course like those offered by Landmark Learning and NOLS.
  • Attend an Herb Cart Weekend Training Session (Herbal First Aid, Herb Cart Protocol, etc.) Each training session is limited to between 6 and 8 participants.
  • Recommended: volunteer at the Harriet Tubman Foot Care Clinic. Send an email to opendoorfootclinic@gmail.com
  • Demonstrate dedication to learning about and practicing anti-oppressive healthcare.   Applicants will be provided with a list of videos and reading assignments to complete before our training weekend.
  • Demonstrate herbal competence, compassion & pragmatism as a health worker. Please note, participation in the program is at the discretion of the Herbalista Crew.
  • To maintain active volunteer status you must demonstrate a continued commitment to your craft and community healthcare.

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Herbalista Herb Cart Trainings

2022

February 25th – 27th, 2022 [SOLD OUT]

Friday evening 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

2021

April 23rd – 25th, 2021 [SOLD OUT]

Friday evening 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

2020

January 31st – February 2nd, 2020 [SOLD OUT]

Friday evening 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

2018

January 26th – 28th, 2018 [SOLD OUT]

Friday evening 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

2017

January 27-29, 2017 [SOLD OUT]
Friday evening 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

2016

March 4-6, 2016 [SOLD OUT]
Friday evening 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

January 8-10, 2016 [SOLD OUT]
Friday evening 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

2015

February 20-22, 2015 [SOLD OUT]
Friday evening 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

January 9-11, 2015 [SOLD OUT]
Friday evening 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Sunday from 10am – 5pm
Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA