Herb Cart Program

The Herb Cart is a mobile clinic providing free, herbal care to communities in need around the Atlanta area. We serve at a variety of locations, such as city parks, soup kitchens, and community centers. Currently we are making monthly stops at 2 stations– alongside Mercy Community Church on the Ponce corridor and with the Atlanta Resistance Medics in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.

The Herb Cart Program serves as a unique training opportunity for emerging herbalists and was constructed to provide a safe and supportive vessel for you to expand your clinical potential.

 

NEXT TRAINING: February 25th – 27th 2022

This year marks a new beginning for our little Cart as Herbalista passes the mortar and pestle of this project to the capable hands of Marie-Lies Van Asten of Fleur + Forage.  Lorna and Marie-Lies will be co-teaching this year’s training.  Find all the training details, program requirements and Herb Cart Application below.

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 offers pop-up clinics and herbal care at a variety of locations around Atlanta.  We often serve alongside partners such as Food not Bombs, Mercy Community Church,  and Atlanta Resistance Medics.

The Food Not Bombs Movement finds inspiration in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King who said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”  They bring a hot meal, music, and groceries to multiple sites in the city and we are honored to join them as often as we can!

We aim 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.  Let us support you on your herbal journey!

Herb Cart Service Manual

The Herb Cart Manual is a guide to our services and forms the foundation of our the training.  It contains 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 manual is lovingly a “work in progress”, and as our practices evolve, we update the manual.  We are in the process of preparing our latest edition for publication which includes all the new protocols for the COVID era.  This link takes you to our B.C. (before corona) edition.

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Join the Crew

Here are the steps…

  • Download the application for the next Herb Cart Training
  • Complete an Herb Cart Training.
  • Fulfill all Herb Cart Requirements as described below.

Once you have completed the process, we welcome you to sign-up and serve at the various pop-up clinics we schedule throughout the year.  In your initial sessions with us, you will mainly observe and assist the more experienced Herb Carters, taking on more and more responsibility as you feel comfortable.

Upcoming Herb Cart Trainings

2022

February 25th – 27th, 2022

Friday evening (via zoom) 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday from 10am – 5pm (class is held outdoors)
Sunday from 10am – 5pm (class is held outdoors)

Location: Atlanta, GA

Sliding Scale Cost: $75-250
Please bring packed lunch on both Saturday and Sunday.

Herb Cart Application

Please download the application, complete,  and return via email to Herbalista.ATL@gmail.com

 

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.

Previous Trainings

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