Healthcare is a Human Right – Community Health Care Projects – Inclusive Healthcare – Conflict Resolution – Mental Health – Harm Reduction – Street Medicine – Mobile Medicine – Herbal Education Programs – Online Herbal Research – Herbal Organizations – Conferences + Festivals – Medicine Making Supplies – Local Atlanta Resources – Grow A Row Resources – Legal Schmegal
HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT
The Poor People’s Campaign Demands for Health  As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign and reread these words we might realize that after 50 years our demands haven’t really changed. We still live in a country of great health disparity. Here is a list of the full demands.
Dr. Martin Luther King on health care Injustice  “The Associated Press wire story below, dated March 26, 1966, contains the first known published reference to Dr. King’s famous quotation regarding injustice in health care, namely, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman. According to this AP account, Dr. King’s remarks were made at a Chicago press conference held on March 25, 1966, in connection with the annual meeting of Medical Committee for Human Rights. The AP story, which carries no byline, was published the next day in newspapers around the country.”
Beyond Berets: The Black Panthers as Health Activists “WE WANT COMPLETELY FREE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE We believe that the government must provide, free of charge, for the people, health facilities which will not only treat our illnesses, most of which have come about as a result of our oppression, but which will also develop preventive medical programs to guarantee our future survival.”
Simone Leigh’s Free People’s Medical Clinic [2014, art installation, NYC]
COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE PROJECTS
Botanica Mobile Clinic [Charlottesville, VA] This mobile free clinic, staffed by graduates and students of Sacred Plant Traditions offers herbal consultations to the underserved populations in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. Every clinic has a practicing herbalist on site as lead, two recent graduates doing intakes and two herbal students working at the apothecary. All consultations as well as herbal teas and supplements are offered for free.
Bristol Herbalists without Borders [Bristol, England] “This community project is a branch of Herbalists Without Borders UK. They are a collaboration between clinical herbalists, herb growers and the local herbal community. Their vision is to create a support clinic for asylum seekers and refugees that provides a programme of free herbal healthcare. They offer one-on-one consultations with trained herbalists, run a mobile dispensary, offer self-care workshops and herb growing projects that aim to improve general health and wellbeing, and teach basic herbal medicine.
California Greater Bay Area Chapter [Santa Cruz, CA] This local chapter of the American Herbalists Guild is doing community outreach at the Rebele Family Shelter and the Mental Health Community Action Network in Santa Cruz. One of the main organizers, Beverly, attended one of the early Herb Bus Trainings I gave in Oakland, in the summer of 2014. I visited them again in 2015 and was amazed to see how well they were able to utilize the Herbalista resources, such as our forms and kit strategies, and modify them for the needs of their clinics. They are doing great work and we are so touched that we could help.
Common Ground Health Clinic [Algiers, New Orleans, LA]. “The Common Ground Health Clinic started on September 9 , 2005 just days after hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. The clinic started as a first aid station with the arrival of “Street Medics”, which are first responders that gained notoriety through mass mobilizations of the anti-globalization movement. The clinic was originally set up in a mosque, with space being generously donated by the Masjid Bilal. Nurses, physicians, herbalists, acupunturists, EMTs social workers and community activists came from around the world to volunteer at Common Ground Health Clinic. Since its inception, the clinic has served more than 60,000 patient visits – all at no charge to the patient.” Here is a link to their Volunteer Handbook from back in 2006.
Community Herbal Health Network [Southeastern US] “Community Health Herbal Network is a network of communities in the South that offer free herbal care, education, and wellness services that are geared towards the preservation and re-cultivation of the widespread and sustainable uses of herbs. Our resources are dedicated to our elders, our ancestors, our communities, and all those harmed by land and resource colonization, environmental racism, war, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, sexism, addiction, the prison industrial complex, and the medical industrial complex.”
Food Not Bombs [International] “Even though we provide meals and groceries to thousands of people, we are not a charity. Food Not Bombs is trying to inspire the public to participate in changing society and focus our resources on solving problems like hunger, homelessness and poverty while seeking an end to war and the destruction of the environment. We are also showing by example that we can work cooperatively without leaders through volunteer effort to provide essential needs like food, housing, education and healthcare. When over a billion people go hungry each day, how can we spend another dollar on war?”– FNB
- Food Not Bombs Atlanta – The Herbalista Herb Cart sets up on some Sundays alongside the Food Not Bombs Crew as they serve in downtown Woodruff Park. We are grateful for their service to Atlanta and for their comraderie.
Hawthorn Community Herb Collective [Asheville, NC] “Asheville area radical health collective aiming to make herbal medicine and other ‘alternative’ modalities of healing accessible while helping folks feel empowered to take healthcare into their own hands & hearts… Current project: community apothecary, trauma support for the community and recently the j20 defendants, Beloved House foot care clinic, self-care stations and free educational classes in the community and for the street medic team. One of our next goals is growing a free clinic in Asheville.”
Herbal Aide [United Kingdom] Non-profit organization founded to document and fund grassroots herbal health projects.
Herbal Unity Clinic [Glasgow, Scotland] “The Herbal Unity Collective was set up in response to restricted access to healthcare for people without papers. We run a free clinic for people in the asylum process and their allies. Our collective is made up of qualified & lay herbalists, grass roots campaigners and people in the asylum process. Our politics are aligned with the Unity Centre, and No Borders.”
Herbalista Health Network [Atlanta, GA and Dublin, Ireland] The Herbalista Health Network recognizes healthcare as a fundamental human right and works to protect health access through clinical services and educational opportunities. We strive for a community based model of healthCARE that is based on solidarity and not charity. We are a network of free mobile clinics supported by a web of herb growing projects, medicine making campaigns, and community herbal education. Clinical projects include the Herb Bus, the Herb Cart, and the Dublin Herb Bike.
Herbalists Without Borders [Worldwide] (Herbalistes Sans Frontieres) International Network of practitioners, farmers, health advocates, humanitarian aid workers, students, and more. Believes that health and wellness are human rights, not privileges. They sponsor local clinics and offer a plethora of resources to their members.
Herbalists Without Borders UK [United Kingdom] Herbalists without Borders UK serves as an umbrella resource for autonomous groups in the UK and Ireland who are connected by the desire to promote and deliver herbal medicine to individuals and in communities where there is little recourse.
Ithaca Health Alliance [Ithaca, NY] Integrated free health services (conventional medical and holistic), community health education, and community healthcare fund.
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief [National Network] Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is a grassroots disaster relief network based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action.
Occupy Medical Eugene [Eugene, Oregon] A no-cost mobile, integrative mobile health clinic serving the people of Eugene Oregon. They have a wonderful Document Resource Section on their website, sharing their Volunteer Orientation Information as well as Medical Protocols. Here is a direct link to their Herbalist Training and Protocol Manual.
Olympia Community Herb Clinic [Olympia, WA] Walk-in, sliding scale clinic offering herbal consultations and herbal remedies.
Orlando Grief Care Project [Orlando, FL] In response to the tragic loss experienced within the Orlando community on June 12, 2016, the Orlando Grief Care Project was started to provide holistic health services to crisis counselors, first responders, families of victims, and other members of community in need of support in the journey of trauma and healing.
Radical Herbalism Gathering [United Kingdom] Annual gathering in Shropshire, England focused on issues of the environment, social justice, harm reduction, mutual aid, healthcare access, and diversity. Definitely my cup of tea!
Scottish Radical Herbal Network [Scotland] “A Scotland-wide collective of herbalists and health activists working towards a society and healthcare system based on principles of fairness, justice and environmental responsibility.”
Skid Row Free Clinic [Los Angeles, CA] One Friday Every first Friday of the month Zizia Botanicals offers a free mobile herb clinic to those living in the Skid Row community. The clinic posts up from 7:30-11am in the garden of the LA Catholic Workers Hospitality Kitchen (aka Hippie Kitchen). These services include a 30 minute consultation to address the individual’s health concerns, followed by resource suggestions and/or herbal preparations in the form of teas, capsules, glycerites, and tinctures.
Social Space for Health [Athens, Greece] Community center offering health services located in a squat in the Petralona neighborhood. Free primary care services, pharmacy services, herbal apothecary, and more. I met Eleni, a pharmacist and herbalist who contributes to this project, at the recent Radical Herbalism Gathering in England.
Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council [Standing Rock] “We coordinate medical and healer supplies, human resources, and other types of medical/healing aid between the following groups:
1. All the camps who stand with Standing Rock (see Healing the Waters Within project to support all Water Protectors)
2. Standing Rock Emergency Services
3. Indian Health Services
4. Standing Rock Tribal Council
5. Mni Wiconi Integrative Health Clinic
6. The greater allopathic & healer community”
Stone Cabin Collective [Black Mesa, AZ] “The Stone Cabin Collective is an all-volunteer group of herbalists, massage providers, energy workers and laypeople who offer free bi-annual health services in the Big Mountain/Black Mesa area of AZ. This is a solidarity-not-charity project in support of the Dine (Navajo) people of Black Mesa as they continue to resist massive coal and uranium mining operations, and for those affected by the forced relocation policies of the US government. We organize two Elder Wellness Weeks a year, in the spring and fall. We call this Elder Wellness Week to honor the elders especially, but all ages are welcome!Please check out www.supportblackmesa.org to learn more about their decades-long struggle, current events, and ways to support.”
Third Root Community Health Center [Brooklyn, New York] A worker-owned Cooperative offering sliding scale services, self-care education, and recognizes views healthcare as rooted in social justice and vice versa.
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism Community Clinics [Montpellier, VT] “Our clinics offer individuals personalized education in self-care with herbs. We offer consultations in our professional clinic in Montpelier and in our supervised student clinics in both Montpelier and Burlington, Vermont. In 2013, we offered over 1200 hours of service. Our clinical services and herbs are available through sliding-scale payment, time exchange and gift; no one is turned away for lack of funds. We look forward to welcoming you.”
The Community Supported Herbal Medicine Movement.pdf Article posted in HerbalEGram: Volume 7, Number 9, September 2010.
SAFER SPACE AGREEMENT
London Radical Herbalism Gathering Safer Space Agreement Created for the London RadHerb Gathering 2018, this safer space agreement is their attempt “to create an inclusive an atmosphere as possible that facilitates learning, growing and moving forwards together. We hope to build a community of trust and respect that supports all of us to challenge ourselves, to listen, and to participate.”
UNDERSTANDING POWER & PRIVILEGE
Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege Created by the online MSW program from the University of Southern California. “This toolkit is meant for anyone who feels there is a lack of productive discourse around issues of diversity and the role of identity in social relationships, both on a micro (individual) and macro (communal) level. Perhaps you are a teacher, youth group facilitator, student affairs personnel or manage a team that works with an underserved population. Training of this kind can serve as the first of several workshops to provide historical context around the politics of identity and the dynamics of power and privilege, or to help build greater self-awareness.”
Terminology in AOP.pdf This list of basic definitions of terminology as related to Anti-Oppression practice comes from ReclaimingFutures.org, a model for improving juvenile justice through community integration. And what is Anti-oppression practice?
“Anti-Oppression Practice: a person-centered philosophy; and egalitarian value system concerned with reducing the deleterious effects of structutal inequalities upon people’s lives; a methodology focusing on both process and outcome; and a way of structuring relationships between individuals that aims to empower users by reducing the negative effects of social hierarchies on their interactions and the work they do together.” (Dominelli, 1994, p. 3)
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh. This pdf is a 2 page excerpt from her longer work.
“DAILY EFFECTS OF WHITE PRIVILEGE I decided to try to work on myself at least by identifying some of the daily effects of white privilege in my life. I have chosen those conditions that I think in my case attach somewhat more to skin-color privilege than to class, religion, ethnic status, or geographic location, though of course all these other factors are intricately intertwined. As far as I can tell, my African American coworkers, friends, and acquaintances with whom I come into daily or frequent contact in this particular time, place and time of work cannot count on most of these conditions.” — Peggy McIntosh
Center of Excellence for Transgender Health “The mission of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health is to increase access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming health care services for trans communities.”
Competent Care for Transgender, GenderQueer, and Non-Binary Folk An online resource for Herbalists and Other Practitioners Curated by Clinical Herbalists Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlick and Larken Bunce
Holistic Health for Transgender & Gender Variant Folks by Dori Midnight — “This paper will cover basic herbal and nutritional support for transgender and gender variant folks specifically on the transmasculine spectrum.”
Purportedly Gendered Body Parts by Dean Spade
Trans 101 – Pronouns A short youtube video on gender pronouns.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Gender-Neutral Pronouns An article by Jacob Tobia on just that.
“There Is No Perfect Word: A Transgender Glossary of Sorts” by Julia Serano. The language describing gender identity is rapidly evolving and changing. This online glossary is a helpful guide to not only basic definitions, but to the broader concepts.
Trans Competency for Holistic Therapists “This unique course is written by Otter Lieffe, a trans woman, author and bodyworker and the director of Safer Healing. Complementary healthcare can be a lifeline for the trans community. Yet, as with traditional healthcare, there are often barriers in accessing this support. This course is designed for bodyworkers and holistic therapists, herbalists, yoga teachers and anyone else involved in complementary healthcare, to become more aware of the issues trans folk face and to make practices safer and more accessible for this community.
Working with Conflict in Groups: A Guide for Grassroots Activists “This 40 page booklet, written by our sister co-op Navigate (previously called Seeds for Change Oxford) and published by EYFA is aimed at people and groups working for social change who want to develop an understanding of conflict and how to deal with it. There are sections on what conflict is, the benefits of addressing it, and tools to work though conflict and maintain healthy and effective social change groups.” Seeds for Change is a UK-wide network of training collectives. They offer training and support for groups organizing for action and positive social change. See their website for many free guides on organizing meetings and running campaigns! www.seedsforchange.org. This particular publication was made possible with the support of the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.
A Note on Call-Out Culture “No matter the wrong we are naming, there are ways to call people out that do not reduce individuals to agents of social advantage. There are ways of calling people out that are compassionate and creative, and that recognize the whole individual instead of viewing them simply as representations of the systems from which they benefit.” – By Asam Amad
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Evolving Minds Video British video with Spanish subtitles. “What is reality? Who defines it? Evolving Minds offers radical perspectives on alternatives to the traditional mental health system. Rufus May also makes an appearance. I have had the opportunity to take part in workshops he led at the Radical Herbalism Gathering in Shropshire England the summer of 2014 and 2015.
The Icarus Project Navigating the space between brilliance and madness. A support network and mental health movement that looks at mental health disorders in a non-traditional way. This network is built by and for folks who identify with “mental illnesses.” They offer many resources such as A Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Medications. There are also local chapters. Atlanta has one.
Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia A report by the British Psychological Society. One of the contributors to both this report and the original (2000) is Rufus May (see links above). Great list of resources and websites beginning on page 117.
The Crazy Herbalist A website by Kirsten Hale, a “trauma-informed herbalist geeking out on plants, herbalism, mental health activism, social justice, complex trauma and general kicking ass at life.” I had the chance to hear Kirsten speak at a couple of conferences over the summer of 2017 and find her an incredibly compassionate herbalist and articulate teacher. Many resources here.
Experience from the Front Lines: HEALTH at the Needle Exchange.pdf This article by Donna Odierna was published in the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild. It is a personal and informative account of the work at the HEALTH project in Oakland California. Includes herbal formulas and tips on providing “non-coercive, harm reduction-based treatment and health care.”
Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition [Atlanta, GA] AHRC is a community-based wellness organization committed to promoting health and dignity by reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, STI, and Substance Use within vulnerable communities.
A Herbal Approach to the Treatment of Withdrawal from Opioid and Benzodiazepine Dependence.pdf By Ally Hurkicova. Originally printed in the Student Herbal Thymes Winter Edition 2014/2015 at Lincoln University, England.
Delirium Tremens on Henriette’s Website The page with search results from Kings’, Ellingwood, Scudder, and more.
Stay Healthy So You Can Stay in the Streets Mini-Handout produced by medics from the BALM Squad (Boston Area Liberation Medic Squad) with suggestions on “what you do before, during and after a demonstration to stay well and keep fighting!”
Atlanta Resistance Medics (ARM) Formed during Occupy Atlanta, ARM is a group of radical activists and health care providers who offer medical support at protests and in our communities. We also offer street medic trainings.
Starting a Mobile Clinic – “With resources and research pooled from a collective of over 700 mobile health clinics across the United States, Mobile Health Map can help you build a strong program.”
So You Want to Start a Mobile Clinic Prezi presentation by Emily Schmitt for her vision of a mobile clinic. It is laid out like a mind map and can help you identify different areas to think about.
HERBAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Appalachian School for Holistic Herbalism [Asheville, NC] Herbal, energetic, & outdoor Education. Sponsor of the SEWHC First Aid Station.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College [Asheville, NC] Education and training for the natural products industry, including GMPs, analytical laboratory skills, natural products business developement, and continuing education.
BotanoLogos School for Herbal Studies [Rabun County, GA] Certification program for Herbal foundations (Medicine Making, Wildcrafting, Chinese Five Phase Energetics, Clinical Skills)
Blue Ridge School for Herbal Medicine [Asheville, NC] Foundational and Clinical Programs with a focus on Appalachian Herbs. They also have an apprenticeship program.
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine [Asheville, NC] Botanical Herbalism at its best. They now offer several online herbal medicine programs including medicine making, growing medicinal plants, wildcrafting & foraging.
California School of Herbal Studies [Forestville, CA] “The California School of Herbal Studies is one of North America’s oldest centers for herbal education. Founded in 1978 by Rosemary Gladstar, and led today by School Director Rebecca Maxfield along with a fabulous staff of teachers, CSHS continues in the spirit in which it was created.”
The Herb Patch Project [Ireland] An initiative of the Irish Register of Herbalists that places mini herb gardens in schools across Ireland to cultivate children’s relationship with the natural world and herbal medicine.
The Homestead Atlanta [Atlanta, GA] Homesteading skills including herbalism and growing.
Northeast School for Botanical Medicine [Ithaca, NY] Foundational Herbalism with a focus on clinical, botanical, and first aid skills. Apprenticeships available.
Sacred Plant Traditions [Charlottesville, VA] Three year training programs from foundational to clinical. Weaving conventional western medicine with energetic herbal understanding.
Vermont School for Integrative Herbalism [Montpelier, VT] Three year training programs from foundational to clinical.
Georgia Herbalists Guild Meeting the 3rd Sunday of the month at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Local Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild.
American Herbalists Guild An organization honoring diversity in herbalism while promoting the practice of botanical medicine.
United Plant Savers Dedicated to protecting native medicinal plants of the US and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.
MEDICINE MAKING SUPPLIES
Alchemical Solutions Micro-distillery. Great source for organic, ethically sourced and produced pure spirits (grape, grain, and cane)
Aromatics International This is where we order our blank aromatic inhalers from. They come in many counts (from 5 to 5000) and in many groovy colors. [This link is an affiliate link, meaning at no additional cost to you, Herbalista will earn credit we can use to purchase our herbalistic and aromatic goodies.]
Black Locust Gardens [Michigan] Black Locust Gardens is a farm and plant nursery, dedicated to sustainable agriculture and positive regeneration of agricultural ecospheres. We are currently growing a variety of medicinal /culinary herbs, and fruit, on 20 acres. They ship both fresh and dried herbs.
Gentle Harmony Farm [North Carolina] Organic herbal farm in North Carolina. They grow the most beautiful, vibrant herbs imaginable! Fresh and dry herbs available.
Hearthfire Farm & Nursery [Georgia] With a mission to help people grow their own herbal medicine, there is incredible heart in the herbs grown by farmer Timothy Hayes. Fresh & dry herbs available as well as plant babies!
Mountain Rose Herbs [Oregon] Online ordering for bulk herbs, essential oils, carrier oils, etc…
SKS Bottle Herbalista’s preferred source for bulk bottles, packaging, etc… When you make an order of $250 or more, the shipping is free! This is a great opportunity to gather your friends and do your orders together!
Pharmco-Aaper [National] Source for organic pure spirits (corn and cane) Bulk ordering, affordable prices.
Pacific Botanicals [Oregon] Online ordering for bulk herbs (high quality, certified organic.) Not only do they carry dry herbs, but will do fresh overnight shipments as well.
LOCAL ATLANTA RESOURCES
CLINICAL SERVICES & HERBALISTS
Free and Low Cost Healthcare in Atlanta List of free and low cost options in the Atlanta area. Listings include primary care, women’s health, mental health, dental, HIV/STI resources, chiropractic, herbal, meditation, yoga, etc.
Pamela Gould, Herbalist [Virginia Highlands] Herbal Wellness Consultations and Lyme (and Coinfections) Guidance. www.earthmama
Susan Kramer, RH(AHG), Registered Herbalist and Homeopath [Woodland Hills]
Oscar Sierra, L.Ac, Herbalist and Acupuncturist [Buckhead]
MEDICINE MAKING MATERIALS AND REMEDIES
Hearthfire Farm & Nursery With a mission to help people grow their own herbal medicine, there is incredible heart in the herbs grown by farmer Timothy Hayes. Fresh & dry herbs available as well as plant babies!
Sevananda Largest bulk herb selection in town! Cooperative dedicated to providing quality nourishment for the hearts, bodies, and minds of Atlanta. Located in Little 5 Points.
Health Unlimited Largest essential oil, homeopathic, and health book selection in town. Also large selection of quality tinctures, chinese and ayurvedic blends, and bulk herbs.
Little 5 Points Pharmacy Wonderful independent pharmacy in Atlanta that carries US Pharmacopeia Herbal Preparations and other useful gadgets such as eyecups, etc… They have long had the tradition of employing herbalist-pharmacists.
The Funny Farm Duane Marcus has been organically gardening and teaching soil arts for over 30 years. He runs educational programming on his 3 acre suburban permaculture demonstration site in Stone Mountain.
Food Not Bombs Atlanta “Food Not Bombs serves free vegan/vegetarian meals to anyone who is hungry as a protest against consumerism, militarism, and waste, and also serves as a direct action which demonstrates alternatives to the current social system. Rain or Shine. Every Sunday we re-occupy Troy Davis Park to share food, music, and community. Join us downtown to reclaim public space for public use and to practice mutual aid and solidarity!”
Showing Up For Racial Justice ATL [from their website] “SURJ Atlanta seeks to achieve collective liberation by ending white supremacy, recognizing that this can only be accomplished within an intersectional context. We envision a world where all systems of oppression are dismantled and all are truly free. Within the context of a multiracial movement we work to end white support for white supremacy through:
- Education: Helping people develop a better understanding of white supremacy and how to interrupt systems of oppression in our daily lives
- Policy change: ending white supremacist policies and legislation
- Amplification of oppressed voices: showing up for actions, sharing their words and thoughts, and trusting their lived experiences”
GROW A ROW RESOURCES
GROWING and DESIGN
Funny Farm – Regular growing and harvesting classes. Duane Marcus is a founder of the Grow a Row program and has many years experience growing medicinal herbs.
Hearthfire Farm & Nursery With a mission to help people grow their own herbal medicine, there is incredible heart in the herbs grown by farmer Timothy Hayes. Fresh & dry herbs available as well as plant babies!
Shades of Green Permaculture Design – Permaculture design, consultation, installation, and Permaculture Design Courses
NC Alternative Crops and Organics YouTube An outreach tool for Jeanine Davis in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University to share information from her agricultural research and extension programs on organic farming, medicinal herbs, hops, truffles, and other alternative crops.
SEED and NURSERY RESOURCES
Strictly Medicinal Herbs (formerly Horizon Herbs, large selection of medicinal species seeds)
Miss Tizzy’s Weeds and Seeds (local heirloom and organic seed)
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (heirloom seed varieties bred for
Crimson Sage Medicinal Plants Nursery (woman-owned organic nursery in California)
Sow True Seeds (heirloom and organic seed, Asheville, NC)
Fedco Co-op (organic herb seed, gardening supplies, etc., Maine)
Johnny’s Selected Seeds (Employee-owned Co-op, great farmer resource)
High Mowing (mostly veggie seeds, some herbs)
Roundstone Native Seed (huge selection of native seed for restoration, bulk pure live seed available)
Useful Plants Nursery (many edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants)
Hobby Worm Farm local source for worm castings and worm tea
Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway
The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway
The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer by Jeff and Melanie Carpenter
The Medicinal Herb Grower: Vol. 1 by Richo Cech
Cultivating Medicinal Herbs by Juliet Blankenspoor (to be released in 2017 and we can’t wait!)
CONFERENCES & FESTIVALS
Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference [NORTH CAROLINA] Lovely gathering of women from across the Southeast to heal and share. Each October in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Radical Herbalism Gathering [ENGLAND] Annual gathering in Shropshire, England focused on issues of the environment, social justice, harm reduction, mutual aid, healthcare access, and diversity. Definitely my cup of tea!
Medicines from the Earth [NORTH CAROLINA] Annual symposium dedicated to sharing herbal knowledge on all levels — the teachers are selected to share a thoughtful and balanced blend of scientific, energetic, and experientially-based wisdom. First weekend of June, at Blue Ridge Assembly in North Carolina.
Body and Soul [IRELAND] Not actually an herbal festival, but one of my favorites! Each June spend an enchanting weekend at Ballinlough Castle in Ireland at a festival that is all about art, music, and healing. One Hundred Quirky Nooks & Crannies. Soak in a hot tub in the middle of the forest, dance under the stars to a pop up orchestra, recharge with an indian head massage. Big and little things that make life magical…
Event Safety Guide – Medical Section.pdf Excerpt from the British Publication, The Event Safety Guide (Second Edition) A Guide to Health, Safety, and Welfare at Music and Similar Events
Herbalists rights, legal and historical basis | RMHI.pdf by Roger Wicke, PhD. of the Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute.
Herbal Medicine and US Law.pdf by Richard Mandelbaum. Presentation at 2013 AHG Symposium.
Legal & Regulatory FAQ by the American Herbalists Guild
Laws governing holistic healing by Michael Cohen, Esq.pdf “To safeguard patient choices and recognize the growing body of literature regarding alternatives, policymakers should reexamine the reduction of healing to medicine, and the equation of nonmedical alternatives with fraud. The current regulatory scheme, embodied in state ‘practice of medicine’ statutes and related case law, reflects an outmoded view of health care, in which the physician is the sole purveyor and guardian of health.” — Michael Cohen, Esquire
Michael Moore’s statement on Traditional Medicines Congress Back in 2004 there was a push by several organizations who are proponents of setting “standards” and creating a larger regulation of the herbal industry and markets (AHPA, AHG, AOMA, etc.) to create a Draft of a Proposed Regulatory Model for Traditional Medicines. This was a statement written in response by Michael Moore, forever a defender of herbal access!
GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES (GMP’s)
FDA Denies Exemption for Herbalists.pdf Link to the FDA’s response to the request for exemption from the cGMP.
FDA Small Entity Compliance Guide Link to the FDA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide to help small herbal product companies navigate the cGMP’s.
AHG Submits a Response to the FDA on GMP Rulings.pdf The American Herbalists Guild’s official response to the FDA’s proposed GMP’s. This, the last official stance taken by the AHG on behalf of herbal health care practitioners, was submitted over a decade ago.
GMP’s in a Clinical Setting This interview with Mama Jo was published in the American Herbalists Guild Journal Vol 10 No. 1 , shows how her retail and clinical practice is navigating the GMP’s.
2010 Georgia Code Apothecary.pdf This shows a section of the current regulations for the State of Georgia Board of Pharmacy and shows the monopoly of the word “apothecary” by the pharmaceutical industry.
2010 Georgia Code Practice Medicine.pdf Definition of “practice of Medicine” in the state of Georgia.
Georgia’s Dietetic Practice Act Of particular interest to herbalists, is § 43-11A-18 Exemptions. See number 8.
NUTRITION & DIETARY REG’S
Center for Nutritional Advocacy This group has taken on the powerful Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetics Association) who has consistently sought to limit the ability to provide nutritional counseling to only Registered Dietitians. While the laws vary state to state, the overall effect has been devastating to the health of our nation. This organization is devoted to empowering other healthcare practitioners “to transform health through nutrition.” Very up do date information on state by state nutrition/dietician regulations.