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Wild Greens for the Community Herbalist: Sow Thistle

Wild Greens for the Community Herbalist: Sow Thistle

Botanical Name: Sonchus oleraceus Family: Compositae Common Names: Sow Thistle Primary Characteristics for Field ID: The flower closely resembles a dandelion. The leaves are whorled. An annual. Part Used for Food: The leaves and tender portion of the stems Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: This plant likes disturbed soil so… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Amaranth

Plant Profile: Amaranth

Botanical Name: Amaranthus retroflexus is very common and 60+ spp. worldwide Family: Amaranthaceae Common Names: Pigweed Primary Characteristics for Field ID: Leaves are lanceolate and alternate along the main stem. Stems are red. Part Used for Food: Fresh leaves and young tips of stems. Older leaves and stems are either bitter, stringy or fibrous. Cultivated… Continue >>>

Apiaceae for Herbalists

Apiaceae for Herbalists

The common names for the Apiaceae family are either the carrot or parsley family. The old family name was Umbelliferae; some books still show this and occasionally botanists still use this older name out of habit. This is an *extremely* important family to know. One reason is that it has abundant herbs, spices and foods.… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Wild Mustard

Plant Profile: Wild Mustard

Botanical Name: Sisymbrium irio Family: Brassicaceae Common Names: Wild Mustard, London Rocket Southwest Habitat: Between 1,000’ and 7,500’ – the growing season depends on the elevation. While not native to North America, it is widespread and commonly found in disturbed soil. This is a plant found along trails during Sonoran winter hikes, under juniper trees… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Poison Hemlock

Plant Profile: Poison Hemlock

Whether foraging for greens or wildcrafting herbs, knowing the few toxic plants in one’s environment is essential. Poison hemlock is a potentially deadly plant that is frequently encountered in the forests and meadows of northern Arizona. This article and collection of photos is meant to help you identify this plant in your outdoor explorations and… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Chenopodium album

Plant Profile: Chenopodium album

Botanical Name: Chenopodium album Family: Chenopodiaceae Spinach, beets, chard and quinoa are also in this family Common Names: Goosefoot, Lambsquarters Primary Characteristics for Field ID: The leaves are in the shape of a goose’s foot which helps with the field ID for a non-botanist. Part Used for Medicine: Fresh leaves and fresh tips Habitat in… Continue >>>

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Community Herbalist Program for 2022

Community Herbalist Program for 2022

The herb community in the US currently offers many beginning courses in working with healing plants. Many of are quite good. The challenge is how to continue one’s journey along the herbal path and deepen one’s skills and understanding of using herbs to promote health. The Community Herbalist Program has been created for people who… Continue >>>

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

The 2022 Program is Full. If you would like to be on the Wait List, fill out the application at the bottom if this page under the “What to Do Next?” title Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for me in 1990 when I made the decision to… Continue >>>

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Community Herbalist Program for 2022

Community Herbalist Program for 2022

The herb community in the US currently offers many beginning courses in working with healing plants. Many of are quite good. The challenge is how to continue one’s journey along the herbal path and deepen one’s skills and understanding of using herbs to promote health. The Community Herbalist Program has been created for people who… Continue >>>

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

The 2022 Program is Full. If you would like to be on the Wait List, fill out the application at the bottom if this page under the “What to Do Next?” title Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for me in 1990 when I made the decision to… Continue >>>

Online vs In-Person Classes for 2022

Will the 2022 herb classes be recorded?If I am not able to attend, can I watch the video later? Many herb programs, including the Foragers Path, moved to online learning the past two years out of necessity due to the public health crisis. I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the community… Continue >>>

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