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Workshop Series: Homesteading: Medicinal Spring Plants and Herbal Bitters
May 2, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Many people associate Spring with planting, cleaning, spending time outdoors, and taking action to inspirational ideas that were put on hold during Winter. Spring is also about getting your digestive system out of hibernation. It’s time to wake up your insides to go outside! Come learn about the medicinal plants that are popping up in your backyards and local parks, and how to safely incorporate these nutrient-packed seasonal plants in your everyday life. Students will learn the basics of herbal medicine making, taking care of their digestive system, and will take home a healthy Spring time digestive herbal bitter formula!
Katie Novotny is a herbal educator and practitioner, an artist, and a story teller. She believes in community based health care and empowers students to pursue healing through backyard gardens, kitchen potions and native forests. She is well versed in western herbal medicine; as well as Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs. Novotny has an infectious enthusiasm for plants and loves to educate people about the inner workings of the great human machine. She is currently a faculty member at the Ohlone Herbal Center, in Berkeley CA. When she is not teaching herbal medicine, you could find her camping in her old truck, laying on the forest floor admiring mushrooms, or in the backyard gardening, wrangling chickens, or staring at her bees. She has been known to stop at a yard sale or two.