January 30, 2013 @ 7:05 AM

New Year Resolutions for Herbalists


Follow me this month while I try to clear out my own chaos and get a few tips on how to get your herb cabinet and/or business back in order! January is a perfect time for reflection and planning, but also, we have time for getting things done since the rush of garden season is still a few months away, the snow keeps us at home a bit more....as does the promise of a warm house and hot cup of tea. Each day, I am going to tackle something that needs constant care or attention, but that is often left to become dysfunctional as the year goes on. Will this be the year, I actually keep on top of things? Who knows...but if not, I will repost next year!

January 30 ~


Back when I was starting out, my vision of myself when much older, was of a "community herbalist" ....someone to provide care and education to locals in need of what I offered. Well, that was way before the internet /FaceBook age. While I enjoy a wider audience and the ability to share plant information to those who may have no other avenues to find it, I still enjoy the work I do in my own region the most. So, on an ongoing basis I give discounts to certain groups (primarily Garden Clubs and libraries) and on a yearly basis, I find ways to serve my community for free ......as a thank you for being able to teach about topics I love.

I hope to do a Weed/Herb Walk for a local non-profit this summer, did the same for our town's bicentennial several years ago, donate to certain local causes under my business name, work with 4-H groups........

All of my apprentices are required to do some free community service. They have planted gardens in public spaces, given classes at summer camps, free lectures at libraries, donated books or money to environental organizations. I invite other herbal instructors to ask the same of their students.

Whatever way you decide to SHARE, do it in a way comfortable to you--all of us are not public speakers, or want a public spotlight---- and in a way that makes sense to your personal belief system......and based on the particular needs of your community.