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Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants for Home Use & Income
Native & Non-Native: Sustainability & Restoration

A workshop with Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Botanicals

March 3, Saturday.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm.




We will discuss many aspects of wildcrafting for home use as well as commercially. We will introduce the main medicinal plants found in Washington State with optimum harvest times, tools, processing and drying. Sustainable wildcrafting concerns and guidelines will be addressed as well as restoration and ethno-ecology. Michael will bring samples of fresh and dried herbs, tools and relevant books. There are things to wildcraft every month of the year and we will look at the yearly round.

Michael Pilarski is a plant enthusiast, farmer, educator and founder/director of Friends of the Trees Society. Michael has commercially wildcrafted medicinal plants for 23 years in Washington State, north Idaho and Northwest Montana. He farms medicinal plants in complex, agroforestry systems and has expertise in seed collecting and propagation of many native and non-native species. He is the author of "Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Resource Guide" and "Growing & Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants in the Pacific Northwest".

Michael will show and tell his favorite harvesting tools and demonstrate harvesting techniques. There will be a display of relevant books and some for sale.

Bring a brown bag lunch. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and come prepared for the weather as we will be outside for most of the day.



Wildcrafting
Ideally we would ask all of these questions for each plant we wildcraft:


* Common name(s).
* Latin name of the plant and what other plants it is related to.
* If native, what is its status on the scale of common to endangered? If non-native, what is its invasive weed status?
* Traditional and modern uses of the plants.
* Optimum time(s) to harvest.
* Tools/techniques of harvesting and processing.
* Each plant specie's roles in the ecosystem: what eats it, what insects does it host, is it a nitrogen fixer, role in succession, ecological parameters (where does it live), etc.
Some plants will be covered in more depth and others will be given short shrift. But every plant species deserves at least a nod and their name. Most day-long workshops walking through a number of habitats will generally turn up between 60 and 100 species.

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Medicinal Herb Micro-Farms

A workshop with Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Botanicals

March 4, Sunday.
9:00-5:00

There is a shortage of high-quality, domestically-grown herbs. This workshop will give you an idea of the possibilities of getting into small-scale medicinal herb production. Species selection, tillage, fertilizing, organic methods, spacing, propagation, planting, weeding, water, harvesting, and so forth. We will discuss examples of rhizomatous bed crops, subshrubs, annuals, biennials, 4-year root crops, long-term perennials, trees, etc. I have learned how to achieve good production starting in year one and every year thereafter. My systems are influenced by permaculture.

The workshop will be geared towards small-scale, commercial production. Yard-scale up to a couple acres. This workshop will be useful to people already growing herbs as well as people thinking of getting into herb farming. It doesn't take a large production if you have a value-added business. The most land Michael has farmed at one time is two acres. He is currently farming two plots totaling ¾ of an acre with 100 plant species. My specialty is medicinal agroforestry systems, aka medicinal food forests.

I do a lot of my farming with hand tools. Generally I have my new plots worked up with a tractor. I then plant a perennial system and it is only hand tools after that. Tractors and rototillers are great tools at certain scales, but all scales of intensive herbal production require a great deal of hand labor, human eyes, attentiveness, and love.
Michael Pilarski, of Friends of the Trees Botanicals, has farmed a wide diversity of crops in permaculture and agroforestry systems. He has been farming medicinal plants for the last 22 years in western and eastern Washington with a focus on small-scale and low capitalization. An Herb Growers Cooperative is in the process of forming. Get in on the ground floor.
Bring a brown bag lunch. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and come prepared for the weather as we will be outside part of the day.



Medicinal plants in terms of growth habit and plant part used:
Rhizomatous, bed crops such as meadow arnica, nettles, skullcap, sheep sorrel, horsetail, bugleweed, California poppy,
Subshrubs, such as thyme, hyssop, oregano, garden sage, winter savory, betony,
Annual flowers, such as calendula.
Biennial flowers such as mullein.
Perennial flowers such as arnica, red clover, St John's wort, yarrow, beebalm,
Long term perennial root crops, such as black cohosh, goldenseal, ginseng culver's root, Joe-Pye weed, Echinacea,
Biennial roots such as burdock, yellow dock, teasel, valerian,
Perennial roots such as comfrey, elecampane, marshmallow, horseradish,
Barks such as willow, Amur cork tree, cascara, larch, .
Shrub roots such as Oregon-grape, bayberry.
Rootbark from trees and shrubs such as devil's club and mulberry,
Flowers from trees and shrubs such as elderberry, hawthorn, linden, rose,
Long term perennials with harvested aerial parts such as boneset, meadowsweet, lady's mantle, wormwood, mugwort,
Short term perennials such as catnip,
Leaves such as alfalfa,
Annual herbs such as holy basil, blessed thistle, sweet annie,
Fruit and berries such as elderberry, hawthorn, rosehips,
Seed such as burdock, Echinacea, nettles, milky oats
Straw such as oatstraw
Rhizomes such as nettle root, quackgrass, sweetflag,
Gummy buds such as gumweed
Nuts such as horse chestnuts, black walnut hulls
Twigs/leaves such as huckleberry, blueberry, bayberry,
Conifer foliage such as western red cedar, eastern white cedar, juniper, Pacific yew,
Tree leaves such as ginkgo.
Garden weeds such as dandelion, wild lettuce, sheep sorrel, shepherds purse, chickweed, plantain.

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Herbal Immersion Program 2018

First Year Program

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Herbal Immersion Program 2018

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tiffany freeman

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Dr. Tiffany Freeman

 

Saturday March 31, 2018

9am to 5pm

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Aroma, Trauma and Addiction

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Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer

April 28-29

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angela and yarrow willard

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Yarrow & Angela Willard

Sunday May 6th

9-5

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jim mcdonald

The Humoral Temperments

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jim mcdonald

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7song

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Oct 12-14

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