The Medicine Garden CSH (Community Supported Herbalism)
Our goal in creating this CSH is to offer our community fresh medicinal plants gathered at their optimal harvest time and with the deepest respect, so that you and yours will be empowered to navigate most common illness. Our hope is to provide a year’s supply of medicine for each plant, and a well-rounded medicinary by the end of the season. Our small scale approach allows us to sink into the plants needs as well as our communities.
How it works
Similar to how a vegetable CSA works, each month you will pick up your share. This includes 4 fresh plants to take home and make medicine from, one medicinal preparation all ready to go, a 2-hour community gathering to get the creative juices flowing and our inspiring newsletter. Plants are organically grown at the farm in Oregon City and in SE Portland. A few medicinal natives will be sustainably harvested to round out our medicinary.
To help you visualize the amount of plants you will be receiving each month, we will try to supply each full share with around a quart jar of plant matter for each of the four monthly plants. Also a fifth plant will be made into medicine, either by us ahead of time (some plants like Arnica have a very small shelf life fresh) or as a component of the community gathering.
At each pick-up from 6:30 to 8:30pm, we will spend our time helping you become acquainted with the friends you will bring home. Topics may also include hands-on medicine making, medicinal plant gardening, or a general wellness topic. (Classes will largely be left up to members).
By the conclusion of the season members will have a well-stocked medicinary of approximately 30 plants that cover the most common health concerns.
Gathering the Harvest
Pickups will occur monthly on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 in SE Portland.
Dates coming soon!
Like to join us.
The cost for a share for our 6 month CSH is just $350 for the whole season! We offer a payment plan and are willing to do a reduced price share for a few shares as well. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Some Medicinal Plants we have worked with include: California Poppy, Raspberry Leaf, Oregon Grape, Mullein, Comfrey, Arnica, St. John’s Wort, Motherwort, Horehound, Milky Oats, Blue Vervain, Garlic, Meadowsweet, Calendula, Skullcap, Boneset, Yarrow, Tulsi, Mugwort, Elderberries, Fennel seed, Ceanothus, Cramp Bark, Elecampane, Angelica, Burdock, Echinacea, Valerian, and Marshmallow