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. Most plants will be organically grown at the pick-up site and at the farm in Oregon City. 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 about 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 include medicine making, medicinal plant gardening, or a general wellness topic. (Classes will be largely left up to the participants in the program).
Gathering the Harvest
Pickups will occur on the following Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 in SE Portland.
May 18th, June 15th, July 13th, August 10th, September 14th & October 12th
Like to join us.
The cost for a full share for our 6 month CSH is just $325. And if you want to receive smaller portions this year we are offering half shares for $180. We also offer a payment plan. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Some Medicinal Plants we are hoping to work with this year include: California Poppy, Raspberry Leaf, Lemon Balm, Oregon Grape, Mullein, Comfrey, Arnica, St. John’s Wort, Motherwort or Lobelia, 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