10am - 5pm
$125 by September 27
We are excited to welcome Laurie Quesinberry to Earthwise Learning Center! Laurie is generational plant digger who comes from a long line of granny healers deeply connected to the mountain since the 1700’s. Laurie will share her story of growing up as a poacher and her journey to becoming a plant protector and land steward, her deep connection to Ginny Seng (Ginseng), and some traditional remedies and recipes from her heritage. Through tales of struggles and triumphs Laurie will shine light onto the dark side of wild harvesting and the travesty of dealing with plant brokers and the Ginseng market…the common practices that are hidden away in the shadows of the hollers of the Appalachian Mountains. Laurie will also enlighten us on sacred and intuitive wild harvesting for deeper connection to the plants, stronger medicine, and plant preservation. She’ll share how the plants guide her in her work, how we can be better stewards and plant protectors, and how to rescue, grow and use some of our At-Risk medicines. Prepare to be delighted and deeply moved by Laurie, her stories and her love and passion for the plants!
Laurie Quesinberry is a generational plant digger and mountain woman steeped in the traditions of Appalachia wildcrafting. From poacher to plant protector and land steward Laurie has a unique perspective and insight into commercial wild harvesting and the preservation of populations of At Risk medicinal plants of the Appalachian Mountains. She is the recipient of the 2017 United Plants Savers Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Her special connection with the plants—especially Ginseng, which she lovingly calls Ginny Seng---guides her work. Laurie’s passion is connecting people to the plants and heritage of Appalachia, breathing new life into old traditions, and promoting sustainable harvesting methods. She dedicates her time to rescuing plants and motivating others to create sanctuaries for At Risk plants.
Details will be sent to participants after registration closes.
Limited free onsite camping is available.
$55 due by October 5
As the seasons change so do the available wild foods and medicines. Join Robin for this fun and informative plant ID walk to discover some of the autumn roots, nuts, barks, leaves, flowers & fungi that Nature provides for our health and sustenance. Explore field, forest, and transition zones, and learn medicinal uses, mindful harvesting, how to prepare some of the plants for food and medicine, reading Nature signs, and an intro to the Doctrine of Signatures.
Bring your lunch, water, snacks, portable chair if you are unable to stand for very long, pen & notebook camera, sunscreen, and a natural bug repellent (optional). Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes. We'll have tasty samples of wild foods to share with lunch!
Registration closes Nov 2
Laurie Quesinberry is returning to Earthwise Learning Center!
In this hands-on workshop students will gain the skills, knowledge, and experience to create a haven for native woodland medicinal plants on their own property by working together to create a small forest garden plot start to finish. Laurie will cover reading the landscape, site selection, preparing the soil, tools, planting seeds/rootstock/rescued plants, water, protecting the plants, propagation, plant communities, companion planting, and more. Students will have the opportunity to purchase rootstock for their own woodland medicine garden. Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Solomon’s Seal, and Wild Ginger are a few that will be available. Lunch is included. Limited onsite tent camping is free.
The plants were here before we were; without them we would be extinct!