Savannah Food Day – Presented by Well Fed Magazine

We are so happy that our local chapter of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) has the opportunity to represent the tradition of herbal medicine in Savannah, GA during the largest Food Day event in the nation organized by Well Fed Magazine – #savannahfoodday !!!

Read on to learn about our Fire-Cider Making Workshop, our Food Day Booth and our chapter of the American Herbalists Guild.

Fire Cider-Making Workshop

FireciderFire Cider is herbal medicine tradition’s easy-to-make immune-boosting drink: it strengthens and fortifies your body’s OWN natural defenses.

Georgia’s Lowcountry Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild is presenting a FREE fire cider-making workshop at Food Day in Savannah (10/24) at 1pm.

Come on by!

If you missed the workshop, follow us on Facebook – we’ll be posting the recipe soon!

 

 

Our Food Day Booth

The Food Day Booth for Georgia’s Lowcountry Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild was put together by volunteering local herbnerds who love connecting plants and people.

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On display for our community, we’ve got…

…books for y’all to learn more about the tradition and practice of herbal medicine…

 

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…locally harvested handmade herbal jam…

 

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…taste-tasters of many herbal tinctures (Tinctures are alcohol-based extractions of medicinal plants)…

 

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…locally cultivated American Skullcap seedlings (Scutellaria laterifloria, Lamiaceae) for y’all to support yourselves and grow in your gardens…

 

What Is Savannah Food Day?

Savannah Food Day is a day-long community event organized by Well Fed Savannah, a free monthly publication featuring (in their own words) stories that foster sustainable living in Savannah. People gather to celebrate sustainable living as it relates to food.

The impressive turnout for #savannahfoodday represents the growing interest in the lowcountry of making our community a shining example of transformed food consciousness and greater health.

 

About Our Local American Herbalists Guild (AHG) Chapter

We are thrilled to have been interviewed for the October issue of Well Fed Magazine. You can read a PDF of the article (featuring VIRIDITAS – the healing power of green things) here.

Georgia’s Lowcountry Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild is the newest of the American Herbalists Guild’s (AHG) 19 local chapters across the country. AHG is a national non-profit organization of professional herbalists that welcomes folks from all levels who are interested in the tradition of herbal medicine.

There were about 500 new AHG members this year (compared to about 60 last year). Check out www.americanherbalistsguild.org to learn more and don’t forget to sign up for our emails to learn more about community events in the Lowcountry.

 

~viriditas~

Mead-Making Workshop in Savannah

Can Mushrooms Save the World?

Allow us introduce y’all to Paul Stamets, the keynote speaker at the 2015 International Herb Symposium. Paul founded Fungi Perfecti and Host Defense organic mushroom supplements.

Paul was 1 of 7 scientists to be chosen for the prestigious 2014 Inaugural Class of AAAS – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (call it ‘triple-A-S’)-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program.

He wears a signature cap made from the birch polypore Fomus fomentarius which allowed fire to travel with the ice man and flint spark guns to ignite in Napoleonic times.

His work may save the world.

Thank you, Paul.

Our First Field Trip

We went on our first fieldtrip!

It was called [take a deep breath] the Ethnobotanical and Mycological Playshop Extravaganza. 

The weekend workshop with marc williams and Mycol Stevens was held at The Hostel in the Forest May 22-24, 2015.

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Photo of the Playshop group by Eric Christianson

About Our Teachers:

marc runs Botany Everyday (an online, donation-based botany class) and Plants and Healers International (a non-profit organization  dedicated to carrying on the work and legacy of influential ethnobotanist Frank Cook).

Mycol is called an “environmental superhero” by Sybil St. Claire her article about him in Twisted South. His background in environmental engineering and aquatic ecology comes to life at Finca Mycol – an off-the-grid, ecocentric permaculture homestead in Florida.

About Our Lessons:

The weekend included multiple outdoor plant-walks from forest to lake to seaside interspersed with indoor classroom lessons at the Hostel’s geodesic-dome library/music room on beginners botany and mycology.

marc mentioned that though the language of botany and mycology is at first formidable, let the knowledge be like a wave that washes over us, and just take what sticks. The waves will keep coming. And they do.

About Our Food:

If you’re curious about some of the specific plants we covered, marc’s apprentice Hayden wrote about the local foraged food preparation on Plants and Healers International.

In Summary:

Plants, mushrooms, knowledge, play, the best teachers and the best companions – all together these components made for a memorable weekend and first fieldtrip for Georgia’s Lowcountry Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild.