Railyard Apothecary is excited to be hosting a large number of classes throughout this fall, featuring a variety of topics from a plethora of wonderful teachers. This is the time of year for harvest and abundance, and given there are so many things to enjoy we're offering package deals to access them thoroughly. See our detailed class listing by reading further or clicking here.
Season pass: for $150 you can attend an unlimited number of classes through the end of December 2017. By far the most savings, and the way to deepen your learning the most!
Monthly pass: for $70 you can attend unlimited classes for 30 days from the date of purchase.
Here's what we have to offer (keep reading below for class dates and titles):
Roots: foundational herbal workshops. These 1.5 to 2-hour classes are great for beginners, as well as for those looking for a refresher on certain topics.
Branches: raise your learning to the next level by attending a series of classes within a theme.
Leaves and flowers: special topics go further in-depth. Suitable for both beginners and those with experience.
Fruits: the culmination of our work is connection amongst people, connection with plants and healthy thriving communities all around. Join us in celebration with each other and the plants for social events, holiday-themed workshops and more.
Roots: Herb Basics
Branches: In-depth Series:
Leaves and Flowers: Special Topics
Fruits: Special Events and Holiday Activities
You can see all of our upcoming classes and events here, or on our Facebook page. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-540-0595. Hope to see you soon!
Essay by by Hannah Thorne and Katherine Elmer from Spoonful Herbals.
As the days grow longer and the sun’s rays grow stronger, so too does Vermont’s lush landscape of medicinal plants! Summer is a busy time for harvesting, as many plants have a short window of time in which they are at their medicinal peak. To take full advantage of these short abundances of medicine, Spoonful Herbals hosts gleaning events called Herb Mobs, where we gather volunteer members from the community to get outside and get harvesting with us at our partner sites- including local organic farms or others with documented safe land-use practices. One of these events took place on the morning of June 27th, where we gathered at Shelburne Farms to harvest red clover.
Red clover is a common backyard plant and Vermont's official State Flower. It’s “painted” leaves and dazzling purplish-pink flowers are often overlooked or mowed over; although this plant has a lot to give. It is one of our “nutritive tonic” herbs, providing bioavailable calcium and magnesium. It also enhances functioning of the lymphatic system, which helps the body resolve swelling and heal from injuries or surgeries. It also rivals soy as a “phytoestrogen” which is protective against breast cancer and sources of estrogen from our environment (such as BPA in plastics or growth hormone in some meats). And so, baskets in hand, we harvested the top portion of the stems of this plant: the flower along with the leaf set growing directly below the blossom. We were lucky enough to have a sunny, dry day at Shelburne; the perfect conditions for preserving our haul, and for observing the calming lake water nearby. About an hour in, our baskets were full and we consolidated the plant material into one bag that was then sold to the Railyard Apothecary to be distributed to the community as medicine. We were proud to hear from staff at Railyard that our local clover was beautifully dried to preserve it’s vibrant green and purple color and, as a result, it rivaled the quality of the best organic clover available to purchase in the marketplace!
Proceeds from Spoonful Herbals’ Herb Mobs are used in part to improve affordability and access to herbal medicine in our community. Special thanks to City Market for their generous support of our 2017 Herb Mob season and to our farm partners such as Shelburne Farms! Events like this are a great way to deepen the relationship between neighbors in Vermont (students, farmers, other community members), and to introduce them to the plant medicines available in their natural surroundings. Specifically, the aim is to show them ways that the common plants in their “backyards” can support the health and well-being of themselves and their community. Join us next time! Look for our schedule of events on Facebook at “Spoonful Herb Mobs” or learn more about our programs on our website at SpoonfulHerbals.org.
Exploring Our Inner Ecology: Understanding and caring for our bodies and the environment as unified systems
This is an essay written by Railyard Apothecary volunteer Jessica Rich, University of Vermont senior, environmental studies major.
"I don't trust a garden, or a gardener for that matter, that hasn't any weeds..."
- Christopher Hobbes
In Taoist philosophy, nature is viewed as infinitely wise and it is believed that through the observation of nature we can learn to better understand ourselves. Taoism often draws similarities between natural landscapes and the human body and, through this observation of natural ecosystems, highlights connections to help deepen understanding of the inner body .
Railyard Healing Center is now partnering with two local businesses to expand our mission of providing medicine and healing in all its forms.
Starting in June, every Tuesday we will be hosting CSA pick-ups for Golden Well Farm. Their organic vegetable, berry, and fresh herb CSA shares are now available for purchase! They also offer add-ons of flowers, fermented foods, and APIS honey kombucha. For more information click here.
We are now selling medicinal organic bone broths made by the Simmering Bone! We are selling frozen quarts of a variety of flavors. Bone broths are an excellent way to get in easy to digest nutrition, and they are especially healing for the gut.
This winter and spring, Rural Vermont’s Community Conversation Tour will engage communities around the state in dialogue about land use, livelihood, food, and the future of Vermont. At each of the Tour stops, Rural Vermont farmer-leaders and staff will present our vision for a future where the success of our agricultural economy is measured not merely in dollars, but also by the health and vitality of all its stakeholders: our farmers, our consumers, our businesses, our crops, our animals, and our soils. Attendees will be invited to share their priorities, identify structural barriers, and suggest pathways to systemic change at the individual, community, and statewide levels.
Check out the website: www.ruralvermont.org/2017-community-conversation-tour/
Learn more about the campaign to free fire cider from trademark restrictions: click here
Hello friends and family, small businesses and community members,
In a collaborative effort between Urban Moonshine, Sage Mountain, and Zack Woods Herb Farm, we are raising money to purchase firewood for Standing Rock in anticipation of our community day of prayer on December 4th. With winter fast approaching and temperatures plummeting, they a have great need for warm indoor spaces to work and recover. Please donate here.
Although the Oceti Sakowin Camp was unjustly ordered to close by December 5th and government officials are communicating plans to obstruct the peaceful protest, the water protectors are NOT leaving and plan to remain.
Our goal is to purchase as much wood as possible to keep them warm during the winter. We are working directly with Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council to get wood purchased and delivered as soon as possible.
We are hoping to meet our goal leading up to the day of prayer, which is happening on December 4th, in Burlington, Vermont with Rosemary Gladstar and other community members to pray for the water protectors. More information here.
FROM OCETI SAKOWIN Camp - The 7 Council Fire at Standing Rock -“Please pray with Us on Sunday, December 4, 2016. The hearts of all people’s faiths must now unite in believing we can change the path we are now on”.
The official letter:
Please consider joining us at our event on Sunday, December 4th.
Deepest gratitude for any and all support. All funds will be sent directly to the Standing Rock Medic & Healing Council, which is collaborative effort of volunteer medics, physicians, herbalists, and other healers set up at the multiple camps along the river.
We are continually accepting non-alcoholic herbal remedies to send to the earth defenders and water protectors at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. First Nations people and their allies are resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline running through their lands and across their waters, which will endanger the drinking water of millions of people, violate treaty rights, and exacerbate climate change. To learn more about this issue, please visit: https://medichealercouncil.com/nodapl/.
To get updated on the latest information about what donations are needed at the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, please check their Facebook page.
In particular, these are some current needs at the camp: