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PASA Education Event - Medicinal Herb Production in the Field & Forest

July 7, 2017 Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Event

Event Overview
  Cutting Root Farm
  949 Mercer Rd
  Butler, PA 16001 
Medicinal Herb Production
Date & Time
  Friday, July 7
  $20 PASA & Grow Pittsburgh Members
  $35 Non-members
Event Description
Join PASA at Cutting Root Farm to learn about integrating the production and use of medicinal herbs into your operation. This workshop will cover the identification, cultivation, and processing of medicinal herbs in both field and forest settings with herbalist Michelle Soto and researcher/educator Eric Burkhart.

Whether you are looking to add a new crop/product to your offerings or are interested in the healing potential of medicinal herbs for yourself, this workshop offers a great opportunity to learn more!

This event is sponsored in part by funding from the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Grant.
Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition
Registration will be open from 5/11/2017 to 7/6/2017 at noon.
Speaker & Host Information
Michelle Soto is a fashion forward herbalist, educator, gardener, dog lover, and community organizer. She’s happy to share all of this with attendees at the farm and apothecary. Her dream for Cutting Root is to match the plants she cultivates to the people who need them. Whether flowers in a bouquet, the transplanting of a beloved medicinal to your own garden, or a personalized tincture, she wants to create accessibility to these plants. That accessibility lies in the growing of hard to find medicinals, private consultations, and herbal education. To her, being an herbalist is a political statement. It means encouraging community care, challenging the status quo of health care, and building connection to the natural world. She takes a harm reductionist approach, including diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes and use alternative methodology such as reiki, focusing and meditation in my practice. She practices with the Stonefruit Community Herbalists in Pittsburgh, PA and the Stone Cabin Collective in Black Mesa, AZ.

Eric Burkhart provides landscape and forest management leadership at Shaver’s Creek and teaches courses for the School of Forest Resources on tree and shrub identification, nonnative invasive plants, and herbaceous forest plants. Eric also conducts research on native plants of economic and conservation importance, such as American ginseng and goldenseal, and offers practical guidance in forest farming, through related workshops and publications. His expertise includes: (1) identification of Pennsylvania plants, shrubs, trees, and vines; (2) native plant horticulture and plant husbandry; (3) economic and folk uses of plants in Pennsylvania and the region; (4) plant conservation and management policy; (5) nonnative, invasive plant identification and management; (6) temperate agroforestry practices (riparian forest buffers, windbreaks, forest farming); (7) non-timber forest products (edible/medicinal fungi and plants).
Do you allow walk-ins?
Sorry! Space is limited and we cannot allow walk-ins for this event. Call (814) 349-9856 x17 for more information.
Is there financial aid for this event?
Sorry, there is no scholarship for this specific event.
What should I prepare/bring with me to this event?
This event will be outside, so dress accordingly.
Bring a reusable water bottle to fill on site and stay hydrated.
Bring a note-taking device.
Remember your business cards- PASA events are an excellent networking opportunity.
Bring your questions! Make the most of this event by preparing several questions for the day.
Will food be served?
Yes, lunch is included with the registration fees. The menu has not yet been set.
What if I have food allergies?
After registering, please contact PASA with any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Requests made at least two weeks in advance can usually be accommodated.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about this event?
Please contact Dan Dalton at (814) 349-9856 x17 or for more information about this event.
Registrant Information

Use the 5-digit Zip Code that you last gave PASA
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If you're not a current PASA member, you can join through our Annual Giving form or proceed with non-member pricing.

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