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Grow Your Own Medicine in Western Washington

 
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WORKSHOP: Growing and Using Medicinal Plants in Western Washington
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
AND now a second workshop (same topics) is going to be given on Sunday, April 2, due to great demand for the class


Location: Dragonfly Medicinals, Vashon Island


Time: 1:00pm to 5:00 pm for both workshops


WORKSHOP DETAILS: This workshop will introduce a wide variety of medicinal plants, trees, and shrubs you can grow in Western Washington


We will cover making products and wildcrafting, weed management, harvesting, tools and timing. During the workshop we will harvest some plants to dry and also to make tinctures from.


There will be handouts, and the following items you can purchase:
Books, plants, propagation material, seeds, and herbal products.


TEACHERS: Michael Pilarski and Michael Laurie
Michael Pilarski has been commercially farming and wildcrafting medicinal plants for 22 years in the Maritime and interior Pacific Northwest. He farms a diversity of medicinal and food plants in complex, agroforestry systems. He is the author of “Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Resource Guide” and “Growing and Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants in the Pacific Northwest”.


Michael Laurie has been growing medicinal herbs and making tincture, teas, and medicinal oils for over 18 years on Vashon Island, and 13 years on his current property. He has been growing all organic. The property is certified as a medicinal herb botanical sanctuary by United Plant Savers. There are currently over 70 species of medicinal plants on the property. There are also many permaculture/sustainability features on the property.


REGISTRATION:
Price: $50. Pay in advance to reserve your spot in the class. We are limiting registration to 30 attendees for each class. We expect to sell out for both classes, and have a waiting list. Doing it this way will help minimize the traffic congestion in our small neighborhood, so we will able to offer more classes in the future.


For further information and to register, contact Michael Laurie: mlaurie@mindspring.com
Please note: The April 1 class is fully reserved, though not everyone has sent in their money to hold their place.
 
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Thank you for the heads up. This looks Awesome. I live in Bellingham but I've never been out to Vashon. I hope I'll have the chance to come down there for the workshop.
 
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Thanks, Dooley Turner!  Michael and I are quite connected to Bellingham this year. We both are working with the City to provide training to retailers about toxic pesticides and their alternatives, and hubby Michael will be working on water conservation for the city.  The retailers who have signed up for our training include Garden Spot, WFC Fairhaven, Hohl's, Home Depot, and My Garden.   It would be great to have you come to Vashon and learn about medicinal herbs.

I just want to say that I knew next to nothing about medicinal herbs when I first met Michael Laurie in 2013. Now that we are married, I have greatly benefited from his extensive knowledge, his teas and tinctures. Some days I drink coffee after noon, and find it hard to sleep at night as a result. A few drops of his valerian tincture, and I can sleep, with no problems waking up the next morning bright and alert as usual.

And, when the nasty flu virus was making its way around the island, I felt it coming on one morning. Michael had me drink several cups of his antiviral tea blend with anti viral tincture, and it kept it at bay. I could feel it trying to come back on some mornings, but as soon as I started drinking my antiviral tea, I felt perfectly fine. After a week, I didn't even feel anything trying to take over. Wow.

 
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