Horn Farm Happenings – June 5, 2020

We are pleased to offer four new classes covering the Foundations of Plant Medicine. These classes will meet via Zoom, which is an interactive, online meeting software. To participate, you’ll need internet access and a computer. Zoom link and other details will be sent to you before the class meets. Class sizes are limited to allow for participant questions and interaction.

monarda and echinacea in palms

Photo: Michelle Johnsen

On Saturday, June 20: Water Infusions and Plant Journals

Plants and humans have always had a special relationship – plants create compounds that work to heal and support human body systems, and humans help propagate plants through seed dispersal and ecosystem interaction. Over time the use and understanding of plants as medicine was forgotten by more and more people until the knowledge was held by very few. As many of us turn towards learning skills of resiliency and methods of subsistence, we can share the information within our communities and help each other learn how to connect with the wisdom of the plant world again.

One helpful tool in learning about plants and their medicinal characteristics is a simple plant journal created to keep track of plants and herbs, personal observations about medicinal uses and plant behavior, and others experiences with the same. The plant journal becomes both a living reference book, and a recipe book, tailor made to the herbalist/student who has created it.

In this 2 hour class, participants will learn techniques for starting and keeping a plant journal based on the simple practice of direct observation and the sampling of water based infusions. With an organic approach, learning about plants can feel more like getting to know a whole world of new friends than like a school assignment with a test at the end. In other words, this class is about learning to transform the ancient art of making a cup of tea into the basis of your plant studies and research.

On Saturday, July 11: Oil Infusions and Salves

There are many ways to prepare plant medicines so we can use them to heal and support our body systems. One common way that is an easy skill for the beginner to master is to make a salve. Salves begin with an oil infusion, which is then mixed with beeswax and other ingredients to create a healing salve or balm. Salves are a staple in the herbal household and a foundational element of an herbal practice.

In this class, participants will learn about specific plants and herbs that are particularly useful when applied topically, and learn the process, from start to finish, of turning them into oil infusions and simple salves.

On Saturday, July 25: Tincture Making

When herbalists want to create a plant medicine with an extended shelf life, they often make a tincture, which is an infusion using alcohol, vinegar, or vegetable glycerin as the base substance. Tinctures are very effective in extracting medicinal compounds from plants, last longer than a water infusion or decoction, and are an easy way to ingest less palatable herbs, or those remedies that require higher and more frequent doses.

In this class, participants will learn the basic principles of tincturing, including plant and herb preparation, ratios, and infusion mediums. We will explore some useful plants to tincture and discuss when and how to use them.

On Saturday, August 8: Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit

Every home should have a simple, yet comprehensive first aid kit. With a little knowledge and some preparation, so much that ails us on a day to day basis- body pain, digestive upset, headache, cramps, scrapes, burns, stings- can be easily and simply treated at home using herbal and natural remedies.

In this course we’ll discuss common injuries and health issues, the types of herbs and supplies you need to safely treat them at home, the types of herbal remedies that are helpful to include in your herbal first aid kit, and how to make and use those medicines.

This is a perfect class for parents, caregivers, teachers, activists, first responders, herbalists, gardeners, homesteaders, and anyone with an interest in healthy living and basic emergency preparedness.

We still have plants for sale! Plants are available only by online preorder. Plant orders placed by Friday at 10:00 a.m. will be ready for self-serve pick up at the farm on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. https://hornfarmcenter.org/shop

seedlings ready for the heirloom plant sale


Ongoing: Online Plant Sale
Saturday, June 20: Water Infusions and Plant Journals
Saturday, July 11: Oil Infusions and Salves
Saturday, July 25: Tincture Making
Saturday, August 8: Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit
September 19 & 20: Pawpaw Festival