Greenwood Herbals has been very busy this summer. It has been a whirlwind of activities. Classes, apprenticeships, clients, plant id walks as well as mushroom walks, and of course the harvest! We have hired new employees and if you have been here this summer, you may have met either Deana or Ariel. Deana will continue working here throughout the winter. Hopefully Ariel will be back next summer.
The Junior Herbalist in Training Program was a great success this summer and they all graduated with certificates in August. But the girls decided that they were not done with the program and all voted to come back in October to spend the day gathering roots and bark from the forest. I am really looking forward to this as well. There are truly some aspiring herbalists in this program and hopefully some will come back when they are older to work here at Greenwood. I saw a few, if not all their faces light up when I suggested this as my ulterior motive of starting this program.
For several years I have been thinking about adding another month to the apprenticeship. A lot of times, the new class will miss the piece on wild edibles and they miss their salad of fresh spring greens, fiddleheads and roots that they gather up in the spring. This year was no exception. Our spring started so early that the greens, spring roots and fiddlehead were ready in April. I have decided that I will be adding an extra month next year. We will start in April and if we have an early season again, we will be all set. If we don’t and there is still snow on the ground!? We still have plenty of material to cover. This year’s apprenticeship has been extended into November. We have had such amazing discussions this year, even without the spring edibles that I have not been able to cover everything as promised. We need another weekend just for makeup, but what can you do? Stop the questions and discussion just because we are running out of time. It has been truly an amazing class, and thankfully, everyone agreed to the extra class. The 2011 dates for both Apprenticeship classes will be available in December. I am waiting for some other dates to confirm that I am committed to do.
Our Winter Hours will begin on October 1st. We will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10am to 4 pm. Wednesday’s by appointment only. I am still trying to keep Wednesday’s open for client and phone work. If you do need to come in… just call ahead and make sure I’m available to open the shop. 207-793-3553
We also have some new vendors in the shop.
KemoRox Design jewelry as art - has added one of a kind hand crafted necklaces to the shop.
Bath Salts by Aquarian Age Bath Salts have added their products
Stone People Jewelry – Nature shaped and smoothed stones, the timeless wearing of water and element. These necklaces are unique and signed by the artist.
Events: See http://www.greenwoodherbals.com/Events.html to see classes scheduled for October and November
Oct 5th - Boost your Immune System - at Biddeford Adult Education - Call 207-282-3883 to register.
Oct 9 - 10 - Osprey Cove Weekend - We are open but Debbie is not available for consultations.
Oct 13th - Salve Making - at Massabesic Center for Adult Learning - Call 207-247-2022 to register.
Oct 14th - Herbs for Women - at Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education Call 207-934-7922 to register.
Oct 15th - Roots and Bark - Jr. Herbalists meet here at Greenwood to walk the woods and harvest Bark and Roots. 10 am to 2 pm. We are open but Debbie is not available for consultations.
Oct 23 - 24 - Apprentices Weekend - We are open but Debbie is not available for consultations.