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Burlington Seed Swap with Vermont Community Garden Network @ Fletcher Free Library
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

This free community event includes networking with area gardeners and related orgs and lots of free seeds. Celebrate the growing season and connect with fellow gardeners! Bring your own non- GMO seeds to share and swap. Call VCGN at (802) 861-4769 with questions.

United Plant Savers Fundraiser with Emily Ruff – POSTPONED!
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This event has been postponed!

United Plant Savers Fundraiser with Emily Ruff!

Join us at Railyard Apothecary on the Equinox for a day of community and sharing to benefit United Plant Savers!

We’ll have guest speakers from Railyard and United plant Savers, a raffle with lots of herbal goodies, and a film screening.

Schedule of events:

2:00-3:30pm At Risk Native Medicinal Plants & An Update on the Work of United Plant Savers With Emily Ruff
United Plant Savers was founded in Vermont a little over 25 years ago and has become a highly regarded national organization. In the past 25 years, UpS has helped changed the voice of American Herbalism from one of being centered on what plants can do for ‘us’ to a voice of reciprocity that asks, ‘what we can do for the plants in return’. Join Emily Ruff, current Board Member, as she shares information on what to do to help ensure the health of our native medicinal plant populations for generations to come.
From education and awareness of which plants are at risk -including some of our favorite medicinals – to creating both private and public botanical sanctuaries and medicinal trails, to growing your own at risk plants, to using common and abundant medicinal plants as analogs for at risk plants, Emily will share inspiring and practical information that will enable you to be a plant wise and conscious voice for the plants.

3:45-5:00pm- Using Abundant Invasive Plant Species as Medicine with Katherine Elmer

5:00-6:00pm- Raffle drawing, social time, more details to come!

6:15pm-8:30pm- Film Screening with herbal popcorn! Sanctity of Sanctuary, a documentary about Paul Strauss and the UpS sanctuary in Ohio.

United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.

Conservation is crucial to ensure the longevity and strength of herbal traditions, and Railyard supports UpS as part of our mission to nurture individual, social, and ecological health.

Your donation to the event is your admission for the entire day! Come for part of the event, or stay for all of it!

Donation Tiers:
$15- pipsissewa
$25- slippery elm
$50- ginseng
$100- goldenseal

If you’d like to donate something to the raffle, email Susan at susan@railyardapothecary.com

Register online:

Herbs for Spring Rejuvenation at City Market – CANCELED! @ Community Teaching Kitchen, South End Store
Mar 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

It may not feel like spring yet, but the days are getting longer and the sun is stronger! March is a great time of year to tune into the awakening energy of spring for thawing, revitalizing and detoxifying the body, mind and spirit. Join herbalist Katherine Elmer from Railyard Apothecary and Spoonful Herbals for this experiential class to explore the benefits of spring tonic herbs and whole foods nutrition to awaken and support the body’s intrinsic vitality and “spark”.

$10 Members
$25 Non-Members

Herbal Salve Making & Indigenous Plant Medicine @ City Market
Apr 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Want to learn more about the natural healing power of herbal medicines? Join Community Herbalists Katherine Elmer of Railyard Apothecary & Spoonful Herbals (Celtic) and Carl Brokenhorse Koehler (Haudenosaunee/Seneca) for an introduction to medicinal plants from two indigenous lineages and go home with a tin of first aid salve made from local healing plants!

Register here

ONLINE- Holistic Support for Cancer Therapy: Herbal and Nutritional Strategies at Railyard Apothecary @ Railyard Apothecary
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Navigating nutrition and herbal medicine during cancer treatment can be a challenge. What is safe to use alongside conventional medications? How can you support common side-effects to live a more joyful, productive and engaged life during this challenging time? How can you speak to your oncologist to make sure the whole team is on board with the herbs and foods you’re choosing?

Join Holistic Nutritionist Meredith Kinsel Ziter of Remedy Method, and Clinical Herbalists Katherine Elmer and Guido Mase’ of Railyard Apothecary to explore these questions and learn about the latest research on herbs and nutrition as a complement for conventional cancer support.

Cost: $15

Please register by Monday April 6th by 12pm. We will email you a link to zoom by 4pm the day-of.

Meredith Kinsel-Ziter, NTP, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, is a wellness professional with a passion for supporting clients with complex & chronic health conditions.  She began practicing Nutritional Therapy in 2013 after more than a decade of work in conventional medicine. She is a Lead Instructor and curriculum designer for the Nutritional Therapy Association.  Her personal history of health struggles and background in cardiac & fetal medicine gave her the framework to look at the body as a whole organism, rather than a series of disconnected parts. Meredith is the co-founder of Remedy Method Wellness + Nutrition, a wellness practice with a mission to support, educate, and empower chronically ill clients as they navigate their own path to healing, by blending both modern and traditional holistic and trauma-informed therapies.  You can find her at www.remedymethod.com.

Katherine Elmer grew up in the green hills of Central Vermont and revels in the opportunity to connect with clients around a shared love of place and nature through whole foods nutrition and herbal medicine via her clinical work at the Burlington Herb Clinic and her community education efforts at Spoonful Herbals (spoonfulherbals.org). Although Katherine welcomes clients of all genders, she specializes in supporting clients who identify as women to access their highest potential and quality of life through their healing journey.  She has supported many clients to enhance their vitality and bring relief from digestive health concerns, allergies and autoimmune conditions, healing post-injury or surgery, and energy/sleep issues. Katherine teaches Herbal Medicine and advises the Student Herbalism Club at the University of Vermont.  She also participates in the UVM Medical Center’s Integrative Health Program (http://www.uvm.edu/medicine/pih/).  In addition to her efforts as a clinically-trained Community Herbalist, she is a childbirth mentor (Birthing from Within), and a mom to her 10 year old son, Liam, and a labradoodle named Maatje. Katherine is a graduate of Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism’s Three Year Clinical Training Program.

Guido Masé RH(AHG) is a clinician and educator in the Western herbal tradition. He spent his childhood in Italy and has been living in Vermont since 1996. His practice interweaves clinical experience, mythology, and science.
He is herbalist and senior scientist at Traditional Medicinals/Urban Moonshine, clinician at the Burlington Herb Clinic/Railyard Apothecary, faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, teacher in herbal medicine at the University of Vermont, and author of The Wild Medicine Solution and DIY Bitters. He is developing the integrative phytotherapy department at Wasso Hospital in Loliondo, Tanzania.

Yoga and Herbs for Spring Rejuvenation @ Railyard Apothecary
Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Plants have been used for thousands of years in cultures around the world to aid in meditation, to cleanse the spirit and to connect us to nature and improved health.

Join Sangha Studio yoga teacher Taylor Downs and herbalist Katherine Elmer for a 2 hour yoga and herbalism practice exploring the connection between plants and movement with a focus on tapping into the awakening energy of spring for thawing, revitalizing and detoxifying the body.

We will begin with a guided meditation, then work into a slow vinyasa flow to begin to wake up the body from our long winter slumber followed by a discussion (with samples) of the benefits of spring tonic herbs to awaken and support the body’s intrinsic vitality and “spark”.

All are welcome! Bring your mats if you have them, and join us to shake off that winter funk and reconnect to your inspiration!!

Cost: $15, pre-registration recommended, $20 for walk-ins

Register here

Herbal Support for Seasonal Allergies (Online)
Apr 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

If only we could have spring flowers without the pollen, right?!

Join herbalist Katherine Elmer from Railyard Apothecary and Spoonful Herbals for this experiential class to explore strategies to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. We will also sample and discuss the therapeutic actions of herbal remedies to balance the immune system to prevent allergies and other autoimmune conditions to begin with.  With some herbal tools in your toolkit, you can more easily relax into the awakening energy of spring for thawing, revitalizing and detoxifying the body, mind and spirit.

Cost: $10

This event will be available online, register here

Medicinal Plant Sale @ Rooted Heart Rising Garden
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Looking to fill your garden with locally grown medicinal herbs?

Spoonful Herbals has been potting up our spreading perennials, the abundantly prolific volunteers and the extra seedlings we’ve started for you. In this time of adjusting to the pandemic guidelines, we will not be hosting a plant swap at Railyard this year, but will hold this small sale to share the abundance of our own gardens. All proceeds will help to fund our non-profit educational programs. The sale will happen rain or shine at our Rooted Heart Rising garden at Rock Point* in Burlington, VT.

*Please park on Institute Rd. or at BHS and enjoy the walkpast the school building and down the hill to the garden. Bring a box to carry home your goods. You may pay using a credit card, Paypal or cash.

Suggested donations range from $2-12.

We hope to see you there! – Kara & Katherine

“Wellness Sovereignty with Backyard Herbs for Vibrant Health” (Remote learning series)
Jun 1 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

Starting June 1st, herbal CSA members will be offered
exclusive access to short educational videos in our new
“Wellness Sovereignty with Backyard Herbs for Vibrant Health” remote learning series.
Join our community herbalism movement and grow your knowledge of self-care with local medicine plants! This is a potent time for reconnecting with our local communities (humans and plants!) and we are honored to participate in re-skilling our neighbors in the art and science of backyard and kitchen herbal medicine.

Grow your wellness sovereignty, support local community herbalism, and stock your herbal medicine chest with a 2020 Spoonful Herbals CSA Membership!

This year we will be offering one substantial share, finely crafted with the bountiful harvest of the entire season in Fall 2020, rather than our usual three pick-up events, in order to safely adapt to guidelines during the uncertainty of this pandemic.

We are accepting sign ups until July 15th and appreciate early sign-ups so that we can be sure to start making enough medicine for you throughout the summer. This one large share will be comparable in size to the total of what members received in previous years in three installments, and will feature shelf-stable remedies such as fire cider, elderberry syrup and tea blends to support you into the winter cold and flu season as well as year-round staples herbal remedies such as healing salves and tasty treats.

Cost: $150

Sign up on https://spoonfulherbals.org/herbal-csa/