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The Plant Medicine Path: From the Garden to the Apothecary

February 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

NJ Medicinal Herbs

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Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm – February 21st – March 21st (NOTE: Session 2 on Wednesday Feb 27, instead of Thursday – all others are Thursdays)

An introductory immersion course for budding herbalists

Have you been wanting to incorporate medicinal plants into your landscape, farm, or garden? Are you a budding herbalist looking to root deeper into your understanding of plant medicine? Not sure where to start? Join us for a five part series that will give you the guidance and know-how to begin your journey on the plant medicine path.

Plant medicine is both an art and science developed and refined over the course of human history, and interwoven into the myths, culinary traditions, and seasonal practices that comprise culture. Join herbalist and medicinal plant grower Lindsay Napolitano as we explore foundational concepts and practices in herbalism that inform how we grow, harvest, process, and utilize plants for health and therapeutic effect. This dynamic and interactive course will delve into the overlap of tradition and science as we chart the plant medicine path from the garden to the apothecary. We’ll cover growing, harvesting, foraging, and processing techniques, and participants will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience crafting plant medicine. You’ll leave this course with the knowledge base to grow, harvest, and craft natural plant based remedies to share with your friends and family, and so much more!

Medicinal Herbs in New Jersey

Some of what you’ll learn in this course…

Plant medicine traditions * Cultivation methods for medicinal herbs * Harvest techniques for crafting powerful herbals * Plant medicine making how-to * Basic plant chemistry * Understanding plant energetics for holistic healing * Creating a plant based home apothecary

Class 01: Foundations in Plant Medicine

  • Healing Plants throughout human history
  • Ayurvedic, Chinese, Native American, and Western systems of plant based holistic healing
  • Herbalism in practice
  • Cultivating deeper relationship with the plant world
  • Crafting a functional Materia Medica

Class 02: Creating a Medicine Garden

  • Reading the elemental landscape
  • How environment influences the medicinal activity of plants
  • Permaculture approaches to organic gardening & farming
  • Container gardening
  • Wild gardens
  • Designing your medicine garden
  • Plant propagation

Class 03: Peak Harvest & Processing

  • Anatomy and lifecycle of a plant
  • Seasonal Harvesting Guidelines
  • Tools, techniques, and approaches for harvesting bark, shoots, leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots.
  • Foraging & Wildcrafting
  • Drying, Preserving, & Processing the herbal harvest

Class 04: Plant Alchemy & Herb Preparations

  • Kitchen Medicine & Herbal Culinary Traditions
  • Introduction to plant chemistry
  • Sourcing ingredients
  • Basic formulations for creating Herbal Infusions, Decoctions, Tinctures, & Oxymels
  • Herbal Body Care formulations for Poultices, Infused Oils, Balms, & Salves
  • Hands on medicine making!

Class 05: Remedies from the Home Apothecary

  • Herbal Approaches to health & wellness
  • Understanding Plant Energetics & Herbal Actions
  • Art of herbal formulation
  • Building A Home Apothecary
  • Practical Herbal Remedies



Lindsay Napolitano is an herbalist, farmer, artist, and permaculture designer living and working within the fields and forests of the Delaware River Watershed. She is the co-founder of Fields Without Fences, a forest garden farm and permaculture design service. In collaboration with the natural world she designs, cultivates, and tends wild gardens and woodlands while growing and crafting plant medicine for her extended community. Combining a love of story, myth, metaphysics, and ecology, Lindsay weaves an inspired narrative throughout her teachings on the subjects of herbalism, permaculture, and agroecology. She is a practicing clinical herbalist and writes professionally on subjects including herbalism, permaculture, and environmental renewal. You can usually find her outside, aiding and abetting the plants in their ceaseless quest for world domination.



February 21, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Fields without Fences


D&R Greenway Land Trust
1 Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States
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(609) 924-4646