2018 Traditional Roots Conference

The fifth annual Traditional Roots Herbal Conference draws on clinical tradition and modern scientific research to offer the best of both worlds. Enrich your knowledge of materia medica, both for general conditions and as applied to clinical cases. They’ll have sessions covering bioregional herbalism, organoleptics, medicine making, clinical case reviews and field applications. NUNM, the National University of Natural Medicine of Portland, Oregon, is …

Albany, Ore 2018 Mother Earth News Fair

Where: Linn County Expo Center 3700 Knox Butte Rd. E Albany, Ore. 97322 When: Aug 4 -5, 2018 With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend. Richo Cech will be one of the featured keynote speakers at the fair on Saturday, Aug 4, 2018. The main …

SEED GROWING, HARVEST AND STORAGE

This is a synopsis of a talk given at AMMA’s Chicago ashram on Sep 30, 2017 to a crowd of 50 participants. The talk contains ruminations, advice, theory and and methodology for growing, harvesting, cleaning and storing seeds of medicinal plants. What is a seed?  One can describe its parts:  the seedcoat or testa that surrounds the fatty endosperm–the energy reserve; …

Seed Cleaning Workshop Chicago Sep 30, 2017

Saturday Sep 30, 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM Richo Cech will be in Chicago for the 3rd “Making Plant Medicine” workshop, this one focused on saving seed of medicinal plants.  Participants will learn about growing medicinal herbs for seed, harvesting, screening, winnowing seeds, wet seed processing, optimal seed storage, and packaging and labeling seeds.  Emphasis is on learning through doing. …

White Sage

White Sage (Salvia apiana) seed harvest has begun, the giant plants lifting their aromatic fronds to the summer sun. I hurry to get a hit before the birds do the job for me! The plant is native to central and southern California, with a gene center probably in Eastern San Diego County. This is the smudge plant extraordinaire! Those of …