This is my eighth growing season living on Wabanaki land. 2021 will be my sixth season managing the gardens at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, ME where I also lead a small internship and teach a Backyard Herbalism series.  My journey to the area began at Avena Botanicals in Rockport, ME where I spent two seasons managing the production garden.img_5773 I’ve grown herbs and flowers at various farms in the northeast including Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in NY and Farmacy Herbs in Rhode Island. My connection to herbs was birthed in NYC, where the mugwort growing from the cracks in the sidewalks gave me visions of studying more deeply with the plants. It lead me to rural Rutland, OH to intern at United Plant Savers Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary and to study herbal medicine with a variety of amazing teachers, and the plants themselves, across the US. I am a co-collaborator of the Maine Herbal Gathering and a contributing writer to In Relation with Plant Beings Zine among other small publications. Herbalism is a form of activism and I am committed to keeping plant medicine accessible and a place of empowerment for all people.

Where did your connection to the plants begin? Are you looking to deepen that connection?  Or to plant the seed? I would love to talk with you about it.

Please join me at a class or consult!

-denise