The work that we do in our community as herbalists often has surprising consequences. We meet new people, learn new skills and share new ideas. Last week, Sue and Candace interviewed Plaedo, co-founder of Eugene Avant Gardeners, poet, musician, activist, and peace officer for the Downtown You Initiative about crating community in the garden. His community contact has had wide reaching changes which inspired Sue and Candace to dig into other ripples from “stones cast into the stream”. In Herbal 101, we answer a question from Pat who asked about the safety of fennel tea as it has estragole.
Herbs we mentioned:
Resources we mentioned:
- Eugene Avant Gardeners Zine
- Tawodi Nature Pond Go Fund Me
- Occupy Medical
- Jim MacDonald Master Herbalist Index
- European Medicine Agency: Estragole
Jasun “Plaedo” Wellman is a community organizer, educator, gardener, and artist. In a society where too many people report feelings of disconnection, depression, and disease, Plaedo discovered a practical remedy in gardening. Inspired by the discovery that the simple act of gardening could strengthen communities, increase health and joy, and benefit the environment, he co-founded the Eugene Avant Gardeners, a organization and movement dedicated to cultivating sustainable and resilient food networks. Avant Gardening is an aesthetic and ecological approach to gardening that seeks to cultivate a fun, sustainable culture change to meet the demands of climate change. Plaedo continues to use art and gardening as educating tools aimed at creating productive and flourishing communities.
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