Classes

Herb Cultivation & Use / Using Food to Promote Health

This is a nine part series of classes on herb cultivation, making remedies for home use, and food for health.

4th Saturday of each month, starting February 23 thru October 26 here in Gila, NM

Daily schedule:
  • 9am - Noon / Cultivation
  • Noon - 1:30ish / Lunch & Rest
  • Then making remedies til 4:30 pm
  • It will be intensive with lots of info to take in plus plants & products to take home
Series Cost:
  • $675 for all 9 classes including the camping weekend
  • $100 deposit required at time of commitment to class series
  • Balance due at the first class
Individual Classes
  • $85 for single class (am & pm) including lunch
  • $50 - day / including lunch
  • $35 - day / without lunch
Send check payable to
Desert Woman Botanicals
PO Box 263
Gila, NM  88038


Limit: 8 students (4 spaces still open)  Act Now to avoid disappointment!
Call for more info or to reserve your place / 575-535-2860
No refunds

What to bring
  • Serious work gloves
    not the cloth type with roses or trowels on them!
  • Hand Pruners - I prefer Felco #8 but it’s your choice. Cost approx $60
  • Water Bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Long Sleeves
  • Notebook
  • Magnifying Lens
  • No dogs please!
All classes are taught by Monica Rude, owner of Desert Woman Botanicals in Gila, NM. Desert Woman grows over 100 medicinal & culinary herbs for use in the DWB product line & for the gophers, grasshoppers, nematodes & pollinators. Monica  is happiest when she is messin' with herbs, food and flowers, either in the garden, greenhouse or kitchen. When she isn't messin' with herbs, she is teaching others how to mess with herbs. Her teaching focus is on herb cultivation for herbalists and backyard gardeners, strategies for gardening in the desert and growing gardens for stress relief. Her advice: grow it yourself, make it yourself, cook from scratch, forget the lettuce, eat the weeds.

Course Plan / Cultivation

February 23 / Introduction
Why grow your own? Basic principles of herb cultivation, plan for the class series. Off to a good start in the garden: making soil mix, seeding in GH, ongoing care. Lunar planting.

March 23 / Transplanting & Care of Seedlings
Transplanting seedlings to pots & ongoing care; transplanting onions into soil; care of recent transplants, water, light, temp requirements, bed prep, hardening-off, mulching, preventing transplant shock.

April 27 / Wind and Sun
Strategies for facing the challenges of wind & sun, using shade cloth, remay, cold frames, wind barriers; creating shade.
Growing in containers, elevated beds. Hugel kulture. Transplanting into soil.

May 25 / Soil
Soil improvement, soil testing, amendments to maintain plant health, prevent disease, maximize yields. Using weeds as a resource. Making & using compost. Microbes. Manure management. Cover crops.

June 22 / Garlic to Gophers
Garlic: when & how to harvest & dry, use for medicine & kitchen. Dealing with garden pests without poisoning yourself, recognizing when to take action. Trapping gophers, using plant protectors. Deer resistant plants. Beneficial insects.

July  26-27-28 / Wildcrafting
We'll be heading to the Mountains (tentative) July 26-27-28. This action-packed weekend will include ethical wildcrafting, plant ID, making insect repellant, wilderness first aid, field medicine & materia medica of whatever plants we discover.
Bring your own camping gear. A list of what to bring will be available later. We will share a potluck dinner Fri & Sat pm.
Cost: $180. Deposit $75 due at sign up. Balance due July 15.

August 24 / Lavender & Aromatic Herb Cultivation and Use
Location to be announced. Lavender will be in full bloom. We will harvest lavender & rosemary, then distill to create  hydrosols & essential oils. What makes aromatic herbs healing? Learn the requirements of Mediterranean herb cultivation, best varieties, drying, storage, use in aromatherapy, household products, personal care, cooking and medicine. Recipes. 8 to noon. $45 due at registration. Bear Creek Herbs owner, Naava Koenigsberg, will also teach this class.

September 28 / Seed Saving
How & when to harvest seeds for a variety of vegetables, flowers, herbs; preventing cross-pollination; best techniques for cleaning, drying, storage to maximize viability. Planning your garden with seed-saving in mind. Maximizing germination.

October 26 / Garlic and Root Crops
How to plant and grow garlic: History, soil prep, ongoing-care throughout the winter & spring. Watering & feeding. How to know when to harvest next May or June. Best varieties for our area. Eat garlic! Root Dig: Echinacea, Burdock, Comfrey, Ashwaganda, Jerusalem artichokes. How to use fresh or dried; drying & storage.

Ongoing cultivation themes
Herb harvesting, drying, storage, processing, herb quality; organic methods; Echinacea cultivation. Herb safety. Variations in plant cultivation requirements, evaluating plant health & needs.

Special Project
Each student will select 3 herbs to grow at home for the duration of class to learn their specific cultivation requirements, problems, etc & report to class each month. 

Course Plan / Herb Use for Home Health Care

Each class will include a brief Materia Medica on plants used that day
Detailed discussion of plants, use, preferred forms & method of preparation, strength, solutions, dosage, contraindications. Constituents & their implications for medicinal action. Herbal energetics.

February 23
Introduction and General Plan, Medicinal herb terminology, Weights & Measures, Lab Orientation, Sanitation, Record keeping, Safe use of herbs, Simple infusion, decoction, cold infusion, tea bags, capsules

March 23
Tinctures from fresh & dry plants. Macerations. Intro to herb quality

April 27
Salves, infused oils, essential oils, Fresh nettles

May 25
Lip balm, vinegar tinctures, glycerites

June 22
Emulsions - lotion & creme

July 26-27-28
Insect repellant, wilderness first aid, field medicine

August 24
Lavender & aromatic products, hydrosols, Herbs de Provence, Dream pillows

September 28
Cough syrup, cough drops, cold & flu remedies

October 26
Super Echinacea extract, fresh & dry root preparations; poultices

Food & Healing

Lunch will be served for each class with focus on various aspects of nutrition & healing through food choices; mostly vegetarian, depending on the participants. Dietary preferences can be accommodated.

Food topics:
Healing foods, ie, ghee, miso, seeds, greens, weeds, kudzu, sprouts, tahini, shitake, fermented foods, sweeteners, oils, seaweed; eating for happiness; attitude of gratitude; food combining; detox, fasting, juicing; celery juice; hydration; trending diet plans; politics of food (world hunger). Too busy to cook strategies. Food labels. Food additives, gluten sensitivity. SAD (standard American diet), implementing dietary changes.

For more info, contact
Monica Rude
575.535.2860
www.desertwoman.net

You must register by phone. Directions to class will be sent to you.

Seed Saving & Seed Cleaning Workshop

Saturday / March 2, 2019 / 10-1 pm / $35
Stay for soup after the class, if you wish


Assisted by Lee Gearhart, seed cleaner extraordinaire!
  • How & When to harvest seeds for a variety of vegetables, flowers, herbs
  • Preventing cross-pollination
  • Best techniques for cleaning, drying, storage to maximize viability
  • Planning your garden with seed-saving in mind
  • Maximizing Germination
  • Wild vs Domesticated seeds

What to Bring
  • Serious work gloves - not the cloth type with roses or trowels on them!
  • Bring your saved seeds to learn how to clean them
  • No dogs please
More info? contact
Monica Rude
575.535.2860
www.desertwoman.net

You must register by phone. Directions to class in Gila NM will be sent to you.

About Monica Rude...
 
All classes are taught by Monica Rude, owner of Desert Woman Botanicals in Gila, NM.  Desert Woman grows over 100 medicinal & culinary herbs for use in the DWB product line & for the gophers, grasshoppers, nematodes & pollinators. Monica  is happiest when she is messin' with herbs, food and flowers, either in the garden, greenhouse or kitchen. When she isn't messin' with herbs, she is teaching others how to mess with herbs. Her teaching focus is on herb cultivation for herbalists and backyard gardeners, strategies for gardening in the desert and growing gardens for stress relief. Her advice: grow it yourself, make it yourself, cook from scratch, forget the lettuce, eat the weeds.

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