introducing : wild gather

To our friends, allies, herbalists and greater community,

 

Hello and happy Spring!

Three friends and I have been meeting and working to envision a foundational herbal studies program informed by and highlighting the diverse bioregions of the Hudson Valley. This June, through our collaborative project - Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School for Herbal Studies - we will introduce Seeds of Herbalism, our first-level offering. Please take a look!

This 40-hour course will provide students with a grounding in herbal medicine studies by developing the skills to work with plants for their own self-care and their community. From botany and medicine making to wild food gathering and plant cultivation, we hope to nurture in our students the capacity to connect with the spirit and personality of plants in the wild and in the garden. We will also explore the political implications of self-care, self-sufficiency and Health Justice as a foundational part of this program.

Class will meet one weekend a month from June to September 2016. Classes will take place in a variety of settings in the Hudson Valley – in personal and production herb gardens, kitchens, homes and in the woods. 

Please visit our website to learn more about the program and to register. Be in touch if you have questions, and please share this with anyone who might be interested!

Hope to see you in the classroom!

 

a mediocre life

i saw this article posted by a friend on Facebook and IT NAILS IT.

she's said it all.

all the words i'm feeling.

all the thoughts and hopes and intentions and fears inside me.

all i want to allow myself.

HERE. 

cheers to a beautiful, mediocre life!

xo

2016 CSH Membership Open, Y'all! + Other Awesome News

2016 CSH Membership Open, Y'all! + Other Awesome News

hello everyone!, 

i write to you from the first day of february, and a winter that's been feeling a lot like late march the entire time. i must say, it's got me confused! i keep thinking I'm supposed to be outdoors raking and prepping beds for spring planting, yet i have hardly succumbed to the winter slumber i was so looking forward to. all is well despite my confusion! how have you been?! i hope your hearts, bodies and spirits feel warm, full and cozy. i send my love to you all! good fight saw a lot of growth in 2015 and i want to thank you for all the love and support you've given us. i am deeply honored to be your herbalist in whatever capacity i have been so far. let's keep going!

 

2016 is starting out with a bang. my new mantra : work smarter, not harder! 

i'm figuring out how to be a better business woman and seeking out resources to help grow good fight for the next 2-5 years. w-h-o-a! i have serious ambitions, y'all. but i'll let you in on those when they're a bit clearer. but for this new year, i'm lining up a fun team of interns and apprentices, developing new products, beginning new farmers' markets, starting new wholesale accounts, creating an intro to herbalism course (stay tuned!) and getting so excited to put new seeds and plants into the ground. i'm grateful to collaborate with other herbalists and farmers to bring you the best medicine i can, and develop new ways to engage you in learning herbalism, should you desire. here we go, y'all! (i'm currently downing my adrenal support tonic to keep my well filled and prevent burn out from all this growth!)

 

also, my herbal CSA is now open for new members! it's so much fun, and i hope you consider joining and sharing this information with others you think could benefit from this 4 season care package program. in short, you receive 1 box each season full of medicines that address the season's most needed physical and emotional supports. medicines range from teas, tinctures, syrups, salves, sprays and more! an informational booklet outlining the details of the medicines and their plant ingredients is provided to develop your knowledge of the herbs and their role in your seasonal self care. before i go on and on, the details are outlined here on my website and i've attached an application, too, for ease. there are a few work trade apprentice slots available for folks interested in trading work hours for the share. if you're interested in this option, let me know and i'll send you a special application for that. (do so quickly, those are filling up!)

 

keep posted on our work, the CSA, upcoming classes, new products in the online shop and where you can find us this year through the website and other musings on instagram (@goodfightherbco). and please let me know how you're doing! i want to know! 

with love, gratitude and tinctures at my hip,

lauren & good fight

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support the fire cider 3!

support the fire cider 3!

us and a bunch of other amazing herbalists and plant enthusiasts have wares for sale on this etsy shop to raise funds for our herbal comrades being sued by the company that trademarked our beloved fire cider. buy yourself and a pal a gift on the shop! all the proceeds go to support the Fire Cider 3's legal defense fund, and the ongoing work to uphold our traditional medicines and keep herbalism in the hands of the people! for more information visit the free fire cider site or Facebook page. 

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online shop will reopen 2016

hi everyone!

due to an overwhelming number of wholesale and online orders, as well as farm + holiday market sales, i've had to shut down our shop temporarily. thank you for your support and love of our herbs - it's truly an honor to provide you with homegrown medicine! we will be away for family holiday time through the new year, so please check back with us then.

in the meantime, we'll be at the BUST Holiday Craftacular this weekend in greenpoint, brooklyn. come visit us there! 

thank y'all for an amazing season! happy holidays and happy solstice!

this weekend : Hudson Valley Hullabaloo!

this weekend : Hudson Valley Hullabaloo!

Hi friends! 

This weekend I'm excited to join the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo gang for the first time! Located at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center in Kingston, NY, this all weekend long market promises to be plenty of fun and full of delicious eats, good music and talented makers. Join us Saturday 11/21 and Sunday 11/22 from 11a - 5p. See y'all there I hope! xoxo

more enticing details from their site:

Hudson Valley Hullabaloo brings together a carefully curated group of designers and craftspeople and the shoppers who appreciate their unique, well-crafted work—all in a fun atmosphere where arty meets party! 

Hullabaloo is the Kingston area’s first design-focused, hip-and-happening, family-friendly event whose mission is to introduce local artists, craftspeople, and designers to a community experiencing a renaissance as a center for the arts. Our aim is to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique, high-quality, locally made, giftable items in a relaxed, party-like setting. Hullabaloo’s concept brings the traditional craft fair to the next level and supports the local economy and arts and cultural movement by attracting shoppers from all over the Hudson Valley and the Northeast!

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