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Farm to Medicine Cabinet Intensive Workshop with Katherine Elmer & Nick Cavanaugh

1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT

Our farm landscapes are not only capable of producing nourishing foods, but also powerful plant-based medicines from weeds, cover crops, ornamental gardens, forests, and backyards. The “weed walk” will introduce participants to medicinal plants commonly found on different parts of the Vermont farm landscape and invites participants to engage in deepening the local food movement by incorporating nature-based local medicine as part of a resilient food system. Participants will learn basic skills for botanical identification and will gather and process some of the herbs into classic medicinal remedies to take home. 

This program will meet in the McClure Education Center at the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms. Lunch is not included, so please bring your own reusable water bottle and a brown bag lunch/snack if you’d like! 


Katherine Elmer grew up in the green hills of Central Vermont and revels in the opportunity to connect with clients around a shared love of place and nature through whole foods nutrition and herbal medicine. She views clinical herbalism as an opportunity to partner with others in a healing journey towards peace with oneself and the world. Ultimately, she seeks to empower clients to develop (or rediscover) their own self-care strategies. Katherine is trained to work with medical doctors and other wellness practitioners to provide you with client-centered care.  In partnership with others, she hopes to participate in a system of healthcare wherein primary care is Nature-based and practiced in the home; the tools of conventional high-tech medicine serve as secondary resources; and the herbalist acts as a bridge between the two. Katherine is co-founder of the Railyard Apothecary and the Burlington Herb Clinic teaches Herbal Medicine and advises the Student Herbalism Club at the University of Vermont. She also participates in UVM’s Program in Integrative Health. In addition to her efforts as a clinically-trained Community Herbalist, Katherine is co-founder of Spoonful Herbals and a mom.

Nick is a clinical herbalist at the Burlington Herb Clinic and staff member at Railyard Apothecary. He sees clients through the clinic and online, teaches classes at the apothecary and in the community, and helps to manage the retail herb store. He began studying herbalism in 2009 and his studies have included programs at Herb Pharm, the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism.  In his work as an herbalist, Nick seeks to make connections between individuals and the natural world. He has a great interest in local plants both that grow wild and that can be cultivated close to home. He sees making that connection to the natural world around us an important part of the healing process that betters both people and the environment itself. Nick offers support for just about any health challenge with herbs, and is particularly interested in mental and emotional health, including helping those with intellectual disabilities or developmental disorders. This interest has been developed through years of practicing mindfulness meditation as well as working in the social work field in Burlington. Learn more.

$45 per person. Registration is required. Please contact with any questions.