I attended the Wild Medicine class on Saturday. It was a really wonderful afternoon and I enjoyed it very much. I wanted to share with you the story of why I attended.
I am American and have lived in Australia for more than 7 years. When I’ve gone back to visit the last few years the conditions have changed drastically. People have lost their homes, business are struggling and closing everywhere. There are tent cities. Tent cities in America. I was shocked. It was then that I became aware of a movement of “Preppers”. Preppers believe that things haven’t hit bottom yet and when they do there will be a lack of food and medicine available. It’s expected that it will be worse than the Great Depression with more people dealing with the loss of income, housing and food. Even if not economic collaps there are floods, fire, earthquakes and numerous other disasters that may occur. So we preppers have stored food, water and medical supplies for our families.
I am relatively new to the movement but decided that instead of relying on a huge supply of canned foods and out of date medicines that I should look to the world around me and learn to supplement my supplies with items supplied by the earth. I have used natural medicines for years so the concept was not new to me but extracting it from the plant myself is. I wanted to be sure to do it right and have proper identification of the plants I am using.
I really appreciated how your class focused on a few specific plants so I can learn them well and then move on. I look forward to more learning and have already signed up for your mushroom walk. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and the beauty of the world around us. ”
Santina, Ceramic artist, 2012