May you access all the internal and external resources you need for vibrant living.

We are co-creating a more loving, healthy, just, sustainable, spirited world. Thankfully, there is an abundance of good people and resources we can access in this hopeful journey. Here are a few friends, mentors, organizations, and books that inspire me. Feel free to share your sheroes, heroes, favorite groups and books with me.

Healing Resources (mostly plant wisdom & many North Carolina based)

Sustainability & Justice

Local Goodness (arts, food, services, education…)

Further Studies in Foraging, Herbal Healing, & Health-ful Eating (for your library + a few online resources)

  • Samuel Thayer’s Nature’s Garden AND The Forager’s Harvest; Guides to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants AND Incredible Wild Edibles
  • Dave Cook’s The New Piedmont Almanac
  • Michelle E. Lee’s Working the Roots; Over 400 Years of Traditional African-American Healing
  • African American Herbalism blog series by Marc Williams
  • Arvis Locklear Boughman and Loretta O. Oxendine’s Herbal Remedies of the Lumbee Indians
  • Black and Indigenous herbalists @folkhealers
  • Mary Geniusz’s Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask: Anishinaabe Botanical Teachings
  • Amazing list of herbal medicine books compiled by Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
  • Pascal Baudar empowering foraging posts (and def buy his books)
  • John Kallas’ Edible Wild Plants; Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate
  • Euell Gibbons’ Stalking the Healthful Herbs AND Stalking the Wild Asparagus
  • Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal; A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality
  • “Wildman” Steve Brill’s Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places
  • Patricia Howell’s Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians 
  • Gail Faith Edwards’ Opening our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs
  • Richo Cech’s Making Plant Medicine
  • James Green’s The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook; A Home Manual
  • Peterson Field Guides’ Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Duke & Foster
  • Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal’s Backyard Medicine; Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies
  • Diane Onstad’s Whole Foods Companion; A Guide for Adventurous Cooks, Curious Shoppers, and Lovers of Natural Foods
  • Tom Epel’s Botany in a Day