- The Apothecary, Kebele Community Collective, Bristol
This is a space with herbs, equipment, and information to be used as a resource for DIY herbal health.
Community Interest Company set up to connect people with plants for health and wellbeing. Aims to educate and empower people to help themselves and their communities in the treatment of minor ailments by identifying and using local plants. Also offer herb seed swap/share.
- Living Medicine, London
Herbal project aiming to reskill us all in using food and herbs for our everyday healthcare, sharing knowledge across cultures. Offering herb/food education to inspire people to reclaim responsibility for their health.
‘Living Medicine’s vision, unique in Britain, is to create:
• a beautiful world herb/food medicine centre of excellence
• a model for community medicinal gardens nationwide’
Herbalistes sans Frontieres is a non-profit making, international section of Lyon’s School of Medicinal Plants. It is an international network of medicinal plant professionals, who share information about projects and safeguarding herbal information. They publish a quarterly magazine.
Building community through herbalism: Lorna and her tribe are an amazing network of healthcare practitioners, growers and community organisers who strive for a community based model of healthCARE that is based on solidarity and not charity. Based in Atlanta, Georgia and working with underserved communities in the USA, Europe and beyond. Lorna is a regular and well-loved element of our UK gathering!
This is a clinic based in Algiers, New Orleans that was set up be activists and medics a week after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It is now an integrated health clinic with herbalists and medics working alongside each other to provide low cost health care to the predominantly uninsured.
This is a herb shop set up in New Orleans by some wonderful herbalist friends Amy, Jen, Rachael and Wendy.
The Ithaca Free Clinic is a clinic in New York state which is open to all uninsured members of the community. There are volunteer doctors and acupuncturists as well as the herbal side run by the great herbalist 7 song. It was set up in the belief that access to health care is a right, and not a privilege.
Street Level Health Project, Oakland, California
This is a clinic in Oakland which offers free health screening to all low-wage workers who do not have health insurance. They offer conventional medical treatments as well as an afternoon a week of free herbal and nutritional consultations.
The Compassion Club is based in Vancouver and is a referral place for people to access medicinal marijuana. Our friend Jasmyn is the herbalist who was involved in setting up the Wellness Centre which is next door and was established to create a model of non-profit community-based health care. They offer low cost herbal treatments amongst other therapies, all subsidized by the Compassion Club.
This is a community health centre in New York that has the most inspiring political focus of any community health project we have come across. Amongst many healthcare options they provide sliding scale individual herbal consultations, workshops and herb walks around Brooklyn.
Radical Herb Gatherings (no website)
These are gatherings held in North America combining social justice issues and herbal medicine. There are regional gatherings all around the US.
This network emerged from an the organizing collective that founded the Annual Grassroots Community Herbal Convergence, a gathering in the Northeast US which brings people together to discuss social justice and anti-oppression issues within herbalism. They now facilitate incredible health justice trainings which are cultural competency trainings geared towards herbalists, health care providers, and educators whose are involved in creating inclusive health care projects.
This is a free herbal walk-in clinic set up in 2008 by herbalists wanting to offer time, energy and training so that anyone, regardless of financial situation, can have access to herbal health care.
First Herbal CSA (Community supported agriculture)
Goldthread Herb Farm is a Medicinal Herb Farm in the hills of Conway, Massachusetts. They run a Herbal CSA which provides an opportunity to collaborate with the growers of medicinal plants. When you purchase a share, it helps support the growing and processing of the herbs into medicines. In return, a buyer will receive a variety of herbs in exchange.