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Growing Your Backyard Pharmacy

February 20, 2015, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

NCNM Academic Building, Room 107

Spend an evening learning to grow some of the most important and useful medicinal plants in your garden. Discussion will include selecting and starting seeds, making your own potting soil, and drying and harvesting techniques. In this class, Alexis Durham will review several common medicinal plants from seed to safe use, with a focus on creating healing landscapes by integrating medicinal and edible plants.


Alexis_Durham_webAlexis Durham earned her B.Sc. in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in 2008. Upon graduating, she pursued a clinical internship with a naturopath in Seattle and worked in the dispensary at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She began teaching and speaking publicly on herbal medicine while working for the American Botanical Council in Austin, Texas. An opportunity to learn more from the plants themselves led her to the sun-baked hills of southern Oregon, where she worked at Horizon Herbs, cultivating medicinal and edible plants and teaching a series of classes for Herb Pharm’s Herbaculture Internship. She coordinated the 23rd Annual Symposium for the American Herbalists Guild and also volunteered for Rogue Valley Farm to School, a nonprofit organization that educates children about our food system using hands-on farm and garden programs.

Alexis returned to Seattle as Bastyr University’s garden supervisor and was named program director for the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design, teaching students to create healing landscapes with medicinal and edible plants. Public speaking engagements include National Herb Day at the US Botanical Gardens, Rootstalk, Bastyr University’s Herb and Food Fair, WSU’s 2014 Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference, AHG’s Professional Herbalist Training Webinars, and a variety of community and continuing-education courses. Currently based in Oregon, Alexis teaches for Herb Pharm’s Herbaculture Internship and is a faculty member at the Hawthorn Institute. She has discovered that the potential for learning in the garden is infinite, and believes that the act of caring for plants is almost as healing as the plants themselves.


PRICING: Thanks to the generosity of our speakers and our sponsors, we are making this class available on a sliding scale basis. Please choose the price that best reflects the value you place on this subject and your ability to pay.


February 20, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$10 – $25


National University of Natural Medicine
049 SW Porter Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States


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