Presenters Bio’s and Talk Description Expanded

There will be multiple happenings at once, look at this to decide how to plug and play throughout the day!

 

Rebecca Wood

Rebecca Wood has been a practicing herbalist and Holistic Healthcare Practitioner for over 30 years. She founded and runs Hopewood Holistic Health and Holistic Journeys based near Athens, Ohio.  Rebecca taught at Hocking College for over 22 years and brought Herbalism, Permaculture, Field Botany, Sustainable Design and International Study Abroad to the college.  She inspired and was inspired by her many students over the years and is proud and excited to share in this day of discovery at Treasure Lake surrounded by new and old friends, herbalists, permaculturalist and an interested community of excited nature lovers.

Rebecca Wood

Rebecca will be involved in several walk and talks

9:30 am- 10:45 am

Plant Walk A: What Your Woods has to Offer: Rebecca Wood : A look at common and not so common plants as well as realism in the beauty, quiet and autumn show our eastern forests have to offer.

3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Plant Walk D: Tree Treasures: Rebecca Wood and Doug Crouch: Lean basic EX tree iD and share in some of the lore and stories associated with this green plant allies. Bring a tree story, fable or fact to share!
Rebecca will also be holding space for our opening and closing circles as well.

Doug Crouch

Trained as both a Permaculture Designer and Fish and Wildlife Manager, Doug has extensive knowledge surrounding landscape planning and food production systems. This regenerative design and implementation work spans the globe ranging in contexts and climates including tropical agro-forestry, Mediterranean organic gardening, and temperate suburban edible landscaping. To facilitate this work he founded TreeYo Permaculture thus building off his other formal training in small business management. Incorporating this knowledge and experience into sustainability educational programming has now become Doug’s main focus as he continues his ecological design and holistic development in various ecosystems.

Doug Crouch, TreeYo co-founder and current director

Doug will be involved in a walks and a presentation, he is the steward of Treasure Lake and will focus on the work done and to be done

9:30 am- 10:45 am

Presentation A: Permaculture Planning for Biodiversity: Doug Crouch
This informative presentation will focus on how permaculture has influenced Treasure Lake’s overall design and the feedback loops that have come from the 17 plus years of on and off work he has done at the lake and around the world.  Running through a checklist of what to look for, you will walk away more confident to make choices on your own land to promote biodiversity.

3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Plant Walk D: Tree Treasures: Rebecca Wood and Doug Crouch: Lean basic EX tree iD and share in some of the lore and stories associated with this green plant allies. Bring a tree story, fable or fact to share!

 

Celeste Shumrick

Celeste Shumrick, co-owner of Village General Farms is a local business owner, florist, and herbalist. Celeste has dedicated her career to plant art in all forms. After gaining experience in agriculture, horticulture, and other plant practices, she is now diving into floristry. Spreading beauty through entwining humans and the beauty of nature in our most precious moments of the human experience. Celeste focuses on herbalism and flower art as a way of healing not only our physical ailments but as a spiritual remedy for our changing societal and traumatic wounds. Through learning to heal our body’s and see beauty in our surroundings again we can learn to heal the world around us, too. Join her in a hands on Autumn Wreath Making Class, and celebrate in nature’s beauty year round and bring seasonal splendor into your home.

Celeste Shumrick

Celeste will be doing an interactive herbalism session to start the day and will support during other walks and events

9:30 am- 10:45 am

Presentation C: Autumn Alter Wreath making class with Celeste Shumrick
10:15 am-10:30 am Tabling and Networking break

Join Floral Designer + Herbalist + Co-owner of Village General Farms- Celeste Shumrick as we honor and preserve the transition of the passed season. Join us for a hands on Autumn Alter Wreath making class! Tie and bind dried flowers, seasonal herbs, berries, fruits and other woodland treasures into a magickal seasonal decoration. What better way to leave continued praise for all the abundance of our beautiful wildness than to take it into our homes and make beauty of it.

Ben Belty

Ben currently resides in the Louisville, Kentucky where he enjoys foraging the landscape both urban and rural. His primary focus is on Wild foods that can provides us with substantial calories such as acorns. After studying the works of Weston Price among others he was led to believe that wild foods are missing link in the quest for human health sovereignty. As an extension of his love for wild foods he founded Wildfoodwarehouse.com which is a purveyor of high integrity wild foods such as wild rice which he has available for sale at his vendor table.

Ben Belty
 Ben and Michael, see Michael’s bio below, will be combining on an ancient food technique blended with modern practicality and will be supporting throughout the day.

11:30 am-12:30 pm

Presentation B: Making nut milk with the abundant hickory, Interactive with Michael Hood and Ben Betly

Love hickory nuts, but hate the tedium of cracking and shelling each one by hand? Join us as we demonstrate the efficient method of processing hickory nuts as native peoples would have: making delicious and rich hickory milk! As Sam Thayer reminds us, “hickory milk is a traditional food of eastern North America that has been consumed for thousands of years. It was a staple before corn was brought to this region, and remained a staple afterward, taking the place that dairy products did in European diets.” From nut collection and storage to preparation and recipes, we will guide you through the simple and time-honored tradition of utilizing the gift of the hickory as a staple food. This hands-on demonstration will include samples of the finished hickory milk and the knowledge and inspiration to make this a practice in your home.

Michael Hood

Raised by a mother who taught him to “stay close to nature to stay healthy”, Michael has been on the primal path for most of his life. He was introduced to biohacking through functional medicine, where blood and urine biomarkers led him to discover raw veganism and running 60 miles weekly were compromising his health. He realized fitness has its limits, even though he had found his HDL (good) cholesterol levels were correlated with his weekly mileage. Michael replaced Big Ag “organic” foods with local fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and fats. However, this was not enough; primitive peoples ate a far more diverse diet and had practically no disease even at old age. Michael started gathering and processing wild edible plants, fungi, meats (nose to tail, including offal), medicines, and adaptogens, all of which vastly expanded his nutritional diversity and quality compared to conventional alternatives. These practices also vastly expanded his natural movement, digging intractable roots, scouting for wild edibles and natural springs across varied and challenging terrain and on trees, canoeing across lakes to harvest wild rice, and skinning/butchering animals to roast in fire pits dug up to 2 meters deep. Michael seeks out physical and environmental challenges, and has visited remote tribal villages to learn more about their lifestyles. Michael is focused on developing his tribal community to expand opportunities to progress on the primal path, regularly hosting gatherings to build sweat lodges, process acorns, and to celebrate ‘native’ Thanksgiving with friends from across three states.

11:30 am-12:30 pm

Presentation B: Making nut milk with the abundant hickory, Interactive with Michael Hood and Ben Betly

See above for the presentation Michael and Ben will be doing together.

 

Ande Schewe

Ande Schewe is an artist, researcher, experimenter, entrepreneur and producer…. and could most likely be described as an “Earth walker” or more simply “plant like”. Being in touch with Nature and the wholeness of the land, he hopes to bring that essence to you, working together and integrating the resilience of nature into your life. Ande’s skill set is wide and varied in context with his knowledge of the natural world. In the late 90’s he attended Hocking College and became a certified Herbalist. In 2001, he completed a 72+hour Permaculture Design certification with Lost Valley Education Center. Ande has co facilitated multiple permaculture courses with the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute, in Cincinnati, Oh. Since 2001, he has lead Edible/Medicinal PlantWalks in the Ohio River Valley. He has offered permaculture/nature based consult to farms, homes, businesses, communities, schools, and more. He has been published in numerous publications with writings about nature, foraging, culture, farming, local food concepts and more. He continues to be an asset to his local farming community as a source of knowledge on natural and holistic approaches to agriculture and horticulture.
2:00 pm- 3:30 pm
Plant walk C: Folklore and Foraging, incorporating the myths, legends and folktales of the plants as we walk…Ande Schewe

 

 

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