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Herb Classes 2018



Class Schedule 2018

As a general rule I suspend classes a few times a year to accommodate my other life: Spring (busy planting) December (busy preparing for the celebration of our Lord) and January (short days and too cold).
Otherwise we always have something going on in the classroom (inside or out).
Classes at:
Rocky Creek Valley Farm
37009 W. 156th St  Rayville
Summer/Fall 2018
10 am to noon  approx.

FEES:  MOST classes are $20 each or two classes for $35 if registered at the same time.  Some classes are $10.
PRE-REGISTRATION APPRECIATED.   This helps me in preparing your handouts and assures you a place to sit!!  Some classes have optional “Make and Takes” which vary in cost according the class—usually between $5 and $10.   THE RESPIRATORY REMEDY CLASS IS $115.

PAY HERE: Paypal buttons on the right side of the page.

 Sorry, NO REFUNDS; if you cancel you are given class credit to use on any other class of the same value.

As always, if you have taken a class before, you can take it again for free but you will not get another handout.  And if you take 3 classes in one calendar year, the 4th class is half off.
Rain checks (NO REFUNDS) for inclement weather (for outside classes like weed walks.)
Classes with Make ‘n Take have additional fees.

REGISTRATION/ payment:  Pay Pal buttons on the right side of the page OR  by mail,  email or phone.
TEXT: 816-853-0440   EMAIL: lizzy@rcvfarm.com  
WEB: www.rcvfarm.blogspot.com  (class registrations in right side bar).

ONLY THOSE WHO REGISTER BEFORE THE DAY OF CLASS WILL RECEIVE HARD COPIES OF THE HANDOUTS.  If you come to class and have not previously registered you will be EMAILED the class handouts.  In other words—I make as many handouts as I have people registered.

Also, ONLY THOSE WHO REGISTER BEFORE THE DAY OF CLASS WILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE” MAKE AND TAKE”.  I prepare as many Make and Takes” as I have people signed up for them.

TIME: Most classes are 2 hrs long --add an additional 20-30 minutes if you sign up for “Make and Take” unless the Make and Take is a kit, then it will only be 10-15 minutes longer as you will assemble the kit at home.

Kids classes – 90 minutes.

 Sat 5/26  FARM FAIR 10 am to 4 pm
 This is our semi-annual plant sale with free mini-classes, activities and Farm Store.

Sat 6/9  Spring Weed Walk I  $20    10 am to noon
This class covers 11 plants.  This is a WALK-ABOUT-THE FARM. Dress appropriately!  You will be taking plants home with you with instructions on how to use them.

Sat 7/7  Soap Class  $20  10 am to noon   Make a batch of soap to take home.


Sat 8/4  Soap Class  $20  10 am to noon   Make a batch of soap to take home.


Sat 8/18         Elderberry Solutions   $20   10 am to noon
Elderberries are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which supports and strengthens the immune system and the respiratory system.   Elderberry remedies are also excellent for use by children. You will spend time in the classroom (studying), in the field (harvesting) and in the lab (making remedies).  Wear clothing suitable for walking in weeds.  (long sleeves, pants and boots preferable).  $5 materials fee to cover remedy ingredients/jar.   Please register in advance in insure everyone will have class materials.


 Sat 9/8  Winter Remedy   $10      10 am to noon
Get ready...it's time to make the potion!! This handy-dandy herbal mix will help keep the flu's, achoooos and blues away this winter. My family wouldn't even try to make it through icy temps, howling wind and falling snow without this potion.  It's easy.  It's inexpensive.  It's effective.  
Please register before class so there will be enough materials (herbs, jar, vinegar, handout recipe for 2 other winter remedies) for everyone.    If you bring all your own supplies: no charge for class.



  Sat 9/29    Weed Workshop II – Roots  $20   10 am to noon
Mark your calendar; grab your gloves; find your pen/paper; it's time to the get to the bottom of things during our annual autumn herb root class. We will go on an outdoor digging expedition--weather permitting—for dandelion, burdock, horseradish, poke and elecampane. We will explore how these herbs can have a positive effect on your health and also how to make them into remedies.   Optional herb kits available--$5 - $10.



 Mon 10/8 and Wed 11/7   BOTH CLASSES AT 2:30 PM   Respiratory Remedy Class

This was formerly called the Plague* Remedy Class.


This is a two-part class: October 8 and November 7.  Oct 8 is a compounding class/Nov 7 is a decanting class.  On 10/8 we will be compounding two separate tinctures (A SET) which are good for various ailments such as flue, colds, pneumonia and all manner of respiratory issues but which are specifically formulated to counteract the plague*. These two tinctures-formula 1 and formula 2, are a "set" and must be used together.

The 2 tinctures are made with nine herbs in a menstruum of Everclear.  The herbal actions are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-pyretic, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, alterative, vulnerary, antispasmodic, hypotensive, febrifuge, carminative, astringent, hemostat, diuretic, expectorant, anodyne, mucilaginous and cholagogue.  The herbs are beneficial for the respiratory, immune, lymphatic, endocrine, circulatory, nervous, digestive and cardio-vascular systems. They support the liver, kidney, bladder and entire alimentary canal.  They are high in mineral and nutrient content. I can’t say enough about the healing properties of the combined herbs.
 One set is for one person for 10-11 days.  Each person will receive ELEVEN SETS.

This class is open to TEN PEOPLE.  The cost of the class is $115 per person.  This covers all your herbs, the menstruum (Everclear) to make the tinctures and the jars.
After compounding the herbs on 10-8 you will LEAVE THE TINCTURES AT THE FARM to macerate. It must remain in the quart jars for four weeks—from one new moon to the next.    During this time I will tend them by monitoring the temperature/light control, shaking/stirring them daily and bringing them out of the dark and into the light at the proper time.

The second part of the class is on 10/8 at which time we will decant the tinctures (straining out the herbs) and you will be taking them home in your quart jars.  If you wish to put your tinctures in dropper bottles, they will be available for purchase or you may bring some with you.
ENROLL NOW as the class is limited to only 10 people. Your money must be paid by Mon 9-17 If it is not, you will be dropped and I will go to the next person in line.

Summary: Enroll now TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.   $115 due no later than 9-17
Formulating Class 10-8   2:30 pm --leave tinctures at farm
Decanting Class 11-7   2:30 pm--take home tinctures

Call, email or private message me with questions. :)

*Of course, we have no way of knowing how well the remedy will work for the plague as none of us has actually experienced it.  But, the herbs used are very potent healers and will work for respiratory issues.

Sat  10/13   Homesteading: Soap Saturday
Soap is not only an integral part of emergency preparedness it is essential for our day-to-day living.
$10 for class (everything you need supplied) OR Bring your own:
  • oils (olive, coconut, lard, coco butter, etc)
  • molds (cheese boxes, tupperware, pringles cans, be imaginative!)
  • any additives such as essential oils, fragrance, color, goat milk.
  • Gloves, eye protection (I do have these if you forget)
You can buy sodium hydroxide (lye) from me: .16 per oz or $5.13 for 32 oz bottle.
We will start at 9:30 am – allow 60-90 minutes.
 Soap cured by 11/15     Please REGISTER if possible – LIMITED SPACE.

Sat Tue 11/3       Herbal Antibiotics/Making Remedies   $20 10 am to noon
Germs can run through a generation in 20 minutes.  Is it any wonder that they develop resistance to antibiotics so quickly?  Learn about herbs natural antibiotic properties, which ones do what, how you can use them and how you can make them.   Instruction on making herbal remedies: salves, tinctures, liniments.   Optional make and take: $5 - $10

Sat 12/1                   DIY – Home  $20  10 am to noon
Don’t you just get tired of all those chemicals in your cleaning products?  And the anti-bacterial products are just contributing to the world-wide issue of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Come learn many natural solutions for home care--makes great gifts!!  Optional make and take: $5-$10




  




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