Medicinal Herb Growing & Wildcrafting Seminar, Port Townsend, WA

Date(s): 

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 5:00pm

Fort Worden, Port Townsend, Olympic Peninsula
April 15‐16, 2017

Saturday $90 ‐ Sunday $70 ‐ Both days $140  >> You may pay using the on-line order forms on this page
or send checks along with your particulars to:

Friends of the Trees, Michael Pilarski
PO Box 1133
Port Hadlock, WA 98339

Barter accepted. A few scholarships available.
Free to S’Klallam tribal members and other Northwest tribes.

April 1 update:

It is 14 days before our April 15-16 seminar and attendance is currently about 30. Our Facebook Events page currently lists 71 as going but most of them haven’t contacted me.

https://www.facebook.com/events/752888291541994/

So we still have lots of room for last minute sign-ups.  We will probably end up with around 40 people involved.

My goal during the seminar is to give you an overview of the current situation vis a vis herb farming and wildcrafting. I will tell you about the best resources available to us right now on these topics and list the current and emerging markets.  I will outline the farming and wildcrafting methods I have developed over the decades, including my pioneering work with medicinal agroforestry systems. 

Images. Through powerpoint and internet we will show lots of photos of herbs, seeds, roots, farms, dryers, etc. The information covered will also be invaluable for home growers and wildcrafters.

I will bring one of my herb dryers and have it plugged in and operating.  I will bring lots of processed herbs to look at, my favorite wildcrafting tools, and a big spread of useful books for display and sale.  We will visit my one-year old planting just outside of Port Townsend. I will have a lot of herb divisions, rhizomes and corms for sale. If anyone else has plants for sale, you are welcome to bring them.  

The event will create an opportunity for networking among all the participants. Saturday evening especially will be a networking session.  We all have something we want to network about. The focus will be on collaboration and cooperative efforts.  We know we need some sort of sustainable wildcrafter’s group.  We need some sort of on-line herb exchange between herb buyers, growers and wildcrafters.  We would love to see more workers’ cooperatives. We will look at what is currently out there and lay some groundwork for starting new things.  

We now have an Instagram page, thanks to Kira Mardike. We are posting photos of our herb work on a regular basis. This will give a chronology of what herb harvests and tasks happen over the course of the growing season.

https://www.instagram.com/friendsofthetreesbotanicals/

Accommodations:

We know that ten or more people will be locals commuting from home, several people are staying with local friends, one will stay at an airbnb, and at least 3 will camp. This leaves at least a dozen people who haven’t indicated their plans.

Housing at Fort Worden

We are going to rent one of the plush, 4-bedroom suites on Officer’s Row for Saturday night.  If you wish a room please let me know asap.  ($97.25 per bedroom). More details are on the March 10 update on our website. We can rent two suites if there is enough demand.

Camping. Shana L is renting a campsite for Saturday night. She is happy to share it.  The limit is 8 people per campsite. If you wish to share her campsite (and the $40 fee) please let me know. 

Food:

It looks like we won’t have enough people for catered meals at The Servery by their April 3 deadline (minimum 16), so we won’t be doing that unless a bunch of people sign on over the weekend.

People can eat breakfast and lunch at Fort Worden’s The Commons Café, open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. (Next building over from our classroom) It offers espresso drinks and coffee; house-made pastries and desserts; daily lunch specials and flavorful grab-and-go choices, including freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and made-from-scratch soups.

We will arrange a dinner reservation at a recommended restaurant for Saturday evening and probably Sunday dinner as well, for those who wish.  We will take a head count the day of. 

Quite a few people have mentioned bringing their own food. 

It will no doubt be a fascinating collection of herbal people attending.  Herbalists, growers, landscapers, wildcrafters. We currently have Native Americans from 4 different tribes attending. The chef at the world-famous HerbFarm in Woodinville is joining us so we will certainly be talking about medicinal food and wild edibles.

I am looking forward to seeing what magic we can create and how much information we can exchange.

I need to hear from some people about housing, payment, and any other questions or suggestions you have.

Farming Medicinal Plants
Saturday ‐ 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Species, Fertilizing. Establishment. Agroforestry systems. Medicinal trees & shrubs. Weed management.
Harvesting tools & timing. Pricing. Marketing. Field trip to Michael Pilarski’s medicinal agroforestry
planting. Saturday evening is a networking session.

Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants
Sunday ‐ 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to harvest sustainably. What species are in demand. Natives and invasives. Tools of the trade, Timing
of harvests. Processing. Drying. Fresh shipping. Marketing.

Taught by Michael Pilarski

Michael Pilarski has been commercially farming and wildcrafting medicinal plants for 22 years in the Maritime and Interior Pacific Northwest. There will be a wide range of reference books and dried herbs on display as well as books, seeds and propagation material for sale. This is a sequel to the 2016 Medicinal Herb Growing and Marketing Conference held at Fort Worden on April 15?17. A great conference with 450 people. This workshop is the 2017 place?holder for what will be another large conference in 2018.

Fort Worden is located on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula where the deep waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca meet. Fort Worden features conference facilities, seashore and forest, stunning views, a range of accommodations, camping and good food. Scrumptious meals will be available from the Fort Worden Servery (separate fee). Contact: Michael Pilarski, [email protected], 360-643-9178

Herb Seminar details:

At the seminar there will be networking between the participants. We will talk about marketing cooperation.
 
Show & Tell. We are renting a big room in one of the big classroom buildings. This will give us room to sprawl out. So bring show and tell - plants, herb products, books, seeds, tools, We encourage a little marketplace activity. I will bring show and tell of all of the above and expect to have plants for sale.
 
Accommodations. Camping sites were $15 a night last year. At the MHGMC we rented almost all of Fort Worden’s accommodations and I ended up being in charge of room assignments. Whew! If there are enough people interested we can rent one of the Officer’s Suites houses. Somewhere in the $70 a night range. You can register with Fort Worden directly but checking in for collaboration would be good.
 
Meals. The Fort Worden Servery produces gourmet food and they received lots of compliments at the MHGMC. The Servery is close to our classroom building and if we can get 15 people involved we can have the convenience and pleasure of taking meals there.  The Servery features world-class dining selections with a focus on local and organic foods. All food is made from scratch. This will be a buffet servery. Of course, everyone is welcome to bring their own food, eat at home, commute to local restaurants, etc.  Let Michael  know if you are interested in the meals program.
 
Contact Michael Pilarski for info on accommodations or meals.

March 16  Update

I am looking forward to our exchange of information on growing and wildcrafting medicinal plants. Our focus will be on commercial-scale growing and wildcrafting, but much of the information will be applicable to family-scale as well.

A little more than 5 weeks before the seminar and 22 people have contacted me that they are attending. In addition to these people, our Facebook Events page currently lists 54 as going and 1,300 as interested.

https://www.facebook.com/events/752888291541994/

Those who plan to attend and haven’t paid or reached an agreement with me should do so at your earliest convenience.  It will help us in our planning, particularly if you wish to stay at Fort Worden or enjoy their meals.

We can accept everyone who wants to attend. At the 2016 MHGMC Conference we had two herb farming intensives on Friday. 100 people attended Jeff Carpenter’s workshop and 75 people attended Peg Schaffer’s. We have rented the room that Jeff used.

Show & Tell. We are renting one of Fort Wordens biggest classroom buildings. This will give us room to sprawl out. So bring show and tell - plants, herb products, books, seeds, tools, We encourage a little marketplace activity. I will bring show and tell of all of the above and expect to have plants for sale.

For food and lodging you can go the cheap route or the luxurious route.

Camping is $40 per night per campsite (up from $30 last April). Up to 8 people can be at each campsite. No charge for the first car but $10 per car after that.  Some sites have hookups for RVs and trailer campers (electricity and water at each site, sewer dump station nearby). The camping areas have bathrooms and showers. There are two campgrounds. Ocean and Forest. The Ocean campground  is right at the beach. Nice view and a busier area with more traffic. A bit longer hike up to the classroom. The Forest campground is much quieter, sheltered and a shorter walk to the classroom. If you want to share a campsite, let me know.

You can make advanced reservations by calling 888-226-7688. Parks.wa.gov

Fort Worden accommodations have a great reputation. These are very nice digs for the price. The setting is magnificent. All accommodations have large common spaces with living and dining rooms and kitchen facilities.  People who stay at Fort Worden increase their networking opportunities. There are some Pet Friendly options. Inquire for details.

The Colonel Suites on Officers Row feature:

• 4 Bedrooms, 3 w. Queen Beds, 1 w. Twin Bed. All with Luxury Linens.

* 1.5 Bathroom

* An equipped kitchen and dining room.

 • Wrap-Around Porch.

• Fireplaces

Bedrooms are upstairs and common space is downstairs. There is one roll-away bed per suite. These homes feature classic Victorian details such as entry halls, grand staircases, formal living and dining rooms, fireplaces, and eat in kitchens.

$389/night (four bedrooms) ($97.25 per bedroom). If 8 people share the suite it works out to $48.62 each.

http://fortworden.org/stay-here/officers-row/
 

Corporal’s (NCO) Suites. Each suite has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with two twin beds. Each suite has an additional roll-away bed. ADA compliant. They are fully furnished, with a fully equipped kitchen, dining service and linen service. These suites cost $179 per night. If 5 people share the suite it works out to $35.80 each.

http://fortworden.org/stay-here/courtside/

 GROUPS: Groups of friends can reserve a whole suite or part of a suite so they can share the same common space. Any group that wants to do so should let me know. If two people wish to share a room, one of them has to pay for the room.

You can register with Fort Worden directly but checking in with Michael Pilarski for collaboration would be good.  Of course some people will be local or staying with local friends or making other sorts of arrangements.

Meals. The Fort Worden Servery produces gourmet food and they received lots of compliments at the MHGMC. The Servery is close to our classroom building and if we can get 16 people involved we can have the convenience and pleasure of taking meals there.  The Servery features world-class dining selections with a focus on local and organic foods. All food is made from scratch. The Servery needs 16 people minimum per meal.  They need to know two weeks ahead of time (April 3). Let Michael P know if you are interested in the meals program.

A meal ticket for Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch is $46.

Or you can purchase meals separately.

Breakfast $11.00

Lunch $13.00

Dinner $18.00

These are 2016 prices and I hear there is a slight price rise in 2017).

The Commons Café, open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., offers espresso drinks and coffee; house-made pastries and desserts; daily lunch specials and flavorful grab-and-go choices, including freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and made-from-scratch soups. The Café is in the same building as the Servery. 

Participants are welcome to bring their own food. Many of the accommodations include kitchens. Port Townsend has many restaurants.

Networking: At the seminar there will be networking between the participants and we will talk about marketing cooperation. We will create a special Saturday evening program to do this. Bring your ideas. Bring business cards, promotion materials written proposals, posters, what have you. We will have tables and bulletin boards for printed materials.

I would like to make a running list of participant’s affiliations so we can get a head start on networking.  We won’t publicize anyone’s name or contact info beforehand. Send me some sentences or a paragraph on what kind of information/networking you are specifically looking for/offering. We will include these in later email updates. I will have this info compiled at the event and we can fill in the blanks and have a contact list with networking info produced by the end of the event so you can take a copy home.

PLEASE HELP WITH PUBLICITY. We appreciate any help with publicity to make this as exciting an event as possible.

Event Type: 

Workshop