The WANDER School was founded by Herbalist, Botanist, Author, and Professional Forager, Abby Artemisia, in 2015 to serve communities by providing inspiration for a personal connection with nature and empowering individuals to improve their health through holistic means.
The WANDER School is based in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Services ranging from botanical property surveys, wildcrafting apprenticeships, and herbal education workshops as well as extensive virtual learning opportunities are available to help people make connections with the natural world. Free resources available from The WANDER School to provide accessible nature connection and empowerment include the Wander, Forage & Wildcraft podcast and The WANDER School's YouTube Channel featuring Plant Identification, Classes, Plant Walks and more.
ABOUT THE NON-PROFIT In 2020, The WANDER School became a 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization with the mission to connect underserved communities in need (such as Indigenous, Black, Queer, and Appalachian) to medicinal herbs.
Over the past decade, Abby has learned and taught that much of what we know about herbs and their benefits, here in the US, came directly from Indigenous and Black people. However, overdevelopment and structural inequities in land ownership prevent those same cultures from benefiting from nature’s harvest.
While some communities lack access to the plants and herbs traditional to their culture, other communities may have an abundance of those herbs. To date, there is no centralized means to connect these communities.
WHAT THE NON-PROFIT IS DOINGNOW
The WANDER School is currently handling administrative redistribution of medicinal herbs to underserved communities in our pilot program, and continues to expand.
Additionally, The WANDER School is asking our audience to become more aware of the need to acknowledge the traditional, indigenous roots of botanical, herbal, foraging and wildcrafting teachings, while we help to preserve traditional knowledge.
The WANDER School will continue providing free botanical education to communities in need to empower them to gather their own herbs and make their own herbal remedies.
Want to help us continue to do this important work of spreading botanical education during such a difficult time?
Join us for ongoing education on Patreon starting at just $5 a month...
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