We invite you to join us in The Roots Tent, a community space created to foster connection with the stated Earth Ethic and Pledge to the forest we will gather in. We invite you to visit us as we swap seeds, learn about the soil web of life, discuss habitat restoration projects, meet plants on our daily herb walks, and discuss our role in becoming empowered stewards of our home.
This is a place to get our hands and feet in the soil, to connect with the plants, to experience and celebrate the influence of the elements in our lives, to learn ways of right living in accordance with the earth, and to find support as we become aware of our ecological realities. Throughout the gathering, you are invited to relax in our sanctuary resource library full of books on seeds, herbs, soil, ecology, mushrooms, and so much more.
With the prayer of increasing biodiversity and encouraging everyone to cultivate a garden, ALL are invited to our 5th annual Seed Swap. Bring seeds of all kinds to share and collect a diverse range for your garden. You are not required to bring seeds to join the swap, and this exchange is completely free! We will offer a sacred chest full of enriched compost, which you can gather to offer the plants of the land. Come make seed balls full of native wildflowers as a gift for the land.
Teacher, gardener, advocate for the wild, and professional belly laugher, Vicky Salcido-Cobbe feels most at home with the plants. After years of chronic illness and self-destructive habits, Vicky’s life changed in an instant when a clinician offered her a bottle of herbal extract as medicine many years ago. Since then, she has been amazed time and again by the effectiveness and power of nature’s medicine.
Motivated by the ever-quickening loss of our intricate web of life, Vicky is a passionate voice for local and regenerative herbalism in the name of earth renewal.
She is the Folk Herbalist behind Grandmother’s Medicine – a small scale herbal apothecary that uses herbs grown or wild-harvested by her hands or by small farmers local to her. She is honored to carry on the work of her mentor, teacher, and friend, Donna d’Terra of Motherland Botanical Sanctuary and Herb School.
As a farmer and Artist, Nature is my number one. My Muse, my mediums, my meals, and my Mother– My life is vegetable matter. I live as close to the land as my human cells can remember how. Lately I place my focus on furthering my connection to the trails of Vermont, teaching basketry workshops in the community, helping out at the local food CoOp, dodging petty plastic at all costs, growing gardens and hemp to feed, clothe, and heal the masses, wandering in woods with my dog, and creating wearable pieces for my modest hustle, Pipe Dream Garments.
The weight of complicity in modernity’s capitalism-machine can be staggering, but the Earth invites us, in everything that is beautiful, to be resilient. Beauty can be an act of protest, and I am honored- in every scratch of dirt in hand- to be a container of environmental regeneration, to hold a more beautiful place to be.
Our Duchess of Decay! Compost Queen, Rachel is a passionate artist, farmer, and steward of the land. She is currently working as a farmer for John Jeavons at Ecology Action, an international research and education non-profit focusing on sustainable agriculture.
Her main area of interest is in natural fibers and plant dyes as well as herbalism. After studying traditional printmaking and textiles in college, she felt the need to return to the land, to the garden, and left her urban life behind to move to Mendocino County to pursue a life of homesteading. Her life is dedicated to helping others, creating peaceful ways to work through and help solve the current challenges we face as a species, and to honor and protect Our Mother.
Rachel is excited to share her knowledge and experience of gardening and the healing processes that are created through reconnecting to the soil.