Special Events and Intensive Workshops

Chasing Seeds: The Incredible Story of Our Ancient Crops
The First of a Series of Workshops on Wabanaki Crops, Agriculture and Cuisine
with Frederick M. Wiseman, PhD
Wednesday, September 2nd  6-9pm
$17/$15 for members

Food plants that are raised in the environments where they originated are better adapted to the soil water and climate — and are often more nutritious than crops imported from elsewhere.  Learn about twenty fascinating food plants developed by the Wabanakis, Northern New England’s Native peoples.  More than ever, we need to disconnect ourselves from the international trade in exotic grains, vegetables and condiments, and reconnect with food that is of our old soil.  Not only are these Indigenous Wabanaki crops good to eat, they represent acknowledgement of the accomplishments of Vermont’s and New Hampshire’s almost forgotten Native communities.  Although these foodstuffs have just been rediscovered and gathered in one place, the implications are immense  — for food justice & sovereignty, the evolution of Northern temperate-zone permaculture, and even our paleo, localvore, gluten-free and food-as-medicine diets.

Dr. Wiseman was trained as a Paleoethnobotanist at the University of Arizona’s Laboratory for Paleoenvironmental Studies.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters on agriculture and cultural paleoecology of the Maya Civilization of Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.  In addition, he has done botanical, phytogeographic and ethnobotanical fieldwork in the American Southwest and Northwestern Mexico, especially with the Yaqui, Mayo and Tahono O’Odam (Papago) indigenous communities and their territories.  After serving in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University and the MIT Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, he returned to his Vermont roots, and taught and did research at Johnson State College (Central Vermont) until his retirement in 2014.  Since 1987, he has focused on the Indigenous Wabanaki people of the far Northeast, having published books, curricula and film on modern culture, prehistoric archaeology, as well as Contact Period ethnohistory politics and technology.  He was also instrumental in the research and political advocacy that led to four Vermont Indigenous bands being  officially recognized by the state of Vermont.  His experience in Wabanaki and ethnobotanical studies has been brought to bear on the archaeological and Colonial Period ethnobotany of Vermont’s indigenous peoples and their neighbors. Since 2009, Dr. Wiseman has worked with the Koasek Abenakis of Newbury, VT and Haverhill, NH to re-configure their lost agricultural heritage.  This community is unique in the Northeast, in that a significant component of their ethnic identity is bound to raising crops, and they want to amplify this trait both internally, and in their “face” to the larger Euroamerican world.  Wiseman focuses not only on repatriation of germ plasm, but the historic period fish-fertilized “corn hill” mound agricultural system that supported the seed and growing plants, as well as the ritual calendar that regulated it.  Wiseman teaches song, dance and ceremony as important in crop nurture as sun, rain and fertile soil.  With his help, the Koasek community is reviving its interrupted deep-time agricultural system.  More recently, Dr. Wiseman has been active in getting this new agricultural lore out to other Indigenous communities. In October, 2014 he gave a series of agricultural workshops sponsored by the Indian Township and Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribes in Maine, and in February 2015 he was invited to a summit of leaders in Indigenous agricultural development held at the capital of the Iroquois Confederacy at Onondaga, NY.  He was recently honored for all of his work with the first Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Abenaki Artists’ Association.  Today Fred lives with his wife Anna in the Edwardian house built by his grandfather in Swanton, VT and raises varieties of edible and ornamental plants generally thought of as sub-tropical, including nine varieties of cactus, two wisterias, two peaches, and fourteen types of magnolias.

Botanical Modulators for Female Endocrine Stress Relating to Infertility, Mood Disorder, and the Menopausal Transition
with Mary Bove
Saturday, September 26th 9 am – 1 pm
$50/$45 for members

Naturopathic and Botanical Medicines offer several therapeutic options for application in female restorative endocrinology. Explore the use of natural alternative therapies and botanical medicines as modulating agents in the treatment of menopausal complaints, mood disorders, and fertility issues. View relative case histories and comprehensive integrated naturopathic and botanical treatment plans for targeting the challenges of the female physiology. Dr Bove’s 25 years of clinical experience in women’s health care and botanical medicine brings useful therapeutic strategies for creating an effective treatment plan.

Female endocrine deregulation is an endocrine viscous cycle that involves suboptimal function of the female endocrine system leading to symptoms, diseases, and syndromes including PCOD, obesity, premenstrual syndrome, infertility syndrome, menopausal symptoms, hypothyroidism, insulin intolerance, anxiety, depression, and adrenal insufficiency syndrome. None of these diseases are life threatening per say yet all of them have the potential to be very disruptive in one’s life, thus diminishing the quality of one’s life and health.

Approaching the breakdown of the female endocrine system with the health difficulties and challenges it presents demands a look at the multiple factors and etiologies that lie behind the dysfunction in the female endocrine system. Many of the factors contributing towards the dysfunction of the female endocrine system are found in our internal and external environment including; environmental toxins, electromagnetic fields, plastics, cosmetics, food products, allergens, glucose deregulation, pharmaceuticals, caffeine, alcohol, digestive issues, poor detoxification channels, light cycle disruptions, stress, attitude, social exposure, and sense of self. A viscous cycle of symptoms, dysfunction, and lack of wellness in the woman’s health picture often prevails with no specific pathology as with infertility or menopausal symptoms. Finding a place to jump into the viscous cycle that is created between the female endocrine system and the female body is the first step to establishing a plan of education, coping skills, stress reduction techniques, life style changes, diet education, and natural medicines. Once into the cycle follow it around the circle of the body, working towards balancing, toning and re-establishing homeostasis between the body systems and the female endocrine system.

The lecture will cover naturopathic and botanical tools used for building optimal health in the female endocrine system cultivating wellness, optimal endocrine function, and the treatment of illness. Botanical medicines used for female endocrine health will be discussed in terms of active constituents, pharmacological activity, recent clinical trials, safety, dosing and application. *All genders welcome to attend.

Dr. Mary Bove obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery Certification from Bastyr College of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle, WA. and received her Diploma of Phytotherapy/HerbalMedicine at the School of Phytotherapy in Great Britain. Dr. Bove practiced Naturopathic Family Medicine and Midwifery at the Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic, Brattleboro, VT. for 24 years, specializing in Naturopathic Pediatrics.

Once a full-time faculty member at Bastyr University, Dr Bove chaired the departments of Botanical Medicine and Naturopathic Midwifery. Dr Bove is the author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants considered an authoritative reference on natural pediatric medicine. Mary co-authored Herbs for Women’s Health and has been published in many magazines, journals and collaborative books on botanical and natural medicine. She lectures and teaches internationally on the topics of naturopathic medicine, botanical medicine, pediatrics, natural pregnancy, childbirth, traditional food medicine and mind-body healing. In collaboration with Gaia Herbs® Dr Bove developed an herbal remedy line designed specifically for children. She is currently Medical Educator for Gaia Herbs Brevard, NC.