Non-timber Forest Products

Sunday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Bring your own lunch)
Gathering and processing local forest products to create natural skin and hair products.
Winston-Prouty Center, 130 Austine Dr., Brattleboro, Vt.

Join herbalist Santalena Groves, Alchemist/Creator of Heart Grown Wild, LLC, an herbal skincare company based out of Southern Vermont, to take a deep dive into how essential oils are produced through live distillation of wild harvested plants. Join us for a plant walk outside and learn first-hand how to make hydrosol and essential oil from start to finish. Santalena will discuss the importance of safety when working with essential oils so that attendees can approach the use of these potent extractions with a working knowledge and respect for the plants. Santalena will then break down various methods of plant extraction that are more sustainable by using less plant material.

Program Schedule: 9:00 Introduction, start distillation process. 10:30, head outside for a plant foraging walk. Lunch at 12:30.(BYO) After lunch, hear more about her work and the process of making products. For those that can stay, wrap up the distillation process by 2 or 3pm The indoor portion of the program is handicapped accessible. No dogs allowed in building.

The plant walk will take place in the woods behind Holton Hall. Expect about ¼ to ½ mile with hills and be prepared for rain, sun and ticks!

Directions: Enter Holton Hall using the main entrance and take the elevator to the third floor. There will be signs. The indoor portion of the program is handicapped accessible. Space is limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP Dan Healey, 802-387-6128  or  .

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