Episode Three of the Ground Shots Podcast.
Interview with Laurie Quesinberry, 'granny root digger' and founder of Bear Alchemy out of Laurel Fork, Virginia, a small community in southern Appalachia.
We talk about:
the complexity of traditional Appalachian root digging
the complicated nature of wildcrafting, especially in the southern Appalachia
alternatives to digging highly sought after Appalachian root medicine like Black Cohosh and Ginseng-- using leaf medicine and Laurie's experiments and observations
the Black Cohosh catacombs and the waste created in the disconnect sometimes between the harvester, the economics of herb buying and the strength of medicine needed for it to work
changes in Laurie's community and heritage
the problematic nature of getting herbal 'wide eyes' as a new herb student
Laurie receiving the United Plant Savers' 2018 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award
Laurie's website: http://bearalchemy.com/
The United Plant Saver's website: https://unitedplantsavers.org/
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