Teacher, gardener, advocate for the wild, and belly laugher extraordinaire, Vicky Salcido-Cobbe feels most at home with the plants. After years of chronic illness and self-destructive habits, Vicky’s life was changed in an instant when a clinician offered her a bottle of herbal extract as medicine. Since then, she has been amazed time and again by the effectiveness and power of nature’s many medicines.
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 holds workshops and events with the hope that a resurgence of Folk Herbalism will unite, empower, and enliven people the world over.
When she’s not writing, gardening, or teaching, she is the creatress 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.
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 call 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.