Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 1

Plant Walk through Coldwater Springs with Jessica Belden

Join Jessie Belden for a medicinal plant walk through Coldwater Springs in Minneapolis. Jessie will identify and talk about how to use the medicinal plants growing in the park.

Jessie Belden grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis and spent most of her free time exploring the woodlands, creek, and surrounding hills of the home she grew up in. It wasn't until a high school environmental science class, that she learned of even the possibility of edible and medicinal flora in her immediate areas, (although she had been eating clover, cedar, and dandelions in secret for as long as she could remember).

Once armed with this knowledge, her passion for plants snowballed. She is now a mother, community herbalist, botanical product creatrix, facilitator, and forever student of the plants in Minneapolis, MN. She has studied with such amazing and inspirational teachers as; Rosemary Gladstar, Kiva Rose, Matthew Wood, Darcy Blue, jim mcdonald, Martin Bulgerin, Dina Goodwill and more! Jessie adores dancing, cuddling her family and friends, singing, roller skating, hiking and adventuring, and of course, being with the plants! She facilitates an accessible and eclectic 6-month herbal apprenticeship in the heart of Minneapolis, and various fun and informative classes and workshops in the surrounding twin cities area. Follow her adventures on facebook at Herban Vagabond Apothecary and on instagram at @herbanvagabond

The parking is metered on the road up to Coldwater Springs.
Coldwater Spring:

DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right, & drive South on the frontage road for 1/2 mile past the parking meters.


2018 Schedule

February 7 Brian Fredericksen – Honeybees and their Interactions with the Minnesota Landscape

March 7 Erica Fargione – The Aromatics

April 4 Dr. Spencer Blackie – An Existential Journey to the Heart Through Eyes

May 2 LuAnn Raadt – Adaptations: The What, Why & How

June 6 Matthew Wood – Adrenal Fatigue

August 1 Jessica Belden – Plant Walk

September 5 Loey Colebeck – The Spirit of the Fountain: an Investigation of the Flower Essence

October 3 Carolyn Smith – Metaphors of Healing, the Body, and the Environment

November 7 Learn About Herbalism

December 5 Dr. Helen Healy – Influential Herbalists, Impressive Herbs
Plus Our Annual Silent Auction




Special Announcement:

Dear NCHG members,
My boyfriend is a metalworker based in St. Paul and he's making a small batch of high quality tincture presses to sell to other members of the herbal community.
The presses will be 3" diameter x 3.5" tall, about 4 oz.- 8 oz. capacity, and the components are all food-grade stainless steel. The price is $100 and the presses will be ready by the end of January. Below are photos and video of the first prototype — the final version will have a few modifications including a welded top piece and a squatter shape. Please let me know if you might be interested in purchasing one, or if you have any questions — you can reach me at

Thanks! Sara Nelson,
NCHG member

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Meeting Place:
the historic Eero Saarinen designed
Christ Church Lutheran [google map]
3244 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Enter the 1962 addition building and go down the stairs to the basement.

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