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Our Next Meeting:
May 11, 2022

MEETING TOPIC: Signatures of Plants and People

Presenter: Martin Bulgarin
LOCATION:  Zoom and in-person at Seward Co-op (Friendship location)
TIME: 7:00-8:30 PM

Description:  Flower essence therapy involves the use of subtle, non-material energies in medicinal plants for healing purposes. The energy body of an organism is always expressing itself in more tangible ways of form and behavior that we call the Signature of that being. The signature of a flower or herb draws us towards an understanding of its healing energies. Similarly, a person’s form, behavior and life history, not to mention the more mysterious clues felt through the pulse, form a signature of that person. If you can understand their signature, you are led to what makes them suffer and how to release it. When the energies of plant and person come together harmoniously, healing naturally happens. Learning how to read these signatures is part of the art of using flower essences well.

Monthly lectures are from 7:00 to 8:30PM. There is a suggested donation of $5, but the lecture is free for members. You can join or donate HERE.

Remembering Chuck Hubbell

It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of my dear friend and community herbalist and elder Chuck Hubbell. It is impossible to share all that I loved about Chuck, and all that he was and has meant to our community. He was certainly a man of books. He loved to read, and spent most of his life in the printing profession, and was a union member and leader. He was a devoted father and grandfather. He was a man of faith (not limited by his Christian upbringing) and was passionate about this Creation that we are part of. He once told me that he thought what this society lacked most was reverence. His love of the land and herbal medicine included recognition of abuses and advocacy for indigenous sovereignty, and he was respected by many in the Native community.

Many of us knew him, of course, through his pursuit of herbal knowledge and sharing medicine with the community. Often at low cost or no cost. He wanted the people to have the medicine he made. He combined his love of learning, and love of nature and plants, to study, grow, harvest, and make medicine for the people. He loved to garden, tromp in the woods, and sustainably wildcraft.

He was known for being quiet and thoughtful, and sometimes cranky, but usually due to his disappointment in the treatment of this beloved earth by fellow humans. For those who could slow down, and meet his quietness, he would share his wonder and the special places he had discovered in his wandering.

His early herbal studies (as far as I know), were with Tis Mal Crow, and Mathew Wood. He took classes from many well-known herbalists, including Karen Sanders, Phyllis Light, Margi Flint, Jim McDonald, Paul Red Elk, Tahnahga Yako, and homeopath Dennis Anderson, forming deep friendships with Yako and Dennis. And exchanging ideas with many of us, who shared this more than 25-year journey with him, and called him our friend, the late Great Carol Jacobs, Mary Schmidt, Mary Mueller, Nancy Graden, and no doubt many more than I could name, and/or didn’t know.

There will be a service and ceremony in his honor, on Friday, April 29th from 12:30 – 1:30, at the Fort Snelling Chapel, overlooking the park and sacred land that he loved.

There will be a gathering after the service starting at 2 pm at the Himalayan Restaurant:

Here is the website for his obituary:


Upcoming Plant Swap

The NCHG will be holding it second annual Plant Swap on Wednesday, May 18, at the Lake Monster Brewery in St. Paul.  Everyone welcome to bring plants for swapping and/or to socialize.  Hope to see you there!

About the NCHG Board of Directors:
The NCHG Board of Directors is comprised of elected representatives of the membership. The BoD’s duty is to act on behalf of the membership to see that the mission of the organization, as stated in the by-laws, is carried out, and that the organization is financially sound.

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Book Club

June Book:

The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora
by Alan Bergo

Find more information HERE.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Do you have a suggestion for our next book?
Let us know

Thanks to those who joined in the discussion of Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians by Gilbert L. Wilson.

North Country Herbalist Guild welcomes your participation.

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