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Kitchen Medicine - the garden farmacy



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Throughout history, mothers and grandmothers of every culture and tradition have been the source of healing in the family. In the kitchen, the heart of the home, remedies were made from locally grown and easily accessible herbs for everyday ailments. These days it isn’t necessarily the mother, or even a women, but the foundations of kitchen medicine remain the same, it’s the art of making medicine for everyday ailments out of common ingredients sourced from your garden and pantry.

During this hands-on workshop, Lisa will introduce you to herbal medicine making. You will take a walk through the CERES garden beds and bring the wisdom of traditional herbal medicine into a modern context. You will explore the traditional and modern uses of the plants and how to introduce these plants into the kitchen as medicine. You will make an item to take home as well as a seedling.

Trainers Bio:

Lisa Hodge is a clinical naturopath that is passionate about herbalism and folk medicine. As a mother, she found that growing and making herbal remedies became a satisfying way to keep herself and her family healthy. It became evident that the herbs she most often reached for were common garden varieties, and ingredients most people have in their kitchen.

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What you will learn
  • An introduction to herbal medicine making, Plant Identification
  • Guidelines for foraging and wild-crafting, Medicinal Uses for Plants
  • How to introduce medicinal herbs into the kitchen for medicine
What you will get
  • A remedy and a seedling

What to bring
  • Notepad and pen
What to wear

Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing



Vendor since 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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31 May 2019 • Kitchen Medicine - the garden farmacy

This class was amazing!! I found it very useful to fine about the herbs I have naturally growing in my own garden and what common ailments that I can use them for. I enjoyed learning about each of the herb's within the Ceres garden, their properties and the common uses of each, then foraging through the Ceres garden for that we needed to make up our Elderberry Syrup. I'm looking forward to making this recipe again in the near future, as well as the other recipes. I am looking forward to enrolling for the Therapeutic Horticulture course later in the year. Thanks for offering such great courses to get involved in!