About the project, Native Medicinal Plant Awareness for Children:
This is a multi-faceted project which will include 12 issues of Herbal Roots zine, a 2019 wall calendar and an at risk native medicinal herbals coloring book, all of which is being created over the course of the next year.
I am devoting a year of Herbal Roots zine to focusing on native medicinal species that are on the United Plant Savers’ “at risk” list. In addition to the existing sections of each issue, I will be adding in sections on the conservation and cultivation of those plants and how to help existing wild spaces to thrive.
I am also creating a coloring book with these ideas as well which will hopefully be launching in the next few weeks.
This project will focus on teaching kids about the importance of conservation and the cultivation of 12 of our most endangered species of native medicinals through stories, songs, poems, games, puzzles, etc. The outcome of this project will be 12 individual issues, each issue devoted to a particular endangered or “at risk” native medicinal herb.
In the past I have been hesitant to write about plants that are endangered and at risk due to the over harvesting of such plants. I feel the time has come to address this concern directly, by teaching our next generation of herbalists the proper course of action when using native medicinals for medicine through responsible cultivation and stewardship.
I am kicking off this project with the 2019 Herbal Roots zine Wall Calendar as seen here. This kickstarter fund will go directly to the printing of the wall calendars. Your purchase helps to front the printing and shipping costs of the calendars. In return, I am offering the calendars at a significantly lower rate than they will retail for (if there are any leftovers to retail).
About the calendar:
I am excited to be offering an "at risk" native medicinal wall calendar for Herbal Roots zine for the upcoming (2019) year, as part of a project to bring awareness about the importance of cultivating native medicinal plants. I haven't been able to produce a calendar since 2013 and know that many of you have missed the calendars.
2019 will be featuring "at risk" and "to watch" native medicinal plants as highlighted by United Plant Savers. I hope to bring awareness to the importance of cultivating these important native medicinals as well as sustainably sourcing them if you cannot grow them yourself. The 2019 calendar will feature: Pleurisy Root, Solomon's Seal, Bloodroot, Trillium, Blue Cohosh, Black Cohosh, American Ginseng, False Unicorn Root, True Unicorn Root, Goldenseal, Wild Yam and Osha.
Calendars are 8 1/2 x 11 inches, folding open to 11 x 17 inches, are saddle stitched and printed on 80 pound recycled paper featuring watercolor illustrations of the plants as well as their common and botanical names.
There is also an option to receive a digital copy of the calendar that you can print on your own if you prefer not to have a physical calendar mailed to you.
Early Bird bonuses:
As my way of saying a huge "thank you" I have added some early bird bonuses - blank note cards featuring the illustrations from the calendar. Each early bird purchase will receive 1 random card for each calendar purchase. Those purchasing 10 calendars will receive the complete 12 card set and those purchasing 20 calendars will receive 2 complete 12 card sets.
About the illustrator:
I am an artist, herbalist, writer, goat herd and homeschooling mom. I am a registered herbalist through the American Herbalists Guild. I see clients, working with people to help bring their health back into balance through the use of herbs, lifestyle and dietary changes.
Since 2003, I have taught classes locally, out of her home, and at conferences around the country. I have coordinated and taught kid’s camp classes at herbal conferences throughout the country as well as hosted classes for kids in my own back yard. I also enjoy teaching adults and have presented at conferences around the country and in my home. I love to teach others how to illustrate plants and how to use plant illustration as a tool for botanical identification as well as a starting point to an intimate relationship with plants, especially when combined with organoleptic experiences.
For the past 10 years, I have written and illustrated the award winning ezine, Herbal Roots zine, a monthly publication which teaches herbalism through songs, stories, crafts, recipes and games, each issue focusing on a single herb.
Herbal Roots zine began as a curriculum for my own children to teach them about the medicinal uses of plants when I started homeschooling and discovered that the options for teaching kids about herbs was really limited. It gave me an excuse to combine two of my favorite passions - drawing and herbalism - together to create the future world’s assets (the children) the importance of the plants that grow all around us. Though Herbal Roots zine is written for children, many of my customers purchase the online zine for their own use. Over 115 issues have been written to date.
I live with my partner and our 2 youngest children on a farmette in southwest Illinois, along with our 4 cats, 2 dogs, 3 goats, 1 bearded dragon and 18ish chickens.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges include offering this calendar so late in the year. Most calendars are published in June or July so I am running several months behind. If I am not fully funded, I will not be able to afford the upfront costs to print the calendar and will not be able to have them printed.
While I am behind in getting them printed earlier in the year, I do have the drawings completed and the calendar can be printed immediately once the Kickstarter ends.
Because of the tight deadline, this Kickstarter is short, lasting only 10 days while most run for 30 days. By offering a short sale date, I hope to be able to start mailing out the calendars the second week of December.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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