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2017 Classes & Education at the Farm

For the classes taught at the Excelsior Springs Community Education Center click here Community Ed Classes Educate your children about plants Classes for Kids

Classes- held at: Rocky Creek Valley Farm, 37009 W. 156th St Rayville, 10 am to noon (approx.) listed below.

Terms & Conditions for classes at RCV Farm

FEES: Classes are $20 each or two classes for $35 if registered at the same time. PRE-REGISTRATION APPRECIATED. This helps me in preparing your handouts and assures you a place to sit!! Some classes have optional “Make and Takes” which vary in cost according the class—usually between $5 and $10.

Sorry, NO REFUNDS; if you cancel you are given class credit to use on any other class of the same value. As always, if you have taken a class before, you can take it again for free but you will not get another handout. And if you take 3 classes in one calendar year, the 4th class is half off.

Rain checks (NO REFUNDS) for inclement weather (for outside classes like weed walks.) you will receive a rain check.

Classes with Make ‘n Take have additional fees.

REGISTRATION: call 816-853-0196 or email to reserve your spot.

ONLY THOSE WHO REGISTER BEFORE THE DAY OF CLASS WILL RECEIVE HARD COPIES OF THE HANDOUTS. If you come to class and have not previously registered you will be EMAILED the class handouts. In other words—I only make as many handouts as I have people registered. Also, ONLY THOSE WHO REGISTER BEFORE THE DAY OF CLASS WILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE” MAKE AND TAKE”. I prepare as many Make and Takes” as I have people signed up for them.

TIME: Most classes are 2 hrs long -- add an additional 20-30 minutes if you sign up for “Make and Take” unless the Make and Take is a kit, then it will only be 10-15 minutes longer as you will assemble the kit at home. Kids classes – 90 minutes.

Class Description
Date Class Description
Tues 8/22 Elderberry Solutions $20 Elderberries are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which supports and strengthens the immune system and the respiratory system. Elderberry remedies are also excellent for use by children. You will spend time in the classroom (studying), in the field (harvesting) and in the lab (making remedies). Wear clothing suitable for walking in weeds. (long sleeves, pants and boots preferable). $5 materials fee to cover remedy ingredients/jar. Please register in advance in insure everyone will have class materials.
Wed 9/20 and Sat 9/23 Plague Remedy 1 & 2 $115 Plague Remedy Class - This is a two-part class: September 20 and October 19. Sept 20 is a compounding class/Oct 19 is a decanting class. On 9/20 we will be compounding two separate tinctures (a set) which are good for various ailments such as flue, colds, pneumonia and all manner of respiratory issues but which are specifically formulated to counteract the plague*. These two tinctures-formula 1 and formula 2, are a "set" and must be used together.

The 2 tinctures are made with nine herbs in a menstruum of Everclear. The herbal actions are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-pyretic, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, alterative, vulnerary, antispasmodic, hypotensive, febrifuge, carminative, astringent, hemostat, diuretic, expectorant, anodyne, mucilaginous and cholagogue. The herbs are beneficial for the respiratory, immune, lymphatic, endocrine, circulatory, nervous, digestive and cardio-vascular systems. They support the liver, kidney, bladder and entire alimentary canal. They are high in mineral and nutrient content. I can’t say enough about the healing properties of the combined herbs.

One set is for one person for 10-11 days. Each person will receive ELEVEN SETS

This class is open to TEN PEOPLE only. The cost of the class is $115 per person. This covers all your herbs, the menstruum (Everclear) to make the tinctures and the jars.

After compounding the herbs on 9/20 you will LEAVE THE TINCTURES AT THE FARM to macerate. It must remain in the quart jars for four weeks—from one new moon to the next. During this time I will tend them by monitoring the temperature/light control, shaking/stirring them daily and bringing them out of the dark and into the light at the proper time.

The second part of the class is on 10/19 at which time we will decant the tinctures (straining out the herbs) and you will be taking them home in your quart jars. If you wish to put your tinctures in dropper bottles, they will be available for purchase or you may bring some with you.

Enroll NOW as the class is limited to only 10 people. Your money must be paid by Friday, Sept 1. If it is not, you will be dropped and I will go to the next person in line. Call, email or private message me with questions.

*Of course, we have no way of knowing how well the remedy will work for the plague as none of us has actually experienced it. But, the herbs used are very potent healers. See legal page for disclaimer.
Sat 9/23 Weed Workshop II – Roots $20 Mark your calendar; grab your gloves; find your pen/paper; it's time to the get to the bottom of things during our annual autumn herb root class. We will go on an outdoor digging expedition--weather permitting—for dandelion, burdock, horseradish, poke and elecampane. We will explore how these herbs can have a positive effect on your health and also how to make them into remedies. Optional herb kits available--$5 - $10.
Tue 11/14 Herbal Antibiotics / Making Remedies $20 Germs can run through a generation in 20 minutes. Is it any wonder that they develop resistance to antibiotics so quickly? Learn about herbs natural antibiotic properties, which ones do what, how you can use them and how you can make them. Instruction on making herbal remedies: salves, tinctures, liniments. Optional make and take: $5 - $10
Tues 12/5 DIY – Home $20 Don’t you just get tired of all those chemicals in your cleaning products? And the anti-bacterial products are just contributing to the world-wide issue of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Come learn many natural solutions for home care. Optional make and take: $5-$10
Elizabeth is available to speak at clubs or meetings.

Kids Classes - Rocky Creek Kids Classes

Ages 8-12 (Parents welcome)

10 am to 11:30 am

$10 each class or 4 for $30 if purchased all at once. Pre-registration needed to ensure all class participants have class materials.

Learning about plants—kid style. Power off the electronics and bring the kids for 90 minutes of outdoor country fun. Children instinctively love nature. In the course of four classes we will be taking weed walks to identify medicinal herbs (botany), learn what they do (first aid) and making remedies (pharmacy). We incorporate multiple learning strategies such as games, projects, microscope use, word puzzles, notebooks, class journals and food all aimed at teaching children about the wondrous world of herbs. These life science classes are standalone but also build on one another to reinforce learning. Class booklets contain much more than we can do in 90 minutes and will provide additional learning at home.

Class Description
Date Class Description
Tues 8/8 Plant Detectives $10 Identifying and finding two wild herbs learning what they do and how to use them for owies (first aid), 3 Sisters Gardening (Native American gardening strategies and will pick produce to take home), Sunshine Tea (making drinks from herbs we pick). Starting class herb books—we will add to these each week.
Sat 9/2 Thumbelina’s Favorite Herb $10 A special guest and two special herbs. Identifying, harvesting and using lemon balm and chamomile for medicine and for food. Making Chamomile potatoes (this is not what you think!) and Lemon balm popsicles.
Sat 10/14 Baxter’s Adventure $10 Identifying, harvesting and using catnip, peppermint and lavender. Making cat toys, mint tea and bath volcanos.
Sat 11/4 The Great Punkin Caper $10 Pumpkin anatomy, pumpkin carving/painting, pumpkin games, pumpkin food even pumpkin play dough!! Finish herb books.


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