Memberships are currently available for the 2017 Herbal CSA, which starts in May 2017. See the end of this page for sign-up information.
Little Red Bird Herbal CSA is a Washington DC-based herbal medicine and education project. The CSA provide locally grown and respectfully wild-harvested herbs and education about the medicinal plants that grow around us. Led by herbalist Holly Poole-Kavana since 2010, the intentions of the CSA are to create deep connections with plants in our ecosystem and to build our communities’ capacity for healing.
Here’s what 2016 members are saying:
“I learned so much from being a member of the Little Red Bird Botanical CSA — from foraging and growing herbs to creating my own tinctures and salves. The quality of Holly’s herbs are only matched by the thoughtful educational component of being part of the CSA — which included plant walks and reference materials on each item we received as CSA members. Highly recommended!!” –Yael Flusburg
“Holly has a deep knowledge of herbs, bodies, and wellness. I love getting to use plants rather than pharmaceuticals to get healthier, both when I am sick and all the time. Thanks Holly for sharing your wisdom with the world!”
Through this program, herbal CSA members….
- Receive monthly packages of herbal goodies, including tinctures, salves, syrups, and infused vinegars
- Receive instruction sheets for each remedy and answers to questions about using the herbs
- Attend an optional class or plant walk each month
- Work on building their home herbal apothecary
- Learn about identifying, harvesting, and preparing local plants
- Learn how to make tinctures, teas, and salves
The herbal CSA is based on the popular Community Supported Agriculture model in which members buy a share of the year’s harvest at the beginning of the season and receive weekly boxes of in-season produce. This model allows farmers to remain financially sustainable while connecting members to the bounty of seasonal, local food. For more information on the CSA model click here.
Little Red Bird Herbal CSA offers a twist on the CSA model by offering herbal remedies instead of veggies. It’s a great way to build a home supply of herbal medicines, learn more about how to use local plants, and explore new ways of being in control of our own health.
Education is an important piece of the CSA– each monthly pickup includes a session about using the herbs in that month’s share and a class or plant walk about using local plants and making herbal preparations at home.
Most of the herbs in the CSA are grown organically in Upper Marlboro, MD; others are locally wild-harvested.
How it works:
Each month from May through November members receive a package of herbs prepared as tinctures, loose teas, salves, honeys, vinegars, syrups, etc, and information about how to use them. Members pick up their shares at a common location, and each pickup includes an optional plant walk or class to explore identification and uses of common local plants.
A typical monthly share includes four of the following:
- 1- or 2-ounce tincture
- 1 ounce bag of loose tea
- 2 ounce jar of salve
- 12 ounce herbal vinegar
- 4- or 8-ounce bottle of syrup
- 2 ounce infused oil
Membership in the CSA is based on a sliding scale of $250-$450 (other options are available for low-income individuals– please use the contact info below to inquire). Sliding scale payment is intended to make the program affordable while also covering the costs and labor of running the CSA. When deciding your position on the sliding scale please consider your income, family size, and your level of privilege around access to resources– for guidelines see the CSA sliding scale page.
How to sign up:
To sign up online please click here. You will be directed to fill out a form, and you’ll hear back from me soon!
For more information, or if you have any trouble signing up online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 726 1924