Susan Anderson is the owner and operator of Native Naturals Farm. Her family has lived on and worked the same land since 1826. The farm produces organically grown herbs, nuts and fruits, as well as grass fed beef. Susan comes from a long line of herbalists and healers. She began the study native plant medicine, collecting, growing and preparing, with her grandmother who was a well respected midwife and nurse. She is of both Creek and Cherokee descent, and has learned from traditional healers throughout the southeast. She is a traditional ceremonial person and draws heavily on her cultural roots in her relationship with the growing world.
She has worked as a resource planner, journalist, educator and as a natural resource interpretive writer. She has served as executive director for two nonprofits, and consultant on numerous environmental and cultural projects.
Her love of the land and respect for the food, fiber and medicinal value of native plants has been a guiding force in her life. She is a traditional fiber artist working primarily with native plant fibers and dyes. She has developed an intimate and comprehensive understanding of her land, its ecosystems and cycles, and how these things relate to the unique “medicine of place”.
Her non traditional academic education includes degrees in sociology and religion from Florida State University. Graduate studies in urban and regional planning at FSU, and cultural sustainability at Goucher College in Baltimore MD.
Susan’s 2017 Florida Herbal Conference classes:
Back To Basics; Health Fundamentals from an Earth Centered Perspective
As an earth centered ceremonial person my perspective on health is wholistic and inter-related with all the cosmos. This workshop will look at relationship in all its dimensions as the foundation of wellness. We will delve into what it means from a traditional perspective to be an active part of a system and how the dynamics of that system play out in our lives. We will look at our relationship to the land as a primary constituent of Medicine and the power to heal yourself and others. We will examine the wisdom of ancient stories in contemporary scenarios and how those stories can inform our wellbeing today. We will look at energy, rest, digestion, breath, elimination, cleanliness and connection as they relate to both internal and external system functions. We will journey into the spirit of the growing world with the intent to emerge with greater understanding of its deep compassion and ability to foster the Oneness that is Health.
The Backyard Medicine Cabinet
We will look at what the most frequently occurring first aid needs of the average family may be and how to address them without leaving home. The class will take us through how to assemble the basic things we need for a local herbal medicine cabinet from our own back yards, or at least from our bio regional back yard. We will keep it local for everything from cuts to ulcers and much more. We will go from diagnosing what we need, to collecting and processing the plants, to storage and dosing. Simple practical local herbal solutions to our most common wellness needs.