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 2018 Florida Herbal Conference classes will include:
Decolonizing the Mother with Susan Anderson & Linda and Luke Black Elk – Saturday 3-6 pm (scholarships available)
This gathering is centered around respect for this earth and ancestors, and we gather with a desire to heal our personal and cultural wounds and regain our authentic identity as a diverse community. Share stories and gain tools for constructive, respectful, and thoughtful dialogue across boundaries of culture, religion, class, race, and age. You’re invited to this healing, joyful, challenging, and life-giving experience, which will lift your heart without asking you to switch off your brain. Our intent is to create an experience where we practice being the way we wish the world to be, undertaken in hope, respect and reverence. Participants will be inspired and challenged by healers, artists and activists who work at the intersection of creativity, peace, spirituality, and social change and environmental justice, and will walk away with a renewed spirit for environmental and social justice and tools for community healing. Together we will discover steps into possibility of a more beautiful world, not by avoiding the pain that does exist, but by being attentive to a way of talking about it that has the potential to heal and recreate our world. We’d love to welcome you to the conversation.