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 2020 Florida Herbal Conference classes include:
The Importance of Southeastern Mushrooms in Maintaining and Restoring Health
This class will approach the use of mushrooms from a traditional southeastern perspective on their value as nutrition and spiritual allies in the maintenance and restoration of all aspects of personal and community healthy systems. We will look at which mushrooms have been central to our food systems and ceremonies and how they are identified, collected prepared and consumed by individuals, families and communities. We will also look at the stories and traditions that have evolved around fungi and how they have been passed down to serve us as a community today. Topics such as anti-inflammatory properties, support for asthma, anti-oxidants and longevity relationships, anti-tumor properties antimicrobial activity and general contributions to stamina and peaceful wellbeing will be addressed.
Creating Balance with Traditional Food, Fibers and Medicine
Balance is a key concept in any traditional understanding of the relationships we maintain with each other and with the natural world we share with all creation. Today we are living in a world that is often toxic to every aspect of our being because of the way it disrupts the natural balance of life. Most of the things we do on a daily basis contribute to this toxicity without our recognition of the degree or cause. In this class we will take an in depth look at how we can begin to reconnect with traditional methods of food production, natural fiber materials for our daily needs and native plant medicines for our support in allowing our bodies to return to balance and optimal health. We will look at how these natural balanced relationships contribute to all aspects of a balanced personal lifestyle and a peaceful system of loving community connections with all our relations.