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 2019 Florida Herbal Conference classes include:
Plants for Peace
This session will examine a traditional worldview of the relationship of human beings with the growing world and how that worldview can facilitate a way of living in peace with our own bodies, each other and the natural world. You will hear ancient stories that laid the framework for a practice of herbalism that focuses on respect, balance, and deep understanding of proper relationships among the animal, insect, plant and human worlds. We will look at specific plants and how each may function in a peace keeping tradition.
Mushrooms of the Southeast
This class will offer you an inside look at the role mushrooms have played in life of the people of the southeast for thousands of years through our stories, recipes and medicinal practices. We will discuss which mushrooms are currently important in the culture of my family and extended community and how they are viewed as food, medicine and spiritual allies.