Devon Bonady has been growing native edible and medicinal plants in the Pacific Northwest for over 15 years. She currently co-owns and manages Fern Hill Nursery and Botanical Sanctuary that is dedicated to growing, using and educating others about native, edible and medicinal plants. She has taught at the University of Oregon, Lane Community College, for permaculture design courses in Oregon, during workshops at the nursery and at other local venues. She received an M.A. in Environmental Studies at UO, focusing on creatively educating children and adults about contemporary and historical uses of native plants in the Pacific Northwest.
At Fern Hill Nursery, our mission is to support the vibrant health of our family, our friends, our community, and the land around us. We propagate and cultivate a diverse array of edible, medicinal, native, and locally adapted plants to share with gardeners and farmers in our bioregion. By cultivating nutritious food and medicine with love and joy, we support the health and well-being of our family. By hosting educational workshops, sharing horticultural and herbal skills, and growing high quality plants, we ensure that our community can establish and care for a biodiverse landscape. We help people engage in a relationship with the land that is just as healing for plant and animal communities as it is for human communities. We envision an abundance of nutritious food, herbal medicine, clean water, fresh air, and healthy soils. We express gratitude by practicing soulful stewardship and careful husbandry.
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Native plants can provide so much more than habitat for native wildlife! Growing native edible and medicinal plants brings us closer to family and community food security and helps us take control of our health care. Multi-functional native plants have the potential to encourage collaboration between restorationists and permaculturalists. This workshop will explore some of the special plants in our bio-region that we use for food and medicine. We will introduce our favorite plants that thrive in our garden, demonstrate identification, and discuss cultivation, harvest, and processing. We may also get a chance to taste some of the plants.