06/11/18 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTOS Wild weeds tranform into sun tea.

COURTESY PHOTOS | Wild weeds become tea.

With a passion and vast knowledge of herbs and a prolific career in design, herbalist Dawn Petter teaches classes about the art of plant-based healing. Her classes are imaginative and accessible and are taught to encourage students to use herbal medicine in their daily lives.

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11/25/17 11:00am
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Herbal smudge sticks.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Herbal smudge sticks.

“Gather them before the frost, they want to be used,” she whispered.

Sonomi, my sweet farmer friend, handed me the garden clippers from her apron pocket. Her gesture nodding towards the gate with permission to go into the gardens and harvest. This was the last of the warmer days before the November cold snap. With baskets, clippers and a thankful heart I stepped into the herb garden at KK’s Biodynamic Farm in Southold. (more…)

02/19/17 3:00pm
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Aromatic herbs and flowers can help cheer the heart.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Aromatic herbs and flowers can help cheer the heart.

In this busy age of constant communication and high speed movement, our bodies are constantly being stimulated and it may be difficult to find a pause in our day for a simple moment of relaxation. In different times we may have retreated to a garden — in a little aromatic corner, finding time for reflection and admiration for the beautiful things in life. Taking time, like the old saying goes, “to stop and smell the roses.” (more…)