After being in the works for a bit, I finally received confirmation tonight.
Drum roll please:
What does this mean? Well, I will be working under 2 ladies by the name of Sarah. I was told tonight to go ahead and plan ideas out (they are both aware I still have to finish teaching commitment), get with them for dates and scheduling, and they’ll publicize whatever I’m doing! I also met Courtney, one whom was in the Herbal Arts Collective in it’s prior incarnation and she gave me some insight. Mostly that it was a small 5-person group.
My hopes/goals/visions for this endeavor:
- A garden nearby. A space to all my own where I can plant medicinal plants and not have to worry about having to transplant it when we move. I have a flat of seedlings that are going to need a forever home! (yes, that weedy patch in the header is now my responsibility! Overgrown nettle, echinacea and others I haven’t id’d yet….I’m drooling!)
- A title/responsibility. For some reason, people tend to take you more seriously if you have a title attached to your name, it implies responsibility (no matter how small it actually is). Pati Dunn, director of the Herbal Arts Collective for Downtown Greens. Sounds pretty cool! 😉
- A direction. My ultimate vision is to grow the herbal community of Fredericksburg as Charlottesville has grown. They have several learning centers/farms within 10 minutes of each other, organic markets and the like. I know we have the interest in Fredericksburg, specifically downtown for the demographics. I just have to find a way to get them hooked, involved, and grow something out of what is currently there.
- An avenue to teach. According to the website, the collective has thus far been essentially a monthly class. I already have at least 12 ideas I can teach for monthly classes, and that’s not tapping anyone else local or close by that I’m networked with! I also want to start up a Tea Meet up where we just have a round-table discussion about herbs: what are you growing, why, a mere networking opportunity (free, but extremely beneficial to growing this local community).
- I am still learning. I will make mistakes. As we all seem to be starting from little, I will listen to those around me. While I have ideas, I am not going to be so bullish that I take this club my way or the highway. I will listen to the needs of the community.
- It’s volunteer. There is no money to be made from this position. There may be the possibility of accepting donations for the classes in the future. I could totally do 1 free, and 1 “paid” class a month-it’ll bring in something…..but for now, there is no income for the time spent.
Yes, I consider myself fledgling. Yes, I will make mistakes. I will embrace the road ahead as being bumpy, learn from everything I can and dive into this endeavor heart first. I am super excited for this opportunity. When your heart is open, and you are positive, things truly just happen for you.
When the teaching gig landed in my lap, I truly believed that everything happened for a reason. I used all of the skills learned as an administrative assistant at my teaching gig: customer service, bookkeeping, client relations and even formal letter writing. I believe I honed my teaching skills, and will continue to do so in this next endeavor.
Director of the Herbal Arts Collective, Downtown Greens