A B O U T
W H A T I T ' S A L L
O F F E R I N G S :
Every month, Catalyst Community Herbals offers an Herbshare: A collection of freshly brewed, potent herbal remedies crafted from seasonally available herbs and created to support your vitality. Herbshares are available at a sliding-scale rate to accommodate differing levels of income and access. All profits from the Herbshares directly sustains the Catalyst Community Herbals project by being put towards growing and production costs.
HOMOGROWN HERBAL REMEDIES
Organically grown, hand harvested and crafted in small batches. Herbs are harvested when they are in season, brewed into fresh elixirs, tinctures, infused honeys and medicinal vinegars, as well as infused oils, salves and balms. Fresh herbs are carefully dried for teas, herbal bath blends and smoking mixtures. Planting, harvesting and herbal concocting is carefully timed in accordance with cycles of the moon and planets. Get in touch for more information about acquiring remedies.
For those who wish to receive deeper personal support, Herbal consultations are offered in which a care plan and personalized herbal remedies are created for you. Consultations are available at a sliding scale rate, to accommodate differing incomes and levels of access. House calls are available on request for folks who are experiencing/living with barriers to their mobility.
W O R K I N G
T O W A R D S
S O L I D A R I T Y :
As a commitment to weaving ever evolving, anti-oppressive practices into this project, a generous amount of the herbal remedies grown and made are offered at-cost (and free whenever possible). At-cost pricing means that the cost of materials gets covered and there is no profit made. At-cost remedies go directly to low income and no income 2Spirit, Queer & Trans folks, sex working folks, organizers and activists, street-involved folks; Distributed at anti-oppression protests and via Street Medic work, and offered up to pop-up clinics and Healing Justice fundraisers throughout Turtle Island (north america). In solidarity with those who are most impacted by the oppressions of settler colonialism and white supremacy, priority for at-cost and free-of-cost remedies goes to low income BIPOC folks. Please get in touch for more information.
Herbs are tended by hand on 1 acre of rented land on an organic settler farm by the shores Lake Huron's Georgian Bay. This is occupied land within the Dish with One Spoon Treaty Territory and Treaty 16 Territory; on traditional Rotinosaunee (Longhouse) Territory including that of the Wendat-Huron, on Anishinaabek and Métis homelands. In recognition of this and as a gesture towards right relations, a share of all remedies grown and made are available at-cost (and free whenever possible) for Indigenous community members.
M E E T T A R A :
Tara Ní Máirín (they/them) is a genderqueer herbalist and medicine grower who creates remedies based in Irish plant medicine traditions. They're raised in an Irish family settled in Dish With One Spoon Treaty Territory, coming from english occupied Béal Feirste (Belfast), Northern Ireland. Tara's fam have long been engaged in anti-colonial community organizing and they hope to honour that legacy by continually learning best ways to be adding fuel to the fires.
Tara has been offering free and sliding-scale community care for about 15 years, specializing in creating custom herbal remedies and care plans to support folks through times of transitions, be it gender-affirming or otherwise. As a survivor, Tara's work is trauma-informed and rooted in a harm reduction approach that honours supporting folks where they are at. As a person living with chronic pain and fluctuating dis/abilities, Tara holds much experience in working with herbal therapies to reduce and regulate pain levels. They come from a working class background and are committed to keeping their rates as accessibly-priced as possible.
Tara is in full support of abolishing colonialism and is here for the reclamation of stolen lands everywhere. They dream of a future in which Indigenous governance is honoured and protected throughout the world.