Perennial Heritage Workshop

by ned on February 2, 2011


Perennial Heritage

A Workshop on Feral Foods & Sacred Species of Celtic Traditions

11AM- 4PM on April 24 (Rain date May 8th)

Greenwich Forest Garden

@ Hampshire College, Amherst MA


Learn about perennial plants that have nourished indigenous people for time immemorial and how easy it is to grow them.

Begin to develop a personal connection with species historically used by Celtic peoples & taste  3 foods from the garden.

Listen to herbalist and author Ellen Evert Hopman detail Celtic spiritual and medicinal         lore  associated with species in the garden and get signed copies of her books.

RSVP to for  driving directions

Ellen Evert Hopman is a local herbalist and the author of many Celtic novels and herbals. She teaches a six month herbal intensive in the Pioneer Valley. Her latest herbal is Scottish Herbs And Fairy Lore (April 2011)

Ned Phillips-Jones is a local designer of food forests and created Greenwich Forest Garden as a student at Hampshire. He works to support ethnoecology awareness and has studied Welsh language in Wales.

Perennial Heritage PDF

Concepts Behind the Event

Species of our Past and Future

This event represents a growing effort to provide historical context on the roles of perennial species in traditional and indigenous cultures. It is also an opportunity for us to start exploring links with the species of our own unique cultural backgrounds and to begin creating a platform and community for sharing these personal stories of ancestral and nature connection. This is a starting place.

I’m always seeking input about these ideas. If you have any questions, comments or related ideas, regardless of your ability to attend, please share your thoughts with me at