Herbal Roots Zine Giveaway: Meet Kristine Brown

| 7/1/2011 4:20:08 PM

Lisa KuhlmanLisa is a writer, budding photographer and herb enthusiast. She enjoys poking around in the garden, creating in the kitchen and reading a good book (when she’s not answering the call of “Mom!” from her five children).  

In my last blog, I directed readers to a website for more in-depth herb studies with children, Herbal Roots Zine. Since then, I have spent some time getting to know Kristine Brown, creator of the website and author of a monthly e-zine. Each month's electronic issue is packed with herbal lore, songs, games, crafts, recipes, coloring pages and more. 

 7-1-2011-2Q. What is your philosophy regarding teaching children about herbs? 

A. I believe wholly in immersing kids in their learning environment. With herbs, I like to take my kids out to the garden to work with me, weeding, harvesting, drying and making herbal medicine together. As we work I tell them what the plants are called, what they are used for and when to harvest. Any time someone is hurt, the kids pick and chew some plantain to put on the cut or bee sting to stop the bleeding or stinging, even my 4 year old, because to them, it’s a way of life. I don’t like to be forceful with teaching, rather I want them to learn it naturally and have fun doing it. 

Photo: Kristine Brown 

The June 2011 issue of Herbal Roost features red clover.