Lara Pacheco grew up on the Atlantic beaches of Virginia. Most of her early memories of childhood involved staring out the window during school and eating wild onions on the playground. In college she studied Anthropology and traveled throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, and India, and constantly found herself fascinated by the loose threads of traditional knowledge throughout the world. Intent on investigating and documenting traditional environmental knowledge, Lara had a moment of realization when she decided to learn these very skills that had been the focus of her academic pursuits. Lara wanted to be an active participant in the preservation and propagation of traditional knowledge, the knowledge of the plants and the earth. As a Latina, she also wanted to be a part of the accumulated awareness that her ancestors had gained in relation to illness and herbal medicine. Lara's grandmother knew plants in Puerto Rico that could help heal or help prepare a women for pregnancy, but somewhere that information has shifted in the tides of culture, and so she's been working to access it again.
Lara has lived and worked on farms, co-produced a bike tour farm documentary called Faces from the New Farm, and helped start the Common Good City Farm. After first learning from plants in the fields and forest, she completed the three year program with the School of Traditional Western Herbalism and also participated with the Cascadia Folk Medicine Making Herbal Apprenticeship. She is currently on the Brown Girl Rise board, a radical sisterhood empowering youth of color and is leading the Seasonal Wellness Clinic pop up clinic project in Cully. Lara is first and foremost a full time mamita but she loves playing music, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Ivy Chuang | Blendily
As a close friend and ally to the plant world, Kate continues forging an inspired career as an herbalist. Her experience as a youth educator, plant cultivator, and former lead medicine maker at Cascade Folk Medicine provides the guiding force for her work with Seed and Thistle Apothecary’s educational programs. As the owner of Pinion Botanicals, she thrives on discovering the creative beauty of bountiful plant material through natural wool dying, floral design, and concocting herbal remedies. Kate's ultimate passion lies in the collaboration and integration of plants into all aspects of life.