First Curve's Community Apothecary is a community outreach program that utilizes circular economy practices to connect with urban foragers, local urban farms, and community gardens within Chicago. Collaborating with these plant folx allows us a share of the abundant, wild and weedy medicinal plants, which we harvest, process, extract, and offer back to the community as herbal remedies at an accessible and sliding-scale price point.
The Community Apothecary also offers apprenticeship for those who want to learn about medicine making and bioregional herbalism. Apprentices have the opportunity to connect with plants throughout their growth cycle, learning to harvest, process, extract for medicine, formulate, blend, bottle, and eventually guide community members as to which herbal remedies might work best for them. This gives apprentices the opportunity to learn about the practice of bioregional herbalism through each step of the process, and to empower community members to engage with herbal healing within their own communities in their own way, and in relationship with the plants around them.
Earnings from our Community Apothecary are allocated in several ways, with portions going to:
- urban farms and community gardens we collaborate with
- a scholarship fund for apprenticeship
- supporting the costs of running the program
- local community empowerment initiatives
At this point, our Community Apothecary is in its early stages of development, and we are working to develop relationships with local urban farms, urban foragers, and community gardens. If you know someone that would be interested in supporting this project, or are interested in participating in the apprenticeship aspect of this program, please reach out to email@example.com