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Weaving together ancestral lifeways wisdom, sacred plant teachings, and seasonal celebrations, The Outdoor Apothecary inspires naturally minded people to live with the seasons, connect with nature, and protect their health through herbal living. I share my favorite ways to “wildcraft” the earth’s most ancient plants into herbal remedies and recipes, that deepen our spiritual connection to nature and the land we live on.

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Reviving the ancient arts of plant medicine, and nature connectedness, The Outdoor Apothecary celebrates “the old ways” of bringing blessings to ourselves, our families, communities and to our Great Mother, the Earth. We offer articles, tips, recipes and ideas on simple herbal remedies, foraging, gardening and reconnecting our selves to our natural world and sacred ancestral traditions.


I am passionate about reclaiming ancient plant knowledge that our ancestors had – in order to teach others how to use wildcrafted herbs and plants for food, health, and medicine.


Growing plants for food and medicine can be one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and your family. Here you will find information on growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs along with sustainable gardening practices for a more self-sufficient lifestyle, closer to nature.

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Cooking and preserving homegrown, wild harvested, and ancestral food from scratch is one of my passions.  My recipes use whole foods,herbs, flowers, and other fresh from the garden ingredients.


Wild plants are abundant, flourishing in fields, meadows, woodlands and seaside! Foraging & wildcrafting wild plants for food & medicine can teach us about healing, and nourish those who have a calling to walk the green path. 

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About Me: Barbi Gardiner

I’m a bookish “nature girl”/ “earth mother” who loves to read and walk in the woods, a wildcrafter & herbalist, an avid gardener & collector of nature specimens, a nature journaler, a forager, and field guide enthusiast. I’m especially passionate about reclaiming goddess traditions and exploring the feminine mysteries of nature and plant magic.

I spent all my time outside exploring our natural world as a child and I’m now devoted to reviving the ancestral wisdom of plants as medicine, healers and spiritual guides. I love spending hours outside tending to my gardens, gathering plants and herbs, spot sitting in nature,forest bathing, writing and taking pictures.

Currently, I’m having fun creating an herbal/nature studio space, writing about winter herbal recipes and dreaming about spring. 

I give deep thanks and gratitude to my Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck family for inspiring me to honor our Mother Earth by dedicating myself to studying and sharing ancient lifeways and reviving the wonderous arts of plant medicine  and nature connectedness. I sincerely hope you’ll join me on this journey of discovery. 

What if you could...

Live a healtier, cleaner lifestyle, closer to nature?

For us, connecting with nature is more than a walk through the woods. It’s about being conscious of everything we put in, and on, our bodies.

 We believe our bodies are under significant stress from all the pollutants and chemicals the modern world puts in our path, from the water we drink, to the air we breathe, to the soil where our food grows. Suspect ingredients are also in many of the products we use–both what we put in, and on, our bodies. Even worse, we can unknowingly come into contact with harmful substances multiple times a day, every day.

We believe a healthy herbal lifestyle can help us live cleaner every day, by surrounding ourselves with things that are pure, natural and inherently healthy. 

Better living. Better you.

Here's what's Included

The Foraging Companion  is a 106 page downloadable feature-laden guide for common wild and naturalized edible plants of temperate North America.

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