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The Outdoor Apothecary inspires naturally minded people to live with the seasons, become self-reliant, connect with nature, and protect their health through herbal living. The Outdoor Apothecary celebrates “the old ways” of living to bring blessings to ourselves, our families, communities and to Mother Earth. We offer articles, tips, recipes and ideas on practical self-reliance, simple herbal remedies, foraging, gardening and reconnecting ourselves to our natural world and sacred ancestral traditions.

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Learn how plants and herbs play a role in your health and wellbeing and discover practical ways to use them.


Learn practical, self-sufficient, and old-fashioned skills and crafts that promote self-reliance.


Master the art of growing your own fruits, veggies & eggs with these tips and tutorials.

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Bring the best of old-fashioned cooking into your kitchen, no matter where you live!


 Foraging wild plants for food & medicine can nourish those who want a deeper connection with nature

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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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. 


For us, connecting with nature is more than a walk through the woods. It’s about being conscious of seasonal changes, becoming intuned with the plants around us, and being mindful of what we put in, and on, our bodies. 

 We believe that incorporating the “old ways” of doing things, growing and harvesting our own food, and having a DO IT YOURSELF spirit, promotes self-sufficiency and is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. 

Better living. Better you.

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