RECENT CLINICS

Mental Health + Culturally Relevant Care for Farmworkers

Mental Health + Culturally Relevant Care for Farmworkers

At The Botanical Bus Farmworker Clinic: 88% of Latinx and Indigenous clients report acute stress in the form of anxiety, depression and fatigue. 36% of this group identify their stress as debilitating. We believe that this mental health crisis needs to be met with culturally […]

We are launching a farmworkers clinic!

We are launching a farmworkers clinic!

(Español abajo) This fall The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic is coming together with Lideres Campesinas, Nuestra Comunidad and La Plaza: Nuestra Cultura Cura in the organization of a farmworker clinic.   In Sonoma County, Latinx residents make up 1/3 of the population and almost […]

A Story of Latinx Resiliency: Connection During COVID-19

A Story of Latinx Resiliency: Connection During COVID-19

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Last week we gathered online in our separate homes to learn about “La Cosecha”, the harvest of medicinal herbs, from promotora de salud, Maria de Lourdes Pérez Centurión. The workshop brought us together on Zoom, 15 live square computer screens merged while some sipped their coffee, some prepared food for their families, and others gathered themselves for busy workdays ahead. Meeting people where-they-are-at has been at the heart of our work since the foundation of our mobile clinic. During the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting people online in their kitchens, parked cars, and workplaces has ironically brought us closer to this commitment.

The power of this new connectivity was made very clear in our La Cosecha workshop. Participants joined us from Michoacán, Mexico and Cuidad de Mexico, San Francisco, California and all corners of Sonoma County. Our international workshop, originally scheduled for one hour, turned into three hours. We discussed the phases of the moon, the movement of water inside plants and ultimately the movement of water or life force inside all of us. We were moved to tears as we shared traumas and looked to each other for affirmation of our collective strength as women and mothers.

We found ourselves in the “same room”, a group of BIPOC and Latinx women of all ages, creating a safe place to explore our power, our boundaries and opportunities for self-care. Our connection to the earth, plants and each other remains strong.

While we look forward to reconnecting in person, we are moved by the resiliency of our Latinx community.


Una Historia de Resiliencia Latinx: Conexión Durante COVID-19

La semana pasada nos reunimos en línea en nuestras casas separadas para aprender sobre la cosecha de hierbas medicinales, de la promotora de salud, María de Lourdes Pérez Centurión. El taller nos reunió en Zoom, 15 pantallas de computadora cuadradas en vivo se fusionaron mientras algunos bebían su café, algunos preparaban comida para sus familias y otros preparaban para los ajetreados días de trabajo que se avecinaban. Conocer a las personas donde se encuentran ha sido el núcleo de nuestro trabajo desde la fundación de nuestra clínica móvil. Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, conocer gente en línea en sus cocinas, automóviles estacionados y lugares de trabajo, irónicamente, nos ha acercado más a este compromiso.

El poder de esta nueva conectividad quedó muy claro en nuestro taller de La Cosecha. Los participantes se unieron a nosotros desde Michoacán, México y Ciudad de México, San Francisco, California y todos los rincones del condado de Sonoma. Nuestro taller internacional, originalmente programado para una hora, se convirtió en tres horas. Hablamos de las fases de la luna, el movimiento del agua dentro de las plantas y, en última instancia, el movimiento del agua o la fuerza vital dentro de todos nosotros. Nos emocionamos hasta las lágrimas cuando compartimos traumas y nos miramos mutuamente en busca de la afirmación de nuestra fuerza colectiva como mujeres y madres.

Nos encontramos en la “misma habitación”, un grupo de mujeres BIPOC y Latinx de todas las edades, creando un lugar seguro para explorar nuestro poder, nuestros límites y oportunidades para el cuidado personal. Nuestra conexión con la tierra, las plantas y entre nosotros sigue siendo fuerte. Si bien esperamos volver a conectarnos en persona, nos conmueve la capacidad de resiliencia de nuestra comunidad Latinx.

“La Cosecha Cura” Healing Harvest

“La Cosecha Cura” Healing Harvest

Promotora (pro-mo-tor-a): community health worker who is rising up to lead, advocate, educate, mentor, and translate health programming in their own community After months of sharing recipes and shelter-in-place screen shots of potted plants, our team of Promotoras gathered in the fields for a healing […]

Plants to the People! COVID-19 Mutual Aid Action

Plants to the People! COVID-19 Mutual Aid Action

The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic and non-profit Daily Acts are distributing 1,500 garden kits to Latinx community members experiencing food insecurity in Sonoma County. We are partnering with United Farm Workers, Graton Day Labor Center, La Luz Center, La Plaza, CAP Sonoma and […]

Breaking Ground in Corazon’s Jardín de Sanación

Breaking Ground in Corazon’s Jardín de Sanación

Our first workshop in the community garden at Corazon Healdsburg felt like picnic lunch with old friends. We stared in the garden, harvesting Calendula flowers for next month’s medicine oil making workshop. Dozens of radical Calendula plants have broken free of their garden beds to take over the space, which consists of 20 something plots tended by neighborhood families. So far we have yarrow, california poppy, white sage, valerian, epazote, lemon balm, peppermint, and borage growing in abundance. Jose and Mercedes, who live around the corner, come everyday with their son to water.

At midday, we moved into the shade to exchange recipes and remedies for Type II Diabetes, a chronic disease that affects 11% of Latinos in Sonoma County. We focused on recent studies that show the correlation between stress and blood sugar. After scrawling cycles of pancreatic insulin production and cortisol levels on a small chalkboard, we exchanged family recipes for nopales asados (grilled cactus), verdolagas chile verde (purslane in tomatillo salsa), and tomatillo salsa with raw garlic . Nopales, verdolagas, and raw garlic are traditionally used in Mexico to reduce blood sugar levels in type II diabetics. We shared a potluck lunch of frijoles a la olla (beans from the pot), kale salad from the garden, watermelon and te de jamaica sweetened with local honey.

Over lunch we shared our stories of overcoming health challenges such as cancer, back pain, and chronic stress. In one particularly moving testimony of roots, resilience and recovery, a participant shared her process of realization that a traumatic event in her early childhood had led to chronic migraines and recent life threatening illness. There is powerful healing in this opportunity to share our stories and our paths to recovery.

We are so thankful for the open hearts and hardworking hands of the community gardeners and herbalists that are coming together for the Botanical Bus wellness workshops at Corazon Healdsburg!

Yerba Santa Strong at La Luz in Sonoma

Yerba Santa Strong at La Luz in Sonoma

One year after the devastating fires, we gathered with the Latinx community at La Luz Center in Sonoma to nourish our lungs and heal from grief. We circled up in the kitchen, to share evacuation testimonies still alive with trauma and to prepare a batch […]

Health Justice in Roseland

Health Justice in Roseland

In partnership with Sanación del Pueblo (Town Healing), a project of North Bay Organizing Project, we gathered in Roseland, Santa Rosa to learn about environmental toxins and how we can empower healthy communities. Roseland is a 65% Latinx neighborhood that ranks lowest in well-being of […]