The Botanical Bus community gardens, located at clinic sites, connect people to the nourishment of seeds and soil. We come together in the garden to cultivate plants used in the hands-on preparation of herbal medicine.
In response to COVID-19, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic, Daily Acts and Left Coast Wholesale have come together to distribute 1,700 mutual aid garden kits to Indigenous and Latinx residents of Sonoma County who are experiencing food insecurity. We have partnered with United Farm Workers, La Plaza: Nuestra Cultura Cura, Graton Day Labor Center, La Luz Center, Corazon Healdsburg, CAP Sonoma and Sonoma Valley Community Health to take action at their resource distribution sites.
We believe the COVID-19 gardening movement is rooted in a deep human instinct to cultivate resiliency through connecting to the earth. As we touch soil, tend plants and grow food we reclaim our power to nourish ourselves and our communities.
“Mother earth feeds us with her fruits and vegetables and heals us with her plants. It is impossible to live without them.” –Maria de Lourdes Pérez Centurión (Promatora, The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic)
The ready-to-go garden kits contain essentials for growing food and medicine, including: culturally relevant plant starts; vegetable and flower seeds; organic potting soil; fabric pot planters; medicinal teas and bilingual educational gardening resources.
Thank you to our donors: Left Coast Wholesale; West Marin Compost; Red H Farm; Bounty Petaluma; Mercy Wellness; Sonoma County Climate Activist Network; Shone Farm; Petaluma Bounty; Lindsey Pope; Brambletail Homestead; Talia Herman; Mary Foley; The California School of Herbal Studies; Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, , Traditional Medicinals, and Tadin.