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Shepherd's Harvest Festival May 15-17, 2015 Lake Elmo, MN  

Friday, May 15 1pm - 4pm: Minerals for Health in Sheep and Goats
Saturday, May 16, 9am - noon: Natural First Aid for the Farm
Saturday, May 16, 1pm - 4pm: Using Herbs for Deworming Sheep and Goats
Sunday, May 17, 9am - noon: Homeopathy

Instructor Bio:  

Alethea Kenney has her B.S. in Wildlife Science, her Doctorate in Naturopathy, International Certification in aromatherapy and a certification in Western Herbalism. She is currently taking the Foundations of Veterinary Homeopathy Course from British Institute of Homeopathy and writing an Animal Nutrition Course from a holistic point of view.   She works as aTraditional Naturopath specializing in herbs, essential oils and homeopathy and is the small ruminant consultant for North Central Feed Products, LLC in Gonvick, MN.   

She has spent many years working with animals in a veterinary setting and on the farm. This experience led her to design her own livestock mineral line (Back in Balance Minerals) that includes formulas for sheep, goats and horses.   The mineral line uses sound nutrition and bioavailability of minerals to provide proper nutrition in an easily-digested form.   

She also studies, consults, writes and teaches about natural dyes for fiber, and herbs and minerals as they relate to health in humans, companion animals and livestock, particularly sheep, goats and horses.   More information can be found on her websites: and


Each workshop would be 3 hours and include handouts.  $5/person materials fee for handouts

1.  Minerals for Health in Sheep and Goats:

This class is an overview of what minerals are needed for health in sheep and goats and what problems are associated with deficiencies and toxicities. Possible reasons for imbalances and health problems that may be prevented or helped through proper mineral supplementation will be discussed. Participants will learn possible reasons their animals may not be reaching their potential and what to look for in a sheep or goat mineral mix. This class is not a substitute for veterinary care or advice!

2.  Natural First Aid for the Farm

This class is an introduction to using herbs for simple first aid and common illnesses in sheep or goats  and their human caretakers. Participants will learn how to use some common herbs available on most farms or easily found in  health stores or online and what their medicinal action is. Handouts will include explanations and a materia medica - a list of the herbs, homeopathy and essential oils covered and their actions. By the time participants leave, hopefully they will be inspired to look at their fields and fencerows in a different light and notice the medicine chest at their feet. This class is not a substitute for veterinary advice or care! 

3.  Using Herbs for Deworming Sheep and Goats:

Herbal dewormers are becoming popular as people try to eliminate unnecessary chemicals from their farm programs and help reduce parasite resistance. But do they work? Participants will find out what some of the research shows and how to incorporate herbs into a multi-pronged parasite management plan.

4.  Homeopathy:  A holistic Way to Provide Better Health for Your Flocks

Participants will learn what homeopathy is , the science behind it and how it can be used for both acute and chronic conditions in animals, in conjunction with veterinary care and medications when needed. Homeopathy provides a non-invasive, safe way to address health imbalances in flocks, herds and people. But its use requires understanding some basic tenets of the healing system. This workshop will provide the basics needed to understand and start using homoeopathy.
January 26, 2013

Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Winter Conference, Aberdeen, SD
Minerals for Health in Sheep and Goats

First Aid for the Farm Naturally
March 12, 2013, 5:30 pm

Harmony Food Co-op in Bemidji, MN
Harvesting Your Own Herbal Detoxifiers
March 23, 2013 11 am to 2:30 pm

MSU Fergus Falls, MN
Holistic Care for Sheep, Goats and Horses
April 23, 2013 5:30 pm

Harmony Food Co-op in Bemidji, MN
Harvesting Your Own Herbal Detoxifiers

218-751-2009 to register
June 13, 2013 (date subject to change slightly)

Oak Hills Christian College, Bemidji, MN
Edible Wild Plants
August 15 - 16, 2013

Michigan Fiber Festival, Allegan, MI
  • First Aid for the Farm Naturally
  • Minerals for Health in Sheep and Goats
  • Herbs for Deworming in Sheep and Goats
  • Homeopathy for Holistic Flock Health
For more information see
September 27 - 29, 2013

Oregon Flock and Fiber Fest, Canby, OR

Friday, Sept. 27
  • 9 am to noon -- Using Herbs for Deworming Sheep and Goats
  • 1:30 pm to 4:30 -- Minerals for Health in Sheep and Goats

Sunday, Sept. 29
  • 9 am to noon -- Natural First Aid for the Farm
  • 1:30 pm to 4:30 -- Homeopathy: A Holistic Way to Provide Better Health for Your Flock

For more information see Oregon Flock and Fiber Fest.
´┐╝Online Webinars
Restoring and Maintaining Natural Health in the Flock
Join Alethea Kenney, Traditional Naturopath, Herbalist and Aromatherapist this winter for some exciting webinars.

Cost is $30 per webinar and is approximately 1.5 hours in length. Participants will receive handouts before each webinar and follow-up notes.

Contact for more information or make payment below via PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay for these webinars.

What participants are saying about these webinars:
"I found the webinar to be really informative, just the right length, the right amount of info. to actually take in vs. be overwhelmed."  - E.S.  

"The first webinar was amazing."  - H.D.

"Just want you to know again we THOROUGHLY enjoyed your seminars, and if you are going to do any more, be sure to let us know. " - R. S.  

"Thanks, Alethea, for the webinar tonight. I so appreciate the new knowledge."  - P.C.

"Thanks so much for a great webinar!" - M.M.

Classes and consultations are not a substitute for proper veterinary care.
Minerals: Building Blocks for Health in Sheep and Goats
Learn what minerals are necessary for health in sheep and what each mineral does in the body. Deficiency and toxicity symptoms are discussed for each mineral. This webinar is not to replace veterinary advice but is for educational purposes only.

None currently cheduled.

First Aid on the Farm, Naturally
Learn what herbs and homeopathic remedies can be used in an emergency and what people used traditionally for injuries and accidents. This webinar is not meant to replace veterinary care but is for educational purposes only.

None currently scheduled.

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Alethea occasionally offers classes to introduce the boreal ecosystem and its healing plants to others. If you would like a schedule of classes or would like Alethea to teach a class near you, please call 218-657-2502 or e-mail

Appointments for wellness sessions can be made by e-mail or phone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST either at the farm or another pre-arranged location.

Rates available upon request.
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A partial list of topics available for sessions or presentations (if you don't see what you were looking for, just ask!):

  • Botanical First Aid
  • North Country medicinals (more weeds and native than garden plants)
  • Roots, Bark and Berries for Health
  • Herbal Detoxifiers:  What they are and why use them?
  • Natural Dyes
  • Medieval and Traditional Uses for Herbs
  • Holistic Care for Dogs and Cats
  • Holistic Care for Sheep and Goats
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Hands-on Classes:

  • Traditional Herbal Remedies (this includes recipes for tea, salve and tincture)
  • Plant Identification/Nature Hike
  • Natural Dyes (gather your own plants or berries for dyeing and see what you get)
  • Other topics by request