Classes from 2012

March 3rd, 2012, Saturday

Spring Wake-up conference
Alethea will be doing break out sessions on making herbal extracts, handouts and samples included.

Bagley high school main entrance
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012, Registration starts at 8 a.m.
Cost: $20 - if you register by Feb 17th
$25 - if you register at the door

For more information contact the extension office at 694-6151 or 1-800-866-3125
April 12th, 2012, Thursday

Spring Tonics
Through a power-point presentation and hands on demonstration, you will learn how to identify and harvest edible and medicinal plants that grow in our area.

Room 200 Bagley high school
Thursday, April 12th, 2012, 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 - individuals, $15 couples
Sept. 22, 2012

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Canby, OR
  • Minerals for Health in Sheep and Goats
  • First Aid for the Farm Naturally

Classes from 2011

October 15th, Saturday

Edible and Medicinal Plant Hike

Bagley high school main entrance
Saturday, October 15th, 1 pm - 3 pm

For information on attending, see Bagley Community Education.
July 10th Brenda Larson's Cavelli Run Farm

Minerals 101: Why Sheep Need Certain Minerals:

In this class you will learn what minerals are necessary for a healthy sheep or goat and what each mineral does in the body.   Possible deficiency and toxicity symptoms for those minerals will be discussed.   While you may never choose to mix your own minerals, you should leave this class with an understanding of why mineral mixes contain the ingredients that they do and what ratios of some minerals would be correct for sheep and goats. Class includes handouts. 

Herbs for the Farm:
Medicinal Plants for Sheep and their Shepherds

This class is an introduction to using herbs for simple first aid and common illnesses in sheep or goats and their human caretakers.   You will learn how to use some common herbs available on most farms or easily found in health stores or on-line and what their medicinal action is.  Handouts will include explanations and a materia medica - a list of the herbs covered and their actions.   By the time you leave, hopefully you will be inspired to look at your fields and fencerows in a different light and notice the medicine chest at your feet.

Cavelli Run Farm is in North central MO, about an hour and a half NE of Kansas City and an hour and a half SE of Des Moines

For information on attending, contact Brenda at

June 12th Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival, Hamilton, Montana:

Minerals 101: Why Sheep Need Certain Minerals
Sunday, June 12th 9 am – 10:15 am
Cost: $10

Herbs for the Farm: Medicinal Plants for Sheep and their Shepherds
Sunday, June 12th 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $10

For information on attending, please visit the Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival page.
May 28th Edible and Medicinal Plant Hike

Time:  2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Reedbird Farm, south of Shevlin  

Come learn traditional uses for some of the common native and introduced plants of the north country.  Alethea Kenney, Traditional Naturopath and Herbalist will point out which plants have been used to treat a wide variety of ailments and which plants have been used for foods and dyes.  

To register or for more information, call 218-657-2502 or e-mail

Reedbird Farm uses no chemicals and encourages you not to use a DEET-based mosquito repellent for the hike.   Please leave pets at home.  

Adults:  $10

Children 12 and under free (accompanied by an adult)
March 5th Master Gardeners Spring Wake-up, Bagley:  Making an Herbal Salve and other information

Alethea will be demonstrating salve-making and giving instructions on other herbal preparations throughout the day at the Spring Wake-up.   There will be many other interesting presentations that are well worth attending.   More information as it becomes available.   
Feb. 3rd Community Education, Bagley:  Surviving Cold and Flu Season

Surviving Cold and Flu Season in Northern Minnesota:  Learn what local and common plants, trees, foods and simple remedies are traditionally used to boost immunity, alleviate symptoms and shorten duration of illness.    The focus will be on plants and products available locally, in gardens, fields and woods. 

For information on attending, please visit the Community Education Home.