Earthwise Learning Center Hosts Herbal Heritage Conference

Earthwise Learning Center, in Anderson, will host the first herbal medicine conference in the Upstate from April 24 through 26, at their center. Speakers include internationally renowned herbalists/teachers David Winston, Phyllis D. Light and Matthew Wood. Olga Cotter (Mushroom Mountain, in Easley), Laura Quesinberry (Laurel Fork, VA), and Donna D. Cox (Williamston) will also be giving talks.

Classes include Traditional Uses of Native Plants, Southern Folk Medicine, and Bringing Medicinal Mushrooms into Your Diet. Attendees can shop at the Vendor Village for medicinal plants, roots, herbal extracts and tinctures, oils, salves, soaps, mushroom products and kits, crystals, and more. As of mid-January, vendor spots are still available. A food truck by Friends Art, Farm & Catering will be onsite and vegetarian options will be available. Attendees may also bring their own food.

Nearby trailer-camping options include Sadlers Creek State Park, Watsadler Campground and Springfield Campground. The nearest hotel is Hampton Inn in Hartwell, Georgia, about 20 minutes away. Anderson has many hotels within a 30-minute drive.

Cost: $250 by Feb. 14; then $300; ticket sales close Apr. 2. Cost includes all classes, parking and tent camping. Location: 3456 Hwy. 187, Anderson. Do not use GPS for directions. Instead, go to and click on Location. For more information, visit their website or email