The Not-So-Slow Herbal Economy
The herbal economy is vital. Viable. Brisk even. “Herbal” seems too positive a word to stick next to “economy,” given the latter’s tarnished associations. Yet, the existence of a thriving “right economy” enables people to freely pursue jobs they enjoy; that sustain them; that don’t take a hard toll on body, mind, and soul; that contribute to resilient communities. We want people who do herby things to thrive economically because it’s an indicator—a bellwether—that the rest of us may also thrive without resorting to work that makes us, or the planet, sick.
Perhaps, then, we might look at the East Bay’s busy herbal economy as a sign of economic health. Here, we have many diverse sages, teachers, and mentors, as well as adoring students who pay tuition while developing their careers. We are blessed with a plethora of practitioners and the grateful clients who seek them out.… Read More