We have grown our number of skilled volunteers and continue to work toward a creating teams that work efficiently and self-sustainably in any kind of austere or post-disaster environment to fulfill the vision of Herbal Medics.
The largest projects for 2014 include:
- Travel to the San Juan de Nicaragua region with a full team of 15-18 volunteers who will break into smaller teams to work in coordination to provide clean water and herbal clinics to the local Rama Indian village tribe, several hours upriver from town, improve the capacity of the existing water filtration system that Herbal Medics built for the town clinic in 2013, continue to document and share medicinal plant information with the local plant healer, provide other self-sustainability support and education in the areas of off-grid engineering and permaculture gardening, and practice teamwork and emergency tasks in a jungle and river environment (logistics, navigation, jungle survival) while assisting an orthodox post-disaster medical team.
- Complete work on the school bus, mobile herbal clinic and sustainable gardening teaching lab. Herbal Medics is scheduled to begin mobile herbal clinic and sustainable-community gardening instruction by fall, 2014.
- Coordination with a Texas bee rescue non-profit organization set up at least 100 bee hives on Herbal Medics leased property, for the purpose of education in the role of pollinators in forest gardening. Herbal Medics is excited to offer an opportunity for an outreach program that will involve education and farm-work for at-risk youth. This program will involve care and maintenance of forest gardens, apiary maintenance and medicinal uses and harvesting of both plants and bee products (honey, beeswax, propolis) as well as education in basic biology, botany and ecology.