Lauren is a Community Herbalist and the founder of Good Fight Herb Co., a Hudson Valley herbal business growing, gathering and locally sourcing bioregional plants for making and offering plant medicines and magic. In the Summer of 2017, Lauren opened a brick + mortar herb shop in Hudson, NY, and is committed to teaching and offering Herbalism to her communities from a source of passion, experience, commitment to social and environmental justice, and ever growing exploration into her ancestry and lineage.
Mandana Boushee is an Iranian herbalist, educator, forager, gardener, and co-founder of Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies. She weaves both her Iranian lineage, ancestry, and plant tradition into all facets of her work as an herbalist. Her work is centered on facilitating learning around plant medicine, wild food, earth based skills and crafts, and flower essence medicine. As a woman of color, she is dedicated to re-centering the voices, stories, rituals, and histories of the BIPOC community, particularly around health, healing and food.