Wild Yam, mother of the pill,
Changed us more than most herbs will. ~Jim Duke
Helen Lowe Metzman, Director Helen has been employed in Jim Duke’s Green Farmacy Garden since 2006 and the director for the past six years. In addition to her time spent in the garden, Helen works part time for the Howard County Maryland Department of Recreation and Parks in the Natural Resources Division as a Natural Resource Specialist and an Environmental Educator. The study of natural history, plants, and art has been her lifelong passion, and she is able to integrate these passions in her work in the garden and for Howard County. Helen is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the Tai Sophia Institute’s Master of Science Program in Herbal Medicine.
Sara Saurus, Garden Curator and Medicine Maker
Sara is here to get to know the beings of the garden and help them thrive. She is thrilled to work with Helen, Jim, Peggy, Anna, Eric and all the awesome volunteers at Green Farmacy Gardens. Sara enjoys sharing primitive skills and a love for the land. In addition to botanizing and herbalism, she tans hides, sparks fires, laughs a lot and lives simply. She is lucky to have shared space with plant communities and healers around the country; spending a lot of time in the forests and gardens delving deeper into the mysteries of the plant queendom and our place in the web of life.
One of Sara Saurus’ biggest inspirations is our dear brother Frank Cook who taught to maintain balance and cultivate kindness and compassion, keep up daily encounters with nature, and “eat something wild every day!” Sara has studied at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and with Green Path learning to appreciate the whole plant and see plants as our allies. She has also worked as a street medic and at gatherings offering herbal first aid. Through teaching, reflecting, and slowing down with other species Sara Saurus hopes to spread green sparks in every direction.
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. And is wrong when it tends otherwise.” ~Aldo Leopold
Julia Bisnett, Garden Curator Julia has been a practicing massage therapist for four years, and is involved in researching traditional as well as modern healing practices. Julia works with pre and postnatal women and aids people in coping with stress and pain in the body. She believes in cultivating a relationship with the plants growing in our community and is currently studying herbal medicine. Thrilled to be part of the Green Farmacy, an opportunity to live and learn from the people and environment here at the Garden.
Molly Carr, Floral Clock and
Vegetable Garden Curator
Molly has been a nurse for 15 years and a nurse practitioner for 9 of those years. She has extensive experience with lifestyle counseling and promoting wellness in people living with health conditions associated with stress. For example, at Kaiser Permanente from 1998-2003, she worked with people living with metabolic syndrome, diabetes and high blood pressure.
More recently, Molly Carr earned her Master’s of Science degree in Herbal Medicine after 3 years of full-time study at the Tai Sophia Institute under the directorship of Simon Mills, an internationally recognized herbalist and research writer. http://mollycarrherbalist.com