Herb Walk And Talk: Shepherding
with Brittany “Cole” Bush
Sunday, June 28, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Redwood Regional Park, Skyline Gate Staging Area,
Ridge Top Road, Canyon
Come walk and talk with modern-day urban Shepherdess Brittany “Cole” Bush to learn about the 2,000 sheep and goat contract grazing outfit she manages in Star Creek Land Stewards. Discover how animals wild forage to address illness, support pregnancy and increase fertility, and what we can learn from these animals about our own body-wisdom. By understanding how these animals work in a traditional pastoral fashion, we can learn the importance of integrating grazing and browsing animals back onto the land to regenerate disturbed ecosystems, and how they participate in our shared urban landscapes. You will have a chance to ask any and all of the questions you have pertaining to sheep and goats, grazing and browsing, and our parks plant and medicinal communities while walking about a herd of 400 sheep and goats in one of the East Bay Regional Parks.
This class is scheduled to meet at the Redwood Regional Park at the Skyline Gate Staging Area, Ridge Top Road, Canyon, CA 94516. However, due to the nature of Brittany’s work and the unknowns of weather, growth rate of the vegetation, and appetites of the sheep and goats, please check for location updates as workshop date approaches.
Brittany “Cole” Bush is a self-deemed modern-day, urban Shepherdess of the Bay Area. For over 7 years Cole has been working with large herds of sheep and goats to perform targeted grazing efforts for land stewardship and fire hazard reduction along the urban periphery from Santa Cruz to Sacramento.
Cole also has a long time history working with medicinal plants and has been able to develop a greater understanding of how animals, both domestic and wild, play a role in the ecological systems of the flora and fauna in the wilds along side our urban areas. Both trained in Holistic Land Management and in plant medicine from The Center for Integrative Botanical Studies out of Boulder, Colorado, Cole is passionate about educating folk on the integration of animals, and in this case sheep and goats, as essential contributors of the ecological systems that support thriving plant communities and how animals self-select their own plant medicines from nature.