Ongoing Opportunity:  Volunteer at the farm in 2022!

We love welcoming folks out to our farm in the country and find joy in helping people connect with nature, work with beloved medicinals in the garden and learn about flower and herb farming. We’d love to welcome you to our farm next season.

We’ll have a form up once the ground starts thawing out in 2022

Registration Open for the 

Wild Cherries Intro to Herbal Studies Intensive 2022

Connect with the juciness of the plant world!

* We’re now taking applications for 2022! *
* Please fill out an application! *

Our 2022 Intro to Herbal Medicine is a three-season, 125-hour weekend herbal intensive exploring health, resilience and the plant world. The program incorporates medicine making and herbal knowledge with botany and field work, all based on a foundation of social justice and decolonization.

We offer some scholarship positions for people of color, indigenous people, and trans/non-binary folks. In our work as white herbalists, we want to address the patterns of colonization and white supremacy in our herbal practices, and to help bolster the many forms of resistance to the systems and structures of oppression we live under. This includes trying to make this course more accessible to people of color and trans folks.

More Information and Application Found Here.

Registration Open for the 

Herb of the Month Club 2022

Herb of the Month Club is a new offering in 2022.  Spanning from March – November 2022 we will meet once a month to explore and experience one herb.  Each of these classes is recorded so you can experience it in your time, on your own schedule.  Each month we will mail our a package containing supplies needed for you to engage with the plant in different ways and you will learn how to make infusions, decoctions, tinctures, syrups, salves, foods and more.

This is an invitation to immerse yourself more deeply in the plant world.

Working one on one with a plant can help you learn more about your surroundings and the ecosystems we live amongst.  These Herb of the Month Classes are meant to be a guide to help you discover new things about yourself, your surroundings, and the plants.  Knowing one herb intimately can be like having ten herbs in your apothecary.

The March Herb of the Month is (of course) Wild Cherry Bark.  

The March Care Package will Contain:  Fresh and dried wild cherry bark for making infusions and syrups, reusable cloth tea bags, honey, a dropper bottle to store your cherry bark syrup, cherry blossom tincture, a slide deck on Wild Cherry that provides botanical information, a materia medica, modern uses, history and folk lore, growing and wild gathering cherry bark, and how to make different medicinal preparations and a recorded 2 hour class on Wild Cherry Medicine.

Each Herb of the Month Class is $40, and if you purchase the whole year, you’ll receive a 10% discount on each care package ($324 total).


Our Herbs of the Month are:
March ~ Wild Cherry
April ~ Nettle
May ~ Dandelion
June ~ Holy Basil
July ~ Lemon Balm
August ~ Skullcap
September ~ Chamomile
October ~ Ashwagandha
November ~ Burdock
Registration will open soon

Upcoming Classes 2022

Respiratory and Immune Health Class Series

When: Tuesdays in March: March 8, 15 and 22, 7-9 pm
Where: Virtually on Zoom
WhoMichelle Soto 
Cost: Each class is $20, $50 when you sign up for all three
Additional Cost: To receive a care package with herbal teas, tinctures and remedies that we will discuss during our classes, it is an additional $20/class.  Each care package will be mailed to you and contain hands on tools that you can use to access the class material in a more kinesthetic way to help you understand the energetics of the herbs themselves.
Description: The winter is long.  We’ve been inside our homes a lot, drinking tea, tasting our syrups and other herbal remedies we spent the season mixing up.  Our bodies haven’t stretched in a long time- really really stretched into a long hike or a day of heavy lifting in the garden.  Our immune systems are feeling stagnant, our respiratory system needs nourishment.  Join Michelle Soto from Cutting Root Farm as she unpacks some respiratory and immune system anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and outlines some foods and herbs you can use to help strengthen these systems.  We’ll talk about specific diagnoses and herbs to help you heal.  We’ll address the energetic components underlying different conditions.  The herbal care packages will help you use taste to identify these energetics and also offer a starting point for your own respiratory health apothecary! Each class is recorded, participants will be sent the recording after the class takes place- so if you can’t make it in person, feel free to sign up anyways and take in the information on your own time!
Registration will open soon

Wet Felting with Kendra Russo of Found and Foraged Fibers

When: Sunday March 13, 1-4 pm
Where: Cutting Root Farm’s Greenhouse
WhoKendra Russo and Michelle Soto
Cost
Description: Join herbalist and artist Kendra Russo as we embark on an artistic creative process!  Kendra is a seasoned natural dyer and ecoprinter.  She’ll be sharing some of her techniques with us as we create our own tapestries for hanging with natural plant dyes.  You’ll learn about the dyeing and ecoprinting process as well as how to grow and process these plants and medicinal and culinary uses.  You’ll never look at your garden the same way!
Registration will open soon

Herbal Medicine Frolic with Sophia Buggs from Lady Buggs Farm

When: Sunday March 26, 1-4 pm
Where: Cutting Root Farm’s Greenhouse
WhoSophia Buggs and Michelle Soto
Cost

Description:  Using plants for Self Care and Mindful Living can increase immunity, joy and wellbeing. Each plant possess healing properties that can be experienced through meditation. Each participant will be led to explore how simple meditation and being present within nature can instill resonance, beauty and wholeness.

Registration will open soon

Wild Weed Walk Wednesdays

When: Wednesdays in April, April 6, 13, 20 from 6-7:30 pm. With a rain date for April 27th
Where: Butler County Wild Places
Who: Michelle Soto 
Cost: $15 per class or $40 for all three

Description: Come out for a series of plant walks that focus on identifying late summer weeds, their edible and medicinal uses and how to encourage some of them to grow in your own garden. We’ll meet at a different wild space in Butler County each class- locations will be emailed to you after signing up. This class is aimed at anyone from a beginner to a wild weed forager and chef. Michelle brings a unique perspective about wild tending, the ethics of wildcrafting and medicinal uses from a western clinical and energetic perspective.

Accessibility: We will provide as much information as possible about the terrain and environments that we will be visiting in our email to you after this form. Plant walks are often slow meandering walks and involve standing or sitting in areas for up to fifteen minutes before moving on to the next wild sight. We will provide details to everyone along the route of how far each portion of the walk is and where and for how long we will be stopping for discussion.

Be Prepared: Make sure to wear comfortable waterproof shoes, enough warm clothing and bring a chair or blanket for sitting. And if you have a favorite plant identification book, bring it along- we’ll be referencing Michelle’s favorite “Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide” and we’ll have some for sale each class too if you fall in love with this easy to use guide.

Registration will open soon

Medicine Making Mondays

When: Mondays in May, May 2, 9, 16, 23 from 6:30-8 pm. With a rain date for May 30th
Where: Cutting Root Farm
Who: Michelle Soto 
Cost: $20 per class or $75 for all four

Description: During this interactive classes we’ll be exploring making medicine with the seasonally available herbs growing in our organic gardens. We’ll talk about making teas, tinctures and salves and explore what kinds of plants to put in different formulas and how to craft beautiful medicines. No experience necessary!

Accessibility: We will be meeting outside in our barnyard.  Parking is available about 200 feet away, with closer parking available to those who require it.  We will be meeting outside, sitting at tables for the duration of the class.  There is an indoor bathroom available.

Registration will open soon

Past Classes

Herbal Crafting and Plant Medicine Frolic!
 
When: August 28 1:00PM -4:00PM
Where: Cutting Root Farm
Who: Michelle Soto and Sophia L. Buggs
Cost: $50
 
Journey with Sophia from Lady Buggs Farm and Michelle of Cutting Root Farm as they share plant medicine wisdom. Participants will be led through the lush gardens of Cutting Roots while Sophia and Michelle share medicinal, folk and energetic properties of native seasonal plant varieties. Participants will be able to craft a product to sample and or take home.
 
Using plants for Self Care and Mindful Living can increase immunity, joy and wellbeing. Each plant possess healing properties that can be experienced through meditation. Each participant will be led to explore how simple meditation and being present within nature can instill resonance, beauty and wholeness.
Sign Up Here

Wild Weed Wednesdays in Pittsburgh

When: Wednesdays in September, September 8, 15, 22 from 6-7:30 pm. With a rain date for September 29th
Where: Pittsburgh City Parks
Who: Michelle Soto 
Cost: $15 per class or $40 for all three

Come out for a series of plant walks that focus on identifying late summer weeds, their edible and medicinal uses and how to encourage some of them to grow in your own garden. We’ll meet at a different Pittsburgh City Park each class- locations will be emailed to you after signing up. This class is aimed at anyone from a beginner to a wild weed forager and chef. Michelle brings a unique perspective about wild tending, the ethics of wildcrafting and medicinal uses from a western clinical and energetic perspective.

Accessibility: We will provide as much information as possible about the terrain and environments that we will be visiting in our email to you after this form. Plant walks are often slow meandering walks and involve standing or sitting in areas for up to fifteen minutes before moving on to the next wild sight. We will provide details to everyone along the route of how far each portion of the walk is and where and for how long we will be stopping for discussion.

Be Prepared: Make sure to wear comfortable waterproof shoes, enough warm clothing and bring a chair or blanket for sitting. And if you have a favorite plant identification book, bring it along- we’ll be referencing Michelle’s favorite “Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide” and we’ll have some for sale each class too if you fall in love with this easy to use guide.

Sign Up Here