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a little history.....

   as a child, i remember my father picking a spruce tip and saying you can eat these.  that was my first experience with wild food.  although growing up in southeast alaska we actually ate a lot of wild food but in a meat n' berry sort of way.  wild food and cooking with local weeds are some of my favorite things, and i share a lot of my experiences with them over in the blog section.  i have always been drawn to the plants as a child i loved playing and pretending with the wild violets and seaweeds. 

  in high school i took a weekend workshop taught by janice schofield (author of discovering wild plants) this introduced me to medicine making and i made my first salve in this class.  right out of high school i moved to montana and quickly became acquainted with a few local plants.  wild mints, saint john's wort, and yarrow.

how it's going....

   i have spent my whole adult life interacting, experimenting, and studying plants local to this bioregion.  i am a self-taught herbalist and am continually learning.  the plants have my heart and soul.  i pledge allegiance to the land.

 my herb craft mostly consists of one plant folk remedies, although i do offer a few combinations.  most of the herbal remedies i create are made with fresh wildcrafted plants.  i also offer a few in-person classes focusing on local plants and medicine making.

   in addition to the herbal aspect of simply josephine i am also a soapmaker.  i have been making soap since 2000,  i am passionate about creating essential oil-free herbal bars.  simple, gentle, and skin-nourishing.

  sewing is a craft i enjoy as well, so there are usually a few sewn offerings.  i love putting fabric together and i am continually inspired by color.

where to find me......

   if you are local to the tobacco valley i am often at the farmers market and other local events.  i usually attend the lincoln county fair and rendezvous days.  we do leave montana in july and august, during those months i can be found peddling my wares at the community market in wrangell, alaska.  i can be reached by email at dacia@simplyjosephine.com feel free to communicate with me there.  thank you for stopping by my little corner of the interweb        dacia

   oh yes! my name is dacia, i chose simply josephine for my business name because my crafts are evolving and changing (i'm learning how to knit) and dacia is hard to pronounce, remember, etc.  i love the name josephine and it is my daughters' name.