Grant Application Video
Mobile Apothecary Project NM flier image by Jonas Blanchet Fricke. Music by Olivia Blu. Videography is not yet one of our skill-sets, bare with us...but anyways this is what we use for submission in grant applications like Mountain Rose Herbs Grants4Plants and Gaia Herbs Gaia Roots Small Grants programs. Video editing by Uvee Macedonia.
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Project Proposal Summary
We are a new, community lead mobile apothecary/free clinic project, grandmother-ed-in benevolently beneath the generous auspices of Herbalists Beyond Borders and the Three Sisters Collective in Northern New Mexico. A group of medics, therapists, herbalists, bodyworkers, birth & death (transition) workers and energy workers are mobilizing to provide varying forms of support in response to the current many-layered public health emergency. The apothecary vehicle, medicines, and health-care workers within it support reproductive justice work, gender transitions, mental health, addiction, despair/grief, chronic pain, COVID-19, police-related injuries, environmental toxicity, food sovereignty, and health care-autonomy. The Apothecary truck is also out and about practically supporting the acute stuff of direct action, like pepper spray rinsing and handwashing stations. We also envision it in the future as a vehicle for teaching about incorporating medicine into food and the plants that are native to this region.
To provide services for free we rely on volunteers, and to sustain the resources needed to provide community healing, we sell bulk medicines, jooks, and wild fermentations on the weekends at the farmers and craft markets. We have fostered partnerships with local farmers to have fresh foods available to both deliver to Pueblos and also to cook with to support the aforementioned overhead support.
As members of Herbalists Beyond Borders, we may avail ourselves of their grant opportunities and as well as a variety of grants that may be available locally through the Santa Fe Community Foundation and other organizations that center and cater to local efforts to support community wellbeing.
In order for our core volunteers to have a shared baseline of knowledge we request initial funding towards training(s) in the NADA protocol, harm reduction, and to have the funds to appropriately compensate a group of Indigenous herbalists who have offered to share with us (a group of people of a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds) the traditional relationships between plants and peoples in this bio-region. Before we invite indigenous bioregional experts into our midst we must first ensure that it will be a safe environment for their cultural disclosures, and so we are also prioritizing an organizational-wide antiracism training at this time.
Project's Long-Term Goal/5-Year Plan:
Our long term goal of this project is to have a sustainable system of holistic community care that isn’t reliant upon governmental entities. By creating a physical and virtual hub of herbalists, midwives, doulas, health care practitioners, therapists, and healers of any other domain, we hope to be a resource to our community with the ability to show up and serve where we are called, be it a dispatch for home-birthing, free access to helpful herbal medicine or an on-scene medical hub and de-escalation network, to limit the need of police involvement. We also hope to have our medicine available to BIPOC/Queer/Trans/Sex Worker/Immigrant communities who encounter many more obstacles before receiving proper care and healing attentiveness to their needs. We plan to have the capacity to sell some herbal remedies and other healing services at pop-up events and local markets as a modality of sustainable support, to keep our shelves replenished with supplies. ? What else?
September 2020 - Mobile Apothecary Truck lands in Santa Fe, NM.
November 2020 - accepting donations and volunteers with the appropriate scope of practice. First full stock of herbal medicines are created & bottled for individual use.
??? - Basic-level training needs are met for Full-time M.A.P. Crew.
??? - Truck is refurbished, stocked and ready to hit the streets.
Approximate Budget/How Will Funds Be Used?
Street-medics training (free online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hAtkeVplUY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKtJ9cYOx1c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y80cQDL9CxU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVEPFHTRWUI, but with in-person components thru 3S would cost)
UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOP: In-Depth Anti-racism Training for Communities, Organizations & Institutions Anti-racist alliance, $3,500 for 10 people http://www.antiracistalliance.com/ARA-training.html)
NADA protocol - Ear Acupuncture Training ($25/class x6 with crossroads acupuncture=$150 total https://www.eventbrite.com/o/crossroads-acupuncture-online-education-program-30160473726, $400/person through crossroads and Red Root, local indigenous acupuncturists and trainers
Harm reduction training ($80, The Harm Reduction Coalition https://harmreduction.org/webinar-archive/)
Indigenous Herbalists plant/relationship walk (with Monica & Arlo of Red Root Acupuncture, Louie Hena of Tesuque Pueblo Permaculture, or Tewa Women United traditional plant people. Cost unknown.)
In addition to these trainings, we are also looking for money to help with renovating our truck, where the apothecary will be set up, and herbs and supplies to make and contain the medicines. To renovate the bus with shelves, seating and counter space will probably take about $500.
Bottling supplies, bases to create the topical and oral medicines and the herbs themselves will be an ongoing investment, but $1000 to initially invest in these supplies will get us to a place where we can originally stock the apothecary.
Mesh shelves for drying herbs -
Jojoba Oil (or some other type? -
High-Proof Alcohol -
Glycerin (approx. $35/gallon, $75/5 gallons lowest bulk cost)
We hope to benefit the lives of all those living in New Mexico (and other areas of close proximity), regardless of economic or legal status as US citizens. By having an EMT or street medic and an herbalist on site at all times, as well as extra support from body/energy workers, doulas and therapists of varying specialties, we will be well-equipped to serve our community in a holistic and safe way. We are looking to make ourselves available in a myriad of situations, such as at direct actions where protesters and bystanders could potentially be at risk from police violence. We also want to be able to serve trauma survivors of various levels of state and interpersonal violence. We hope to benefit those who need support in situations of high intensity and potential trauma, such as jail detainment, street care, and protest aftercare. We also look to serve the Indigenous communities in our area by providing COVID-19/other support if wanted in the Pueblos. We want to serve food as medicine, offered on the streets in Santa Fe and folks in food deserts.
The explicit list of services we plan to offer are listed below:
-Herbal medicines and knowledge
-Midwifery, doula services/knowledge
-Bodywork / Energy Work services
-Mental Health Support
When thinking about who would benefit, or inversely, be harmed by our project’s aim, we understand our relationship to the people, plants and overall ecosystem of this land needs to be enacted using a harm reduction and regenerative and native plant stewardship lens. This means ethical and sustainable harvest practices, informed by indigenous leadership and approval.
We believe, as (people who are beneficiaries and survivors alike) descendants of the violent legacy of colonization and genocide, that indigenous guidance and leadership needs to be taken into the highest consideration and prioritization so as not to engage in violence reification cycles and to actuate the healing potential of our microbiome, humans and more than human beings, our small portion of the planet.