Amanda’s CV

Amanda M. Thiel 

? (360) 378-9447 ? [email protected] ? www.IslaHerbs.com ?

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EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts, Herbal Medicine in Cultural and Ecological Contexts, Fairhaven College, Western Washington University (WWU), December 2008

Minor, Spanish, WWU, December 2008

 

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:

Herbalist/Owner, Isla Botanica, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA, January 2009-present

?            Grow and wildharvest medicinal plants

?            Education about herbal medicine and herb farming

?            Manufacture herbal products

?            Vend at the local farmers market and to wholesale accounts

?            Manage all business practices

 

Guest Speaker, Ethnobotany course, Fairhaven College, WWU, Bellingham, WA, Spring 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015

?            Presented lecture, plant identification-walk and workshop on herbal medicine in upper-division college courses

 

Guest Speaker, Applied Human Ecology course, Fairhaven College, WWU, Bellingham, WA, Spring 2008, 2009

?            Presented lecture, plant identification-walk and workshop on herbal medicine in upper-division college course

 

Herb Shop Clerk, Living Earth Herbs, Bellingham, WA, November 2007-December 2008

?            Customer service and education about herbal medicine

?            Herbal product manufacture

 

Herb Shop Clerk, Wonderland Herbs, Tea and Spice, Bellingham, WA, June 2006-November 2007

?            Customer service and education about herbal medicine

 

Farmhand, Big Sky Garden, Acme, WA, Summers 2006, 2007

?            Harvesting, seed-sowing, deliveries on an organic vegetable farm

 

OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE, SERVICE & RECOGNITION:

Master Gardener Intern, Washington State University Extension, Friday Harbor/San Juan County, WA, Spring 2015

 

Senior Project, Teach: Herbal Health, Fairhaven College, WWU, Fall 2008

?            Taught an accredited, quarter-long, group independent study course to 17 students

?            Created lesson plans, gave lectures and presentations, coordinated activities and field trips,

evaluated students

?            Covered topics on herbal health including materia medica, medicine-making, herbal gardening, beginning botany, and cross-cultural approaches to health

 

Fairhaven College Scholar, Ethnoecology, Ethics and Practices of Sustainable Wildcrafting, Fairhaven College, WWU, Winter 2008

?            Conducted research project interviewing local herbalists

?            Prepared and presented a powerpoint presentation to Scholar Week participants

 

Herb Garden Coordinator, Outback/Outdoor Experiential Learning Site, WWU, Spring 2006 to Fall 2008

?            Planned and implemented a medicinal and culinary herb garden

?            Coordinated volunteers and work-parties

?            Led presentations and workshops on herbal health and herb gardening

 

Facilitator, Applied Human Ecology, Fairhaven College, WWU, Spring 2006

?            Co-taught an accredited, quarter-long, group independent study course to 17 students

?            Created lesson plans, gave lectures and presentations, coordinated activities and field trips and guest speakers, evaluated students

?            Facilitated topics and presentations on herbal health, gardening, homesteading, sustainability, alternative technology and permaculture

 

Student Development Grant, Curanderismo in Oaxaca Mexico, Fairhaven College, WWU, Summer 2005

?            Completed in situ independent study project of traditional healing practices in Oaxaca, Mexico

?            Interviewed traditional medicine practitioners or curanderos in Spanish

 

Attendant

Wildcrafting Workshop with Michael Pilarski, Wildroot Botanicals, Bow, WA, 12 April 2015

Wildcrafting Intensive, Cedar Mountain Herb School, Anacortes, WA, 26 January 2014

The Future of Food, Presentation by Vandana Shiva, Victoria, British Columbia, 27 March 2013

United Plant Savers Conference: Planting the Future, Williams, OR, 30-31 May 2009

Ethnobotany and Edibles, San Juan Nature Institute, Friday Harbor, WA, 5 April 2009

Where Our Food Comes From: Conserving Heritage Foods Globally, Nationally and Locally, Presentation by Gary Paul Nabhan, Bellingham, WA, 15 January 2009

Breitenbush Herbal Conference, Detroit, OR, 14-17 September 2006, 4-7 September 2008

Sea Vegetables Harvest, Ryan Drum, Bellingham, WA, 12 June 2007

 

Member

Society for Economic Botany, 2014, 2015

American Botanical Council, 2009, 2013, 2015

Washington Native Plants Society, 2009