Jade Alicandro Mace is a community herbalist, educator, medicine-maker, permaculturalist and herb-grower. Her focus is on self and community empowerment, equal access, local plants, simple and easy rememdies, and the sharing and spreading of herbal knowledge.  Rooted in the knowledge that plants provide deep healing (physical, cultural, spiritual), Jade loves connecting her students, herbal clients, and community with the medicine growing all around them and lives for the "aha" moments when folks become as entranced with the green world as she is!  She teaches herbalism avidly throughout the Valley, owns a medicinal plant nursery, and sees folks both in herb private practice and the Greenfield Community Herbal Clinic at Blue Dragon Apothecary in Greenfield, MA.

Jade has completed a 2 year training in Clinical Herbalism at Clearpath School of Herbal Studies, and is also a graduate of Blazing Star Herbal School, The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education, the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, FEAST Permaculture Design Certification, and the Goldthread Apothecary Clinical Herbalism 200 hr Training.  She holds a B.S. in Plant Biology and a B.S in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


My Herbal Journey….

Plants have always been a love… I studied Plant Ecology in college and had a summer field tech job with the US Forest Service identifying plants out west in the gorgeous region of the inland Pacific Northwest  (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington).  In certain circumstances we had to collect specimens and I found the experience to be so incredibly engaging yet I wasn't really behind the cause....a random scientific study.  So I began studying the herbal uses of these plants I was constantly working with and fell in love with herbalism. 

I have been thoroughly intertwined with the green world ever since.

I decided to spend 3 months traveling in South and Central America and volunteer on organic farms that had an herbal focus.  I made my first tincture in the middle of the Ecuadorian jungle with an American ex-pat who had studied with Susun Weed.  She also taught me how to harvest and tend the nettle patch on their homestead on the western slope of the Andes.  I was hooked.

So, in 2004 I moved back to Western Massachusetts with the intention of rooting down and studying herbalism in earnest.  I took my first herbal apprenticeship with Tony(a) Lemos at Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA.  There I learned the ways of the Wise Woman Tradition of herbal healing, and consider this to be my foundation.  This tradition focuses on using local, abundant plants (aka the weeds!), nourishing and food-based herbal preparations, and re-claiming our innate power to heal ourselves. 

That same year I began working at Goldthread Herbal Apothecary  in Florence, MA and began learning from the practicing Clinical Herbalist and Licensed Acupuncturist there, William Siff.  I spent 7 years there as a staff herbalist, helping folks who came in with every ailment under the sun!  I gained an invaluable amount of clinical experience- it was a very rich and fruitful time.

During those same years I also completed a 2-year training at Clearpath School of Herbal Studies with Chris Marano, receiving my certification in Clinical Herbalism.  At the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY I completed a 7-month apprenticeship with 7Song, deepening my botany and plant identification, wild-crafting, and herbal first aid and clinical skills.  I spent a whole growing season apprenticing at Wilder Hill Gardens  in Conway, MA with Lilian Jackman, learning the ins and outs of successfully raising healthy medicinal herbs.  And finally I studied Shamanic Herbalism at the Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education with Sage Maurer in Brattleboro, VT.   I have also taken numerous weekend workshops along the way, studying with Matthew Wood, Phyllis Light, Margi Flint, David Crow , Rosemary Gladstar among others and also completed a Street Medic training.  In 2011 I received my Permaculture Design Certification through the Permaculture F.E.A.S.T.. program in Northampton, MA and have been incorporating the permaculture principals and philosophy into my life ever since.

These days I can be found treating folks at the Community Herbal Clinic at Blue Dragon Apothecary  in Greenfield, MA.  I also make handcrafted, locally grown herbal products both for my clients and community, mostly selling at local CSAs and here on my website.  I am passionate about educating the public about the wonders of herbal medicine and regularly lead herbwalks and herbal classes all throughout the Pioneer Valley.  And, since I simply can't keep my hands out of the dirt, I started an medicinal plant nursery, propagating and growing over a hundred medicinal herbs and offering them to the public, so that folks can grow and tend their own medicine!

I am married to Stephen Mace, Licensed Massage Therapist and Energy Worker Extraordinaire, and am the proud mother of 2 gorgeous little girls.  We make our home at Ripplemead Farm in Shutesbury, MA, our budding permaculture-inspired homestead and medicinal plant nursery, that we share with our chickens, cats and bees, and of course, the plants!

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