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Founder, Owner of Farmacy Herbs & Herbal Foundations Certificate Program, Organic Farmer and Community Herbalist
Mary was raised in Providence, Rhode Island and lived there until 2011. She then moved to her farm in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Mary has a large family with 3 brothers, 5 nephews, and a son.
Mary opened Farmacy Herbs Community Health and Education Center in Providence, RI in 2008.
Mary advocates for personal and planetary healing through herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle. She focuses on using herbs to SUPPORT HEALTH, not treat disease. Mary’s healing philosophy also revolves around community, activism, education, social justice, politically compassionate herbalism/ health justice.
Mary has been featured in:
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- Bust Magazine
- New York Times
- The Boston Globe
- Providence Journal
- Providence Pheonix
- Providence Business News
- Channel 12 WRNI News/ The Rhode Show
- Rhode Island Monthly
- East Side Monthly
Mary holds a teaching associate position at the Brown University Medical School, teaching Western Herbalism to the Integrative Resident Program.
In 2006, Mary started developing the Farmacy’s Herbal Foundations Certificate Program. She has run this program 2x per year since 2006, with over 250 students participating in the program. Her programs focus on herbal medicine, health justice, and nutritional healing.
Since 2001, she has taught classes on herbalism and farming at local businesses, hospitals, events, universities, high schools, nursing homes, elementary schools, conferences and special interest groups and non-profits.
Since 2009 she has been a teacher at the New England Women’s Conference and The International Herb Symposium.
She was a speaker at the 2012 USDA Women in Agriculture Conference.
She was a guest speaker at the 2013 United Nations Council on Women.
She guest lectures at many local universities, including the Mass College of Pharmacy in Boston, Ma and the University of Rhode Island.
Over the last 20 years, she has focused on gleaning experience from herbalists in a professional and informal setting. From 1999-2002 she acquired three years of herbal experience and knowledge from Danielle Cavalacci at Indigo Herbals, an herb shop in Providence RI. In 2004, she started her career as a Community Herbalist at Seven Arrows Herb Farm and worked for four years under the tutelage of Judy and Michelle Marcelott, botany and medicinal plant experts. She was a student of many wonderful herbalists while attending Sage Mountains advanced program in 2006. Most of her experience as an herbalist comes from working directly with the public. She has hosted numerous teachers, conferences, programs, and classes focusing on anatomy/ physiology, nutritional healing and in-depth herbal healing at Farmacy Herbs.
Mary was sued and named a defendant in the Fire Cider trademark case. She and her co-defendants won the lawsuit launched against them in 2019, protecting herbal language from corporations. She is known as one of the “fire cider 3”.
In 2011/12, Mary edited and directed the documentary, Herbal Aide featuring the work of many herbalists and community activists. Through Herbal Aide, she currently offers a grant program for herbalists working to create accessible access to herbalism in their communities.
In 2005/6 she volunteered in post-Katrina New Orleans as an herbalist in the clinics, farmer in the gardens and kitchen worker.
She is a founding member of the following community groups:
Providence Recycle-A- Bike
The Northeast Radical Healthcare Network, Radherb
Traditions Not Trademarks
Sage Healing Collaborative
Mary was awarded“Community Herbalist Award” in 2008 by The Northeast Herbal Association.
In 2009 and 2015 Mary won first place at the International Herb Symposium for her herbal products.
Mary & Farmacy herbs was awarded “Best of Rhode Island” in 2009 from RI Monthly magazine.
Mary & Farmacy Herbs was awarded “Best in Providence” in 2010 by the Providence Pheonix.
Mary & Farmacy Herbs was awarded “Best of Rhode Island” in 2018 by RI Monthly Magazine.
Mary was awarded the “Community Service” award in 2019 by the American Herbalist Guild in 2019.
Mary was awarded the “Community Builder” award in 2020 by The American Botanical Council.
In 1989, Mary was awarded “the most joyful camper” award at summer camp 🙂
- July 2018 RI Monthly Blog Feature
- May, 2018- “The Rhode Show” Channel 12 news
- Providence Journal “Herbs are the Essence of Her Trade”, July 31, 2016
- International Herbal Symposium, June 2015: 1st place prize in the “Salve” category for our “Heall All Salve” . 2cnd place in the “Purely Medicinal” category for our “Herbal First Aid Kit”.
- Providence Journal, 5 Herbs for Your Health, March 2012
- WRNI Channel 12 News, Rhode Show, July 23, 2012
- Providence Pheonix, “Best of 2010” Award.
- Providence Monthly, July 2010, Growing a Greener Providence Issue: “Urban Farming Flourishes in Providence”
- East Side Monthly, June 2010 Issue: “East Side Eden” article.
- “Best of Rhode Island” August 2009 Issue
- International Herbal Symposium, June 2009: 1st Place Prize in the herbal product making contest, “Purely Medicinal” Category.
- Northeast Herbal Association: 2008 Community Herbalist Award
- It’s a Good Look.com Martin Luther King Day Award, 2009
- Providence Business News: Weekly Small Business Feature, July 2009
- Providence Journal Front Page Article, Urban Oasis, and Grand Opening, September 2008
- Bust Magazine, August 2006 “Garden Girls”