The American Herbalist Guild [AHG] recently announced a new award that they will be honoring an herbal practitioner [individual/group/organization] with the Victoria Fortner Award.

What an honor! The AHG is an association of herbal practitioners who promote “clinical herbalism as a viable profession rooted in ethics, competency, diversity, and freedom of practice. The American Herbalists Guild supports access to herbal medicine for all and advocates excellence in herbal education.”

On the award page, the AHG state why they created the award, and what kinds of groups/individuals will be considered for the award:

The American Herbalist Guild created the award to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field of professional herbalism that address the health care needs of diverse communities. We are especially committed to honoring accomplishments that directly address the following: the needs of multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-cultural communities; health care needs of people from a range of socio-economic conditions; recognition of the variety of spiritual practices often used in herbal practice; addressing the needs of people with all types of physical abilities and limits; and fostering an expanded understanding of sexual and gender identity. This award also recognizes the importance of facilitating individual communities to speak with their own voices and on their own behalf.

It is not just AHG members who can nominate and/or be nominated for the award, as they clearly say that it is an open invitation to anyone who would qualify with the prerequisites outlined above.

The individual/group chosen as the winner of the award will be honored in a ceremony at the annual AHG Symposium in October 2015. The recipient will be given a $500 cash prize to be used to further their work.

 

Kerry Brock, Certified Herbalist and owner at Shawnee Moon, is a researcher of plants, an eater of herbs, a drinker of coffee and a formulator of remedies. She keeps busy trying out pinterest diy’s and often failing at cooking in her backwoods home in rural southeast Missouri with her fantastic husband, Davy, two dogs, an assortment of cats and a unbelievably supportive family near by.
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