Mimi Hernandez, coordinator of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University, was recently elected to the council of the American Herbalists Guild, a national organization representing the goals of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants.
Since arriving at FSU in January of 2010, Hernandez has developed the Mountain Herbalist Series, a series of educational workshops designed to create a forum for community interaction and cultural arts preservation by reflecting the traditional and local uses of plants while highlighting the scientific evidence base of these uses. Recently, she has established and completed the first certification course in community herbalism in the Cumberland area. Hernandez is a nationally known speaker for herbalism, nutrition and holistic health topics. In her role at the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies, she has introduced Appalachian Mountain Roots to several events around the country.
Hernandez has a special interest in economic development and collaborates with the FSU College of Business to enhance economic development for area growers, harvesters and value-added product manufacturers in the region. These meetings subsequently resulted in an award from the Federal Economic Development Administration University Center Partnership Program to catalog the natural products industry of Western Maryland. The goal of this work is to support existing businesses and facilitate the development of new local business to explore the sustainable and economic uses of regional plants.
The primary emphasis of AHG is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism. AHG professional membership currently serves as the most recognizable standard of competency in botanical medicine in the US. Hernandez, a clinically trained herbalist, has been a professional member of AHG since 2008.
For more information on the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies, visit www.frostburg.edu/aces, or call Hernandez at 301-687-3136.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.