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Natural First Aid for the Farm

  • Dresow Family Farm 10900 Garfield Ave Lonsdale, MN 55046 United States (map)

Natural First Aid for the Farm

This class is an introduction to using herbs for simple first aid and common illnesses in livestock, companion animals and their human caretakers. Participants will learn how to use some common herbs available on most farms, or easily found in health stores or online, and what their medicinal action is. Handouts will include explanations and a materia medica - a list of the herbs, homeopathy and essential oils covered and their actions. By the time participants leave, hopefully they will be inspired to look at their fields and fencerows in a different light and notice the medicine chest at their feet.  Participants will take a walk on the Dresow Farm and discover what is readily available.  They will also learn to make their own medicinal salve and take home a small tin of herbal salve for their personal use.  This class is not a substitute for veterinary or medical advice or care!  Please dress according to the weather and be prepared to walk off the beaten path.

Register for this class here.

Alethea Kenney Bio

Author Alethea Kenney, B.S. D. Vet. Hom. is a Traditional Naturopath, Western herbalist, Aromatherapist and Small Ruminant Nutrition Consultant for North Central Feed Products, LLC in Gonvick, MN.  She also has a Diploma in Veterinary Homeopathy and is certified in equine iridology.  Her book “An Ounce of Prevention: Raising and Feeding Animals Naturally” is available on, and other online booksellers.  


She has spent many years working with large and small animals in a veterinary setting and on the farm. Her experiences with the important role nutrition plays in health led her to design her own natural livestock mineral line, Back in Balance Minerals®.

 With her husband, she has farmed since 1996 and now raises various fiber animals, equines, dogs, cats, various fowl and rabbits sustainably on a farm in northern Minnesota, run primarily on renewable energy. 

 She writes and teaches about holistic animal care, herbs, homeopathy and minerals as they relate to health in people, companion animals and livestock.  She also teaches fiber art workshops.

More information:

Earlier Event: September 15
TRF at Frogtown Farm's Market Saturday
Later Event: September 29
North Star Farm Tour