The Red Moon Herbs family has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. Get to know our current staff members below.
Jeannie Dunn (Director)
Jeannie Dunn is the owner of Red Moon Herbs. Started in 1994 by Corinna Wood and Jessica Godino, Red Moon Herbs has seen many changes over the past 20 years, including a fourfold in growth, two apothecaries, compliance with FDA regulation. Throughout these changes, the focus and mission of the business has remained strong and true: to create herbal products from local, abundant plants. As an herbalist and NC native, Jeannie has been wildcrafting and making herbal extracts, oils and salves for about a decade. She studied at the NC School of Natural Healing and One World Healing Arts, but her herbal roots go much further back, to the back-to-basics lifestyle infused in her as a child. She picked strawberries, canned vegetables and pulled weeds from row crops with her parents and three siblings on their multi-generational family farm in Efland, NC. Today, knowing the powerful healing properties of those “weeds”, Jeannie happily uses them in her fermentations, herbal extracts and fun elixirs. Jeannie oversees both the art and the science of this earth-based, Wise Woman herbal business and apothecary.
Jonathan Swiftcreek (Apothecary/Production)
Julie McMahan (Administration/Customer Service)
Julie has been a part of the Red Moon family since 2002. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage, an off the grid intentional community in Black Mountain, NC.
Tammy Wood (Events/Sales)
Tammy is a family herbalist and a mother of two. Growing up on a farm, she has been passionately advocating a healthy lifestyle for herself, loved ones and generations to come. For over a decade, she has been wildcrafting and cultivating herbs for the natural medicines that she creates. At Red Moon Herbs, she handles each customer’s needs with loving care and attention.
Michael Akers (Wildcrafting)
Michael began his wildcrafting career at the age of 4 with the family tradition of wild mushroom harvest. He grew up in Prague, Czech Republic and enjoyed weekends and holidays at the family cottage in Uvaly outside Prague. The local forest beside the family getaway provided many adventures with friends and a diversity of mushroom foraging. He picked apples from an abandoned orchard and found creative ways to make a little spending money as a teenager, also picking currants, gooseberries, cherries and other herbs in the meadows. He worked alongside his family who encouraged fruit tree propagation, vegetable gardens and the care of small livestock. He brought his passion to the U.S. and expanded his knowledge of medicinal mushrooms for personal and professional use. Michael currently forages reishi, turkey tail, usnea, maitake and other herbs for Red Moon and works on his mushroom log production and sustainable wood harvesting business. His goals for the near future are expansion of challenging wild-simulated mushrooms such as lion’s mane, maitake and inoculated birch trees with chaga plugs for a more sustainable harvest.
Heather Wood Buzzard (Design/Research/Wildcrafting)
Heather Wood Buzzard works to craft the wild, with words and photographs, into a way of being wild in a world in need of exactly that. She apprenticed at Herb Pharm, the largest producer of medicinal tinctures in the US, where she completed a season engaged in deeply learning and integrating a range of herbal knowledge from the production, processing and medicine making side to the areas of anatomy and physiology, botany and plant spirit medicine. Heather is completing her clinical herbalist training at the Appalachian Center of Natural Health with a fourth generation herbalist while she simultaneously pursues her MA in writing with a Certificate in Narrative Medicine. Heather, with her husband and son and their rotating ark of animals, dwells in the botanical abundance of Sandy Mush.
Sam and Sofia (Support Staff/Junior Wildcrafters)