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. Jeannie's Beloved Herbs: Milky Oats Extract, St. John's Wort Oil, Nettles Infusion
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. Michael's go-to herbs: Mushroom Elixir, Green Wonder Salve (for self and beasts) and Black Walnut & Wormwood Blend in his goat and rabbit husbandry.
Heather Wood Buzzard (Design/Research/Wildcrafting)
Heather Wood Buzzard, MA, 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 completed her clinical herbalist training at the Appalachian Center of Natural Health with fourth generation herbalist Phyllis Light while also receiving her MA in writing with a Certificate in Narrative Medicine. Heather and her son (the junior wildcrafter below) dwells in the botanical abundance of Madison County. Heather's everyday herbs: echinacea, Elderberry Elixir, and oatstraw nourishing herbal infusion.
Karena Harmon (Operations Manager)
Karena Harmon has worked in the Holistic Health field for almost 20 years and is a Certified Herbalist, Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Medicine Maker, Yogi and Reiki practitioner. Karena began her official journey into Herbalism and Nutrition in 2005 at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Arizona . Since then she has completed various internships and apprenticeships around the country finding inspiration in the natural world. Her self study of herbs began much earlier after questioning the limitations of western medicine and knowing in her heart that there were alternative paths. She has made holistic health her way of life and not just a study.
Her favorite herbal allies are: Solomon Seal, Nettle, Skullcap and Tulsi.
Callie Wood (Production Team)
Callie is a WNC native and grew up in a household where herbs were the common method used for healing and medicine. Learning from her herbalist mother, she has fond memories of plantain for bites and stings, yarrow for bleeding cuts, poke berries for natural hair dye, and cracking black walnuts for faux tattoos. Starting as an intern and moving up to an employee, she has enjoyed the experience of being able to further her knowledge that Red Moon Herbs has offered her.
Her favorite herbal remedies include: Green Wonder Salve, Tulsi and Oatstraw infusions, Milky Oats tincture, and Blue Vervain tincture.
Samantha Johnson (Production Team)
Raised to respect and admire nature, the plants have bewitched Samantha from an early age. 15 years of study and intimate relationship with our herbal allies has led her on the path to share the healing gifts of the plants with her community. Samantha’s herbal training began at the Florida School of Holistic Living and has brought her to many different ecosystems across the US where she has been honored to study with a multitude of gifted teachers. Samantha’s academic studies include a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Education and a minor in Biology from Warren Wilson College. She is a member of United Plant Savers and is currently working to reestablish endangered native medicinal plant species on family land in WNC. Samantha believes in accessible, affordable, and inclusive healthcare for all, and that the plants work for and with each and every one of us.
Everyday herbs: Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Nettle, Garlic
Jen Rattigan (Production Assistant)
Before accelerating into the world of herbalism of the botanically stained hands kind, Jen studied art in Baltimore, MD. Early on she stayed rooted in community arts, traveling with a non-profit puppet theater, mentoring youth in under-funded city schools, and orchestrating community mural projects. After reading a small book written by Vandana Shiva illustrating the injustices created by corporate greed in the global food system, Jen’s calling became one focused on food security, community gardening, and land-based skill-sharing that when applied, benefit children and the planet.
Her father played a large part in Jennifer’s redirection. Herbs and the vital powers of food-as-medicine became the healing path through his first fight with cancer. Becoming more in touch with the plant world with which she innately felt a bond, guided her leap into the dirt.
Before moving to WNC, Jen earned her certificate in Medical Herbalism and Apothecary through Green Comfort Herb School. To fulfill her need for closer family connection with her family of chocolatiers, she ventured into Asheville area to start up a micro-farm project called Rabbit Moon Farms. Throughout her 15 years of biological farming and botanical education in practice, a few influential teachers have included: Teresa Boardwine of Green Comfort Herb School, 7Song, Sam Coffman, Katja Swift, Susan Sides and Mark Jones of Sharondale Mushroom Farm. Growing perennial tropicals in a temperate rain forest like WNC brewed an extraordinary love-affair making Ginger and Turmeric her number one plant teachers. Always nomadic until the day she settles into a permanent land relationship, she seeks opportunities to share plant conversations, teach, and help bring down the patriarchy. Jen currently co-owns and operates a small farm project, Tuning Fork Farm, with her handsome life partner and 3-year-old son Asa.
Recognizing the magic of the Appalachians and inspired to re-populate native medicinals within the landscape, she is a proud herb grower for Red Moon Gardens and enjoys hand-crafting herbal products as a part of the production staff.
Her herbal allies are Reishi, Lion's mane, Motherwort, Nettle infusions, Green Wonder salve, and Re-leaf extract
Melissa Kelmar (Customer service & Order fulfillment)
Just beginning her journey with Herbalism, Melissa first developed a connection to the plant kingdom while studying Permaculture and Environmental Studies in South FL. After moving to WNC to work in sustainable agriculture, she found herself drawn to the plethora of native herbs with rich histories. Melissa is currently a student at the Herbal Academy. She views herbal medicine as a means of connection to both nature and the body, as well as a liberating alternative to the western medical establishment.
Sofia and Sam (Junior Wildcrafters)
Sofia's favorite herbs: Magic Massage Oil, Green Wonder Salve, and Sunny Days
Cedar (Junior Junior Wildcrafter)
Cedar's favorite herbies: Wild Cherry Bark Cough Syrup, Red Moon Cider, Garlic Elixir, Elderberry Elixir