Instructor Biographies
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Juliet Blankespoor
Juliet Blankespoor
Leicester, NC

Juliet Blankespoor is the director and primary instructor at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, which she founded in 2007. She has been sharing her passion for plants by teaching herbal medicine and botany for over 18 years. Juliet has taught at many settings including the Southwest School for Botanical Medicine, the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference, the North Carolina Arboretum and the Medicines from the Earth Conference. In addition to the above subjects, Juliet teaches human anatomy and physiology, plant propagation, tree identification, and bioregional roots herbalism. Her love of plants is also expressed through writing herbal articles and botanical photography.

Enraptured by the diversity and intricacies of the green world, Juliet received her B.S. in Botany in 1993. She furthered her studies by completing over 1200 hours of study at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the California School of Herbal Studies and the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. In 1994 she founded Green Faith Herbals, a line of organically grown and sustainably wildcrafted herbal tinctures, which she owned for 6 years. Juliet has lived on several community-run organic farms including a tangerine grove in Florida and a market garden in the Berkshire Mountains. Her previous herbal business endeavors also include natural body care products, prepared wild foods and dried flower crafts.

Being obsessed with plants, she has spent much of her adult life botanizing and wildcrafting in diverse settings throughout North America. While living in the Pacific Northwest she developed a passion for seaweed and devoted herself to its study and liberal consumption. She is also an avid edible and medicinal mushroom hunter.

Juliet lives with her family outside of Asheville, NC, where they nurture a small herb farm and the Chestnut Herb Nursery, which specializes in medicinal herbs and native plants. In addition, she maintains a varied herbal apothecary, primarily from herbs grown on the farm or wildcrafted in the surrounding area. She believes that growing and gathering food and medicine is empowering, revolutionary, and highly entertaining.