Richo Cech: Medicine Man, Ethnobotanist, Plant-Saver


When it comes to the cultivation of medicinal plants, there are few that match the caliber of Richo Cech. Richo is a rare treasure. He possesses an encyclopedic wealth of knowledge in both the growing and use of medicinal plants and food. He is charismatic, full of life and a joy to listen to every time he takes the teaching stage.

The renowned herbalist, Michael Tierra, recently wrote about Richo on his blog:

Just as a horse whisperer understands the particular needs and psychology of horses, a plant whisperer is one who can receive the subtle communications from plants revealing their special needs for successful cultivation.

In both instances, only someone with a unique aptitude who is willing to invest years of patient observation and trial and error may attain such a gift. I would certainly designate Richo Cech, herbalist, horticulturist, world traveler, archaeologist, linguist, author, founder and owner of Horizon Herbs, as just such a ‘plant whisperer.’ He has patiently mastered the secrets of cultivating wild medicinal herbs, some of which have never been successfully cultivated before, such as Osha (Ligusticum porteri) and Mandrake (Mandragora species) to name only two.

Simply put, Richo is an herbalist who knows plants from the ground up – and that is very rare.

-Michael Tierra

Live Webcast with Richo Cech: Free Registration  


We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Richo Cech will be teaching live on the MedicineCrow webcast page this Wednesday, March 2nd at 6pm PST. The recording of the class will then be available to all MedicineCrow members.

MedicineCrow classes are typically only available to the MedicineCrow member community. For this special one time class, we invite you to attend Planting Time with Richo Cech at no charge.


About The Event

Richo will give a fertile overview of planting methods for medicinal herb seeds.

The vast majority of medicinal herbs were originally derived from the wild, and are thus predisposed to require natural conditions (cold conditioning, scarification, leaching, temperature oscillation) before germination is possible. Small seeds, seeds with impermeable seed coats, short-lived seeds, and seeds that take on dormancy once dried can all be challenging to germinate and grow, unless of course the gardener knows how to take advantage of the seasons.

There are also some good tricks that can be employed to speed the germination process. Richo will elucidate all of this, and will be open to your questions about specific methodologies and specific species. Who knows where all this will go?

All we can hope is that we all end up in the garden!

When: Wednesday March 2nd, 2011, 6pm PST


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