Looking to add some new green to your garden? People’s Medicine Project is sharing plant seedlings with people who attend our free clinics and community groups that are planting medicinal gardens.  Your purchase of plants helps fund this work towards herbal accessibility for all.

Find People’s Medicine Project’s plant sales at the following locations:


Location: People’s Medicine Apothecary, 204 Bardwell’s Ferry Rd Conway MA



Location: Mxed Greens Apothecary, 2 Conz St #20 Northampton MA

Dates: May 26-30 daily 12-6pm

Check out their Facebook and Instagram for an updated list of available plants before each sale, or email:  peoplesmedicinevolunteers@gmail.com.

On Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m., Leslie Chaison and Nora Toomey, herbalists at the People’s Medicine Project, will share approaches to supporting people who are seeking recovery or who are in active recovery. According to an Opioid Task Force press release, the presentation will cover simple recipes and herbs that can help nourish the body through any phase of opioid use or recovery; support the nervous system, neuroendocrine rebalancing and gastrointestinal repair; and relieve common symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) such as anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion and cravings. To register, visit bit.ly/3smoWDr.


PMP in Recorder 12-2019

Staff Writers

Published: 11/30/2019 11:00:52 AM

After a recent service at the First Congregational Church in Ashfield, some of the churchgoers gathered upstairs to make herbal medicines and thank-you cards for migrant agricultural workers throughout Pioneer Valley.

The church has partnered with the People’s Medicine Project, an organization that first began as a community garden and has since added additional educational pieces, said the project’s director, Leslie Chaison, who is also a congregant at First Congregational Church.

“We try to bridge wellness resources in our community with community need,” Chaison said, of the goal of People’s Medicine Project…



November 26, 2019

Contact:   Abby Ferla, People’s Medicine Project

(413) 523-3791 ; peoplesmedicineclinic@gmail.com

People’s Medicine Project’s long-time client and friend Peter Hadley is launching a new catering company BASH, making its Pioneer Valley debut with an elaborate locally-sourced Tapas Style Dinner at Greenfield’s Hawks and Reed on Wednesday December 4th from 6-8PM! BASH emphasizes quality above convenience in both service and food preparation, with custom services to fit each client’s needs while focusing on supporting local resources and remaining environmentally mindful!

Please join People’s Medicine for an innovative and delicious spin on the Spanish tapas tradition of small portions, using organic, local, and sustainably-sourced ingredients. Enjoy live jazz piano by the masterful Khaliff Neville (of the Neville Brothers) while you eat and sample a signature non-alcoholic botanical drink at the full service bar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the People’s Medicine Project, a Health Justice organization and free alternative health clinic. Members of the Project will be present to speak about their organization’s community-sustaining work. Tickets can be purchased through the Hawks and Reed website at:


Or, save the ticket fee, by calling Hawks and Reed directly at (413) 774-0150 – leave your name, your phone number and that you’re interested in tickets to BASH and they will call you back!

Finally, be sure to ACT QUICKLY, because People’s Medicine is giving away **FREE TICKETS** to the first FIVE people who sign up to be sustaining donors before the event. Sustaining donors are the backbone of PMP. Becoming a sustaining donor means YOU support the vitally important work of increasing access to alternative and complementary medicine, and YOUR bold ongoing commitment promotes heath justice in our community. Visit peoplesmedicineproject.com/donate TODAY to become a sustaining donor! And don’t worry, even if you’re not one of the lucky first five to sign up, anyone who pledges to be a sustaining donor during PMP’s Giving Tuesday campaign, will receive a fabulous PMP t-shirt designed by Carol at Taproot Threads!

Leslie PMP Recorder article 11-4-17

Recorder Staff

Saturday, November 04, 2017

GREENFIELD — Hoping to share ways of maintaining sobriety during the holiday season, the Opioid Task Force partnered with members of the recovery community to offer a “Recovery During the Holiday Season” program Saturday.

Meeting in the Greenfield Public Library, various speakers — including those in recovery themselves — discussed how stress from the holidays, as well as the frequent availability of alcohol, can trigger relapses in people recovering from alcohol or drug abuse.

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People’s Medicine Project The Recorder


Recorder Staff

Monday, February 22, 2016
(Published in print: Tuesday, February 23, 2016)

GREENFIELD — Recovering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs is by no means a comfortable process. Just ask Kaitlyn John, a staff member at the RECOVER Project on Federal Street, which offers peer support for people recovering from substance abuse problems.

When she began her own journey toward recovery three and a half years ago, her body was in revolt. Coming off of an addiction to pain pills, she had problems with digestion, with sleeping, and many other symptoms — physically, mentally and spiritually.

“I wanted to have a comfort in my body, to just feel at one with my body,” John said. “It took me so long to get into recovery, to find recovery, and then to have all these internal things going on and to not feel comfortable in my own skin … that wasn’t OK with me.”

Through her involvement with the RECOVER Project, she was able to meet Leslie Chaison, a local herbalist who runs the People’s Medicine Project, a free alternative medicine clinic held on Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. in the RECOVER Project’s large back room.

The project offers alternative medicine in the form of herbalism, acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy and energy healing sessions, and John said taking part in it made all the difference in her recovery process…

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