Connie Karstens holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from the St. Thomas University with emphasis on Nutrition and Botany and a Master’s in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University. She taught college level nutrition for 14 years and also worked at a veterinary clinic. She is also certified as a First Line Therapy® Lifestyle Educator.
For nearly 30 years, she and her husband have worked on their 180-acre sustainable livestock farm where sheep and other livestock are grazed. As bio-dynamic farmers, they replenish the soil and make the plants and animals flourish. They are committed to keeping the land and livestock in harmony with nature. In 1997, they opened a specialty on-farm USDA processing facility and retail store called The Lamb Shoppe where naturally raised grassfed meats featuring lamb, beef, chicken, turkey and eggs and other wholesome foods are sold.
After studying medical herbalism for several years, she began her own clinical practice in 2005. Her key mentors include Mathew Wood, MSc, RH (AHG) and Lise Wolff, MSc, RH (AGH), but also include many other recognized herbal experts. She received her clinical training through an 18 month apprenticeship in Minneapolis.
Connie uses many local plants to make her own herbal tinctures, medicinal teas, oils, salves, and syrups. She also works with the Bach Flower and the Flower Essence Society (FES) remedies and, at times, homeopathic remedies.
Connie offers private wellness holistic consultations incorporating whole foods nutrition, herbs, stress management techniques, and other natural remedies to support and build overall health and re-balance the body.
She widely teaches classes both privately and through Community Education and conducts workshops to facilitate health and healing. In addition to herbs, nutrition and natural healing, she teaches a diversity of classes on sustainable agriculture, land stewardship, wild edibles and motivational subjects. Connie believes that good health and nutrition is our birthright and today we are in the resurgence where people are regaining personal empowerment and practicing personal freedom for choices in healing and nourishing themselves and their families.
She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, American Herbalists Guild, North Country Herbalist Guild, Weston A. Price Foundation, Land Stewardship Project, Sustainable Farming Association, and the American Sheep Industry Association.