Founder, Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary
January 20, 2022:
I’m still taking in this news of Steven’s passing. He is my longest herbal buddy, over 46 years we stayed connected. We met as such young teenagers at Shaker Village, already both of us plant geeks at ages 16/17 and 18/19, in different ways. On Tuesday, I opened a book and found a note I had written myself to ask Steven a question about the shelf-life of powdered herbs. I suspect so many of us will be shaking our heads when random questions arise that Steven would have the answers for. The last time we spoke, in April, he totally answered my questions about the different species of calendula and where in Europe these species are from. We had a lovely summer picnic together in 2020, the last time I saw him in person. His passing will take time to sink in.