Speaking Engagements, Workshops, and Events
by Jeff McCormack

I welcome the opportunity to share the results of my research with audiences and members of your organization.

Our first book, Bush Medicine of the Bahamas, was honored by the Mary W. Klinger Book Award for outstanding book of the year, awarded in 2012 by the Society for Economic Botany. There are three basic requirements for this award. The book must be: (1) innovativeand setnew boundarieswithin the field of study; (2), and/or creatively research or document the use of plants by taking an educational or synthetic approach by integrating different fields of study, especially botany and anthropology; (3), and/or make other outstanding contributions to the field of study.

Jeff McCormack at Virginia Festival of the Book

For many years, I have been a sustainable agriculture biologist, researcher in integrated pest management, and founder of two seed companies specializing in organic agriculture and preservation of biological diverstiy. I have also authored seven organic seed production manuals for the USDA, and have been interviewed on local radio stations as well as three different National Public Radio shows and podcasts. I am currently continuing my medicinal plant research in South Andros, Bahamas, and have begun a new research project on Latino plant medicine.


My presentations can be customized to meet audience sizes, topics of interest, and length of presentation. I have been a keynote or guest speaker at local and national locations, for example:


Event cost: For non-local events (located more than 50 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia), I request an honorarium of $400 to $1800 (depending on distance and venue), plus IRS standard mileage rate, airfare, boarding and meals, as necessary. In some cases I can take into account the nature of the event and the resources of the hosting organization. Driving times over 4 hours require overnight accommodations. For non-local events, a speaker agreement and deposit is required in advance to confirm the date.

Event cost is tax deductible: Both the honorarium and travel portions are tax deductible, and is used to support on-going research. Payment is processed by Open Hands, a Virginia non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that receives donations and grants that support our research mission. To avoid a 3% PayPal processing fee on the Open Hands website, mail your check directly to: President, Open Hands, 523 Lexington Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902. In the memo section of the check write "Bahamian Bush Medicine Project". When you send a check there is no processing or overhead cost. In this manner, there is no overhead cost and 100% of your donation is deposited to our research account.


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