HERBS WE GROW.

After a brief hiatus, our online shop is back up and running! We are so exited for all the new seasonal tinctures, oils, and body care we have coming up! We have had several people ask for a list of all the herbs we grow, so I thought I would compile a little list here that can be updated as we add items to our medicine garden. When a rainy day comes our way, I will update this list with information about each plant. Stay tuned!

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Lemon Balm

Nettle

Wood Betony

Wormwood

Primrose

Rose

Catmint

Spearmint

Self heal

Lavender

Echinacea

Pennyroyal

Burdock

Motherwort

Mullein

Hyssop

Bee Balm

Peppermint

Hopi Tobacco

Astragalus

Ashwaganda

Licorice

Clary Sage

Skullcap

Valerian

Comfrey

Raspberry Leaf

Passionflower

Dandelion

Violet

Lemongrass

Arnica

Feverfew

Yarrow

Sheep Sorrel

Chamomile

NEW UPDATE! COMMUNITY SUPPORTED HERBALISM.

The earth based herbalism and farming we practice develops a long standing relationship with each plant. Since we grow all the plant matter that goes into our products, each item is nutured from seed to product. Herbal products have become widely available at health food stores, so you may be wondering why one would participate in Community Supported Herbalism. The Community Supported Agriculture movement has done amazing things for farming, and we want to encourage that same movement in the herbal world! Community Supported Herbalism (CSH) provides sustainable, locally grown herbs, prepared with the utmost intention by an herbalist you can call by name. By knowing the farmer and producer of your herbal products, you can be sure you are supporting something you can believe in!

This is our second year of providing a CSH, and we are so excited to share with you our vision for 2016! This year’s CSH will run May through October; you will receive one share per month delivered to your door. You can expect each CSH share to include 3 items that are seasonal, handmade, and organically grown, to provide the freshest most potent herbs available. Shares could include any of the following seasonal items: tinctures, infused oils, salves, soaks, vinegars, flower essences, facial care, tea blends, or nourishing body care. SIGN UP HERE!

Our CSH is a great learning tool for those wanting to expand thier herbal knowledge, superb for building your herbal medicine cabinet, anyone committed to living a natural lifestyle, or those passionate about sustainable and community base agriculture and wellness.

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I’M BAAAAAACK!

My blogging hiatus was at first, completely unintentional, but then I realized my new life had lots of curves and bumps. I needed some time to figure out this new and wonderful world I am living in. Today, it feels good. So far, quitting my job to farm and build my apothecary, has been the hardest yet best decision I have ever made. Yes, some days are so challenging I wonder what the heck I’ve done, but you see, the difference is they are MY challenges. Every day is an adventure and it drives me like nothing ever has. For those who have wondered if we are still homesteading, the answer is yes! To me, I feel like we are homesteading now more than we ever have, and finally reaching some of those goals I had set so long ago. Thanks for sticking this journey out with us, you are a huge part of what makes this possible! Here’s some photos of how we have been spending our days over the last few months!

Peace,

Nicole

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IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME!

It’s been a long time! I haven’t blogged in about 3 weeks now. I took some time off to try to regroup and refresh for the new and exciting life I am creating. July 17th was my final day at the day job I have had for the past 9 1/2 years. Needless to say, it was bittersweet! I had to take some time to process both the joy and the fear, but I am back now. Today, for the first time, it feels like things are beginning to take shape. My schedule is starting to come together, and I feel like I am beginning to find my rhythm between farming, herbalism, markets, and taking time to nurture myself (the last one still needs lots of work).

Here is a little bit of what I have been up to the past 3 weeks.

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My best gals threw me a little party my last day of work to celebrate my new journey. They are the best!

2The very next day we had our first farmer’s market. We are attending the West End Farmer’s Market every Saturday 9-12:30 and we absolutely love it! Come see us sometime if you can!

4 5 13 20 14We have been harvesting tons of herbs and flowers lately. Which has allowed us to increase our product line and do a few special order bouquets.

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This bouquet we did for a friend of ours to give to her sister on her birthday!

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We have also launched our skin care line. You can find it in our Etsy store. It has been great to cleanse and nourish my dirty farming skin!

22Lots of things in the garden have failed or broken this year. I am so thankful for this guy for helping me keep it all together!

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We have been preserving tons of food and eating lots of garlic!

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16 15We are still harvesting quite a bit and are keeping up with our CSA and market stand at Porter Road Butcher. You can find us there the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 4-7!

9So far, so good. I am loving my new adventure and looking forward to sharing all the new ups and downs with you all! Thank you for all the continued love and support and for help making our dreams possible!

Peace,

Nicole

***MONDAY’S MOTIVATION***

A single photo to sum up my week and help me stay motivated for the week to come. Please feel free to add a link to what motivated you through the week in the comments section below. Happy Monday. Stay positive!

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My hubby built me this amazing new kitchen shelf yesterday! Ignore the messy kitchen!