Our goal as a farm is to cultivate connection.
We want to connect people to the plants that grow in the ecosystem they live in. We want to connect people to their food system. We want to connect people to the source of their purchases. We want to connect people to their own bodies - and how to use plants in simple ways to feel better.
If you check the origin of the ingredients in your spice or tea cupboard, chances are they are grown somewhere far away from you, on land and by people that you are very disconnected from (and their quality, flavour, and potency likely very diminished). That's what we discovered for ourselves a few years ago, and what inspired us to convert our vegetable farm into a medicinal and culinary herb farm.
We are constantly honing our skill and evolving our practices, with the goals of:
- Sharing the benefits of herbal tea and botanical medicine with our wonderful community of customers
- Being the thoughtful caretakers of healthy soil and beautiful nutrient-dense crops
- Teaching others about sustainable farming practices
- Increasing knowledge about beneficial plants that grow in our local ecosystem
- Partnering on projects with local medicine makers, brewers, distillers, chefs and restaurants
Our farm is based on the principles of permaculture (rooted from the two words "permanent" and "agriculture"). Organic farming is a part of Permaculture, but not the whole part. Permaculture is much more than an agricultural system, it is a system of living.
Permaculture is rooted in the fact that no single problem or solution stands on its own. In recognition of this balance, it embraces four basic principles:
Working with nature rather than against it
Thoughtful observation rather than thoughtless labor
Each element should perform many functions rather than one
Everything is connected to everything else
By observing and learning from our environment, such as how nature replenishes its soil, how nature protects and conserves its water resources, how nature has adapted to the specific climate of an area, etc…we can learn how to imitate these natural processes in our daily living.