Sunday, April 19, 2015

A week of firsts

The first week of the season is always a memorable one filled with new friends, sore muscles, fresh eyes, and the return of the comfrey.

At orientation, our first-year interns greeted each other for the first time and our returning folks were pumped to welcome new members to the farmily. Eli showed us safe practices for working together on a certified organic farm- it's serious business, folks! Together, we toured the farm, got a first look at the upgraded drying room (it's amazing), and enjoyed talking story. Casey taught us all about the bees, including the ins and outs of top bar hives. Many of us had never seen the inside of a hive before.

In our first few days working as a new team we planted onions and shallots (also a first here), bagged up a big batch of mint tea for the Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA members and Unite For Her, organized, mulched the perennials, weeded and composted, harvested our first round of nettles and garlic mustard, and spent time getting to know one another. In our spare time we even rescued a baby squirrel and got a new farm truck.

It will be great to be able to look back on this week of firsts at the end of the season and see how things have grown. Here's to a great growing season! See you on the farm.

Photos by Slyorty

Monday, February 16, 2015

Never a down or dull moment

              Eli and Heidi vending our products at the 2014 MidAtlantic Womens Herbal Conference

I was going through photos and came across this one which I love. I had to share it and give you some background. It is one job in itself to grow plants from seed to harvest but we don't end things there. We take it to the next level by taking the harvest and transforming it into incredibly fresh products like you see at our table. During the growing season we make sure to harvest 100's of pounds of fresh herbs so we can dry them in our drying house which later get processed into our special line of tea blends and bulk supplies. We infuse and macerate many of the herbs from the farm which become oils, salves, tinctures and tonics. Heidi Benard interned with us 2 years ago and brought loads of energy and vision to the farm. She got so hooked on medicine making she committed herself to being our products coordinator. She helps to manage literally hundreds of products we create and keeps me on track especially while I have 10 other pressing responsibilities overseeing the farm and of course keeping after my son Quehanna! It is such a pleasure working with this woman and she has tons of enthusiasm for any job no matter what size. This year she enrolled in Maia Tolls Sage School of Herbal Studies and we are excited for her new studies.

We are gearing up for our upcoming growing season and you can sign up for a share of our products which runs over 6 months May-October. We are a member farm of Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative and they do an awesome job of getting our goods from the farm to your doorstep. Click on CSA and scroll down the options for CSM Communtiy Supported Medicine...that is us!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Strong Heart Tea Blend, imbolic art

STRONG HEART tea blend

winter tea inspired art for full moon