The pre existing Hanover Herbalism Guild, we have found out IS still active, just hard to get in touch with. Their next meeting is this Monday June 19 at 6:30 pm at the Sycamore Tavern in Montpelier and is a potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share and let’s join forces!
We have a Hanover, VA Herbalism Cooperative page on facebook, please join it to hear about and cobtribute your own local herbalism events!!
Bring your boots and come enjoy a plant walk at the Heathen Homestead this Saturday May 20th at 5pm!
Above is a gorgeous mullein plant we found near the well.
We have lots of wild medicinal plants and are happy to talk about the ones we know, and happy to hear your knowledge on the plants as well!
Narrow leaf plantain abounds here. Come hear about some of the uses for this plentiful plant!
We will walk through fields, the medicinal herb garden in progress, and the woods.
Free! 18217 Teman Road Beaverdam. We will have a baby in a wagon, feel free to bring your own.
Working Hands Salve, freshly made at the Heathen Homestead with chickweed oil, calendula oil, yarrow oil, goldenrod oil, coconut oil and beeswax! Perfect for cracked, calloused, dry, and sore working hands!
Available in 1oz and 2oz tins for $5.00 and $10.00 respectively. Come find us at the Ashland Farmer’s Market on the 4th Saturday of each month and the Mineral Farmer’s Market on the other Saturdays starting in May!
This Saturday April 15th at 2pm, we will be doing a plant walk through the woods here. If you are interested in learning about some spring medicinal and edible plants please come walk! Novice and experts alike welcome. There is enough chickweed and cleavers for folks who would like to harvest a quart themselves too!
Donation based event. Free and up!!! Email Mo for more info firstname.lastname@example.org
We had a bumper crop of volunteer chickweed in one of our raised beds from last year. Today we harvested the gorgeous green goodness and started an oil we will use for a salve and a vinegar we will use for food!
Very excited for this nutritious and powerful plant medicine!!! Happy Spring yall!
We planted our oats today for our Milky Oats tincture and wholesale milky oats. We also added garden vegetables to our greenhouse and got more pots ready for fledgling plants.
It is hot enough in the greenhouse today that we are leaving the door open and adding windows sooner than we thought we would need to.
We wanted to share some pictures of what a family farm or business sometimes looks like. Our latest project has been building a greenhouse to use for starting seeds. We investigated prefab greenhouse kits and were not impressed with their durability or price. We priced out the lumber and realized it would be cheaper and sturdier to build our little 6′ x 12′ space ourselves.
The weather has been so nice it almost seems like a greenhouse would be unnecessary this year, but we have a feeling it will snap back cold at least one more time. But thanks to the lovely weather it is safe to bring the kids out with us while we work on many days.
We hope that early exposure to the outdoors will help our kids become instilled with a love of and respect for Mother Earth.
We used mostly 2’*4′ material to build the frame. The structure is not attached to the ground so it will be moveable. We will probably stake it down for the season just so a big wind doesn’t try to snatch it. But the lumber makes it a pretty heavy greenhouse.
We painted the wood in order to make it look nicer and last longer. Chulainn helped supervise.
We put 4 mil plastic on the frame. We will add roll up sections later to vent the space in the summer. Family farms look like a mama breastfeeding a baby while working sometimes.
We used button cap nails to attach the plastic. Here is Chulainn supervising again.
Bonus picture of our three dogs playing in the 60 degree weather at 7am this morning.
Stay tuned for updates as we finish the greenhouse, start seeds, and landscape to make the whole area look nice! We want to enjoy our space, and eventually make it welcoming for visitors and for hosting herbal medicine classes
Thanks to our friends at the Acevedo Homestead for giving us a tip on how to move our hogs. Food on a stick does the trick to get Penne and Alfredo our 2 American Guinea Hogs moved from our garden where they had been doing some tilling for us, back to their pen in the woods.
Come to have some afternoon tea from 1-3pm on Sunday January 15th and talk about your interest in herbal medicine! All are welcome from beginners to experts. We will have at least 3 herb teas to sample and will discuss the plants’ medicine together!! Continue reading