Oats planted, more to come

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.



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New products coming soon!

Took advantage of the mucky weather to start 7 new tinctures and 4 new oils that we will be selling on their own and in other products like salves and balms! Our apothecary is growing, and we are so excited to be better prepared for healing our community!

Check back in 6 weeks or so for white oak, elderberry, usnea, motherwort, blue vervain, dandelion root, and St. John’s wort tinctures, as well as borage, St. John’s wort, mugwort, and yarrow oils!

Great Market Today!

We had a great time today at the pop up A Day For Us market for women and minority run businesses! The organizers did a great job and turnout was fabulous despite the cold weather. Also, it supported a good cause – we and other vendors contributed 15% of our sales to the Virginia Anti Violence Project. You can donate here.

 We also have to give a huge thank you to our friends and family who came out to support us and the other vendors. It was great to break from this cold weather and get to see so many smiling faces. We would have nothing without our friends and family. They also watched the kids for us so we could get down to the business of vending. 

Items we still have for sale:

1 oz or 2 oz tinctures of: lemon balm, elecampagne, elderberry, milky oats, crampbark, red raspberry, yarrow, mullein $8 or $15

Smoke Less For Success Herbal Tea 1/2 or 1 oz – mullein, wood betony, chamomile, lemon balm, and cinnamon $3-$6

Lavender and Calendula Lip Healing Balm – in natural or pink shimmer $2.50 a tube, $4 a tin, containing organic shea butter, beeswax, calendula oil, lavender oil, lavender essential oil, and pink mica for the pink version

We also have a stock of furniture for sale. We can do custom pieces and signs for others as well.

An example of a routed sign made by David. Custom shapes, stain/paint, and of course words, are all available. Just get in touch!

What’s Growing On…

With luck and hard work, we will be growing the following medicinal herbs this year:

Fennel, skullcap, lavender, rosemary, yarrow, wood betony, hyssop, catnip, tulsi, sage, lemon balm, nettles, motherwort, marshmallow, burdock, flax, evening primrose, elecampagne, echinacea, chamomile, thyme, valerian, astragalus, red clover, sweet that basil, oregano, basil, cilantro, dill, chocolate mint, spearamint, peppermint and milky oats

Some of these we will be selling as plants to others, so please keep in touch if you are interested in a particular plant. 

Growing season is upon us!!!

A Day For Us: Sunday March 12 from 1-4 at the Lakeside Farmer’s Market!

We have been included in the A Day For Us – A Women and Minority Maker’s Market + Awareness Event!!! Which means we have. Lot of work to do between now and next Sunday! Come out from 1-4 to the Lakeside Farmer’s Market to support the Heathen Homestead and tons of other excellent locals!!

Here is the facebook event:

https://m.facebook.com/events/1297364007010844/
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Show up, support, and socialize at: A Day For Us. A Women & Minority Maker’s Market + Awareness Event

SUPPORT: Visit info booths and learn about local causes and organizations with missions to promote equality for all citizens, spread awareness and support minorities and women, and work to end violence toward marginalized groups. Groups will include Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, VA Pride and more!

SHOP: Forgo shopping at big-box stores and come support small, women (including trans women/women identifying/non-cisgender male) and minority-owned businesses. Expect goods from Studio Two Three, Garnett Jewelry, Mama A’s Bath & Body Products, Dayum This is My Jam, Espresso A Go Go Catering, Maven Made, Holly Sullivan – Prints and Illustration, Caring Cryptid Corps, One Drop Yoga and more!

Please join us at Lakeside Farmers Market on March 12th from 1:00PM until 4:00PM to shop with, support, and learn from women and minorities.

We’ll have locally crafted art, food, and other items for purchase as well as workshops and info about awesome women and minority-owned businesses and causes. Vendors will (voluntarily) donate 15% of proceeds to a local non-profit working toward empowering women and minorities while promoting equality for all.

*Note: If you are a woman/trans woman/identify as a woman or are a non-cisgender male that is a crafter/maker and/or owns a business and you are interested in having a table at this event, please email DayumJamRVA@gmail.com SPACE IS VERY LIMITED.”

The 2017 MidAtlantic Permaculture Conference

We are excited to be attending the 2017 Midatlantic Permaculture Conference. The theme this year is Holistic Homestead, and you know that sounds right up our alley! Get in touch if you plan on attending as well. It is on June 17 in Charles Town, WV. 

Tickets and info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-mid-atlantic-permaculture-convergence-tickets-28638469433

We are excited to do some regional networking and learn from folks also involved in the homestead and holistic living movements.

A Family Farm DIY Greenhouse

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 

Gonna Bee Ready for the Spring!

We put in some work today with the kids helping to spruce up the beehives for the Spring. 

We are looking to get a couple hives worth of bees to start this year. Lost our last hives to wax worms that went unnoticed for too long. We will not be making that mistake again! Always striving to make new mistakes! 

The bee hives had to be scraped out and we also painted the outsides to help protect the wood a little! It was a perfect day for painting outside and letting the kids get some sun and play in!

Herbal Teaser…

Plans are in the works to have a variety of culinary and medicinal starter plants for sale this Spring. We will release a list of available varieties in the coming weeks. Please support local farmers and buy local plants, not ones from big box retailers!!