4th Saturdays at Ashland Farmer’s Market!!

The Heathen Homestead is very excited to be vending at the Ashland Farmer’s Market on the 4th Saturday of each month starting in May!!! The market is at 121 Thompson Street Ashland, VA 23005 on Saturdays from 9am to Noon from May through October.

Come out to see us and buy herbal medicinal plants, teas, balms, salves, and more!

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Spring vegetables popping up!

Today we have our baby corn, buttahbeans, and squash showing their fresh spring green selves in the vegetable garden! Thanks to David’s greent thumb! 


Can’t wait to eat em!!!! 

Wildcrafted Chickweed Oil and Vinegar

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!

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.



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!!!

Gaia Women’s Gathering

Just a heads up, Mo will be attending and teaching at the 10th annual Gaia Women’s Gathering this May 5-7 at Camp Albermarle outside of Charlottesville, VA.

There will be many teachers and vendors at this event. 

Mo will be teaching a Know Your Rights workshop and a Prisons, PTSD, and Herbalism workshop.

“For over a decade the Gaia Gathering for Women has been a space where the women of our region can come together to learn, strengthen community connections and be deeply nourished in many ways. Classes in herbalism and holistic living are taught by a fruitful array of gifted teachers witha wide range of topics to support healing and connection. This year we are honored to feature renowned herbalist and author Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals. Deliciously healthy, organic food with gluten free options and the joyful singing and drumming of our Saturday night Beltane celebration are also integral parts of the gathering. Our event is held just north of Charlottesville at the lush and beautiful Camp Albemarle, a retreat space on the banks of the Moorman River. With a bounty of native plants and green space for camping and contemplation the camp continues to be a wonderful setting for the Gathering. We hope joining us will become a spring tradition in your self-care tool kit as it for many of us and we look forward to welcoming you at the gathering!” – from the event page

If you are interested in attending the gathering, please go to the website here: http://www.gaiagatheringva.com/

Also the facebook page for the event is here: https://m.facebook.com/events/656065454578154?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2298%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&aref=98

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 

Donations We Would Appreciate – Recycle/Upcycle

We are a new enterprise and working very hard to work for ourselves while supporting our family. We are not seeking financial donations, but rather, hope we can engage in acts of Mutual Aid.

We are looking for a large variety of supplies. Perhaps you are lookimg to get rid of some items you no longer need or want. We would be happy to take those items off of your hands, and put them to good use here on the farm.

Below is a list of items we are looking for. Please get in touch if you have some to donate. We are also open to bartering for certain things.

Items We Need:

Fencing supplies- all types of wire, 4×4 posts, fence boards, nails, screws

Electric Fence components – wire

Plant supplies – soil, fertilizer, lime, peat moss, Continue reading