Our First Farm Season

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It has been a long while since my last blog. We moved to our new property in August 2017 and have been busy unpacking, landscaping, planting herbs and berry bushes, building garden beds as well as expanding the gardens.

Our farm stand is now open on the weekends where we sell seasonal produce including culinary and medicinal herbs, edible flowers, . As of June 1, 2018, phase one of landscaping/planting is done. I have two more phases in mind…

We are so excited about the beautiful weather on Vancouver Island that is making the plants grow and thrive. Pollinators are out making swift work of the polyculture we deliberately established. Our organic compost is coming along wonderfully with the help of comfrey and stinging nettle which are high in nitrogen. It will be ready for use in the fall to support the underground ecosystem – good food grows from good soil.

I have been busy over the winter working on a Chartered Herbalist Diploma from Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, British Columbia. The final exam was three days ago. I am happy to report that I passed and am officially a Chartered Herbalist.

I have always loved and felt a deep connection with nature. Studying herbalism and traditional medicine, which I am deeply passionate about, has set that need for connection and ancient wisdom ablaze once more. It is amazing that just a few generations ago, herbs and botanicals were the go to medicine for common complains in North America; a way to heal on physiological, emotional and energetic levels using nature’s compound remedies.

The World Health Organization (WHO) promotes Traditional Medicine and states the following:

  • Traditional medicine has intrinsic value, and in recognition fo this fact, it should be promoted and its potential developed for the wider use and benefit of mankind.
  • Traditional medicine has certain advantages over imported systems of medicine, because as an integral part of the people’s culture, it is particularly effective in solving certain cultural health problems.
  • traditional medicine contributes greatly to scientific medicine, thus justifying its development from the Western biomedical perspective.

One can certainly spend a lifetime learning about this beautiful planet and its medicine.

 

Until next time, here’s a walk through our garden!

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French sorrel salad, kale, dill, edible flowers (violas, pansies, English daisies)
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A cake topped with our edile flowers – had to share this

 

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Beautiful Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

 

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Art beneath our 100-year-old cherry tree

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Strawberry blossoms
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Apple blossoms
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A delightful visitor

 

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Wild Rose blossoms
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Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

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Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

 

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Borage (Borago officinalis)

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Garden Rue (Ruta graveolens)

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Grow~Share~Thrive

 

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