Learning the medicines of the land & the land as medicine. The root causes of ecological destruction are from a human disassociation from the shifting cycles of land. Giving reverence & understanding to the dynamics of our existence, as a part of nature, is essential to our survival.
Plants are our kin, our lineage. As such, the main focus of our cultivation efforts are to provide the opportunity to apprentice with the plants themselves. To learn their dynamic language & to be able to see with all our senses (especially for our surrounding community of urban dwellers) the specific habitats & growth cycles of our herbal allies. We believe that medicinal plant conservation plays a key role in habitat restoration & that the root causes of ecological destruction emerge from a disassociation from the shifting cycles of land. Giving reverence & understanding to the dynamics of our existence, as a part of nature, is essential to our survival & a vital part of any healing process. If the land is sick we are sick & vice versa. Herbalism is the people's medicine, our first medicine...yet, we forfeit this gift if the people do not know nor care to know the ecosystem in which they inhabit. This lack of cultural awareness has caused profound disorientation & severed us from a very important birthright. Soil = Soul.
"The land knows you, even when you are lost." - Robin Wall Kimmerer
"Plants teach us how to be human.” - Kat Maier
Our small farm is located on a half acre lot in the northeast part of Baltimore City. Our goal is to implement Traditional Ecological/permaculture principles as much as possible. Nothing is considered waste but gets cycled back into the land. For example when we acquired the property we had also inherited a deceased Ash tree which, unfortunately, needed to be cut down. Rather than haul the tree off to a "waste" dump we chose to give the Ash a proper burial & implement a practice called Hugelkultur. In addition we compost every food scrape via a Jora Composter, while old brush gets shredded for bedding or burned for the ash. We enjoy displacing bagged leaves from the landfill by bringing back a few at a time while on a morning jog through the neighborhood. We also receive chicken manure from our neighbors & supplement, when needed, with Hollins Organic soil. Next up is rain water catchment!