Midsummer Farm Apothecary
Author / Writer
I am always interested in exciting and challenging new writing opportunities. I am currently writing for a great company, called Purely Poultry. And I am working on a couple new books including one on Creating an Artisanal Backyard.
I also do all the writing for this website and the email newsletter.
Holistic Health Coach
Offering personalized 8 session programs on regaining health and vitality. Free and no-pressure, no-obligation intro session.
My coaching focus: Eat beautiful and delicious food and get healthier!
I can do expressionistic portraits of your land and property ... click here for more info!
Barbara Taylor-Laino is co-owner and co-founder of Midsummer Farm in Warwick, NY. She is a full time farmer and primary instructor/teacher at Midsummer Farm.
One of my first loves in life was teaching. I also always loved art and language, and as an undergraduate, I double majored in Literature and Fine Art with teaching certification. I went on to get a Master's in English and from there started teaching college English and working in publishing, specifically in college text books.
I was brought up thinking outside the box and only eating organic and non-chemical, non-poisonous foods. But I started to realize that I also deeply appreciated the flavors of these naturally-produced foods and traditionally-prepared foods. And the more of a 'foodie' I became, the more I wanted to take it to another level and grow my own food.
My husband, Mark, and I started Midsummer Farm in 2005. I started taking courses in organic and biodynamic agriculture and permaculture - pursuing the sustainable and artisanal small farm concept. We became Certified Organic and Certified Animal Welfare Approved. And after a lot of experimentation, Midsummer Farm now focuses on propagating and selling Plant and Seedlings, growing heirloom vegetables for our small CSA program, raising poultry in a respectful manner, and giving workshops, courses, and tours designed to not only teach but also inspire others to start small farms or create 'artisanal backyards.'
Our Plant and Seedling Sales are all about inspiration and obsession. I actively seek out new varieties and collect unusual plants. I work to propagate these collectible and fun plants and varieties and now in my 12th year selling plants I am offering over 800 varieties of perennial, natives, herbs, and heirloom vegetables.
Besides continuing my passion for teaching, I have also continued using writing as a way to share and inspire. I am currently working on a new information-rich website and two new books. I have written a book on Making Homemade Pet Food, and I regularly publish a Newsletter about Midsummer Farm and about healthy artisanal eating, growing, and living. I also do freelance writing in subjects and for companies that I feel passionate about.
Herb-Based Beautiful and Clean Health Care and Healing Products.
Tilth & August Design
Fabrics, Fibers, and Designs (TO COME)
Hand-Made Crafts inspired by deep woods and forests of moss.