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Growing Marjoram (video)
If you've said to yourself, " I have more herbs than I know what to do with!" take this workshop! Herbs are easy to grow and beautiful, and fresh herbs are pretty much impossible to get in supermarkets. So take the fullest advantage of your herb garden this year - cook away! Herbs are also full of important phytonutrients you can get no where else. You'll get tons of recipes and we'll go through various processes of recipe building, storing, etc that you can apply to any herb at any time.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Self-Heal or Heal-All (Prunella)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Parsley (Petroselinum hortense)
Oregano/Marjoram (Origanum vulgare/Origanum majorana)
These are all easy to grow (some have been classified as weeds). I find them to be cornerstones of herbal well-being, and I want to share how I use them in my household everyday life.
This workshop focuses on 10 common herbs that you probably have growing in your yard (or, if not, are easy to grow!) that can add SO MUCH to your household's health and well being:
With a focus on organic, fair-trade, medicinal herbs and spices, we'll construct a variety of healing and soothing salves and lip balms. We'll also discuss different types of healing herbs, what they can do for us, and where to get them. You'll never want to be without a jar of Anti-itch salve made with white willow bark and plantain or Dry-skin healing Calendula salve made with self heal and chickweed once you see how fun they are to make and how effectively they work.
We have lots of info on this site on Organic Growing, as well as workshops on Growing Herbs.
We also do an annual year-long intensive course calledLiving with Herbs with a focus on growing as well as harvesting and using herbs chronologically and seasonally - consider joining us forLiving with Herbs!
Or for a more Hands-on experience, consider becoming an Herbal Guild Member!
We use herbs with our Cats and Dogs as well as part of our Natural Pet Program.
Natural Pet Rearing with a focus on using herbs as a way to naturally care for your cat or dog. We'll be discussing Herbs as Superfoods, Herbs for preventing parasites, Calming herbs, Anti-inflammatory herbs, Allergies and herbs, Skin problems and herbs, and more as well as an Herbal-based whole food supplement mix.
Biodynamic Gardening Philosophy brings many herbs, known for their dynamic qualities, into gardening practices. Dynamic plants interact with the garden - sometimes with plants and sometimes with soil and microbial soil elements and communities. In general, they make things better for your garden plants increasing health and vitality to ward off disease and other pressures like destructive insects. Sting Nettle, Dandelion, Yarrow, Valerian, Comfrey, Chamomile are just a few...
Our Herb Plants are available throughout the growing season (by appointment), but the largest selection will be available at our Spring Plants Sales in April, May and June.
Starting in 2018, we plan to have more "open" days for plant and herb browsing and shopping!
Our herb plants are propagated with the outmost care. All of our herb plants are certified organic, and we go way above and beyond NOP standards to grow th every best - and most medicinally effective - herb plants in the land!
We also sell over 800 varieties of other plants including heirloom vegetables and native perennials and ferns.
We are so proud of our herb plants and our Spring Plant and Seedling Sales. We've gone from offering 52 different herb varieties to over 450 species and varieties in 2018!
We continue to introduce new sets of herbs that we will continue to expand upon – Native Woodland Native Medicinals, Chinese Traditional Herbs, Lyme Disease Herbs, Homeopathy-Inspired Collection....
Check out our full listing of herbs planned for the 2018 Plant and Seedling Sale in May....
Plants enjoy tea too! Just as with human skin, plants can absorb many nutrients through the pores on their leaves. Plant teas are applied by spraying the plants foliar areas with nutrient dense brewed liquid fertilizer - or tea. We'll go over the basics of brewing plants teas made from aged manures, compost, and various herbs. And we'll also discuss the Biodynamic 500 prep. Making your own teas is simple and easy. The cost is minimal. And the whole process is so much more clean, graceful, and effective than buying expensive commercial fertilizers. Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm.
New for 2018 Season!
We started our small but very diverse organic herb farm in 2005. And over the years have developed and grown our gardens, field space, greenhouse, riparian areas, and woodland to support a beautiful variety of herb plants. Our herbs are certified organic, but we go way above and beyond the NOP standards in our production practices.
Intensely Positive Growing Methods Our herbs are grown in guilds, where supportive and symbiotic species can thrive in the way nature meant. We've experimented with pairing up herbs to discover the dynamic relationships between species, leading to better development of nutritive values and medicinal phytochemicals such as essential oils and anti-oxidants.
Almost all of our fertilizer and soil amendments are grown on farm - mostly in the form of manure from our rabbits and poultry and fish, who, like our plants, are also all treated as respectfully and as family members. We consider compost-making and compost-tea-making to be an art and we see the result in the vibrant health of our plants.
We use biodynamic methods in all our growing areas. And we work very specifically to encourage the positive energies of the plants. We raise our herbs with respect and where our relationship between ourselves and the plants is one of partnership.
This positive and spiritual relationship to our gardens is very important to us - we wouldn't want to do an herb farm any other way - but we also see the results in our end products. The herbs we harvest are simply gorgeous and are shocking and remarkably healing. Even processed or dried, the colors and vibrancy are clearly outstanding. And the tonics and medicines we make from them are gorgeous and super-effective.
We finally feel like that our herb gardens have grown and developed to a point where we can offer our herbs for sale. We have been selling young herb plants for many years at our Big Annual Plant Sales (over 400 species and varieties!), but many perennial herbs take time to grow large enough for harvesting, especially ones which require root-harvesting, so we haven't been selling harvested herbs on any large scale until now.
Many of the herb plants we sell are descendents of my childhood herb garden or the first collection of herbs that Mark and I started when we first moved to Warwick. Many of those were purchased from Swissette Herb Farm.
We source all our seeds and other propagation materials from ethical, organic sources.
We put a tremendous amount of work into producing robust and healthy young herb plants that will thrive in your garden.
We're very passionate about plants and herbs at Midsummer Farm! The presence of herb plants on the face of the earth is at the heart of human culture - herbs are the healers and the flavors and aromas that define foods and cultures. The fact that there is such a diversity of types of herbs just makes the whole practice of growing and collecting herbs and using and studying herbalism all the more rewarding.
We started out as strictly an Herb Farm, filling our growing field with culinary and medicinal herbs and propagating herb plants and seedlings for selling at our Plant Sale to other herbalists, foodies, and gardeners. All of our herbs are certified organic and are grown biodynamically as well.
Integrating herbs and herbalism into our daily lives for nutrition, energy, and healing makes perfect sense to us and matches our gardening, farming, and eating philosophies. We just couldn't farm artisanally without herbs!
One of my biggest drives is to empower and inspire as many people as possible to use and grow as many herbs as possible. We run intensive herbalism courses at the farm each year and a variety of different shorter herbal workshops. If you are feeling a passion for learning more about how to integrate herbs into your life and your family's well-being, I would love to have you in one of my classes! We are building a community of like-minded thinkers and herbalists!
Herbs are an integral part of every level of our farm and our lives.
We don't view herbalism as a form of medicine - we see herbalism as a way of life.
We turn to herbs to address health problems and issues; no meal is complete without fresh herbs; our soil and garden eco-structure uses herbs; our poultry and animals and pets enjoy herbs; and we just love them.
Herb Plants and Seedlings, Using and Growing Herbs, Available Varieties
Our herbs are grown in diverse plantings that incorporate traditional companion planting concepts along with modern space-saving ideas. This supportive plant community is also made of native plants and flowers. They are grown using our own top quality compost created using materials from our farm. This diverse environment and strong support system allows the herbs to thrive and truly become what they are meant to be. This vigor can be appreciated in their strong scents, full flavors, and well-balanced levels of medicinal qualities.