THE FARM
            Young Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadesnsis)


  Emerging Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

We are a small, diversified, micro farm with a permaculture flare. 


Our focus is the cultivation and propagation of medicinal plants, including at-risk woodland medicinals.  Over 100 different medicinal species are currently growing on our 2 1/2 acres of land! 




We offer live plants for sale in the spring, and local herbal medicine made with many of our own herbs and those we ethically harvest from the surrounding woods, farms and fields.  
We use only organic practices and never use harmful chemicals on our land or in our products. 



 

The Land

A couple hundred year ago our land was a farm, as evidenced by the huge old apple trees and forgotten stone walls.  Most of it was cleared for pasture, like so many spots around New England.  Today much of that has grown-in and we have lots of early-mid successional growth of mixed white pine forest, wet meadow (used to be the farm pond long ago), red-maple/spicebush swamp, and LOTS of edges.  As permaculture-farmers, this wonderful diversity of habitats provides us with everything we need to grow our plants right where they want to be- be it forest, field or marsh.
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) in flower

 



              Dwarf Ginseng (Panax trifolius)

 


How do you farm in the woods?
When you come to our farm you might first ask yourself, "Where are all the plants?".  The answer is, all around you, tucked into their favorite little habitat, which, more often than not, is not your typical garden row!  We like to call it "medicinal forest gardening", a shout-out to our permaculture background, which is famous for its edible forest gardens.  We use many of the same principles to inform our growing practices. Many medicinals are basically wild plants that us humans like to pretend that we have domesticated...therefore many are much happier in their natural growing habitat with typical companions.  This makes for exceptionally healthy and strongly medicinal stock.





Patridgeberry (Mitchella repens)  and Wild Strawberry (Fragraria vesca) companion planting


 Elder (Sambucus canadensis)- Blue Violet (Viola odorata) Polyculture


 Newly sheet-mulched garden beds, sited with an A-frame and placed along the contour lines


 Woodland Garden
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)


 Purple Trillium (Trillium erectum)


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