After sleeping in and working with a new client, I ate a quick bite of salad before heading out to a friends farm for a farm tour. I drove out to Moon Valley Farm.
I remember when Grace and Alan moved to this property about five years ago. They have mended the house and barn, set up a greenhouse, and various aspects of a farm business to include cattle, guinea hogs, chickens select vegetables and specialty milk soaps featuring ingredients grown on the farm. One of the things I want to expand upon during this 30 Day Challenge is my knowledge of taking care of oneself, which includes herbal medicinals. Grace’s knowledge has been gained through personal study, formal training, and through personal experience. Her background of knowledge includes working on a bio-dynamic farm in New Hampshire, living at Earth Haven eco-village in North Carolina, instruction from Susun Weed, study at The Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, and most recently she has become a Registered Nurse, currently practicing at the Center for Holism.
Although with the couples gaining knowledge and wisdom, their nature of care for earth, care for others, and sharing in bounty is true living of the Permaculture Ethics of Earthcare, People-care and Fair-share. And they incredibly humble. Not to mention fabulous cooks using fresh produce, meats and herbs from the farm. I am fortunate to know them, and am delighted to be able to share a bit of my time on this tour at their home with you.
The Farmers Flu Shot
1/2 cup honey
2 cups elderberry, simmered on the stove for 45 minutes then strained
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix together and drink!