Entries by herbmountainfarm

Medical Herb Gardening for Beginners

So happy to have authored another blog for Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine!   I love herbal medicine but I’ve never grown herbs—how do I begin an herb garden? Have you or someone you know been asking this question lately? Then read on for inspirational and empowering steps for growing medicinal herbs at home—we give […]

Witch Hazel Folklore, Medicinal Uses and Cultivation

Mary Plantwalker recently penned two articles on Witch Hazel for the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine’s Blog! Here is an excerpt: “Witch hazel is our kinky, golden-star flower shrub or small tree that blooms in cold weather, when all other flowers are absent from the landscape. These flowers are long-lived, as they patiently wait for […]

Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture for the Layman and Woman For a long time, the hip word tossed around in the green movement was “sustainability”—sustainable forestry, living sustainably, sustainable goods, sustainable farming practices etc…More and more it has moved beyond just sustaining, into regeneration. And one of the biggest movements in altering our course toward a possible future […]

Appalachian Tea Ceremony

What exactly is an Appalachian Tea Ceremony and why might you want to come? Well, tea ceremonies have been around for thousands of years, honoring the plant Camellia sinensis, better known as Tea, but in the Appalachian Tea Ceremony, we take the idea of tea time to another realm.  An herbal infusion is the liquid […]

Earth Stewards Unite!

“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the […]

2018 Year in Review

Closing the door to one year and stepping over the threshold into a new one is refreshing in a lot of ways- it gives a chance for pause and reflection, a chance to see the highs and lows of the year past and what might be done differently in the upcoming one. For Herb Mountain […]

Plants as Allies

Who among us is not in intimate relationship with the plant kindom? (Yes, that’s kindom, not kingdom, as we are all akin). Humans could not survive without the plants, and yet, they could survive fine without us. And despite this, they continue to give of themselves century after century, generation after generation, bringing to our […]

Retreat Centers

We chose to call our farm a Learning and Lodging Center, an alternative way of saying Retreat Center, in the hopes it would draw folks here looking for not only a place to rest and renew, but to also learn about and find something of meaning to take back out into the world and share […]