I found Rainshadow through a google search, and started to volunteer almost weekly. Once I discovered the Apprenticeship program offered at Rainshadow through the Rogue Farm Corps, my whole life changed. Now my path is very clear to me – farming is, and always has been, my path. I am deeply passionate about growing healthy and nourishing food, herbal medicine, being a steward of the land, and getting down and dirty on the daily. The experience, knowledge, and wisdom gained here at Rainshadow these past couple years has prepared me to take on a new chapter–my partner and I are looking for land to start a farm of our own… next year! We plan on growing organic vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and someday raise animals.
One of my passions is practicing herbal medicine. I started a number of medicinal herbs on the farm this year. There is a row in the 2-acre I call the, “Respiratory Row,” because the plants growing there support a healthy respiratory system. It includes Elecampane, Pleurisy, Licorice, and Marshmallow. This row was inspired by fire season, because we all need more support during these times! These are all perennials, and their roots will be ready to harvest and prepare into herbal products in 2-3 years.
We also grow nervines, which are plants that support and nourish the central nervous system, bringing a sense of balance to the body. These include Skullcap, Chamomile, Blue Vervain, Lavender, Lemon Balm, and St. John’s Wort. Some other medicinal herbs we grow are Calendula, Yarrow, Rose, Arnica, Burdock, Anise Hyssop, Mint, Tulsi Basil, Echinacea, Raspberry Leaf, and Motherwort.
I have been working on some herbal products using Rainshadow medicinal herbs, which you can find in our Rainshadow Farm Store! It is stocked regularly with handmade body products, teas, and bulk loose leaf herbs; which we offer by the ounce. Right now, we have rose, mint, yarrow, chamomile, and calendula in stock. Come in and check it out!