Healing Spirits Herb Farm Welcomes New Life and New Helpers!
Spring greetings and warm, green blessings to all!
Hi, I'm Chris, writing to you from Matthias and Andrea's, Healing Spirits Herb Farm in Avoca, NY.
I wanted to let everyone know what a wonderful experience it has been being on their farm for a little over a week now. How did I happen upon this little, slice of heaven? From a website called HelpX or HelpXchange (http://www.helpx.net/). HelpX is a place where farm owners (or anyone looking for help of any kind) can make a listing where they talk about their farm and put up some pictures. On the other end, people like me, who are looking for a wonderful experience (a vacation, I call it) can surf the website by country or state to find all help listings. If you have heard of WWOOF, World Wide Organization of Organic Farmers, it is much like this, but I believe the HelpX website is set up to be much more user-friendly and you can search help listings prior to signing up, which makes things much easier.
My experience on the Healing Spirits Herb Farm has been nothing short of what I call a "life awakening". The first day I found myself grinding Japanese Knotweed, an immune booster, preparing it to be shipped out for encapsulation. It was somewhat surreal being on the manufacturing end, since I've only been a consumer. Regardless of what is being produced, you will find being on this end for a change, brings the picture full circle and creates a sense of completion in ones-self.
In addition, I've harvested other amazing healing herbs, like Nettles and Teasel root. --add what they do-- On hands and knees, with blessings spoken, I reached into the nutrient rich, organic soil and gently pulled these amazing healers from the womb of our, Mother Earth. It is truly an amazing, even spiritual experience, which will bring you closer to the natural world that sustains all life.
Not too far from the house are a few apple trees. The sun was shining and there was a cool breeze kicking up off the creek that the trees grow next to. The trees are young and in need of some guidance. Like a good steward of the earth, Matthias showed me how to guide these trees out to the sides so that all of the tree will receive the light it needs to grow. We snipped most of the branches that were growing straight up and would eventually grow to block the rest of the tree from sunlight.
A little sore from a days work? Got a cold? Allergies got you sniffling and sneezing? Matthias and Andrea can tell you about the hundreds of herbs they use and even assist your healing like the herbalists of old.
In addition to their positive healing teachings, Andrea and Matthias have a strong connection within their local community and the national herbal community and know how to eat healthy and local. They are well known, experts in their field. Not only that, but they support their local community and friends by trading their wares for things they don't make, such as: maple syrup, milk, produce and meat. By doing so, they set a strong example for how others can sustainably and self-sufficiently live their lives.
I promise you that by the time you are done here, you will be more knowledgable about medicinal herbs and life in general, and feel a stronger sense of community and family.
Chris, Andrea, Matthias and the Healing Spirits Herb Farm Family