We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.
My passion is in the herb garden - growing and learning from medicinal plants. This winter I was called to an herbal oasis on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean -- Kaua'i, Hawaii.
The Kaua'i Farmacy was birthed by a family driven to empower others with access to the healing power of potent, organic herbs. On their small farm, along a lush riverbed on the north of the island, a wonderful diversity of plants are grown, harvested, dried in a solar dehydrator, packaged, then sold from their 'Tea Wagon' at a nearby farmers market.
Here I volunteered with daily farm work -- planting lavender & ashwagandha seedlings; fertilizing with neem & spirulina; cleaning and sorting galangal ginger & yacon; mulching between cacao & papaya trees, harvesting gotu kola & tulsi; juicing all kinds of goodness to create herbal elixirs.
I take home with me the teachings of the plants, as well as the incredible feeling of peace which permeates that magical garden -- the memory of waking to simmer in the dawn, full moon sinking behind the mountains in pale morning light, listening to bird songs and walking through a jungle of coconut palms, towering ginger and sugar cane.
Life started in a garden, and to the garden we will return.
Look forward to fresh Kaua'i Farmacy tea at the cafe this season! Carrying home Mamaki Chai from the farm - a delicious blend of Hawai'ian nettes (mamaki), allspice, cinnamon, ginger, lemongrass, tumeric & tulsi - good medicine made with Aloha!