Nourished By Nature: An Immersion in Plants, Tea, Gardens and Ecology

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We welcome you to Herbal Hill Farm! Join us for a walk down our maple laneway where we will begin our journey at a small campfire, welcoming the four directions. We will talk about how to sustainably harvest wild plants and then take a meandering walk through the ecosystems around our pond and old growth forest. We will learn some plant and tree identification as you relax into the backdrop of birdsong and wildlife. As we shift our focus to the cultivated gardens, you will be given an in-depth tour of our 50 raised beds filled with vegetables and herbs. We will introduce you to our Citizen Science dried bean project and talk about raised bed gardening. You will have a chance to harvest a small basket of plants, which we will use in a multi-sensory tea tasting activity. Our beautifully renovated barn will be the site of a late afternoon lunch featuring herbal-themed baked goods, and we will end the day with a circle and tea ceremony under our majestic maples. Nature nourishes us everyday, and we invite you to join us to learn about sustainable living, wild plants, observing nature, citizen science, tea life, and organic gardening here on the beautiful slopes of the Valley’s North Mountain. We can almost guarantee you will leave here with a connected, peaceful feeling you may never have experienced before.

What's included:
  • Snacks and beverages
  • A light afternoon luncheon
  • Herbal teas
  • Handouts
  • A small gift to take home
  • All supplies required to participate in the experience will be provided

2024 Dates: Coming Soon!

What to bring:
  • We will be outside for 2+ hours, so make sure you bring a hat and sunscreen or long sleeves to protect against the sun in summer, and warm outdoor clothing in the spring and fall
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes that can get damp or muddy
  • Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty
  • If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please make sure you let us know at least 3 days in advance
  • Guests are invited to bring a pen and notebook, camera, water bottle, insect repellent, and binoculars if they wish, although these are optional
Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf has been an organic gardener, seed saver and herbalist for over 30 years. She grew up in an outdoors-loving, multi-generational family who taught her to camp, fish, forage, cook, bake, can, sew and garden. Michelle started making herbal crafts and teas to sell at farmers’ markets in 1992, and in the years since, she has hosted dozens of workshops and interns, run a community supported agriculture CSA project, spoken at many conferences, and developed two successful herbal products businesses. Michelle holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies, and enjoys sharing her gardens, ecological lifestyle, and herbal knowledge with others. (Her husband Al will also be assisting as a co-host throughout the experience.)