Pleasant Valley Botanicals is also excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2017 Community Supported Agriculture Program. We believe that medicinal and culinary herbs are integral parts of an affordable and holistic health care system and agriculture systems. One of the best ways to incorporate medicinal herbs into your life is by growing them or getting them from a local farmer! The previous years' Herb Shares have included 60+ different herbs, and as always each week's Herb Share includes lots of information on the herbs (materia medica), recipes, and medicine making information. The Herb Share program offers 4-6 fresh herbs every other week from June 22 to September 28, 2017. Excited to announce we ARE having TWO pick-up site options this year. We will continue with our long-standing host Holcomb Farm, in Granby CT, as well as our new location at Walk In the Woods, LLC in Whiting Mills. Please indicate which site you prefer; the dates and times are the same.
Because PVB is grateful to be part of a larger healing community, we give a free CSA sign-up thank you gift to anyone who mentions one of these affiliations or memberships: (Just make sure you let me know your affiliation)
- Holcomb Farm (employee, previous employee or 2017 Holcomb Farm CSA member)
- Clients of Many Rivers Acupuncture or Community Acupuncture of Woodbury
- Students of Walk in the Woods LLC., The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition, Twin Star Herb School
Holcomb Farm location: 113 Simsbury Rd, West Granby, CT 06090
Walk in the Woods LLC location: 100 Whiting Street Winsted, CT 06098
What previous Herb Share members have said about the experience:
- "Mom, believe it or not, I really think that stuff (aka Ben's Stay Well tincture) you gave me works! Every time I felt like I was coming down with something, I took it and never got as sick as some of my friends did this past semester!"- shared quote from a 2016 CSA member who made a immune support remedy with herbs and a recipe from Pleasant Valley Botanicals
- "As a budding herbalist, Pleasant Valley Botanicals CSA inspired me to try new herbs and practices....I now have a pantry full of incredible herbs and medicines." K.C. CSA member
- "Farmer Melody's herbs are grown with her beautiful spirit and love." A.C. CSA member
- "Melody's Herbal CSA offerings are as vibrant and nourishing as her own personality. Highly recommended!". J.T. CSA member
- "I learned so much.....wonderful experience!". A.L. CSA member
- Have complete confidence you are receiving the highest quality, ethically and sustainably grown and harvested herbs
- Cultivate your relationship with a wide diversity of medicinal herbs, no matter if you are a true beginner or experienced herbalist
- Feel empowered with your increasing self reliance in holistic health and resiliency and enjoy the healing power of working with local herbs and plants
- Know that you are part of a sustainable food and "health care" system that includes justice for people who grow, process and package medicinal herbs
- Have regular access to fresh or freshly dried herbs, which are superior for making foods, teas, tinctures, compresses or other botanical medicines of your choosing
- Have a fun opportunity to learn about medicinal herbs, and receive medicinal and culinary herb information and recipes by well known herbalists such as Rosemary Gladstar and local herbalist Lupo Passero
- Attend a complimentary introductory class on medicine making on June 22 (first CSA pickup)
- Receive a discount on any additional herbs or herbal products you would like to purchase
CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a partnership between the farmer (me!) and share members (you!), allowing a farmer to grow crops (herbs!) directly for members. Members purchase a "share" in the farm in advance, and in exchange receive a supply of vibrant herbs approximately two times a month from June to September. As my Cousin Toni, who was not familiar with the term CSA said "just tell people its a subscription service!" Inspired by the powerful CSA vegetable model, Pleasant Valley Botanicals offers an herbal CSA. Or perhaps it is more fun to think of it as a FSA: Farmer Supported Apothecary.
Benefits of Community Supported Agriculture include:
- an economical way to purchase vibrant, sustainably grown herbs to consume fresh or make your own high quality medicinals
- maintain and grow connections in our community
- support the local economy and be part of a regional, sustainable food/health care system
- there are fun surprises, including MANY herbs that you likely otherwise couldn't find fresh
- experience improved well-being by reconnecting to the healing powers of seasonal, local medicinal herbs
- pick up your share, connect with friends and the herbal community, and receive herbs for healthy mind, body and soul.
- offerings will vary week-to-week, but as we move into the heart of the growing season, the bounty increases, allowing us all to share in the abundant roots, flower, leaves and fruits of the season.
- last year the CSA offered 60 different herbs, and every year I explore which new plants can be successfully grown (and shared with CSA members!) in the Northeast.
What if you can't come one week?
We understand that summer is a time of vacation or sometimes just "life happens" moments and you may need to miss a pick-up. We ask that whenever possible, you arrange for a friend or family member to pick up your share. If this is not possible, you can contact Farmer Melody at least 24 hours in advance to see if alternate arrangements are available.