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Year 3 On The Farm

I can't even believe we are here! I am three years into my journey back to my roots of self sufficiency. So many things have changed in my life, yet I don't feel much different than when I started this journey. I feel like I have come such a long way, but I still have so much more to learn. I have learned so much in my short time on my family property. My dream for my business has evolved immensely since I began. I have had many more successes this year than failures compared to the last 2 years combined.  The first year I spent more or less cleaning up the house & the yard. It took me about...

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Herb of the Month-Eucalyptus

This month's herb is dedicated to my newest acquisition! I have been wanting a eucalyptus tree since I began farming & working with herbs. It is an extremely powerful herb that is both medicinal & magical. It is extremely easy to grow so far. It loves the sun so there is a need for you to be in the right growing zone to keep it alive. Eucalyptus needs at least 10 hours of sun a day & plenty of water. It is a wonderful addition to any medicinal or hoodoo herb garden.  Every year I attempt to add new, extraordinary herbs into my medicinal, hoodoo mini farm. I also lose a good amount of herbs, either because they don't come...

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Herb of the Month-Burdock

The roots, seeds, stems & leaves of the burdock plant are used medicinally! Burdock root is most often used to cleanse the body of toxins. It is also helpful to increase urine output & it is said to enhance liver functions. Even the seeds are anti-inflammatory. The stalk can be peeled & grilled or added to stir-fry. Spiritually it was historically used for healing and protection.  

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Herb of the Month Series-Tobacco

I decided that the herb of the month had to be something that would not only honor what I have come to call #PettwayHistoryMonth, but my great grandmother whom I usually kick off Pettway history month with. While most people are celebrating Black History Month I take that time to introduce the world to my infamous family. Even though I clearly talk about my family’s illustrious history more often than not, it is a more concentrated effort in February. I have been doing this for the last few years & every year I end up learning something new about my family! This year I decided to celebrate a little differently when I came across a challenge in one of the...

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Herb of the Month Series-Ashwagandha

I have spent quite a few years working with & studying herbs. I take special interest in the herbs we use everyday & the herbs that can be used to assist us in our overall well-being. When I decided to build my mini farm I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I started out making holistic skincare with only a dream of one day being a farmer. Growing medicinal herbs began as a way to cut down my overhead. Little did I know it was in my blood & I would become obsessed with the process. As I am in the middle of becoming certified as a naturopathic herbalist I decided to start this series to share...

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