March 2009

Down on the (organic) farm: a community coming together

Our arrival to Forrest Green Farm in Louisa, Virginia coincided with dawn and by we- I mean myself, a harried writer fleeing from the frenetic pace of New York City and Therese, a local herbalist. Sitting on over 100 acres in some of Virginia's most beautiful countryside, Forrest Green Farm is owned by Rob and Krista Rahm and cohabitated by their two children Dylan and Shanah, a herd of prized Miniature Hereford cattle, 3 horses, 3 dogs, 20 chickens, 2 cats and one very adorable donkey. When we arrived, Krista was setting up our breakfast and lunch table which consisted of vegetarian fare and hot burdock tea. Her son was tending the bonfire surrounded by lengths of tree trunk cut just right for a stool and her daughter was running around with the dogs. Today we would be joined by about 15 others, a mix of herbalists, neighbors, friends, and fellow home schoolers, to help put in four raised beds large enough for a commercial sized vegetable crop this summer. Many of those coming to help met in the Sacred Plant Traditions class in Charlottesville, VA which teaches herbalogy; the health benefits of herbs and plants and their many uses.