Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A New Direction

I've made a decision. I'm going to further study herbs. I have always been interested in them, but I never had any formal education or serious conversation with people at my own level. They either seem to be experts or disinterested, and while I have attended many conferences and talks, and have read many books and identified and used many wonderful plants, I want to take it one step further. I want to make helpful concoctions in my kitchen, along with the good food. I want to balance on the edge of delicious meals and helpful nutrition, using indigenous plants and home grown vegetables. I want to be an herbal locavore...more so than I was before.
So here's how I'm starting: I'm taking an online course (for enrichment) first, and creating an organized notebook (and an organized digital file). I'll do that while the weather is cold and I'm starting my seeds for this year's garden. Then, in the spring/summer, I'll decide my next move. I'm not sure what direction it will take, but it's something I've always been interested in, and once again I feel like I'm coming home (to myself).
I've already learned a few things that I didn't know before. I've learned what "Ayurveda" means, and what my "Doshas" are. I've learned about the progression of the history of herbal medicine throughout time. I've learned about the need for balance, in a more gentle system that's not reliant upon chemicals for maintenance (and I hope I can get to that point!), and I've learned that there is a strong, safe relationship between traditional medical practitioners and practicing herbalists. I don't know where I'll fit in this continuum; I only know that I've always been someone who relates to plants and nature, and that I have great faith in natural balance. I'm not "in" balance, really. It's going to be a journey. I'm ready for a journey. I have my foot on the pedal, and I'm about to take off.


  1. Hi Sandy: Recently found your blog. I live in Gilbertsville and have a cabin in Columbia County. My neighbor in Columbia county is a sustainable farmer and advocate of PASA. Check out Forks Farm Market. They sell some of their products at Frecons in Boyertown. Saw in an archive an inquiry about buttermilk. Check out "Better with Buttermilk" by Lee Edwards Benning. She lives in Ambler, PA and has written other cookbooks. Diapers and rubber pants? Check out Backwoodshome.com; Bramblestictches blog. She recently had a pattern for cloth diapers and leakproof cover. Also, Goods Department Store in East Earl Twp. (Rt. 23) is a large Amish store - think Lehman's catalog to the latest modern gadgets. They may have those items. Thrift stores - Goodwill and Liberty Thrift in Pottstown, Goodwill, Mennonite Re-uzit, private thrift and antigue stores in Morgantown plus BB's - a huge Amish owned surplus store with fresh and frozen foods in the rear of the MOM outlet. In East Earl a Goodwill Store and in New Holland another Mennonite Re-uzit shop. Thanks for the tip on Elias in Allentown.

  2. Hey, Marion, nice to meet you! And thanks for the tips!