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FIELDSNOTES BLOG

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED HERBALISM SPRING 2019

It has been one year since we started our Community Supported Herbalism project and we want to say thank you for supporting our project and the local Herbalism community! This year, we also started our first Herbal farmers market stand at Legion Park Farmers Market, Saturdays 9am-2pm and we will be there for a few more weeks. 

We love welcoming this years Spring in Miami because it has brought us a few more days of cool weather, rain that came with a magical morning dew on our flowers, and more beneficial insects than we saw last spring.

In a few months we will be welcoming Katia’s first baby to Mother Earth and we will plan for the next growing seasons new projects: a banana circle at the garden, a pollinator garden behind the nursery, and new medicinal plant seedlings that we trialed this growing season that will be for sale starting in the Fall.

We would like to thank all of our friends & family that supported and inspired us make this project a reality. Mike, Jenna, Nicole, Juan, Patty, Vicky, Kristen, David, Beth, Daniel, Ray, Leslie, Veronica, Quinn, Alessa, Gabi, Danielle and Rueben, Jason, Paula, Santi, Zarron, Drigo, Maria Alecia, Maruja, Monique, Juliane, Sara, Gloria, Mrs. Shirley, Chantelle, Art, Vicky, Carmen, and Arturo. All of them dropped by the farm to give us a hand this past season, provided emotional support and mentorship when we needed it the most and helped us some way or another with this season share.

All of the ingredients (except for the American distilled alcohols) were wild crafted locally by us, grown organically at our farm and also at our gardens. 

SMALL SHARE

Spring harvest steamed bulk bag

Borage Flower Essence 1 fl oz 

Echinacea Flower Essence 1 fl oz 

Sweet Alyssum Flower Essence 1 fl oz

Nasturtium Flowers Vinegar 8 fl oz

Backyard Botanical Tropical Bitters by Monique Renee 2 fl oz

Semillas/Seeds (a gift)

 

LARGE SHARE

Spring harvest steamed bulk bag

Borage Flower Essence 1 fl oz

Echinacea Flower Essence 1 fl oz

Sweet Alyssum Flower Essence 1 fl oz 

Rose Flower Essence 1 fl oz

Nasturtiums Flowers Vinegar 16 fl oz 

Backyard Botanical Tropical Bitters by Monique Renee 2 fl oz

Spilanthes Extract 2 fl oz 

Holy Basil Hydrosol 2 fl oz 

Semillas/Seeds (a gift)

 

SPRING HARVEST STEAMED BULK BAG

We have been playing with natural dyes techniques all season and still our favorite ingredients are those that will become compost. This time around we worked with avocado leaves from branches that were going to be pruned so that our avocado tree can grow stronger, mulberries that fell on the ground from the 3 day non-stop spring season rain that was much needed, marigold flowers that needed to be deadheaded (a term used when flowers are harvested so more fully developed flowers flower on the plants), and ‘Buenezas’ (weeds) that were in between our plant beds. We will continue to experiment with dying techniques: dip-dyes (Spring/Summer/Fall 2018), hammered prints (Winter 2018), and this time around steam printing (Spring 2019). A few weeks ago, we dyed our farmers market stand table cloth with avocado pits that friends gave us and that we saved. It turned out beautiful!

We were able to make the bulk bags (when you shop for bulk items at the farmers market/supermarket you can pack them in this bag, just ask for a 1.75oz tare) from scratch again, here in Miami. We met La Señora Maruja through our friend Karla and she sewed the bags by hand with much love. Maruja is from Puerto Rico and teaches sewing classes to teenagers in La Guadalupe church in Doral.

The steamed prints are not permanent, and they will degrade with light and washing so we recommend treating them like seedlings.

Would you like to learn how to dye with plants? Please let us know if you do! We are putting together our 2019/2020 workshops calendar in a few weeks.

 FLOWER ESSENCES

We start saving seeds or sharing new seed packets with friends most of the year but specially in the summer months when we start planning the garden and working on the soil during the long and hot summer days. We then start our seedlings in September/October at our nursery and will keep seeding more plants until April. We start planting the garden (depending on the weather) anywhere from September to October through April. Our work is slow, and we put emphasis on every detail keeping in mind Mother Earth. We work with herbs and they take the longest to grow from seed. For example, a vegetable: radishes take 21-30 days from seed to harvest. While an herb: echinacea takes 300 to 365 from seed to maturity in our weather. It’s a work of love!

After months of preparation we feel energized when we see flowers blooming in our garden. Newly opened blooms through the growing season have always helped us with our emotional support and when flowers give us permission to catch their energy in an essence, we are able to put their vibrational energy in a bottle to help balance our emotions everywhere we go.

Each flower has spiritual healing purposes and as we get permission from different flowers, we are able to share with you different healing purposes.

BORAGE FLOWER ESSENCE

This borage flower essence was made during the new moon in Aquarius 2019. Borage blooms emit their energy to help us with depression, grief and fear.    

ECHINACEA FLOWER ESSENCE

This echinacea flower essence was made during the new moon in Pisces 2019. Echinacea blooms emit their energy to help us with life transitions, trauma and stagnation.    

SWEET ALYSSUM FLOWER ESSENCE

This sweet alyssum flower essence was made during the new moon in Pisces 2019. Sweet alyssum blooms emit their energy to help us with conflict, old tendencies and when we are feeling unground. 

ROSE FLOWER ESSENCE

This rose flower essence was made during the new moon in Pisces 2019. Rose blooms emit their energy to help us with apathy, resignation, lack of motivation and unbalanced ambition.

 

NASTURTIUM FLOWERS VINEGAR

Extracting nutrients, complex flavors, and color can be achieved by making vinegar from flowers. Our nasturtium plants (all 4 varieties) grew abundant in our garden this season so we decided to make a delicious vinegar that brings the peppery flavor of these colorful blooms. This vinegar is raw, unfiltered, and fermented that will help you restore proper body alkalinity while supporting your digestion. It also contains vitamins and minerals. The color of the vinegar turned out to be pink when all the different colors of nasturtium flowers were combined (yellow, orange, red, black, pink, and beige).

You can use this flower vinegar in salad dressings, as a sauce, or as you would use any vinegar when you wish to give your wholesome food a peppery kick. 

We would like to thank Patty who came to help harvest hundreds of nasturtium flowers by hand and make the vinegar with us!  

TROPICAL BITTERS BY MONIQUE RENEE

Monique Renee is a Miami based Herbalist, Mom, Wife, Doula and does a lot of beautiful work with kids. Last year she did a series of Herbalism classes in people’s backyard gardens. In January we opened our first ‘Semillas Taller/Workshop’ with her sharing her knowledge to the community on ‘Herbal First Aid.’ She works with medicinal plants that grow the best in our climate and that are so abundant that they are called ‘Buenezas’ (weeds). We wanted to share her note on how she made and how to take her Tropical Bitters:

‘Backyard Botanical’s “Subtropical Bitters” is handcrafted with locally sourced/homegrown/organic ingredients. Digestive bitters are an age-old remedy to ignite the digestive fires. This blend is made with a combination of aromatic and bitter herbs that grow right here in subtropical South Florida: 

Bitter melon, calendula, pineapple verbena, orange peels, ginger and allspice.

The plant material is steeped in a local vodka, to extract flavors and properties. This product can be used before or after a meal to aid digestion and prevent gas and bloating. Add ½-1 dropperful to a glass of water and drink. Not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Made with love. Local ingredients grown by Mother Earth Miami and Monique Renee’

Monique 

SPILANTHES EXTRACT

Spilanthes (also called Toothache plant) is an herb that can help you with tooth or gum pain. When you rub or chew spilanthes on your gums or on a painful tooth, it gives a numbing effect (for a few minutes), providing immediate relief and helps fight oral disease. 

You can add a few drops to your mouth wash or also put a few drops orally where you need it to relieve tooth pain. There are a lot of other great benefits on how to take it and use it.  

HOLY BASIL/TULSI HYDROSOL

Hydrosols are made by distilling plant materials. They also have the properties essential oils. We make ours in small batches and this time around we distilled fresh holy basil/tulsi flowers (amrita and temperate varieties). Holy basil is a sacred plant in India, and we consider it the same in our garden. It brings strength when suffering from fear or sadness and it opens up your heart. To the skin it is antiviral, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and astringent. 

The scent of this hydrosol is spicy and warm. You can spray it on your face and body and the best way to prolong its shelf life (they are very perishable) is to store it in a dark cool place. You can always store it in your refrigerator for up to one year.

  

SEMILLAS/SEEDS (A GIFT)

We love saving, gifting and exchanging seeds so we decided to end our growing season with sharing some seeds from our saved seed box. It is also the end of our ‘Semillas’ project that was possible by the Public Space challenge grant that was given to us by the Miami Foundation. We did a series of workshops that were taught by our neighbors. We called it Semillas/Seeds because we got to ‘sow’ and see our community grow during this project. 

The seeds that you will receive are from plants that do well year-round in Miami. We wish you abundant harvests!

 

OUR PACKAGING 

Our packaging consists out of amber bottles and glass jars. All these are made in the USA and they are recyclable. Our new labels are made out of recycled paper and they are also made in the USA. The new label drawings were made by local artist and friend Nicole Salcedo.

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