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“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
 the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”


Bill Mollison, Co-originator of Permaculture

“It is impossible to have a healthy and sound society without a proper respect for the soil.”

Peter Maurin, Catholic Worker

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Our occasional newsletter, The Beacon, is packed with good things including farm news, upcoming live and virtual events, articles on social justice, farming, nutrition and healing, volunteer and employment opportunities, and special offers to use on our shop.

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

Masanobu Fukuoka, One Straw Revolution

"This learning from the earth and from the people who work the earth or travel it, is of endless discovery and interest, and is like making a collection of beautiful things of many kinds."

Juliette de Baîracli Levy, Herbalist

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“I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.”

William S. Coperthwaite, Architect, Author, Visionary

Leucoagaricus leucothites - White Dapperling mushroom.

This one is a friend. Its lookalike has pinky brownish gills and a bulbous base. That one? Not so friendly.

#mycology #fungi #fungus #friendorfoe #friend #edible
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Elderberries. Awwwww yissss.

#herbalmedicine #herbalmedicinemaking #immunesupport #autumnvibes #autumnmedicine #wintermedicine #plantmedicine #purple #blue #black #berries #harvest #familyherbalist #communityherbalist #happy #happyherbalist #fave #wildharvest
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Anise hyssop.

This patch should be covered in honeybees. We have not seen a single one all season. Anywhere on the farm. This is happening all over the country according to other beekeepers. We’ve baited hives. No scouting evident so far. It’s been a couple of weeks since I checked the Layens hive.

It’s possible that the extreme heat is having a serious impact.

What about where you are? Let me know in the comments. 👇🏻

#savethebees #pollinators #honeybees #honey #naturalbeekeeping #layenshive #horizontalhive #warrehive #bees #queenbee #permaculture #climatechange #restorativepractice #reverseclimatechange
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Teamaker hops. This one will be used in a tea blend for folks wanting a little help relaxing or getting to sleep. It’s alpha and beta acids are reversed compared to those typically found in hops for beer making.

All of the bennies, none of the bite.

#nightnight #hops #tea #herbalmedicine #herbfarm #farmacy #herbalist #herbaltea #herbalteas #buylocal #shopsmallbusiness
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A very personal message from Renaissance Farms: Nick came to us at age 12 after 9 years in a Bulgarian orphanage... now he needs the community's help.

Nick's future is uncertain unless we can build him a home here on the farm where he can receive in-home supports and be near family. {LINK TO FUNDRAISER IN PROFILE}

#adoption #olderkids #bulgaria #ptsd #homelessness #futurefarmer @Gofundme
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Apothecary rose/Rosa gallica

These are just a year old and super duper small. The bloom looks too big for the rest of the plant. This and five of its mates are planted around where our glasshouse will go.

I’m looking forward to making medicine with them in a few more years.

#permaculture #herbalist #herbalism #communityherbalist #rose #flower #pink #medicine #plantmedicine #nofilter
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