September VLOG


These last few weeks, I’ve been in so many hours with my plants, harvesting everything from big leafing, which is what I’m doing now. And then once it’s big leafed, take my plants and either hang them to dry or what we call bucking, where we cut them all down. Cut the flowers. And then hang the, the cut flowers to dry on their own.

But anyway, just spending all this time with these amazing beings, especially the days that I’m on, on my own, and you’re not with a whole crew of people, which has been so great. I’m so grateful for all the help that I’ve gotten. Um, but you know, really just thinking about why do I do this and a lot of work.

One of the things that really struck me is that I grow way more plants than I need for my own medicine-making. But I love the idea that I get to share these, this amazing medicine with people that are then gonna, you know, maybe they don’t have the time or the space to grow their own flowers, but. Use my flowers to make medicine.

And one of the things that is different, I think that I do differently is that every plant that I’m growing, whether it’s me or for someone else, it’s, it’s grown with the attention that it is going to be medicine and it’s going to be my medicine. Like what’s the quality of flower that I want in my medicine.

I’m not sure, you know, I might have 30 or 40 pounds this year and my needs are probably at the most five or six, and I’m not sure which, which bag I’ll pull from. So that’s one of the nice things for the people that receive my flowers is that they are grown with the, with the intention and the prayers and looking for certain quality as if it was my own.

And I think it, I think people really appreciate that, that, you know, the, the, the flowers that ended up in their Mason jar could have just as easily been in my Mason jar and, uh, the standard that I set for myself and it gets passed along. And the other really amazing thing that I’ve noticed, especially this year is that, um, you know, I’m working with these high CBD hemp plants and after six or seven or eight hours, you know, there’s all this stickiness on my hands.

Like I’m completely in an altered state. And I get in an altered state when I’m working on the land anyway, cause I’m not in my desk, self, um, computers. But it’s really lovely to just be, I mean, look at this day, sun is out blue skies. There’s a nice breeze. Once we had a rain, pretty, pretty intense rain this morning, uh, drying out my plants and there’s just something really special about the way I get to spend my days.

And then that hopefully conveys itself is the medicine flowers that people get. And it just makes me happy thinking about that as right now, at this moment, while I’m sitting here, big leafing, this plant, I got people in the outdoor kitchen that are bagging up the dried materials and quarter pound increments so that they can be shared with other people.

Yeah, thanks for listening.

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I'm a researcher, educator, guest lecturer, and co-founder of Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials in Van Etten, NY.