Appalachian Herbals CSA
Offerings from the forests, meadows and gardens of Appalachian Kentucky
The Appalachian Herbals CSA offers you earth medicine and seasonal nutrition in a quarterly box of plant magic. A collaboration between two herb-loving farmers, Joana (Sylvatica Forest Farm) and Sarah (Among the Oaks Herb Farm) grow and wildcraft herbs and transform them into the staples of your apothecary and kitchen. Each box offers 5-6 items, steeped in the diversity, lore and beauty of Appalachian Kentucky. We believe Food is Medicine, and you’ll see that reflected in our offerings here. Our hope is that you will come to experience rich connections with the plant world by working with herbs as food and medicine in your daily life.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a model commonly used by produce farms – the customer buys a year’s share of vegetables at the beginning of the season and receives weekly boxes of the harvest. It’s a great way to support farmers up front while getting a bulk discount on their harvests!
Each box contains at least the following items (often more), curated to support wellness in each season:
– an herbal tea blend
– a culinary blend (such as dried mushrooms, a spice blend or herbal salt)
– an herbal potion (such as an infused syrup, honey or vinegar)
– a tincture or oxymel
– a self-care topical
+ an artistic zine with info about each offering, recipes, foraging tips, herbal info and ingredients for you to explore your inner alchemist
+ a small, mystery gift
With this subscription, you will…
> Deepen your connection with the land by engaging with seasonal herbal preparations
> Build your home apothecary and gain confidence working with herbs in your daily life
> Benefit from seasonal plant diversity and nutrition
> Explore our Appalachian ecosystem and its native, cultivated and “invasive” plant life
> Support local regenerative farming and forest stewardship practices
> Support women-owned small businesses
> Receive 10% off additional goods from Sylvatica Forest Farm and Among the Oaks Herb Farm
We offer a Sliding Scale for the Herbal CSA! A note on Sliding Scale Prices: The goal of a sliding scale is that folks will end up paying different prices, but a similar proportion of their income or potential earning power. Consider your privilege, education, assets and ability to earn more money if you needed to when choosing the discounted price. This system is based on trust and it’s up to you to choose what feels right. We do have a maximum number of discounted subscriptions available, but we will allow more as we gain subscriptions at the higher price. Thanks for participating in a tiny step towards economic justice!
Joana Amorim is a young farmer, originally from Portugal and now living in Kentucky. Daughter of a biodynamic and organic farmer, her passion for the natural world started early. Her certification in herbalism, permaculture design and her social organizing experience are the foundation to the Forest Farm concept, an integrated perennial-focused approach to farming that aims to inspire and educate the community on resilience and regenerative human interaction with the natural world, while providing high quality produce and medicine from the land. Joana is also a natural builder, a social justice activist, a visual artist, a cook, a dancer and co-founder of Sylvatica Forest Farm.
Sarah Barney is a sun-loving, dirt-worshipper rooted in Beattyville, Kentucky. A trained ecologist and beginning farmer and folk herbalist, she is dedicated to working in tandem with the earth. On her farm and homestead, she uses beyond organic practices to produce a diversity of medicinal and culinary herbs for her community. Her work aims to build self-sufficiency and community resilience through land stewardship, nature connection and health empowerment. When she’s not farming or making medicine, you can often find her reading, cooking or exploring the neighboring Red River Gorge with her partner and dog sidekick.