What do we do with our weeds?
When they are this beautiful we let them stick around for a while. Otherwise, we do a lot of hand weeding. We are a no-spray farm and use biodynamic and organic growing practices.
IN TRUTH, when it comes to weeds there's a dichotomy built in to being both an herbalist and farmer. While the farmer needs to grow the crop as efficiently as possible to maximize yield, an herbalist views each naturalized plant as integral to a healthy habitat. Where the plant has placed its feet tells a lot about your soil, water, and environmental conditions. Loose these messengers and you are left with trial and error when it comes to herbs that are much closer to wild than their vegetable counterparts. Farmers do not like the error part, the hard work requires the reward. The herbalists looks to each plant for its ability to round out a medicinal repertoire. Why spend all the time seeding, sowing and weeding when you can let nature do all the work?
Thistle, oh dear thistle. It's like a bad child. We love thistle as the detoxifier, reverses liver damage, gives us glowing skin. But it's the four year old with a plate of fudgy brownies, you will see it everywhere. Just as you've had enough, it beams a smile with its glorious flower and you forgive all. Until, that is, you have to clean up the mess and she pricks you through the toughest nitrile gloves. Ahhh... am I a farmer or am I an herbalist?
Latin Name: Silybum marianum