Growing Practices

We garden on the gentle slopes of a mountain just two miles inland from the southern California coast.  We respectfully acknowledge that this is the unceded territory of the Ventureno Chumash, who have been stewards of this landscape for at least the last 13,000 years. 

 

Our garden is nourished by coastal fog rolling in + out of the canyon, surrounded by high + dry ridgelines but held in the dense embrace of a healthy oak woodland.  Our garden is a riot of medicine + food in the growing season, with holy basil + ashwagandha next to cut flowers + our summer tomatoes.

All plants in our formulas are grown in our gardens.  We use more-than-organic practices, honoring the biodiversity of the forest we call home.  We work to build our soil with rich compost, minimal tilling + cover crops to reduce our water needs + honor the reality of drought in southern California.  

We now rent an additional half-acre closer to the coast, for a total of one acre in gardens.  This coastal field is home to many varieties of organically field grown cut flowers, as well as an expansion of our medicine gardens.

We are immensely grateful to the plant world for the never-ending generosity of growth + seek to create a business which reflects this sense of abundance, as well as the ancestral memory of plant-people relationships.  Thus, we are working to incorporate equity + mutual aid into our business model as well, primarily by offering herbal medicine at free or reduced prices to Black, Brown + Indigenous people whose healing traditions + farming practices deeply inform herbalism + sustainable agriculture.  Please get in touch if you are interested in accessing this form of herbal reparations in solidarity + with gratitude <3

 

All photos Alena except for the beautiful Marie doggie photo by Akasha Rabut 

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