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You’ve found us, and we are so glad that you did! 

Welcome to our beautiful farm, nestled in the hills of central Massachusetts.  Here we raise our family and serve our community. 

 

Over the past 10 years we’ve raised chickens, turkeys, geese, pigs, sheep, and goats.  And we’ve been the seasonal home of herds of cattle from other farms.  We grow heirloom vegetables and herbs in our market garden.

We teach permaculture, herbal medicine, and a host of traditional skills with the help of other local teachers.  Our goal is to help others to live healthy and fulfilling lives, free of the constraints and pressures of modern society.  

We work for environmental and social justice through our outreach activities, and our educational programs.  Our community consists of those we serve through our CSA/Farmstand and our educational and community programs, those who support our work with their prayers and financial contributions or through their custom in our online shop, and of those who seek a deeper connection to our mission by living and working here on the farm with us.

Farm Life

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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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Hello, Friend. This is a lacewing and they really are friends in the garden. Their larvae eat the pests.

#naturalpestcontrol #beneficialinsects #permaculture #happyhappy #natureiscool #bugs #pretty #lacewing #green
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Tea maker hops looking beautiful in the garden. She’s growing right next to culinary herbs, tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, and salad greens.

#herbalist #permaculture #cottagegarden #companionplanting #hops #sleepytime
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Alpine strawberries putting on some fruit in the blueberry bed.

#strawberry #strawberries #fruit #permaculture #companionplanting
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Hello, friend. Little wildlife photobomb while I was shooting the iris that bloomed over night in the blueberry bed. She’s looking for the nectar we put out every year. And she’s early, like everything else has been. We need to pick up the pace here.

#permaculture #wildlife #spring #hellofriend #darshan #bluewasherfavouritecolour #sweet #gardenvisitor #hummingbird #iris #blue #purple
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