Floreren Farm

Floreren Farm Floreren is a small scale, ecological herb farm and nursery in Neustadt, ON founded by ilana & Paul! We grow medicinal herbs, nursery nut trees & shrubs.
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Update 🌱 We might have found a home farm to grow on starting next season 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞 and in the meantime we are enjoying pulli...
07/23/2020

Update 🌱 We might have found a home farm to grow on starting next season 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞 and in the meantime we are enjoying pulling bunches of fresh herbs from our tiny garden at Wayward Farm for culinary delights like chimichurri, pesto and herby salads 🌱

As we continue looking for land to steward and grow on, we continue to be informed by conversations such as this. Hope t...
07/17/2020

As we continue looking for land to steward and grow on, we continue to be informed by conversations such as this.

Hope to see you there!

Please do share around and encourage folks to participate.

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"Join us on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00pm on Zoom to share in a screening and discussion of the documentary film, Stories of Decolonization: Land Dispossession and Settlement. Filmmakers Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, Elizabeth (Liz) Carlson, Gladys Rowe, and Sarah Story present the narratives of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from across Canada “who have come to understand themselves in relation to colonization and have engaged in decolonization work”. Stemming from interviews that Liz did as part of her PhD, the film is intended to showcase work being done by Indigenous activists and settlers working in allyship to understand and challenge settler colonialism in Canada, offering inspiration and examples for those hoping to learn more and challenge the visible and invisible roles of settler colonialism in their own lives.

This event is open to anyone with an interest and an open heart.
We will begin with introductions, following which everyone is invited to watch the film on their own at https://www.storiesofdecolonization.org/film-one.html
Then we will reconvene for a panel discussion with the filmmakers and a question and answer period in which everyone is welcome to join.

This screening is sponsored by the National Farmers Union Local 310 and the Lanark County Neighbours for Truth and Reconciliation. The event is free; however, donations to the Ardoch Algonquin Culture Camp will be gratefully accepted at https://www.gf.me/u/v49455

Registration information will be available in a few days. Please bookmark your calendar!"

In these ongoing times of state violence we want to continue to be reminded by you, our community, and to remind you how...
06/05/2020
Unist'ot'en 2020 Legal Fund

In these ongoing times of state violence we want to continue to be reminded by you, our community, and to remind you how helpful it can be to share resources directly with the folks resisting the intense forms of oppression here in Canada.

If you have the means, please send money to these folks and continue to share the voices/efforts of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour : )

"We contributed on an Action Network fundraiser to Unist'ot'en 2020 Legal Fund.

The Unist'ot'en are facing mounting legal fees in order to protect their unceded territory. Last year we raised an incredible $385K - we have come so far, we can’t stop now!

Funds are needed for upcoming legal costs. This is a crucial time and we are counting on our supporters to dig deep.

Unist’ot’en Camp, located on Dark House territory of the Gilsehyu Clan, has been a beacon of resistance for over 10 years. It is a space of Indigenous sovereignty dedicated to healing, and an active example of decolonization.

In January 2019, TC Energy/Coastal GasLink accessed the territory at gunpoint, following a court injunction, using militarized RCMP forces. The world witnessed the violence on unarmed citizens (in the presence of elders) despite the RCMP’s attempts to create an “exclusion zone” and shut out all media from the events.

The Unist’ot’en remain steadfast in their refusal to let fossil fuel infrastructure be built across the land. TC Energy continues to violate environmental regulations and destroy archaeological sites that are sacred to the Wet’suwet’en. Coastal Gaslink has no consent from the Hereditary Chiefs whose territories would be permanently desecrated by the project.

Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en House spokesperson:

“We honored the terms of the injunction...we honored all the terms of the agreements we’ve made...We are witnessing police break all of the agreements they have made with our chiefs, watching them actively protecting CGL and its contractors as they violate the Wildlife Act and the conditions of their permits, and watching the agencies responsible for enforcing these conditions do nothing...Coastal Gaslink is breaking all their own Canadian laws while we are upholding Wet’suwet’en laws and responsibilities to the land.”

Trapping is one of many cultural practices vital to the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre’s program for community members recovering from the detrimental effects of colonization. RCMP and CGL have not only physically invaded, bulldozed, and destroyed traplines; they have continued harassing and threatening violence and arrest on the Unist’ot’en, supporters, and patients. This creates an unsafe environment for occupants of the Healing Center wishing to heal out on the yintah.

Over the past ten years, it has become common practice for the colonial Canadian Judicial System to impose injunctions on Indigenous peoples protecting their territories. This process forces Indigenous leadership to conduct business within the constraints of the Canadian legal system, as opposed to the traditional feast hall. Poverty-stricken communities are required to produce impossibly large amounts of money to engage in a legal process which ultimately favours multi-billion dollar industries.

76% of injunctions filed against First Nations by corporations are granted, while 81% of injunctions filed against corporations by First Nations are denied [source].

These statistics are bleak. However, due to precedent-setting legal cases (Supreme Court case of Delgamuukw-Gisda’way 1997), the Unist’ot’en are in a unique position to fight the injunctions, maintaining sovereignty over their unceded ancestral lands.

Oil and gas corporations use legal pressure and intimidation to do their dirty work. We must come together and let it be known that those defending the land will be supported. This fight is far from over. If you have witnessed the power of the land, if you have been inspired from afar, if you care about the future of this planet, Indigenous sovereignty, and human rights, please donate to this legal fund.

For support: [email protected]

For more information: Unistoten.camp

Can you join me and donate to the Unist'ot'en 2020 Legal Fund? Click here: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/unistoten2020legalfund?source=email&

Thanks!"

The Unist'ot'en are facing mounting legal fees in order to protect their unceded territory. Last year we raised an incredible $385K - we have come so far, we can’t stop now! Funds are needed for upcoming legal costs. This is a crucial time and we are counting on our supporters to dig deep. Unist.....

06/04/2020

This World

I would like to write a poem about the world that has in it nothing fancy.
But it seems impossible.
Whatever the subject, the morning sun glimmers it.
The tulip feels the heat and flaps its petals open and becomes a star.
The ants bore into the peony bud and there is a dark
pinprick well of sweetness.
As for the stones on the beach, forget it.
Each one could be set in gold.
So I tried with my eyes shut, but of course the birds were singing.
And the aspen trees were shaking the sweetest music out of their leaves.
And that was followed by, guess what, a momentous and beautiful silence
as comes to all of us, in little earfuls, if we're not too hurried to hear it.
As for spiders, how the dew hangs in their webs
even if they say nothing, or seem to say nothing.
So fancy is the world, who knows, maybe they sing.
So fancy is the world, who knows, maybe the stars sing too,
and the ants, and the peonies, and the warm stones,
so happy to be where they are, on the beach, instead of being locked up in gold.

-Mary Oliver

04/22/2020

:::: PLANT SALE UPDATE::::

Thanks to everyone who bought plants and found new homes for them! And thanks if you helped spread the word. 🌱Plant sales now ended 🌱

If you would like to follow along with our farm and hear when we get growing on new land, sign up for our email list @ florerenfarm.com

Happy growing! 🌱🖤

"[Two days ago], 17 April 2020, millions of food producers around the world – among them peasants, small and medium-scal...
04/19/2020
Peasants Rights Explained: An illustrated version of the UN Declaration (UNDROP)! - Via Campesina

"[Two days ago], 17 April 2020, millions of food producers around the world – among them peasants, small and medium-scale farmers, indigenous people, migrant workers, farm labourers, pastoralists, fisherfolk – are commemorating the International Day of Peasants' Struggle.

#LaViaCampesina (La Via Campesina) is marking this day by releasing an illustrated version of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP).

Read the introduction "This land, this water, this forest – this is us!"

We dedicate this work to more than a billion people living in rural areas, who exist and resist the assault of global capital. It remembers the martyrs who lost their lives and livelihood in the struggle to protect their land, the seeds, water, and forests. It defends the rights of peasant women and people of diverse identities in every corner of this world.

DOWNLOAD THE ENGLISH WEB VERSION HERE
https://viacampesina.org/…/UNDROP-Book-of-Illustrations-l-E…

DOWNLOAD PRINT-READY FILES HERE
https://cloud.viacampesina.org/s/64iGyRj9QcMWFGc

#StayHomeButNotSilent #PeasantsRightsNow"

https://viacampesina.org/en/peasants-rights-explained-an-illustrated-version-of-the-un-declaration-undrop/?fbclid=IwAR1J1wmIDcpkYag4dNouFjLKfeaz0fvoMHJjjI5crFHGb0dVNjqO3ZvolTA

Today, 17 April 2020, millions of food producers around the world – among them peasants, small and medium-scale farmers, indigenous people, migrant workers, farm labourers, pastoralists, fisherfolk – are commemorating the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle. La Via Campesina is marking thi...

ilana and I are members of the National Farmers Union and La Via Campesina--two organizations who rock the wheelbarrow w...
04/17/2020

ilana and I are members of the National Farmers Union and La Via Campesina--two organizations who rock the wheelbarrow when it comes to radical policy and solidarity in agriculture and food systems.

This beautifully illustrated information is for producers and consumers! Let's continue to understand each others' struggles and grow the solidarity for a better food system.

"Today, 17 April 2020, millions of food producers around the world – among them peasants, small and medium-scale farmers, indigenous people, migrant workers, farm labourers, pastoralists, fisherfolk – are commemorating the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle.

#LaViaCampesina is marking this day by releasing an illustrated version of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP)."

Please share this around

#StayHomeButNotSilent #PeasantsRightsNow

Today, 17 April 2020, millions of food producers around the world – among them peasants, small and medium-scale farmers, indigenous people, migrant workers, farm labourers, pastoralists, fisherfolk – are commemorating the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle.

#LaViaCampesina is marking this day by releasing an illustrated version of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP). We dedicate this work to more than a billion people living in rural areas, who exist and resist the assault of global capital. It remembers the martyrs who lost their lives and livelihood in the struggle to protect their land, the seeds, water, and forests. It defends the rights of peasant women and people of diverse identities in every corner of this world.

Check out the English version here:
https://bit.ly/UNDROP-IllustratedBook_EN

Spanish and French version coming up next!

Anyone else doing some transplanting? With a squeaky wheel barrow full of plants (Sage in this case), we are moving and ...
04/12/2020

Anyone else doing some transplanting? With a squeaky wheel barrow full of plants (Sage in this case), we are moving and shaking things up as Spring flows into Grey County.

Feeling excited for another season, although this one will be like no other we have ever seen. Perhaps that's relatable, eh?

Happy planting to you!
#herbfarm #herbfarmer #medicinalherbs

I had the pleasure (and honour!!) of adding some of my nut tree seedlings to @hawthorn.farm as part of a windbreak. 200 ...
04/11/2020

I had the pleasure (and honour!!) of adding some of my nut tree seedlings to @hawthorn.farm as part of a windbreak. 200 feet of open field has now had Ultra North Pecans, Heartnuts, Hazelnuts, and Bur Oaks added to it. Over the years this space will be gently divided, separating neighbours' different practices, as well as providing a corridor for deer and other animals from one wetland area to another. There will also be 4 kinds of edible nuts!!!

See the two pictures for a great example of how to mulch and protect your new seedlings. May they live to fulfil the vision and not be munched too early ;)

If you need organic seeds for garden and or farm, check them out!

Plant trees!

Are you looking for a holy and magical herb to sip? An herb that has tiny bright blue flowers and a sharp herby lemon ta...
04/10/2020

Are you looking for a holy and magical herb to sip? An herb that has tiny bright blue flowers and a sharp herby lemon taste that draws you back to the kettle for a second mugfull?
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That is uplifting in times of stress and nervous exhaustion and that is used equally for children and adults alike especially those experiencing a whole range of respiratory conditions (including asthma, coughs, colds and flu), & that 'nervous-belly-digestion' (I bet you know what I mean! 💜)?
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If so, i think Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis, not to be confused with Anise Hyssop) could be your new ally.

#herbfarm #thepeoplesmedicine

Echinacea with lipstick on and a scantily clad Mugwort. Two of the many medicinal herb transplants that we are getting r...
04/07/2020

Echinacea with lipstick on and a scantily clad Mugwort. Two of the many medicinal herb transplants that we are getting ready for orders on these frosty sun-filled mornings.

To see our full list, check our last post "Plant Sale"

Now continues to be the time for food and medicine sovereignty 🌱

#medicinalherbs #herbfarmer #herbfarm

We are MOVING! And instead of just plowing in our herbs and seeding a cover we would like to give you all the opportunit...
04/02/2020

We are MOVING! And instead of just plowing in our herbs and seeding a cover we would like to give you all the opportunity to take a little piece of the garden beauty for your own. We will dig plants -to order- that can then be transplanted into your garden space. These are some serious pollinator attracting plants with gorgeous blooms so be ready for an abundance of dragonflies, bees and butterflies to visit! 🌱
Available plants (1-2 years established):
Bee Balm
Blue Vervain (SOLD OUT)
Echinacea (purpurea)
Hyssop (officinalis)
Greek Oregano
Lemon Balm
Meadowsweet
Mountain Mint
Mugwort
Yarrow (white)

Elder rooted cuttings

$5/plant
$45 for 10 (mix and match)

Nut tree seedlings SOLD OUT (thanks everyone!)

Delivery or pick-up by appointment.
Because SOCIAL DISTANCING 💜
Stay safe, stay healthy, with love.

To order please email: [email protected]

Thanks to everyone who has placed and completed their orders! Youuuu make farmin' funnnn.This is an example of a recent ...
04/02/2020

Thanks to everyone who has placed and completed their orders! Youuuu make farmin' funnnn.

This is an example of a recent order (from left to right): 4 Ultra North Pecans, 4 Hazelnuts, 4 Heartnuts, and 4 small Elders. We have shipped lots of smaller and even some bigger orders (e.g., 50 Hazels!) in the last few weeks as you all get your trees in before they break dormancy. Limited supply remaining, but lots of Hazelnuts and Bur Oaks. Get 'em soon though because they're excited for Spring!

#nuttrees #treenursery #regenerativeagriculture

What a day to transplant some seedlings!! For those of you getting Heartnuts seedlings, here's me (Paul) holding all you...
03/26/2020

What a day to transplant some seedlings!! For those of you getting Heartnuts seedlings, here's me (Paul) holding all your babies. Can you see yours?

Lots of tree seedlings still available (limited Elder left). Get your orders in quick though because with this warm Spring weather they are twitching to bud out (like me and so many others).

We are still maintaining physical distancing for pick ups and keeping soaped up for when we are packing your shipments.

Get outside if you can and enjoy some of this gorgeous sun.

#treenursery #regenerativeagriculture #nuttrees

What's in our cup...🌱Echinacea tops (flowers and leaves) - while the root is considered the most medicinally active part...
03/23/2020

What's in our cup...
🌱Echinacea tops (flowers and leaves) - while the root is considered the most medicinally active part of Echinacea and what you want to look for when selecting an Echinacea product, the tops may still have medicinal action and add a lot of beauty to a fresh cup of tea and to the garden!
🌱Chamomile and
🌱Skullcap
It is often difficult to remember in times of stress or social tumult the ways in which we know to take care of ourselves and the resources available in our communities that support our health. There are many herb farmers and health care practitioners around us that are dedicated to helping us build resilient, healthy bodies in a preventative health care model! While you may be self isolating at the moment, lots of these practitioners are generous with their knowledge
and have written volumes that are available online for free. Also remember your growers and makers. As we are seeing in this time of uncertainty, farmers, seed growers, and food processors are ESSENTIAL for all of our lives! And don’t forget that farmers grow more than just food, we also depend on them to produce the tasty coffee, juice, and teas we like to drink.
If you are looking for some preventative self-health-care there are many wonderful herb growers and crafters around:
Hobo Crow Herbs
Althaea Herb Farm
Chickadee Farm Herbs
Foggy River Farm
Rebel Roots Herb Farm
@ShabbyShabzz
Rosewood + Silver Holistic Studio
@EramosaHerbals
PourTea
Herbalists Without Borders
Sunfire Herbals

Feel free to tag folks i am missing if they are resources for your community!
#herbfarmer #herbfarm #thepeoplesmedicine

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Floreren is to flourish, to bloom.

Floreren is a new farm founded by ilana and Paul with the abundant support and mentorship of Tarrah Young at Green Being Farm.

The farm is born of a deep need to contribute to a resurgence of health, justice, beauty and connection between people and the land. It is our way of pursuing what we love: growing plants to create beauty and life.

Floreren is a Dutch word that means to grow or evolve under favourable circumstances; to flourish, to bloom.

We grow medicinal herbs, vegetables, nursery nut trees, and pastured chicken eggs for our local communities.

Our farm products will be available in the 2018 spring, summer, and fall seasons to our surrounding communities in Grey-Bruce and Wellington Counties, Three Fires Confederacy of the Odawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibwe First Nations.

For more about us, the farmers, and the farm ​​check out our website at www.florerenfarm.com

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