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Walden FARMacy

Walden FARMacy Walden Farmacy is a family owned small-scale permaculture style herb farm. We grow and wild craft small batch, sustainable herbal medicines with families in mind.

We believe each person possesses the capacity to heal themselves.

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When I was a kid a wise witch taught me, "just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," and as an adult herbalis...
10/23/2022

When I was a kid a wise witch taught me, "just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," and as an adult herbalist I'll have to say she wasn't wrong. In the coming few days, we will move through Samhain (entering of the dark), eclipse season begins with a Scorpio solar eclipse (hello deep shadow work!) and Mars moves retrograde (outward progress may seem slow or even backwards- this is surely to be frustrating to a culture bent on production and results).

In many ways in life, both metaphorically and literally, a spoon full of sugar can help us swallow some bitter medicine. Astrologically speaking, we may have to do a bit of swallowing of some bitter medicine these next few weeks. But we can soften it with open hearts and a higher perspective. We can welcome this as a time for deep inner work and reflection. We can maintain the knowledge that darkness, decay, and struggle provide fertile ground to plant in this coming spring. We can look our shadow aspects in the eye, alchemize them, and become better people.

In our Samhain herbs and rituals we will be taking reishi (a very bitter medicine and a plant that thrives on decay) that i have cooked down into maple syrup to balance the bitter and sweet. I've then made it into truffles utilizing the heart medicine of cacao and rolled them in our mushroom cacao with a little cayenne (another circulatory stimulant). We will also be utilizing essence of poison plants balanced in a sweet rose glycerine. We will hold the difficult inner work within the sweet container of sisterhood as we move through the darkest parts of the year. There are a few spots left if you'd like to join us!

When tapping into the energies of Samhain, two categories of plants come to mind. The first is the mushroom beings, who ...
10/17/2022

When tapping into the energies of Samhain, two categories of plants come to mind. The first is the mushroom beings, who actually have more in common with us than plants genetically speaking. They thrive on death and decay. In the darkness, they alchemize death into fertile soil for new beginnings. And they are the perfect symbol for the connection of all things. Above ground, they seem to be individuals, but we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. Underground, mushrooms are connected by a vast network that is the true “body” of the plant. The mushrooms we see are only the fruit. This mycorrhizal network allows for trees to communicate and take care of each other, transferring water, carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients. The largest organism on earth is actually a mushroom. The “humongous fungus” found in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest covers about 3.5 square miles, is estimated to weigh more than 6 tons, and is said to be about 10,000 years old. How could an organism like that not contain an immense amount of knowledge and power for us to connect to? Mycelium also literally connects our passed ancestors back into the web of the earth (when we embrace natural burial), breaking down their physical and plugging them back into the energetic web of mother earth.

The second category of herbs that comes to mind when I think of Samhain is plants of the poison path. These plants contain strong medicine that become poison at fairly low doses and should be worked with with the highest respect and caution. I encourage you to work with them in spirit or essence as you slowly get to know them. They can assist you in shadow work, show you what needs to die, point out where toxicity has crept into your life, and help you free yourself from repeating the loops of past traumas. But shadow work isn’t always the most fun or comfortable work to move through. Getting to the other side is amazing, though, and tapping into and working with your shadow will open up new heights of power in your life. Our poisonous friends such as belladonna, datura, and amanita shine here.

For our Samhain herbs and rituals we will utilize reishi elixir in a ritual to break down the dead and stagnant parts of our energy bodies before we journey into a cave in a guided meditation using our flying essence of belladonna, datura, ghost pipe, amanita, and morning glory in rose glycerine and brandy. There are still some spots left if you'd like to tap into these powerful medicines!

Photos from The Farmers Market at Pepper Place's post
10/15/2022

Photos from The Farmers Market at Pepper Place's post

Did you know fungi are more genetically similar to humans than to plants? These amazing healers produce beta-glucans whi...
10/13/2022

Did you know fungi are more genetically similar to humans than to plants? These amazing healers produce beta-glucans which bind with receptor sites on our macrophages as just one of the ways they activate our immune system to target and clear out viruses, bacteria, and even tumors and cancers. We are co-evolved to work together.

Join me at The Farmers Market at Pepper Placefor "Magical World of Mushrooms" panel discussion as part of Super Wellness Day at the market where we discuss this and other ways we can utilize mushroom medicine to maximize our health!


As an herbalist, I get so much joy when an herbal favorite gains main (pun intended) stream popularity. This year defini...
10/04/2022

As an herbalist, I get so much joy when an herbal favorite gains main (pun intended) stream popularity.

This year definitely seems to be the year of the mushroom, and lion’s mane is all the buzz! It’s no wonder why. Even as a child I remember this unique looking mushroom catching my attention in the woods. I had no idea what it was, but my sister and I deemed it “Santa’s beard mushroom.”

Lion’s mane, like other mushrooms, has immunomodulating polysaccharides that are nourishing to the immune system. But lion’s mane is unique in its ability to stimulate nerve growth and repair. In clinic, I have used it as a supportive herb for stroke recovery, healing nerve damage, cognitive function, and neuroplasticity.

In our Lion’s mane golden milk powder we pair this mild tasting mushroom with anti-inflammatory turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg to make an out of this world tasty, nourishing beverage. Just whip the powder into any kind of milk, sweeten to taste, and enjoy. I love it warm with a spoonful of almond butter.

When looking at mushroom powder products, make sure the powders are extractions that have been through a process to break down the cell wall so you can actually reap the benefits of the herb. This is where buying products from an experienced herbalist comes in handy amidst a “popular herb” craze- we’ve been working with it long enough to know what’s up!

You can find us along with our mushroom drinking powders this weekend at The Farmers Market at Pepper Place, the Alabama Mushroom Festival, and at the Annual National Shrimp Festival!

You can also find these locally at Crestwood Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, Golden Temple Health Foods, and The Continental Bakery in English Village.

Well, turns out y’all are as excited about mushrooms as we are. 🥰 second class is up on the website! But hurry if you wa...
10/01/2022

Well, turns out y’all are as excited about mushrooms as we are. 🥰 second class is up on the website! But hurry if you want to grab a spot. The first went from 0- full in 12 hours!

Also, I’ll be part of a panel discussion on mushrooms at The Farmers Market at Pepper Place 10/15!

One of the top questions I get asked as an herbalist and healer is what do I take every day.Well it varies- ALOT- depend...
09/30/2022

One of the top questions I get asked as an herbalist and healer is what do I take every day.

Well it varies- ALOT- depending on what is going on within me, around me, and what season we are in. We are always changing- as is the planet- and I think our herbal allies, diets, and lifestyle should reflect that shifting mosaic of life.

But one thing I am CONSTANTLY drawn to work with is the mushrooms. Sometimes Reishi, sometimes lion’s mane, cordyceps, turkey tail, oyster, even amanita… and sometimes a mixture of them all. But I have taken some form of daily mushrooms for at least the past 5 years.

The health benefits are amazing- from immune and cancer support to nerve regeneration and cognition. Even more than the physical, I love how Reishi helps me to break down patterns that no longer serve me and lion’s mane assist in helping me rewire my thought processes. All mushrooms are pretty magical IMO.

Our next farm to medicine chest is December 5. We will talk about the benefits of some easy to ID local mushrooms and then I will walk you through the process to make a dual extract mushroom tincture. You will go home with a finished product!

If your spiritual journey focuses only on the light, you are missing the key to getting there. It is only through the da...
09/25/2022

If your spiritual journey focuses only on the light, you are missing the key to getting there. It is only through the darkness we realize our spiritual potential.
“It is by going into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. The damned thing in the cave that was so dreaded has become the center. You find the jewel, and it draws you off. In the loving spiritual, you cannot despise the earthly.” -Joseph Campbell
Samhain is the witch’s new year- which begins in the dark- just like all of life. All begins as consciousness arising from the void. As Samhain arrives, we are being engulfed in the darkness. The veil to the other side is at it’s thinnest and it is the perfect time to receive the messages from beyond to propel you into greater healing and life next spring.
We will utilize reishi, my favorite plant for gently breaking down that which we are ready to release to step into the highest version of ourselves. Reishi also seems to be a “pseudopsychedlic” not in that you are going to immediately have an ecstatic experience, but when taken over time reishi seems to break down the boundaries you have put around yourself in order to define “you.” Reishi helps us let go of old versions of ourselves and merge into greater oneness with our environment and purpose. We will pair reishi with a ritual or meditation of sinking in to the earth to bury our burdens so we may rise higher next cycle.
Along with reishi, we will utilize essence of morning glory and some tbd poisonous plants (proabably belladonna, datura, and amanita) that have messages to bring us on how best to live and how to let die as needed. Morning glory is a hallucinogenic plant (don’t worry- we are working with it in essence) that reminds us to start every day anew, striving for the skies. The poisonous plants we will pair it with (again in essence or topically only) were traditionally used in “witch’s flying ointments”- blends medicine woman would use topically to send them on journeys- and where we receive the archetypal imagery of a witch flying on a broom.
Finally, we will work with a Southern Folk Medicine favorite of mine- Rabbit to***co. Rabbit to***co looks about the same both alive and dead. And acts as a bridge for communication beyond the veil. It is a beautiful herb for protection when used as smoke medicine. When I meditate with the tea, I have always received the clearest messages.
Come join us for this POWERFUL new year herbs, ritual, and celebration!
Home practice kits are available to those who cannot join in person.

Come say hello!
09/24/2022

Come say hello!

It’s fire cider time! Join us as we make this herbal classic with peppers, ginger, herbs, and some favorite wild additio...
09/23/2022

It’s fire cider time! Join us as we make this herbal classic with peppers, ginger, herbs, and some favorite wild additions. Enjoy community time as we harvest, process, and chop. And go home with a jar of fire cider (valued at $20)!

Register asap as class size is limited to 8 spots!

Come see us at Homestead Hollow! We will be there all weekend!
09/22/2022

Come see us at Homestead Hollow! We will be there all weekend!

Plant sale! Tomorrow 9-2. 290 Porter Rd SE, Bessemer Plant list:Chinese chestnut 22Black walnut 25 Paw paw 15Pomegranate...
09/18/2022

Plant sale! Tomorrow 9-2.
290 Porter Rd SE, Bessemer

Plant list:
Chinese chestnut 22
Black walnut 25
Paw paw 15
Pomegranate 20
Beauty berry 15
Chinese fringe tree 12
Asparagus 5
Hardy citrus 8
willow 12
Comfrey 5
Motherwort 5
Fig 1 year 15
2 year 25
Honey locust 15
Chaste tree 15
Goumi berry 20
Elderberry 15
Rose of Sharon 15
Confederate rose 15
Daylily 5
Yarrow 5
Sage 5
Turmeric 5
Sorrel 4
Stinging nettle 5
Spearmint 5
Lemonbalm 5
Peppermint 5
Thornless blackberry 15
Heritage raspberry 15
Chives 4
Button bush 15
Ginkgo 15

What's happening on the farm?We love the transition into fall, not because we are any less busy, but because we can work...
09/15/2022

What's happening on the farm?

We love the transition into fall, not because we are any less busy, but because we can work outside without melting! YEA!

This time of year we are thinking ahead to future crops and wrapping up the summer's harvest. We are harvesting goldenrod, smartweed, passionflower, basil, holy basil, comfrey, violet, and more of the summer's abundance. We are beginning to harvest root medicines like ginger and yellow dock while keeping an eye on the forecast so we can harvest others like turmeric and ashwagandha before the first freeze.

We have our fall garden starts almost ready to be transported into beds our ducks are working hard in right now to smother weeds and add fertility. 💩 We are harvesting ALL THE SEEDS! We are assessing what did and did not work well for us this year because we are only a few months away from starting our spring seeds for next year.

The wheel turns and we farm on!

The goldenrod is right on track to be blooming for Sunday's farm to medicine chest tincture making class! I love diving ...
09/14/2022

The goldenrod is right on track to be blooming for Sunday's farm to medicine chest tincture making class!

I love diving deeply into common, unglamorous herbs like goldenrod. Sure she may not be as sexy and alluring as those deep woodland medicinals like ginseng or trillium, but I love the fact that she is abundant and right there with us. She offers her medicine freely, and we don't have to be as concerned about over harvesting. If you've driven any back roads through Alabama in the fall, I'm sure you've noticed she will quickly fill an untended pasture with her sweet offerings.

In Southern Folk Medicine, we would say that the plants that are here in abundance right next to us are the plants we likely need. What could it mean that goldenrod quickly comes in to fill disturbed earth, covering that upper soil so not to leave mother earth bare and prone to erosion? She acts as a mucus membrane tonic for us- strengthening our first defense line in our immune system- the mucosa membrane. Another fun doctrine of signatures for goldenrod that can help us remember the systems she has an affinity for is her color. What in our bodies is yellow? P*e and snot! and that is what she works well with!

Come learn more about goldenrod, when and how to harvest, how to make medicine, and how to best utilize that medicine.

What's happening on the farm?We love the transition into fall, not because we are any less busy, but because we can work...
09/13/2022

What's happening on the farm?

We love the transition into fall, not because we are any less busy, but because we can work outside without melting! YEA!

This time of year we are thinking ahead to future crops and wrapping up the summer's harvest. We are harvesting goldenrod, smartweed, passionflower, basil, holy basil, comfrey, violet, and more of the summer's abundance. We are beginning to harvest root medicines like ginger and yellow dock while keeping an eye on the forecast so we can harvest others like turmeric and ashwagandha before the first freeze.

We have our fall garden starts almost ready to be transported into beds our ducks are working hard in right now to smother weeds and add fertility. 💩 We are harvesting ALL THE SEEDS! We are assessing what did and did not work well for us this year because we are only a few months away from starting our spring seeds for next year.

The wheel turns and we farm on!

Interested in learning more about herbalism, self sufficiency, and hot to collect and preserve your own medicine? My rec...
09/13/2022

Interested in learning more about herbalism, self sufficiency, and hot to collect and preserve your own medicine? My recommendations is to get a bit of a foundation before jumping in to an intensive program to solidify your knowledge. Herbalism is one of those crafts that is so vast, you could study lifetimes on it and not know it all. And unfortunately for most people in today's culture the basics of foraging and herbal medicine are like a foreign language- we just simply did not grow up around it. We have forgotten our birthright and our connection to the plant ancestors.

Looking around at people's expressions my first day of herb school after our plant walk with Phyllis Light, I was happy I had spent a couple of years going to herb walks, conferences, and any little classes I could find. Her knowledge expanded on a language I had already begun to speak which made it SO much easier and less overwhelming.

We offer several of these introduction type classes at the farm. And if you really want to dive in to herbalism, I'd recommend going to herb walks over and over with many different teachers. Herb walks are still one of my favorite parts of conferences! I learn something new every time.

Another great foundation is to have a basis of knowing different medicinal preparations and how to make them. Sunday after our herb walk and farm tour (link below) we still have some spots for our "Farm to Medicine Chest" class on tincture making! It's looking like the goldenrod is right on track for us to be working with, as I was hoping it would be!

What other basics would you like to learn about with us? Upcoming classes will include making mushroom dual extraction, fire cider, herbal infusions and more!

Trevor Mann and I can rarely top the joy we feel after sharing our farm, our passion, and our plants with the world! We ...
09/08/2022

Trevor Mann and I can rarely top the joy we feel after sharing our farm, our passion, and our plants with the world! We could not have been more pleased this past Sunday when the downpour of excited students matched the downpour of rain and flooded our hearts with joy!

We have been getting questions as to when our next event will take place, and luckily you don't have to wait long! Come any time during the day to shop our assortment of perennial herbs and food plants we love using in permaculture design.

Can't wait to see you all at the farm!

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290 Porter Rd SE
Bessemer, AL
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Walden Farmacy is a family owned and run small-scale permaculture style herb farm located in Bessemer, Alabama. At Walden Farms we grow and wild craft small batch, sustainable herbal medicines with families in mind. We believe each person possesses the capacity to heal themselves, and we offer support, guidance, and medicines made from the earth that allow one to move back into balance – mind, body, and spirit.

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Hello! Will you be at Moss Rock Festival next weekend?
Asking the experts at Walden FARMacy - if I have a couple young fig trees that are not located in good spots for growth, can/when/how should I move them?
Rise and shine, y’all! ✨ Alabama grown, raised, and made fall favorites are here today until 12:00 pm.

🍂 Here’s what’s happening at today’s Super Wellness Day, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of AL:

• 8-8:30 am: free HIIT aerobic workout class in the Martin Biscuit lot hosted by Levite JCC of Birmingham

• 9-11:00 am: FOOD+ Culture Storytelling Slam featuring guest storytellers, to be recorded by Birmingham Mountain Radio happening near Hot and Hot Fish Club

• 9:00 am: Chef Sedesh Boodram of The Anvil Pub hosts a cooking demo In The Kitchen featuring his Warm Autumn Salad

• 10 am In The Kitchen: “Magical World of Mushrooms Discussion” hosted by Samford University’s Wellness Kitchen Director, Clara Darling, Grandview Mushroom Farm, Walden FARMacy, & Magic City Mushrooms

• 10:30 am In The Kitchen: “Why Eating Seasonally Is Better Discussion” hosted by our Market manager Lisa Beasley, Olivia Fuller of The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Helene Jones of Pizza Grace, Chef Kimberly Brock of Bitty's Living Kitchen, and Live HealthSmart Alabama’s supervisor Barbara Roberts

ps: Give Pepper Place a follow to learn more about FOOD+, B’ham’s new annual food + culture fest!
New tinctures!

🌿What is Walden FARMacy?

🌿They are a Holistically Regenerative Permaculture Herb Farm.

🌿At Walden Farmacy, they are family owned & create small batch herbal medicines.

🌿They grow & wild craft sustainable herbs with families in mind!

🌿Permaculture is an innovative farming method using resources to work with nature to self sustain & maintain. It aids in the natural processes to recreate them on their farms.

Check out these new bitter & tinctures on display near the front register!
Check out this event that our friends and members at Walden FARMacy are hosting on July 17!
I’m so excited about all of the goodies I picked up this weekend! ❤️ ❤️ Beestrong Homestead Riverwood Trading Post Causey Bee Farm Walden FARMacy and the Facebook-less Darryl Payton
to 2019 when our current 5/6 grade took a field trip to the home of Walden Foodscapes and Walden FARMacy. AWS parents Joanna and Trevor Mann taught the students all about permaculture, and the kids went to work putting mulch into burlap bags and making mycelium tacos to help filter pollutants.

📷: AWS parent Sharron Swain

We are honored to have a talented and generous parent and grandparent community.

Here are just a few items you can find in our auction this Thursday-Saturday that were crafted and donated by them:

- Handknits by Sarah Lee Langford, Heidi Damsky, and Cari Pointer
- Table by Austin Carpenter
- Quilts by Carol Beach
- Drone photography services by Fly High FPV, David Shaddix
- Art pieces by Kathleen Costello
- art and jewelry by Julie Carpenter
- leather totes by Martin Damsky
- hair cut and beard trim by AP Perez, Bham Classic Cuts
- baskets woven by Sarah Bell
- homemade treatments by Walden FARMacy , Joanna Mann
- handmade pottery by Sarah Beadles
- foodscape consults with Trevor Mann, Walden Foodscapes
-Pikler triangle by Jimmy Crews
- Pilates private lesson with Mary Margaret Scalici
-Hand drumming lesson with John Scalici

Plus many more parents took their time and energy to gather items from their workplaces, and to assist with our class projects (stay tuned to see those final products soon!).

These are just the current parents! Several alumni parents have contributed too. It truly does take a village, and we cherish ours so!
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Rise and shine, friends. ✨
Hot coffee, fresh pastries & breads, Alabama grown veggies & meats, honey, handmade soaps and more are waiting for you.. until 12:00 pm!

Find us at the Pepper Place Studios building. Yep, we’re definitely hanging out indoors this morning. 😉

The vendor list, driving directions, and more details are available all day every day on our website: www.pepperplacemarket.com

ps: After Midnight Salsa Co. & Walden FARMacy are back today.
Plus, we're welcoming new vendor, Sweet Claire's Caboose to the Market for the first time - be sure to stop by and say good morning! 🌱
Shop online and order your Market favs this week for a Curbside pickup. 🌱 Order online weekly between 9am Monday to 9am Friday.

The items you'll see are made available to you by the farmers and producers who grow and make them!
✨ Visit www.pepperplacemarket.com/curbside to get started. Owls Hollow Farm, Walden FARMacy, Marble Creek Farmstead, Sweet Claire's Caboose, better kombucha, The Greek Kouzina, Blind Dog Biscuit are just a few vendors with items available now!

You'll order online now for a Curbside Pickup this Saturday between 7am to 12pm. Pickup is at our Curbside location in Pepper Place.

Early Saturday morning, Market vendors drop off your order to our staff. Curbside supervisor, Katie gets your items ready for you! Oh yeah, you can buy from multiple vendors in one transaction. 💥

We're loving all the ways we can support Alabama farmers and producers this year!
The Walden FARMacy harvest their own 🌿 herbs for healing. Check out some of their natural products over at Golden Temple !

Today I had the opportunity to learn with Joanna Gayle Mann and Trevor Mann in their sacred space. Thank you for the love 💗 always.
This sea of cleaned & sanitized bottles is melting my heart!

Why? Because our good friends Walden FARMacy donated their used bottles in support of ReSourced Apothecary's mission to operate in a more environmentally friendly way. Joanna & Trevor are amazing people, this is common knowledge but let me brag on them:

They have taken time to share resources with so many local businesses and we are thankful to be in their sphere.

As I have mentioned before, sustainability is a value I hold strongly & is a cornerstone of ReSourced Apothecary. Sustainability looks different for different companies & individuals. I sm beyond grateful to be working with this community to collectivrly create a system where we reuse & recycle as much as possible.

Thank you for participating & supporting this vision!
I love this as a hot drink with oat milk or in a smoothie. Everything from Walden FARMacy is thoughtfully, expertly crafted and effective. Joanna Gayle Mann puts her soul into her work. She is beautiful, loving, knowledgeable, sweet, kind, generous, and funny 😊 There seems to be a trend here. This blend also contains turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. It is delicious as well as anti inflammatory, and perfect to enjoy before bedtime. As with the tea I mentioned above, when I drink this blend I can feel the love and care of Joanna. There is an added depth of healing when you know and love the ones who make your medicine.
BHM has so many generous people that we get to give gratitude to God 🙏 every single day!! Today we honor Samford University Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing and the Samford University Nurse Anesthesia Program for serving with us at the House 🏡 on the Hill.

We also thank Walden FARMacy for 120 tomato 🍅 transplants and 40 asparagus plants that were distributed from the Liberty Church Birmingham drive thru 🛻 and Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.

The Jefferson County - Alabama Extension and Jefferson County Master Gardeners are also working tirelessly to invest in our learning garden classroom at The House 🏡 on the Hill.

Community is beautiful and we get to live it every single day. Thank you for being a part of GKC and making the world a better place.
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