Photo by Natalia Santizo
Danny grew up in the mountains nearby + spent many years as a working artist before becoming interested in growing medicinal plants.
Alena grew up in the deciduous jungles of the Southeast + has spent the last decade as an organic farmer + native plant gardener.
Maybelle, the sweet yellow dog in this picture, was our farm dog + best friend who passed away summer 2020 + is buried next to our garden. We now have a puppy named Persimmon who is learning how to eat flowers + hunt for gophers.
We met during an apprenticeship at a medicinal herb farm + have been growing + making medicine together ever since.
We believe that growing + producing local medicine is our way to contribute to a more just + sustainable world, where healthcare is centered first within ourselves. We hope to connect folks more firmly to the magic of plants.
And we have just changed our name! We are now online, on instagram + at farmers markets as Night Heron Farm (formerly Earth Tide Botanicals). Our name change reflects the fact that we've expanded our offerings into cut flowers (not just botanical medicine). Night herons are a grouchy, beloved bird of the liminal spaces where salt + fresh waters collide, keepers of the marshes, bogs + estuaries that are some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. We hold these birds + the secret, hiden worlds they contain + guard as a goal for our own agriculutural practices, where diversity + wildness + many different worlds are respected + cultivated.
Labels are all original tiny paintings by Danny.