We are inspired and guided by our parents and ancestors, and many other folks, including gardener Frank Cabot, professor Jean Richardson, and Augustus Saint Gaudens to name a few. However, in particular we aspire to integrate and practice the wisdom of the discoveries and principles of agronomist and permaculturist Masaharu Fukuoka, author of One Straw Revolution.
The Japanese word “mottainai” could be used interchangeably with the English phrase “don’t waste it.” In principle, mottainai is a lifestyle where nothing is disposable. Read more about Mottainai guiding agriculture here: https://f-masanobu.jp/en/activity/
Mr. Fukuoka’s farm in Japan eschews the use of plastics as often as possible. While we share this mission, we do use some plastics, and are relentless in our scrutiny of their resin and origins, and the proper use and reuse of the materials. Most of our products never touch plastic, and are packaged in quality durable American or Italian made glass.
At every phase of our efforts as a farm and as part of the larger ecological community, we lessen the use of fossil fuels. We ARE A FULLY FOSSIL FUEL FREE FARM as of April, 2022. At the moment we do not allow fossil fuels on our farmland, nor on our watershed, and we are entirely powered by the sun. We believe in a better future, and that starts now with all of our daily actions.
With our herbal medicine, we have a mission to give 1 for 1 to people in physical need of our incredible plant based skin food medicine. We started farming the medicinal plants in order to provide medicine for a family member who suffers from severe Multiple Sclerosis. From start to finish this product and its genesis, this farm and our mission, is about helping the disabled, uplifting the downtrodden, teaching the uninformed, reviving our better aims, and giving back to where the giving is most needed. All of us, with the example of our own lives and community, are capable of figuring out a way to pay a good life forward.
Regarding our shared ecosystem, we also partner as environmental and animal welfare protectors through direct action with the State of Vermont and Protect Our Wildlife VT, in order to give voice and sanctuary to endangered and threatened animals, and nourish the peace and calm of our own land and livestock. It is important to us to offer our experience and level headed approach to long term sharing of our environmental resources. Trees. Water. Wild animals. We constantly advocate for better ethics in public and through writing and calling our representatives in Vermont and Nationally, and Internationally.
“ “Put time and effort into handling ingredients with care, without concern for profit and loss.”
This is how much we value the products we create. “ (Fukuoka)
Our tree syrup and our crop growing activities are labors of love, hybrids of ancient and modern best practices, and deeply inspired by listening to the land and animals before during and after anything we do on our farm. The life we get to lead in pursuit of the real thing, is the greatest reward for doing it well. In this way the Japanese word Wabisabi applies to our feeling.
The joy of life is a French way, and we believe it’s an old way and a good way. Perhaps it’s a Japanese way, and American way. Any way.
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