Since taking the wild edibles workshops with Joy and Joanna, I've become super interested in herbal medicine, and even more so because I have all sorts of useful herbs growing wild on my property.
I wanted to see where the magic happened, so the girls invited me over to Fifth Wind Farm to have a look at the organic gardens where they produce the nutrient rich and energy-filled herbs and flowers that are used in their Pure Joy products.
Fifth Wind is Joanna's home, but oh. my. gosh. can I tell you, it's soooo much more than that. Let me take you on a tour.
Joanna and Joy create organic skin care products from herbs, flowers and fruit growing at Fifth Wind. There are a few gardens throughout the property, but the main garden is definitely one to swoon over. With a dreamy archway made from sticks and timber, you enter this magical garden with pathways that lead you on an herbal journey. It's quite breathtaking.
Fifth Wind follows a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) model and sells shares in its gardens, so members are invited to pick weekly from the gardens throughout the growing season.
There are guests houses, huts, trailers and yurts scattered about, for visitors, friends and family to enjoy. Fifth Wind Farm is also a host farm for wwoofers (volunteers on organic farms in exchange for food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyle). WWOOFF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Pretty cool, eh? You can find more info here.
The sustainable building business at Fifth Wind is a whole other blog post, but I just wanted to touch on it. Joanna's husband, Henry, is pioneering Compressed Earth Block technology in Canada-- an innovative, structurally sound, and environmentally-friendly building material. I want to revisit this later, and learn all about these building practices, but for now you can read more about it here.
The Views + The Vibe
So this was a pretty amazing experience. This visit, along with the wild edibles workshops were, by far, some highlights of my first summer, here in Northumberland County. Thank you so much, Joy and Joanna, to introducing me to the world of herbal medicine. I can't wait for my next to Fifth Wind, to see how it's developing and for an official tour of the straw bale/compressed earth house. Stay tuned for that one, everyone.
You can purchase Joy and Joanna's incredible healing salves, lotions and vinegars over at the online shop Pure Joy Herbal Creations.