My mother, grandmother and I recently put down our deposit to attend a Herb Workshop at ‘The Farm’ in Summertown, Tennessee this May. The Farm is located on 6 square miles in south central Tennessee and is home to approximately 200 people. It was founded in 1971 with ‘a spiritual commitment to simple living and self-reliance. ‘The Farm has pioneered a wide range of social and physical technologies appropriate to low-cost, high satisfaction community living.’ I learned about The Farm through my studies of natural birth, prenatal yoga and reading several of Ina May’s books. The Herb Workshop is taught by Wendel Combest Ph.D. and is a combination of lecture, herb walks and compounding herbs into tinctures and/or salves.
The idea of visiting The Farm was presented to me by my friend Liz, while we were discussing infant massage. She was looking into attending one of their Midwifery Assistant Workshops. I thought about attending that particular workshop with her, because I hoped to visit this magical-sounding place and be around all these badass midwives, but I ultimately decided I have no desire to be a midwife or a midwife’s assistant.
At the time of this discussion I was involved in a two person book club with my grandmother and we were reading, ‘Spiritual Midwifery’ (which primarily takes place on The Farm). Combined with her mutual interest in Spiritual Midwifery, my grandma has always had a green thumb (I like to think I got a little green on my thumb too) and she has enjoyed gardening for as long as I’ve known her. So after chatting it over with my grandmother and mother we decided on a ladies trip, and this workshop in TN was just the ticket.