Author Archives: thefarmlife

Need a Vegetable Garden Design?

when i first started this business six years ago, i was fresh out of cornell’s permaculture ECO MIMICRY design school. I spent the first two years designing vegetable gardens and edible/ecological landscapes for the local community. Back then the company was called Seasoned Gardens. Then, I moved to the country, went to functional medicine school […]

Make Your Own Elderberry Gummies!

The flu is the furthest thing from fun, but getting prepared to fight it off can be! Today during farm school, we decided to break some rules and play with our food!! I guess it’s okay if you’re building up your immune system, right? Using our Elderberry Herbal Syrup Kit and gelatin, we whipped up […]

What is Ancestral Health?

Evolution is defined simply as change over time. When we (Ashley & Liz) reference “our ancestors,” we are referring to humans living before modern societies. We try to steer away from firm historical timelines and instead focus on pre- and post- modern times. We simply want to lay out the successes of “before” to find […]

Why Do We Get Sick?

I want nothing more than to protect my children from harm, which includes getting sick. All parents can agree with me here, across all walks and stages of our parenting journey. I want to have allies on my side and a culture filled with understanding to help me in turn understand how to keep them […]

A “Way of Life” Immune System

What do I mean by a “way of life” immune system? Lifestyle choices impact your immune system waaaaay more than a magic supplement or tonic. First, a quick overview of your immune system… Light Overview of Your Immune System Your immune system is your body’s most important surveillance system, protecting it from outside invaders and […]

How to Be a Better A**hole

Often my friends ask me, “Ashley. How do you do that? You just don’t seem to care about so many things! And the things you do care about, you care deeply and passionately.” I respond, “I try to be the nicest asshole ever. If someone or something is not on my “give a f**k list, […]

Repel those pesky bugs!

It’s easy to make your own bug spray. By now you have heard about the dangers of using DEET sprays. If you have not heard about that, please don’t use DEET, especially on your children. A quick bit of your own research will explain why. Instead harness the power of plants in essential oil form […]

The Mission of Food Freedom

In 2001, two months before 9/11, I swore an oath to protect our country’s freedom. And while I was not a front-line fighter, I quickly grasped the importance of freedom from both training and experience. It’s a paradox when serving in the military because on one front you are fighting for your country’s freedom, and on […]