Category Archives: Education

Understanding Sugar’s Effect on Your Family’s Health

Don’t beat yourself up over your inkling towards having a sweet tooth. All humans have this woven into their DNA. We’ve enjoyed the pleasure and reward of a sweet taste since the beginning (think honey and native fruits). Ancestrally, sweet often meant safe since very few sweet-tasting plants were poisonous. But where did we start […]

Mindful Eating – a way to rid the guilt

Howdy everyone! Farmer Ashley here with some functional medicine farmer tips. Today I am covering: Mindful Eating Yes, that’s my husband (Paul) hugging me with a headlock. And yes, we are eating homemade birthday cupcakes. And yes, that is pure joy on my face thanks to both the human connection and the delicious (rare) sugary delight. […]

Artificial Christmas Trees – Hazardous or Healthy?

I love this time of year with holiday decorating. My family cranks up the holiday music and spends hours decorating the house. My five-year-old continues to “rearrange” all the way through the New Year. 😉 But wait. Before you buy an artificial tree, read this article. Many people opt for an artificial tree because their […]

Water… the most common nutritional deficiency

Water is important, rather ESSENTIAL, to our overall health. It is the most abundant substance on the earth and in the human body. Roughly 55-60% of the adult body is made up of water, and every living cell in the body needs it to keep functioning. Our bodies lack the capability to store water, therefore […]

What’s for Breakfast in the Fast Food Kitchen?

With the latest news from the EWG releasing data of detected glyphosate levels (a weedkiller mostly-commonly known as Roundup) in cereal, many of us are wondering what to feed our family for breakfast. An excerpt (Link to Article): “Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison […]

What Does “Know Better, Do Better” Really Mean?

I do not fault the individual level for the “earth slaying” problem before us. I fault the collective. Gently, at that. Much of our behavior lures behind misunderstanding or lack of information. That’s why I call for each of you to join me in educating others. Most just don’t know or understand the impact behind […]

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 […]

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, […]