|Posted by Dianne Keast EFT Practitoner on May 12, 2010 at 2:11 AM|
A passion for growing herbs is blooming into a dream come true for our member Lori Elliott of Urban Herbs in Missoula.
Urban Herbs has recently expanded to 1/2 acre of garden space for growing over 100 species of traditionally medicinal tea herbs and about 40 culinary herbs.Urban Herbs grows and harvest outdoors so the herbs are organically home grown.
Lori's dream is to have an acre u-pick herb park when she retires from her "real job". She hand picks the herbs & dries them naturally using both the ariel parts whole and the hand crushed leaves in herb-craft products that she sells during winter. Urban Herbs hopes to serve mainly the local market and offers mail orders January through April .
Some of the herb-craft items from Urban Herbs include: culinary pinching baskets and blends, herb tributes, "in the Raw" teas and tea blends, and aromatic balls.
Here is what Lori has to say about her joyful dream:
I'm doing it! Who would have thought that growing some companion plants for my vegie garden about 20 years ago in Spokane, WA would turn into a half acre (so far) herb park in Missoula, Mt!
Back in Spokane, I was directed to get some info from the State AG Association to answer some questions on growing healthy plants organically in the shorter growing season of the Inland Northwest. Some of the plants listed were traditionally medicinal herbs...and we're off! I was intrigued when I got some books on herbs that include the folklore, research and history of herbology. I thought,"I'm going to grow some things that help my family health issues." One of the listed sources in my first book was The Herb Farm in Carnation, WA, so I started buying their organic herb starts and seeds and making my own little garden.
By the time we moved to Missoula, my husband thought I was nuts to move 135 buckets of perennial herbs with me...everything from nerve tonics to resperatory help species.You see, we didn't need all those herbs for our personal use, but I was having so much fun making dried herb teas and crafts and selling at local craft fairs, I couldn't quit! I even got some info from a neice of a Medicine man of a local tribe that got me thinking and learning more. I really believe that God put plants in each area of the earth to benefit the inhabitants in that locale.
Now, I have added as many local species to my garden as I can. All this is happening during my "spare" time since I work full time as a hair stylist Mon. - Fri. I am not an herbalist, but an herb enthusiast just learning and growing as I go.Some day, when I get to retire from my profession, I want to have a full acre U-Pick Herb Park where people can come to pick fresh herbs in a beautiful setting and learn how to incorporate both culinary and traditionally medicinal herbs into a quality lifestyle during our growing season as well as dried herbs out of season. Each year, I take another baby step in my dream as time and materials allow. This season, I have 4 u-pick days planned and a possible Pesto Party TBA if crops and weather allow. Grow with me and enjoy the fruits of my labor!
If you love fresh and freshly dried herbs visit Lori's Profile HERE or give her a call at 549-2465 or 529-3714.
Join Lori For U-Pick Days!June 12, July 10th, Aug 14 , & Sept 11th.
Harvest your own fresh herbs!Bring your gloves and shears and I'll provide the rest! I'll teach you what's what, what it's good for, and how to harvest it. Choose from over 100 tea herbs and 45 culinary herbs.
The cost is $7 for a big gallon freezer bag of fresh herbs.
Start Time:9:00 AM End Time:5:00 PMUrban Herbs11735 Mallard Ct.Missoula, MT 59808
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