Here is the news and changes that will be happening here at Greenwood Herbals this year. Things have been very busy here at Greenwood this winter and early spring. Lots of new things are happening and changing. We are very excited about these changes and looking forward to our expansion in 2012!
We will be changing our hours of operation later in April. Deana and Brie will both be working in the gardens and tending the shop this spring and summer. Because both girls will be working we will now be opened Tuesday through Sunday. 10 am to 5 pm. I will still be seeing clients on Tuesdays and Wednesday’s but the shop and gardens will now be open for business as well.
I may also be able to expand our own clinical here if the need arises, Maybe bringing in other herbalists to help me and participate. But, so far the 2 day clinic and occasional weekend client who cannot take time off of work is working. We will also be participating in an open clinic at Sanctuary Soul Center of Integrated Health in Gorham. The first Wednesday of each month, starting in May. More details will follow.
We have been working on the shop and we are not quite sure if it will be raised in the same spot or moved to another location on the property. In any case the Labyrinth is being dismantled. Either the shop will be placed here or more production beds will be built in this spot. We are no longer able to keep up with our demand so this means more plants! We do not want to clear anymore woods as there would be a great loss in some of our endangered and at risk native plants. When we started operations in 2003, the goal was to provide local plant medicine to our community. Our community has expanded to include people ordering and doing phone consultations from all over the country, Canada and now globally. So, we are hoping to relocate the labyrinth out in the woods at some point. So as of May 1st, the Labyrinth is closed until further notice. We also have someone working on the trails in the woods and forest out back! And somewhere off these trails the new location of the labyrinth will be found!
Another exciting piece of news is that our new school house is being built. We have 12 students coming in this year and we already have 13 more on the waiting list for 2013 and everyday more asking to be placed on that list. It’s time! We will have a kitchen lab and places for camping and sleeping. The school house is being built beyond the production beds behind the greenhouse but before the wetlands. We are planning on a self sustaining building. Composting sinks and toilets, and more rain barrels to capture our water for drip irrigations. We are also looking at bringing in guest speakers and advanced herbal classes at some point. I will be teaching off-site less and less as we will be able to provide those classes here now.
So this year is definitely about expansion and growth and we are so looking forward to a new growing season and seeing you again in 2012!
Debbie, Deana and Brie!