It’s been a dog’s age. This year past has been busy. Perhaps too busy. Getting attention for a region on a shoestring budget is a challenge. A big time consuming challenge. And while it’s been fun, it’s time to pick up other aspects of life again!All of that is not to say that things have remained stagnant around Crowder House. Quite the contrary. Operating two successful businesses, with a growing staff, has kept things hopping.
In our spare time, we’ve been gardening and attempting to tame the landscape.
The kitchen at Crowder House again looks like a witch’s den, with a variety of herbs hanging from the ceiling and walls. All a growing experiment for where we’d like to take the property.
We’ve begun, and by that I mean The Man, preparing two back fields for production next year. The plan: to grow medicinal herbs. No, not the illegal variant, but all sorts of legal herbs that help people heal.
In so doing we’ll be creating aesthetic gardens, with different themes, combining function and form so people can actually visit the gardens as well as enjoy the harvest. We hope to develop products from our herbs, like teas and other drinks, while supplying local naturopaths and businesses, like the Herb Wife.
The new business (or rather farm) will be called For Herb’s Sake. To the left here is our mascot, a Russian house spirit or domovoy that we ordinarily call Shisha, but for his day job shall heretofore be known as Herb.
Sure, it’s a massive undertaking, but given the economic climate, we can’t help but think that having something that actually produces a tangible product will be necessary. That doesn’t mean we are quitting our own day jobs, but rather diversifying.
To that end, below are pictures of the back field in progress. Being a bit swampy and sandy, The Man has been digging a drainage ditch to help with our herbal wonderland.