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Teens smiling and making herbal preparations at the St. Louis Seeds of Hope Farm

Our hearts are so full! 

We loved receiving these photos and and the sweet "thank you" note attached for donating tins, oil, herbs, and beeswax to the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program:


Dear Mountain Rose Herbs,

Thank you for your generous donation to Seeds of Hope Farm’s teen program in Saint Louis, MO. With your help, our teens were able to reconnect to their roots in herbalism. Together, we made two salves, several tinctures, and got to know the various herbs growing on our farm. Attached are a handful of photos that document our herbal projects.

Thank you again and we look forward to continuing to work closely in the future.




Calendula herbal salve in metal tin sprinkled with petals


The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC) developed the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program in 2014 to inspire positive personal and community change by bringing underserved youth and community members together around food and agriculture. 

With help from Mountain Rose Herbs, CAASTLC has successfully completed two summer teen internship programs that offered teens, ages 15-18, invaluable opportunities to practice responsible land stewardship by growing produce on an urban farm, transform vegetables into healthy meals, educate the community about sustainable agriculture practices, cultivate meaningful relationships, and communicate with compassion and confidence.


Teens making herbal salves on outdoor table


"As director of the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program, I have the privilege of witnessing the amazing transformation that takes place when underserved youth connect to the natural world through farming. At the start of the program, the internship is viewed as nothing more than a summer job. But by the end, the teens are bonded to one another and the land and they take great pride in using their newfound knowledge to creatively address food justice issues in their communities. I am endlessly inspired by their courage to let go of old habits and try-on a completely new way of treating the earth, their bodies, and one another." - Deidre Kelly, Team Program Director


Sage, echinacea flowers, chamomile, thyme, mint, and other herbs laid out on table

Chamomile flowers in berry carton and echinacea flowers on table and wooden cutting board


Over the summer, the group used fresh fragrant herbs that grow on the farm as well as Mountain Rose Herbs’ products such as beeswax pastilles, tins, organic arnica herbal oil, organic chamomile flowers, organic rosemary essential oil, and organic pink rose powder. With these and other ingredients they created salves and tinctures! It is so awesome to witness young folks dive into herbalism with such enthusiasm. 

Their amazing herbal apothecary now includes...

St. John’s Wort & Comfrey Salve

Gardener's Salve

Calendula Salve

Echinacea Tincture

Chamomile Tincture

Feverfew Tincture

Valerian Root Tincture


Teen holding basket of calendula and other flowers


Feeling inspired? I sure am! So how can people get involved and support Seeds of Hope Farm?

Seeds of Hope Farm loves volunteers! Those living in the St. Louis area are invited to spend a few hours getting earthy while learning about organic farming and helping maximize community impact. Volunteers provide an audience to teach while reducing the staff workload (and it’s a lot of fun!).

Seeds of Hope Farm accepts tax-deductible donations which help further the mission of increasing access to fresh produce through a unique income-tiered co-op, bringing together members of all different economic backgrounds. Please visit seedsofhopefarm.org for more information on how you can support farm programs.

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Written by Alyssa on March 9, 2016

Alyssa Bascue, Director of Sustainability, is a trusted professional in her field with a passion for employee engagement and reducing environmental impacts of business operations, including emissions, energy, waste, and water. Growing up in an income-sharing, egalitarian community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, she’s a farm girl at heart. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Sociology, which helps to support Mountain Rose Herbs' mission of supporting organic agriculture and embodying socially conscious business practices. Alyssa completed a nine-week Master Recycler training and is well-known in town as an Employee Transportation Coordinator. She currently volunteers with Friends of Trees, Provender Alliance, Sustainable Food Trade Association, and the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance. And she is an active member of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking spicy foods, hiking and camping with her husband and brindle pup.

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