Our hearts are so filled up!
We loved receiving these photos and a sweet thank you 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 herbal medicine. 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.
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.
"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
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 herbal medicine making with such enthusiasm.
Their amazing herbal apothecary now includes...
St. John’s Wort & Comfrey Salve (the teens named this ‘Hurt No Mo’ salve)
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.