Our 107th Real Farmer Care recipient is Gaby Lee of Lunaria Flower Farm @lunariaflowerfarm in Pescadero, CA.
Gaby writes, “Lunaria Flower Farm is located on the California coast in Pescadero, on Ohlone-Amah Mutsun land. I started the farm to grow flower medicine, or flowers that have medicinal value. To me, medicinal value means more than what we think of when it comes to Western medicine. Flower medicine can be used to prevent and treat illness, shift our energy and vibration, uplift and soothe our emotions and deepen our connection to the earth. Seeing a White dominated lens in Western Herbalism pushed me to seek out more knowledge of my ancestral medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Growing Chinese herbs not only connects me to my heritage and identity, but is also critical to counter the concerning growing practices of medicinal herbs sourced from China. I hoped to connect with and learn from other Asian American growers of Chinese herbs and practitioners of TCM but found that many of the knowledge holders are White and I saw very little Asian American representation in the space. One of my goals for the farm is to build more Asian American community around Chinese herbs and Chinese medicine because connecting to our ancestral medicines and practices is essential for healing ourselves and the land. Though I grow many medicinal flowers, in the hustle and bustle of the farming season I sometimes forget to use and make herbal remedies with my own herbs. I want to take more time for self care by making medicine with my herbs for myself and for my loved ones.” . Gaby’s farm @lunariaflowerfarm sustained damage from the CA wildfires. Please donate to her GoFundMe Lunaria Flower Farm or Venmo @ gabylee. . #lunariaflowerfarm #flowermedicine #chinesemedicine #herbalmedicine #californiawildfires #bipocfarmers #asianamericanfarmers #selfcare #communitycare #realfarmercare