It’s time for our SEVENTH Community Supported Apothecary (CSA) program. Based on the feedback I get from previous participants, the CSA has them: look at their health differently, look at plants with new eyes, realize how plant medicine can be integrated into their daily lives, and become more attuned to what is going on with the seasons and how that relates to and impacts their health.
This program has definitely been one of the most rewarding parts of running the apothecary. I get a lot of great feedback… It also has become a cornerstone to my apothecary offerings, as well as workshops and courses.
The inherent chemical composition of plants, to some degree, are anti-inflammatory…with an affinity for particular organ systems and tissues in the body. Typically, they also have a relaxing effect on the nervous system. To me, plant medicine is medicine for the times…
So, for those of that you that don’t already know, let me explain the CSA program. Basically, I’ve taken the local foods term “CSA” (which means Community Supported Agriculture where you normally get a weekly box of veggies) and given it an herbal spin!
In our 5-month CSA (Community Supported Apothecary) program, you’ll receive one box a month of seasonally-appropriate, herbal preparations in the mail.
You will also receive a brief yet juicy newsletter with information about the particular seasonal cycle we are in, as well as details about the local, herbal preparations I’ve made for you. I have also started to include two plant profiles on the back of the newsletter, highlighting a local herb and an exotic herb each month.
So, how does it work? Our CSA members prepay for the 5-month program at least one month before the CSA begins (in this case, by March 1st or it could be earlier as spaces may fill up). Then, you go about your life and these small gift bundles come to you throughout the spring/summer seasons. Participants have told me it’s like having a birthday for 5 months (smile).
Typically, the spring/summer months focus on cooling you down, refreshing you, supporting the liver & lymph, and stocking your first aid. The fall/winter months focus on warming you up, supporting circulation, nourishing the kidneys & adrenals, building immune function, and preparing you for cold & flu season.
Here’s a sample of some of the herbal preparations we have sent out in the past for the Spring/Summer months:
Herbal Bug Spray
Lymph and Liver Lovin’ tincture
Grapefruit Bitters tincture
Remineralizing Tooth Powder blend
Spring Zing tea blend
First Aid skin salve
Herbal First Aid skin spray
Seasonal Flower essence
Queen of Hungary Water (facial toner)
Anti-fungal skin salve
Peppermint Spirits elixir
Poke root salve
Here’s the basic info for our 5-month program (April 2017 to August 2017):
– you will receive $40 worth of seasonally appropriate, herbal preparations (I am known for lagniappe, as well)
– you will be sent a newsletter describing each preparation, their seasonal relevance, and information high-lighting the herbs I used
Only the SHIPPING option will be available this time. Since I am moving out-of-state soon, local pick-up in Mississippi will not be available.
The cost is $250. If you live out West, I will need to charge a little extra to cover shipping, so the cost will be $260. These prices include taxes and shipping.
It is best that SGSA is paid in one lump sum as it can be difficult for me to track monthly payments. However, if you are not able to pay this way, we can make arrangements for monthly payments.
You can pay by check or paypal.
I only have the capacity for 30 participants. To reserve your spot, please email me at email@example.com. When we reach 30 participants, I will send out a group email with payment information and a couple housekeeping questions. At that point, payment will be due by March 1st. Thanks!
Testimonials from previous CSA participants:
“I have enjoyed herbal medicines for years but now the CSA has really allowed me to get up close and personal with the plants in a way that I never thought possible. It was so exciting to open each package and find out what was in the box! It amazed me that each time the box was filled with preparations that I needed exactly at that moment. It was a perfect fit. I also loved the information sheet and referred back to it many times. Thank you Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary!”
~ Brandy in Atlanta, GA
“I have truly enjoyed my membership to the Sweet Gum Springs Fall/Winter CSA. The perfectly timed herbs have been an amazing way to keep my family healthy through the season’s changes.”
~ Ingrid in New Orleans, LA
“We have enjoyed both offerings of the Herbal CSA and have learned a great deal over the past couple of years about herbs and tinctures because of their helpful explanations and directions. I think what I like most is that each month they supply you with a product that is useful to the season you in or are entering into. Bug spray in the summer months, cold and flu tea and tinctures in the colder months as a way for you build your medicine cabinet. We are really thankful for SGSA and the CSA.”
~ Christina in Starkville, MS