What’s Happening at Four Winds Farm
March Newsletter from Deborah Lee

This newsletter includes:

  • Spring is sprouting a Country Market at the Farm!
  • Herb of the Month column – Burdock the Great
  • First Herb of the Month class – March 25th
  • Fairy Gardens at the Farm with Susan Daggett
  • Classes with Deborah
  • Outdoor Herb Trek: May 27th, Wild and Free…Use those Weeds!
  • Tools for Transformation: private sessions with Deborah
    • Flower Remedy work
    • Guided techniques to morph beyond the past

More information is on our website: www.Four-Winds-Farm.com

News from the Farm
Spring sprang early this year, ending my winter hibernation from gardening. In the lusty warmth of February, I trimmed a mountain of branches from trees and shrubs. (Not Lilac though, they need to be trimmed after they bloom, same with many spring-blooming shrubs.) It felt great to be outdoors. But March has become fickle. I’ve had to unroll a big “cover-up campaign”, using whatever I have to thwart frost from settling into young plants who eagerly sprouted early.
Here at Four Winds Farm, Jessica Whiston and I have been gestating ideas all winter. We, like the plants, are now sprouting them. Just like the daffodils, tulips and leaves on the willow trees, we are eager to expand.

This year Terripin Farms (owned by Brad and Jessica Whiston) will again be growing organic veggies on 4 acres of land here at the Farm. Our new vision is a County Market in a new building by the front driveway. The Whistons’ plan to sell starter plants and spring greens, beginning Early Spring; followed by a large variety of produce items. Even honey, jams and some frozen meat will be available for sale. I will sell herbs and cut flowers.
Four Winds Farm is going to be a very flowery place this summer! Numerous events and classes are planned. Some of these are listed below. There will be “make and take” herb classes available for groups of all ages. Book your private group ASAP. Dates are filling.

Herb of the Month – Burdock         By Deborah Lee and Le Kellum

This month’s spotlight herbal star is burdock, Arctium lappa. We hope that by learning more about this ‘common weed’ it will become a valued friend for you, helping to restore your health in many ways. 

Burdock is considered by many herbalists to be the foremost medicinal plant for cleansing and detoxifying the body of most toxins, even heavy metals. Among the many other uses of burdock are treatments for skin problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, as well as liver and kidney ailments. Because the root is high in inulin (especially when dug in cold seasons) it may be useful in treating diabetes. The Amish still use a burdock leaf poultice as an important part of their treatment for severe burns (along with raw honey and herbal salve).

Probably the most discussed use of the root over time has been for its blood cleaning purposes, especially as a male tonic or performance stabilizer.  Common herbal wisdom is that taproots generally help with the lower part of the body. Nature has its own ID system. This system has been called the Doctrine of Signatures and Similiars since the 1600’s. A more modern term is Windows of Perception. The study of plant clues are fascinating and will be discussed in each of the monthly classes, as related to the featured plant. Photo below.

Burdock’s sturdy taproot penetrates deep into the earth, where it breaks up compacted soil, so seeds and young plants can easily grow. Plus, it extracts subsoil nutrients improve both the topsoil!
The parts of burdock we use include root, leaves and seeds; with the root being the most common. The plant is considered a bitter herb.  Preparations for using burdock include: a leaf poultice on the skin for wounds or burns, leaves infused into an oil for salves, decocted herbal beverage (tea) using the chopped root; also tinctures, using mainly the root and/or seeds infused into alcohol. Burdock is commonly combined with other herbs for any of the preps. NOTE: once the biennial herb has flowered and made its cocklebur seeds, the root is too old, tough and woody to use.

The root is a valuable food source. Like most edible wild plants, it is a power house of phyto-nutrients. Even a handful of chopped burdock root adds flavor and nutrients. The Japanese, especially, value the root as a blood purifier; also as a food that is “strengthening and grounding”.  As such it would be helpful for stress, anxiety and focus. Burdock is grown commercially in Japan, Hawaii and other countries.

The first-year burdock root can be dug, scrubbed or peeled; then chopped or sliced. General cooking time is about 30 minutes steamed or lightly boiled and about 15 minutes sautéed with other vegetables. Note: to sauté it, be sure to select a young root and slice it thinly on a diagonal. I love adding small chunks of this young root it to soup or stew. It is also great in cornbread. Just use a standard cornbread recipe (or mix) and chop a young root into small pieces.

Burdock is truly a workhorse in the herbalist’s world! Come learn more about Burdock the Great in the Herb of the Month class that Le and I are offering March 25th. We have lots to tell you about the wonderful, wildly growing “weed”. We will dig it, eat it, drink some in tea and then make an herbal prep to take home.

                           2nd year Burdock leaves are large spring through summer
              Harvest the 1st year Burdock root           Seed pods a proto-type for Velcro


Herb of the Month Class                                                 March – Burdock the Great
You asked for it, you got it! New, monthly study groups will be led by me and Le Kellum. I’ve known Le for many years. We’ve shared an enthusiasm for health-enhancing plants. Le is an herbal research geek; while I’ve had a life-time passion for collecting and using both wild and cultivated herbs. We thought it would be fun to collaborate! Come join us:
Last Tuesday of each month; starting Tuesday, March 28th 6-8pm.  Each classes will include:

  1. A trek into the Four Winds Farm gardens to explore our featured herb
  2. Instruction from Le and Deborah about the many virtues of the featured plant
  3. Hands-on activities
  4. Take home study materials
  5. An herbal preparation that you make and take home

Fee of $25 includes all supplies and instruction. Please register early so we can plan ahead.
Either purchase tickets online at https://squareup.com/store/deborahleeholistichealth/
Or send a check to: Four Winds Farm, 3729 N 36th, Quincy, IL 62305

April Herb of the Month Class

Le and Deborah will feature Yarrow a power plant that grows all over the world, respected for thousands of years. Tuesday April 25th, 6-8pm

Fairy Gardens and Other Garden-Art

Friday evenings with Artist Susan Daggett at Four Winds Farm. End the week with a little fun and creativity. Susan has a series of “make and take” fairy gardens, plus other unique garden-art happenings. She also is leading summer programs for kids this summer at the Farm. Let your creativity flow! Pre-registration is a must. All supplies will be provided. You will take home a miniature garden. $35 per garden. Here’s the April and May listings:

April 21st – Fairy Gardens (a JWCC Community Ed class) – full
April 28th – Fairy Gardens (a JWCC Community Ed class) – full
May 12th – Make a Garden with/or for Mom: Fairy or Gnome: 1 adult & 1 youth, $35 per garden
May 19th – Fairy Gardens – filling quickly

To enroll or inquire contact Susan Daggett: sddesigns.55@gmail.com
217-666-4961 or 217-223-0337

The Artistic Garden

Unwind with Deborah in the Four Winds Farm gardens. Discover artistic gardening “secrets” for both your landscape and your container plantings. Explore the use of color, shape, height, texture, aroma and the art of placement. Realize how perennials and annuals do uniquely different jobs, and which takes the most work. Plan to take home a few treasures; plus lots of creative and useful ideas. Just for the fun of it, BYO wine. We have the glasses.
Tuesday May 2nd 6-8pm, $20
Buy tickets online at https://squareup.com/store/deborahleeholistichealth/ 

Wild and Free…Use Those Weeds!  May 27th
Nature is in her full spring glory by late May. There are SO many edible and medicinal plants to explore. We will meet at Quinsippi Island (unless otherwise instructed) to become acquainted with numerous wild plants. After a few hours we will drive to Four Winds Farm, gather more plants and add them to our meal.  Everyone will bring a lunch item to share. Deborah will make soup and salad.
Saturday, May 27th, 9am – 3pm.  $25, Includes: light lunch, study guides and instruction
Quinsippi Island, Quincy, IL then four Winds Farm, 3729 N. 36th Quincy, IL

Purchase your ticket online at https://squareup.com/store/deborahleeholistichealth/
Questions: email deborahleeholistichealth@gmail.com or call 217-257-1480

Tools for Transformation – Private Sessions with Deborah
Flower Remedies (or Essences): offer a safe and natural method of healing. They gently restore balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred, anxiety and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. Note: they are safe to take with any food or medicine and work gradually over time.

Emotional Re-Patterning – Stored emotional pain and scars block the flow of energy. What stays “incrusted” in our emotional bodies, holds us back from resonating with the full vibrancy of our potential. It eventually forms into physical illness. By melting deeply-rooted patterns of emotional trauma, we can fully embrace, and transmute, what has been hidden. Once old emotional blocks are discharged, the memory stays, but the hurt leaves.  We are left with an opportunity to see the lesson the pain provided.

Deborah uses NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) techniques, guided imagery and numerous interactive processes. The client fully participates. In addition, she usually prepares a personalized flower remedy: one chosen to match the archetypal pattern of the problem. Taking 3-4 drops, daily, further allows a gradual release of emotional pain. It also allows the client to experience new insights and wisdom. This processes work much the same as the flower remedies. Both involve prayerful work to help one re-connect with their innate wisdom and divine love.
Deborah’s private sessions are at Body-Mind-Spirit Wellness Center, 1702 N 24th, Quincy

Phone sessions also available call 217-257-1480 to set up an appointment.