A Visit to Raven Crest Botanicals in Berne, NY

The road turned from asphalt to gravel and the trees arched their branches towards each other. The drive to Raven Crest Botanicals, a small-scale organic herb farm, is at once mysterious and magical. I had taken Amtrak to Albany from Penn Station, New York and was graciously picked up by Sam, an herbalist managing the farm. My week had been busy with events and obligations, and being in the presence of calm, peaceful beings helped me release my shoulders and clear my thoughts almost immediately. 

Inside the charming red stone farmhouse, I noted the accents of gifts from the earth - raven bird feathers, dried herbs, and stones, to name a few. Owned by herbalist Susanna Raven, the property is a clear reflection of her intentions and practices to offer therapeutic experiences with plants. Susanna's experience with plants began during a trip to the Peruvian Amazon, and since then, she has transformed the property into a small-scale organic farm of herbs which she uses to create a variety of herbal products.

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A Weekend at Gatherwild Ranch in Germantown, NY

Spread out on 75 acres of rolling hills, Gatherwild Ranch provides unique shelters that inspire grassy picnics, evening bonfires, and star gazing in the Hudson Valley.

We drove on a quiet country road up to the farmhouse, a quaint white house with an inviting front porch surrounded by beautiful, tall maple and pine trees. A plowed and seeeded plot of land to the left has promise of fresh herbs and vegetables come summer. For now they are seedlings exploring their new place in the ground.

We entered the house and were instantly welcomed by Laura Sink, the owner of Gatherwild Ranch, who purchased the property last year and has been working tirelessly to transform it into a beautiful place for rest and exploration.

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