By: Jennifer Stickley
Our 3rd and 4th grade class helped start a medicinal herbal garden at the Swallowtail Farm Campus last Fall during Outdoor School. Now in the warmth of the Summer sun, Mullein, Chamomile, Bee Balm, Yarrow, Lavender, and Calendula are in full bloom! It is quite a glorious display and will become the center piece of a “social garden” in the near future.
Before school ended in the Spring, the students bundled Dieciséis (16) bunches of chamomile with their Spanish teacher, Ms. Jean, to dry and drink as tea this Fall and Winter. Raw local honey has been infused with Bee Balm blossoms for classroom teas. Future projects will include making dream pillows with dried herbs from the garden and experimenting with making bees wax dipped Mullein stalk torches. We will also be donating a basket of herbal goodies to Swallowtail’s annual fundraising auction which will include lotions, oils, teas, and tinctures made with herbs from the garden.