Guest post written by Rowan Evans, Community Liaision with Jorgensen Farms.
Sitting pretty at the northernmost boundary of Gahanna’s Herbal Trail, is Jorgensen Farms, a 65-acre certified organic farm. It is an astonishing example of Nature’s exuberant dance. Evidence of this can be found in every corner of the farm and during every season. It is on stunning display in the mid-to-late summer samba between our honeybees and our flowering herbs and is truly something to celebrate.
So it wasn’t a complete surprise when we were contacted by a writer for Country Gardens Magazine—one of the family of Better Homes and Gardens publications—with an invitation to share our honey ‘n’ herb story. It was a thrill to show off the honey gathering process and lay a honey-themed brunch table to celebrate. The resulting article and photo spread can be seen in the Fall 2015 issue of Country Gardens Magazine.
The hives at Jorgensen Farms, and the flowering fields that provide a good part of their forage, are cared for with a deep regard for what is needed to give each what it needs to flourish. During our growing season, we deliberately cultivate an herbal buffet for the bees that includes bergamot, anise hyssop, lemon balm, catmint, sage, echinacea, oregano, borage chives and thyme.
The miraculous result is the vibrant health of both the honeybees and the flowering herbal plant communities. No less important a beneficiary are the food crops we raise, such as squash and cucumbers, that depend on pollinators such as the honeybee for fruit set. Then, in the waning days of summer, there comes the golden gift of honey, highly-valued as food and medicine at least since Biblical times and likely long before that. If ever there was a reason for a party!
We’re not going to let the honey fun run away too quickly! Jorgensen Farms, along with our partner in wellness programming, Mount Carmel Health, is offering a workshop titled “Honey Do” on Thursday, September 24, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. We’ll be exploring the many uses of honey. Registration is required and can be made online.
Because Jorgensen Farms is a working farm, we are best able to share our story as well as our herbs, honey and produce at local farmers’ markets and the Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna.
Our request that visitors come by the farm “By Appointment Only” assures that the numerous tasks that provide vital support for the health and well-being of the farm get the attention they need. We invite anyone interested in visiting the farm to explore our website where you can read about and plan to join us for the farm events that are open to the public. And, of course, we heartily invite you to visit us at the New Albany and Worthington Farmers’ Markets!
Explore the Gahanna Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website to learn more about Gahanna’s Herbal Trail partners. www.VisitGahanna.com