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Megan Spencer & Steven Martyn
The Sacred Gardener

Golden Lake, ON

486 Trailblazers Rd
Golden Lake, ON K0J 1X0
613-625-1106 (home)
Product Types: Certified Organic herbs, frozen organic greens, prepared foods, fermented foods, Organic Skin and body products.

About Us
Seeding earth wisdom since 1989. In everything we do we aim to honour the ancient agreements with Nature. These agreements, which enabled our ancestors to survive and allow us to be here now, have largely been forgotten by western culture. We are re-membering Earth cultureâ??sharing visions and teaching skills of traditional livingâ??indigenous skills, herbalism, permaculture and sustainable building. As the seeds of wisdom inside us are watered and awaken, our connection grows and a more meaningful dimension is revealed. The World literally comes alive.

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Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
All our frozen products are processed and packaged in our home kitchen. All greens are washed, chopped and then blanched (put in boiling water quickly, then strained, this allows the greens to be preserved in the freezer without becoming freezer burnt). We then store them in our home freezer. Our pesto is prepared raw, with the exception of the roasted sunflower seeds. Our Sauerkraut and Miso are fermented, raw foods.

Condiments, Sauces, Spices: Seasoning Sauce

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Login to order #1875 Miso- 229 ml
3 available. Order number of jars. Made with a mix of organic soy beans and rice inoculated with koji spore, steamed dandelion, nettles and wild leeks, and fermented for a year, yielding a rich salty and slightly sweet paste used for soups, sauces and spreads.

Certified Organic $16.00/jar

Condiments, Sauces, Spices: Vinegar

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Login to order #3008 Herbal Vinegar Herbal Vinegar
7 available. Order number of jars. 8oz of herbal infused organic apple cider vinegar. Incredibly flavourful on it's own! An excellent health tonic, as all these herbs as well as being tasty, are nourishing medicinals. Infused with: thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, margoram, sage, bee balm, nettles, raspberry, tarragon, yellowdock (leaves and seeds), dandelion leaves, lemonbalm, celery herb, comfrey, garlic.

Certified Organic $16.00/jar

Health and Beauty: Skin and Lip Care

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Login to order #2904 Cleansing Grains Facial Scrub Cleansing Grains Facial Scrub
2 available. Order number of jars. A perfect soap replacement, cleansing grains are mild, nourishing, suitable for all skin types and can be used daily. These light grains can be used on blemished skin. They gently cleanse, distribute excess oil, remove dead cells and improve circulation!! Ingredients: organic oats, white clay, almonds, organic lavender, organic roses, organic poppy seeds (from the farm), local honey, water (all herbs, oats, nuts and seeds are finely ground), 2oz jar Honey serves as a natural preservative for the grains, though it may sound like it would make the mixture sticky, it doesn't! smoothes on nicely and allows for your to massage and cleanse your face and neck!

Login to order #3123 Herbal Facial Toner
7 available. Order number of Bottle s. This wonderful astringent toner can be used as a general toner to tighten skin after cleansing and before moisturizing. Can also be used as a make- up remover. 100ml spray bottle contains distilled witch hazel (no alcohol) Infused with organic herbs (lemon balm, chamomile, rosemary, lavender, sweet fern, malva, calendula, roses, lemon peel, sage, comfrey leaf), essential oil of rose and lavender.

Certified Organic $25.00/Bottle

Non-Food Items: Books

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Login to order #5229 Sacred Gardening: Seeds for the Reemergence of Co-creative Agriculture Sacred Gardening: Seeds for the Reemergence of Co-creative Agriculture
Order number of book s. Sacred Gardening is the twin book to"The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden" , born from the same place and time. But like most twins they couldn't be more different in character. Sacred Gardening is bold, confrontational and illuminating. In his second book Steven Martyn takes the reader into a world beyond science, reason and the history we have all been taught; into an indigenous world, where the Earth herself is our teacher, where we reside in the company of Gods and where we live surrounded by the reassurance of Her divinity, in all of Nature . Look both ways when getting immersed in Sacred Gardening, because this book is an intersection, where permaculture meets indigenous land use and our schooling and rationality collide with the mythological reality of the Earth. In challenging both conservative and alternative views of gardening and land use, this book opens the possibility for a new chapter of co-creative polyculture. The Madawaska forest garden is one example of this type of agricultural, presented in his first book. And Steven gives us many other examples in Sacred Gardening. These pages sketch out a new way of working with the land, find their legitimacy not from western literature, but from a more ancient and reliable source, Indigenous culture and the heart of living Earth. Sacred Gardening looks at pre-historic land use and the evolution of agriculture, with sweeping views from our distant past to our sustainable future! Steven leaves us with a sense of Hope and call to action; to molt our corporate cocoons and reclaim our indigenous, co-creative, handmade life.

Login to order #4605 The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden
Order number of books. The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden: Co-creating Integrated Polyculture, by Steven Martyn "When humans first began to garden it was a ritual to feed Her; to feed that which gave us life. Gardening didn't start as just another act of taking. It was a giving, a literal and physical metaphor of reverence." -Steven Martyn 2000, forest garden workshop Excerpt from The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden: In this book, I hope to demonstrate a way of working with the Earth whereby all the beings of a given place are acknowledged as the guardians and co-creators of that place. A way of gardening in which these beings are sacredly approached, and worked with in their photogenic capacity. I'm interested in promoting gardening as consensus, gardening as communion, and gardening as an extension of the ecological continuum, of which our human evolution is also part. The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden brings us from the realms of history, philosophy and theory into the intimate folds of the living Earth. This book shows us that it is not only possible to work with the Earth in a way that feeds life and culture, but that this is our ancestral birth right. This book sheds a new light on the co-creative origins of agriculture and civilization. Steven Martyn shows us down in the dirt, what our obligation is to our partners, the plants and Wild Earth. The forest garden is a cumulative co-creative expression born from three decades of working with the Earth as a landscaper, grower and wildcrafter. The idea for the garden started with a longing to work with the wild land in a co-creative, non-invasive, non-exploitive way, like a wildcrafter/forager does. After some initial attempt on wild land by Algonquin Park Steven's longing called him to teachers (the Lacandon Maya in Mexico) who gave the insights the Madawaska forest garden is founded on. Upon arriving home in Ontario, Canada, with this revelation about forest agriculture, Steven's research into similar land use in Ontario lead him to an MA on traditional plant use in the South Algonquin territory and to actually making an integrated polycultural garden in the wilderness. This book contains the story of the Madawaska land, and of the history of land-use in area, as well as the steps taken in making the Madawaska Forest garden. There are abundance growing techniques as well as life lessons for the reader to draw from this story and way of working with the land. Unlike even the most radical forms of organic agriculture, such as permaculture , this un-permanent form of traditional Native gardening does not claim exclusive domain over the growing territory. But rather it works in a synergist way with those already present on the land, with the surrounding ecology; and with the lands natural successions of healing growth over time.