Mockingbird Meadows is the “home farm” of author Dawn Combs and is an example of all the principles that our educational site and book Heal Local demonstrate about what a local medicine community can mean to our health. The farm began as a small honey and herb farm founded in 2005 outside Columbus, Ohio. We converted a house and large conventional lawn into a fully functioning herb operation and teaching facility. As a small farm and homestead, we demonstrate the efficient and effective use of land and teach about the use of herbs and hive products as an alternative for increased health awareness.
Our farm herb shop is open BY APPOINTMENT. Please call 614.354.5162 or 614.354.5163 to schedule a time.
The shop is stocked with natural health products made on the farm and sourced from the local community. Stop in for handcrafted teas, salves, honey soaps, candles, tinctures and personalized remedies. The farm specializes in roses, so the shop is filled with all things rose; including rose infused raw honey, flavored sugars, jellies and more. Buy fresh and dried local herbs as well as supplies for home beauty and natural remedies. The shop will be staffed with knowledgeable folks who can answer your question or offer advice and regularly scheduled classes will cover all aspects of herbal health and gardening.
UpS BOTANICAL SANCTUARY
As a member of United Plant Savers (UpS), we grow a variety of endangered medicinal herbs and strive to support conservation and education efforts. Our farm was the second UpS sanctuary in Ohio and is one of nine current network members in the state.
While organic agriculture has been all the rage, Mockingbird Meadows has been one of only a few farms in Central Ohio on the cutting edge to use biodynamic principles. Our efforts are not just chemical-free, but focus on the creation of balanced soil as the foundation for better plants, happier bees and a healthier life.
Mockingbird Meadows was one of the first honey farms in Central Ohio to adopt chemical-free beekeeping practices. We continue to share our knowledge through small local workshops and national conference presentations.
Our farm is a working homestead. Our business is merely an extension of our everyday life. Here on the farm we grow our medicine in the same rows as we grow our food, demonstrating the need to “eat our medicine” in a practical way. Our work to teach others about backyard herbal health and working to create local medicine economies led to our selection by Mother Earth News magazine as one of their “2013 National Homesteaders of the Year.”
Mockingbird Meadows is the leading provider of botanical supplements and related education in the Central Ohio area. We are responsible for the only herbal honey spreads of their kind on the market and were the first to craft slow-process herbal infused honey in Central Ohio. This innovation led us to be named “one of the best of the good clean and fair products in the United States” by the 2008 Slow Food Nation in San Francisco.
“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” -Hippocrates