Mockingbird Meadows, a unique farm model combining sustainable beekeeping and medicinal herbs with a focus on education, has been named by Mother Earth News as one of six 2013 Homesteaders of the Year. The national award is given by the magazine each year to kickoff International Homesteading Education Month.
Owners Dawn and Carson Combs live and work on 3.5 acres designated as a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary. Their farming practices are guided by biodynamic principles and ancient Greek doctor Hippocrates’ prescription, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
The 21st century homestead is about self-sufficiency wherever one lives, using less energy, eating wholesome and local food, and involving the family in making wise choices to improve quality of life for the community and the environment.
According to Mother Earth News, the Combs agree their biggest challenge is striking a balance between working on the homestead and making time to enjoy the space they’ve created. “It’s important to sit and enjoy the roses instead of just picking them,” says Dawn.
Mockingbird Meadows grows produce and herbs, raises honey, teaches workshops on traditional foods and natural healing, and provides herbal consultation.
Location: 16671 Burns Rd., Marysville. For more information, visit MockingbirdMeadows.com.