By Colleen Leonardi
Mockingbird Meadows in Marysville, Ohio has recently undergone an exciting transformation. The biodynamic herb and honey farm run by Dawn and Carson Combs is now open to the public with a beautiful farm store, labyrinth, cozy outdoor relaxation spots and new classes and workshops where all are welcome. Alongside the renovations on the farm, Dawn has released her online herbal education tool, Heal Local, where international communities can come together to reinvigorate traditional herbal knowledge.
I spoke with Dawn about their grand opening this week and how you can engage with the farm. Read on and visit soon! —Colleen Leonardi
Q: What’s new on the farm at Mockingbird Meadows?
Dawn Combs: We’re finally moving into the phase on the farm that we’ve been heading into for a really long time. We’ve become Heal Local as a larger umbrella. Heal Local is a mission to get people to think about local medicine right along with their local food. It’s a bigger conversation than you can have with just one farm. We have created this web educational channel in Heal Local where I can do education and reach as many people with this cultural knowledge.
Mockingbird Meadows (MM) will always be the home farm, the model farm, of what we’re trying to teach. Because at MM we live what we’re trying to share with our community, our products are mirrors of what we’re teaching. So MM will be the place that makes products and where you’ll go and visit.
Heal Local is the entity where you’ll go to have bigger discussions about the planet and the community and how it fits into where our culture is going and how we retain this basic knowledge of how we care for ourselves and take responsibility for our daily health. We’ll have videos, interviews with other herbal practitioners, how-tos, recipes, and a place where I can really interact with the people that come there and really want to explore the idea of local health.
Q: What are some of the classes, workshops, and events that are happening in the coming weeks and months?
A: We have our annual farm open house luncheon and tour coming up on Sunday, July 24. I hope people that came when we were in our infancy will come back because they’ll see something completely different. The land has grown and the business has grown into the land. There are structures there that people can learn from and use in their own lives.
Classes that we’re gonna have are really basic like an introductory class about natural health, oils and salves, and tinctures to breakdown it down and make it more accessible. I’m doing a lot of little make and takes, like a girl’s night out every month—a spa night, get away come into the country, walk the farm, have some wine, light the lanterns, we’ll do a whole facial with a program on skincare herbs. It’ll be a destination and relaxation evening.
Q: What are you most excited to share with people?
A: At MM I’m most excited about sharing our new space. We have created a community space that invites people to come in and learn and change the way they’re eating, dealing with health problems, and ask questions. We’re wrapping our arms around our community and I’m really excited about that!
With Heal Local, I’m really excited about having the space where people can interact on an international level. Now we’ve created something where people can continue to ask questions, interact, argue, and grow. I think it’s going to be an international gathering of people that are ready to have conversations and roll up their sleeves and ask: How do we do this? How do we get this back into our community? How do we approach restaurants? What is the real work to bring this knowledge back?
The farm store hours at Mockingbird Meadows are Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 6pm and Wednesday from 10am to 6pm, or by appointment. Stop by the farm during their hours, or call ahead, and visit a beautiful biodynamic herb and honey farm.
Mockingbird Meadows, 16671 Burns Road, Marysville, Ohio, 43040; 614-354-5163