Healing Begins in the Garden
Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary and Biodynamic Gardens offers a variety of hand-crafted herbal remedies for supporting the health and well being of our customers. Most of our products are made with herbs grown and hand-harvested from our own biodynamic garden, situated on a 32-acre farm in Rockport, Maine.
In 1995, Avena moved to its current location where Deb was able to design and plant a large organic and biodynamic herb garden. This beautiful three-acre garden provides an abundance of certified biodynamic herbs for the apothecary, a classroom for students, nectar-producing flowers for pollinators and a peaceful place for visitors to renew their spirit and find healing in nature.
Avena Botanicals’ mission is to create high quality, hand-crafted herbal remedies that enhance people’s health and well-being and to facilitate, through educational programs, a deeper spiritual and ecological understanding of the healing role organic and biodynamic gardens, medicinal herbs, and pollinators play in our society.
Values and Guiding Principals
To be kind, caring, and compassionate
To nurture a spiritual and ecological connection with Nature
To bring gratitude and presence into all our activities with plants
To serve customers in a timely fashion
To honor personal growth, recognizing the workplace as a supportive environment for developing a greater awareness of self and our connection to the larger world
Deb Soule is an herbalist, gardener, teacher and author of The Woman's Handbook of Healing Herbs and How to Move Like a Gardener. Raised in a small town in western Maine, Deb began organic gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs at age 16 alongside the internationally known medical herbalist Mary Bove. Deb's faith in the healing qualities of plants includes a desire to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas.
Deb's passion for plants, gardens and healing and her commitment to sharing herbal knowledge with others is central to her work. She frequently is a guest-lecturer at various conferences as well as an instructor for botany and horticulture students, garden clubs, and medical students. In 2005, People, Places and Plants magazine named Deb as one of the 50 most influential gardeners in the Northeast.
Deb's life closely follows the yearly agricultural rhythm. From April through October Deb spends most days with her hands in the earth tending three acres of medicinal plants using organic and biodynamic practices. During the spring and summer months Deb teaches a variety of herb classes and offers bi-monthly herb walks in Avena Botanicals herb gardens. Throughout the year Deb writes herb articles, develops herbal remedies and consults with clients and health care providers.
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