Our Roots: We are connected to nature and the land in inexplicable ways...
Trossachs Woodland Farm is a Forest Farm & Nursery for At-Risk Native Botanicals located in Fishersville, VA, specializing in Native Floral Bouquets, Herbal Teas & Forest Botanials
Our nursery focuses on the propagation of at-risk forest botanicals native to the Eastern Deciduous Forests of Central Appalachia through forest farming and wild stewarding practices. When we purchased the property in 2017, we discovered a healthy population of several species of botanicals listed by United Plant Savers as at risk as well as other hard to find natives; Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa), Pipsisswa (Chimaphilla umbrella), Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra), and Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), Solomon's Seal (polygonatum biflorum and commutatum), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), Wood Poppy ( Stylophorum diphyllum),Virginia Heartleaf Ginger (Asarum virginicum). Excited by the possibility of adding other at-risk botanicals to our woodland, we attended several forest farming conferences to learn more about this potential prospect. With the help of Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) and several grants, we introduced Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) to our forest and will be selling root divisions. Our goal is to cultivate our root stock in a poly-culture environment. As such, we have added other at risk forest botanicals to our woodland community; Stone Root (Collinsonia candensis), Trillium,Beth Root (Trillium spp), Virginia Snakeroot (Aristolochia serpenetaria), Bloodroot(Sanguinaria candadensis),Maidenhair Fern(Adiantum pedatum), and Black Cohosh(Actaea racemosa).
Wild Stewarding-Caretakers of existing populations of botanicals, through the manual removal of invasive species, encouraging native species such as Monarda, expanding native footprint through the responsible division of rhizomes/roots,and amending soil with organic inputs.
Forest Farming-Our Native Botanical Nursery will provide rhizome/rootstock for select at-risk botanicals through a polyculture environment with a native range and within the forest footprint. We view this more as a forest garden and less a forest farm. Our rootstock was provided by reputable sources, cleaned in accordance with our Best Relationship Practices and our planting area carefully prepared by removal of the root mat and with the addition of organic inputs when necessary.
He who speaks for the Trees...Woodland Expert, Rational Architect, Leadership Guru. PW Leadership Fellow,Teacher, Engineer, Environmentalist, Poet
Brian has been trying to farm in the woods ever since he was a boy. His connection to the land cannot be severed. He is woodland expert and conducts outreach to teach about synergistic relationship practices and how to engage in reciprocity with nature. Essentially he is a Rustic. His endless curiosity has led to the exploration of the maximization of native botanical growth within established polycultures. Contact Brian for workshops on forest botanical cultivation, leadership, intentional living and all other arts of a rustic.
And for those who like credentials..Brian received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He is also a Certified Professional Coach for life skills, career, relationship and personal/professional development and is a Public Works Leadership Fellow training in Neuro Linguistics Programming and is a Certified Keirsey Partner. He has facilitated the Leadership Greater Augusta Series for several years but most of all enjoys serving as a guide to others on their journey toward intention.
She who brings forth life and understands essence...Botanist, Herbalist, Grower, Healer, Poet, Writer, Photographer
As a girl, Audra dreamed of being a botanist in the rainforest, delving into the essence of creation, life, death and the in between. Today Audra practices in her own Appalachian Amazon. Growing forest botanicals, herbs and florals for education and sale is a passion. Living in constant communion with nature is a necessity. Audra can help you to find the beauty in your own space by providing site evaluations, native landscape and habitat consultations as well as a resource and asset evaluation.