#502, Yarrow Preparation

Achillea millefolium, commonly known as yarrow /ˈjæroʊ/ or common yarrow, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America.[1] It has been introduced as a feed for live stock in places like New Zealand[2] and Australia. However, it is a weed in those places[2] and sometimes also in its native regions.[3]

#507, Valerian Preparation

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, Caprifoliaceae) is a perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer. Valerian flower extracts were used as a perfume in the 16th century.

Native to Europe and parts of Asia, valerian has been introduced into North America. The flowers are frequently visited by many fly species, especially hoverflies of the genus Eristalis.[1] It is consumed as food by the larvae of some Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) species including the grey pug.

Other names used for this plant include garden valerian (to distinguish it from other Valeriana species), garden heliotrope (although not related to Heliotropium), and all-heal (which is also used for plants in the genus Stachys). Red valerian, often grown in gardens, is also sometimes referred to as “valerian”, but is a different species (Centranthus ruber) from the same family and not very closely related.

Crude extract of valerian root is sold as a dietary supplement in the form of capsules. Valerian root may have sedative and anxiolytic effects.

The amino acid valine is named after this plant.

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Why Growers Plans?

Why Growers Plans? Although we encourage growers to make their own Biodynamic Preparations, we know that this is no small task.

The making of Biodynamic Preparations is a labor-intensive, seasonal job, and requires a considerable amount of resources and careful planning. Some of our preparations take more than a year to make!

20161013_163749The bulk of our manufacturing and administrative work is completed in the fall and winter months and we try to spend the warm season farming.
This approach allows us to keep overhead to a bare minimum and allow customers a very competitive cost for services and saves us from being tied to a desk. This same idea applies to a ‘minimum’ order. If this can’t work for you, contact us and we will try to accommodate you or at least connect you with someone who can better help you.