Our mission is to create a diverse orchard and propagation nursery of locally adapted heritage varieties of fruits, medicinal herbs and flowers, using Organic, Permaculture and Biodynamic agricultural practices. Benevolence aims to invigorate our fruit growing capacity throughout Boulder County and to provide an educational curriculum covering a wide array of classes and workshops for the community, where we invite all to learn, contribute and engage. 

Herbal News

We are stocked with many of your favorites from last season, as well as some new additions to our line:

  • Culinary Spice Blends- French, Italian, Jamaican Jerk, MIld Mediterranean, Thai Green Curry, Mexican, and Cajun Seasonings; Pork and Poultry Dry Rub Seasoning; and two varieties of Salt Seasoning for popcorn, vegetables or meat, Savory Mushroom Salt Blend and Green Salt Blend

  • Deep Breath Chest, Back and Foot Rub

  • Improved Elderberry Syrup Concentrate, now with Echinacea

  • Local variation of Carmelite Water- Spirit and Mood Lifting Formulation 

  • Cardio Tonic Tincture

  • Dire Straits Fire Cider- formulated 

       to support respiratory wellness 

       during viral times

  • Cough Syrup

  • Herbal Bath Salts and Blends for

       relaxation and immunity

  • Chamomile-Rose Lip Balm

 

Contact Us to place an order!

Your herbal needs can be picked up on-site during our Farm Stand hours. 

 

Spring is Here!

Community Resilience Response to Ungrounded Times

 

We're looking forward to our 2020 Farm Stand season! At Benevolence, we come to work each day determined to make a difference. The land has taught us how to have patience, how to put trust into a seed, and how to have hope for a better tomorrow and future generations.

Permaculture was designed for these times, knowing the resiliency of any community or ecosystem relies on interconnected systems, which together build a 

matrix of regeneration. At a time where it is important to keep our physical distance, it is now more than ever where we must turn to each other for support in ways different than before, remembering we are connected. It is here where solutions can be found in the problem.

We’ve made a commitment to this land and to you, our community, to continue our 2020 season in abundance, inspiration, and health. Because we know you care, we’d like to share what we're doing to create a safe and healthy experience for everyone on our farm. Click here to read our newsletter for more information.

East Orchard Seeding--

Spring is a great time for seeding poor soil that needs a boost!! We seeded a cover crop blend of legumes, grains, and daikon radish into our east orchard rows.

We then over-seeded with a wildflower blend. Cover cropping like this has many benefits:

1. The cover crop helps improve the soil while suppressing weeds. 

2. The legumes fix nitrogen from the atmosphere and supply it to the soil where other plants can use it. 3. The daikon radish helps to breakup and aerate our heavy clay soil here in the Front Range.

4. When the cover crop dies off the wildflower meadow gets the benefit of extra organic matter being added to the soil from the decaying plant material. Let's hear it for stacking functions!

Get Involved

We invite volunteers to help us at the orchard. Beginners level of experience in farming or gardening is okay— we will teach you every step of the way.

 

By volunteering, you will trade your work in the orchard for an exceptional hands-on learning experience; you not only get the chance to learn from seasoned farmers, gardeners and local herbalists, you also get the benefit of access to farm fresh food, cut flowers and herbal medicine we’ll be growing this year. 

Permaculture & Biodynamics Explained

 

Permaculture, or “permanent agriculture,” is a model of design for a perennial and sustainable agricultural system created by Bill Mollison in 1978. The main focus is to create a living landscape in which ecosystem regeneration and the use of natural resources are balanced through utilizing on-site renewable resources to recycle waste, fertilize the soil and increase biodiversity. Click below to read more.

 

In 1924, Rudolf Steiner introduced his concept of “biological dynamic” agriculture practices. The “biological” practices include known organic growing techniques, along with a specific regime of field sprays and fermented composts, known as preparations, used to activate the soil and re-enliven its microbiome. 

 

Additionally, the purpose of these preparations are to influence the vital life force of the farm metaphysically through a “dynamic” interaction between the celestial and the earth. Tasks such as planting, weeding, harvesting and applications of field sprays are all set to a calendar correlated with celestial influences, such as the placement of the sun, moon and stellar constellations.

Farm Stand Now Open for 2020

Open for the 2020 season!

Weekly Farm Stand Hours:

Fridays, 4-7pm and Saturdays, 8am-noon 

 

No Harvest This Week (May 22 & 23)-- Momentary Break For Crops to Catch Up-- 

Greetings Benevolence Community,

 

Well it's that time again where there's an awkward phase in the spring as our warm weather crops catch up to the sun's lengthening days and the cool weather crops fizzle out. We will be taking a momentary break from our weekly Farm Stand until our next succession of crops are ready to harvest. 

 

Here's a teaser of what's to come this season: kale, Swiss chard, summer crisp and romain lettuce, tomatoes (slicers and cherry), peppers (hot and bell), basil, parsley, cucumbers (slicers and pickling), summer squash, beans, and peas. As the season progresses, we're also looking forward to seeing melons, eggplant, okra, celery, cabbage, beets, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, winter squash, pumpkins, and our cooler weather salad greens again. 

 

Thanks again for your support! Luckily, these phases don't last too long and we'll see you all again very soon. 

 

Warmly,

The Benevolence Team

Seasonal Produce, Herbal Medicine & Fresh Cut Flowers located at our on-site farm stand from June-October.

 

Upcoming Classes & Events
Due to COVID-19 all classes will be postponed until further notice.      

Please follow us on Instagram or Facebook for updates on classes

Fruit Tree Grafting Class       $50

Sunday, April 19, 2020

10am - 12pm

Register here

Essentials of Fruit Tree Planting & Maintenance Class            $30

Sunday, April 26, 2020

10am - 12pm

Registration coming soon

Beginners Mushroom Cultivation Class                    $50

Saturday, May 09, 2020

10am - 2pm

Register here

Fundamentals of Composting & Compost Tea Class               $30

Saturday, May 23, 2020

12pm - 2pm

Registration coming soon

Herb Walk Through the
Orchard                                  $30

Saturday, May 30, 2020

12pm - 2pm

Registration coming soon

Herbal Day Spa                     $60

Sunday, June 14, 2020

12pm - 2pm

Registration coming soon

More Classes and Events to Come ...
  • Cut Flower Arranging Classes Through the Seasons

  • Earth-Based Herbalism Class

  • Introduction to Felt-making

  • Herbal Formulations Class

  • Garlic Festival 

  • Food Fermentation- Preserve the Harvest Class

  • Elderberry Syrup and Immune Support During Viral Times Class

  • The Basics of Herbal Medicine Making Class

  • Biodynamic Stir and Orchard Wassail

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