Hi, Amanda here. I’m glad you’ve found us — I love making new friends and welcoming folks into the farm family.
I believe in the power of herbs and ritual to change your life. I believe in your power to change your life.
I believe that humans and plants can have a mutually supportive, loving relationship, and that’s what I’m always working toward.
Locust Light is a space for us to gather and do this powerful work. It’s a place to meet the plants as living beings, a place to be still with them and listen. It’s a place to meet others and enter into community with them. It’s a place to experience beauty, deliciousness, and acceptance.
It’s a place where you feel belonging.
My love of herbalism began when I discovered that nettles could relieve my indoor allergies. I have been drinking nettle tea and studying herbalism ever since. I enjoy coaxing the plants from the earth and coaxing the healing properties from the plants.
I moved to New Hope in 2013 to lend my energies to the creation of Roots to River Farm. During my two years there, I fell in love with the vibrant culture and community of Bucks County. I decided to stay and provide herbal medicine to the community I had grown to love. Prior to working at Roots to River, I had been working as an organic vegetable farmer throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
When I’m not farming, I enjoy reading, writing, and performing poetry, acting in improv groups, sitting on the couch with a crossword puzzle, cooking for friends and family, and crafting ever-more-delicious bevs.
Things you should know about me: I seriously love bevs, I don’t like measuring, and I heartily believe in gnomes.
I’ve been fortunate to study with amazing teachers. I’ve chosen teachers that emphasize both the physical and spiritual aspects of healing. I am currently enrolled in David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, going deep into clinical herbalism. I took my foundational training with Lupo Passero of Twin Star Herbal Education in Connecticut, and I received my 200-hr yoga teacher certification as well as my Reiki Level I, II, and III certifications from Quiet Heart Yoga and Healing Arts in Allentown, PA. I am trained in the Himalayan tradition of Raja Yoga and in Usui Reiki Ryoho. I delved deeper into Anatomy and Physiology with Tammi Sweet's program at the Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials. I have completed a shamanic apprenticeship with Christabel Foster in Lambertville, NJ and continue to study with her. Way back when, I studied Sociology, Anthropology and Spanish at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
My truest teachers, of course, have been the plants, the land, the weather, and the seasons. My first herbal teacher was plantain, and I continue to lean heavily on plantain for emotional support and encouragement. Nettle was the plant that drew me to herbalism and remains a daily friend. Lemon Basil pulled the poet of out of me, and my life is infinitely more happy for it. Sycamore helped me to set roots in New Hope, and I love her fiercely for that. Tomatoes taught me that, even if a plant doesn’t like you at first, there’s always time to build a relationship. I could go on and on.
The seasons, the Turning of the Wheel of the Year, is what grounds me in my existence and guides me in my growth. I’m in love with the seasons, and most of my teaching is built around them.
And, finally, I am on this path due to a deep love of the land. My mother’s family (dairy farmers) stewards a piece of land in Northwestern NJ, and I grew up playing with the moss and salamanders on the mountainside. That land raised me, and filled me with a fierce passion for mutually beneficial stewardship (and being out-of-doors).
My goal with Locust Light, more than anything else, is to help people to fall so in love with the land and its inhabitants that we will do all that we can to protect it.
Urban Farm Podcast: Amanda Midkiff - Featured farmer
Urban Farm Blog: Amanda Midkiff - Featured Farmer
Article Amanda wrote on breast health and lymphatic cleansing for The Midwife is In