Amanda Midkiff - Founder & Herbal Farmer
Amanda's love of herbalism began when she discovered that nettles could relieve her allergies. She has been drinking nettle tea and studying herbalism ever since. She enjoys coaxing the plants from the earth and coaxing the healing properties from the plants. She considers the plants to be her greatest teachers and is looking forward to a lifetime of learning from them.
Amanda moved to New Hope in 2013 to lend her energies to the creation of Roots to River Farm. During her two years there, she fell in love with the vibrant culture and community of Bucks County. She decided to stay and provide herbal medicine to the community she had grown to love. Prior to working at Roots to River, she had been working on organic vegetable farms throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
An Education in Herbal Wellness
Amanda has studied with a variety of teachers that reflect her interest in both the physical and spiritual aspects of healing. She is currently enrolled in David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. She first studied herbalism with Lupo Passero of Twin Star Herbal Education in Connecticut, and she received her 200 hr yoga teacher certification as well as her her Reiki Level I, II, and III certifications from Quiet Heart Yoga and Healing Arts in Allentown, PA. Amanda is trained in the Himalayan tradition of Raja Yoga and in Usui Reiki Ryoho. Amanda delved deeper into Anatomy and Physiology with Tammi Sweet's program at the Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials. Most recently, Amanda has been studying shamanism with Christabel Foster. Amanda studied Sociology, Anthropology and Spanish at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
When she's not farming, Amanda enjoys reading and writing poetry, cooking for friends and family, and sipping coffee in diners.
Farming & Plant Magic Blog
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