My name is Sara Hall, but I am a Jaquelynn of all trades–teacher, herbalist, Christian, mother, grandmother, gardener, woodswife, and a writer.
Wearing a lot of hats is normal when you live in a rural area of Idaho, as I do. Gainful employment has always been scarce here, even when the rest of the country enjoyed prosperous times. Survival has dictated a wide range of skills.
I lived in the woods for 15 years, where I learned a lot about wild plants, and how to use herbs to enhance the health of my family. After my children were grown, I studied literature, writing and educational practice and theory. I also have pursued training as an herbalist through Dominion Herbal College.
Along the way, I have had gardens. I am especially fond of homegrown berries. I continue to study herbalism and the use of wild plants for various purposes.
I love to share my knowledge with others, especially my daughters and grandchildren. I enjoy their eagerness to explore the natural world. My grandchildren’s delight when looking at plant specimens under my dissecting microscope is electric.
I want to encourage young women to garden, as the food they can thereby provide for their families is nutritious, flavorful, and reasonable in cost. Every herbalist knows that a good diet is the foundation of good health. Gardening is especially sensible in the current economy.
Then there is the side of me that wants a voice in the present issues that face our country and our families. As the theme poem for this blog points out, healing takes place on many levels.
I have therefore decided to submit my little offerings to the blogosphere. I hope you enjoy these pages, and I am looking forward to hearing from you on my blog page. Please feel free to leave your comments.by