Meet the Crafters: Watermills Farm
Why did you choose the elements you did?
I grow herbs because I love herbal tea and I love gardening. I’m also really into making things and crafting in general.
What is your process?
I’m a farmer and a crafter. I grow herbs in my garden and tend them until they are ready to harvest. I harvest these plants along with wild plants growing on the land then set them to dry in hanging bunches in my barn, on screens or in a dehydrator.
The dried herbs are stored until late fall when all the herbs and fruit have been harvested. Then I process and blend them to make a variety of tisanes, which I package and label with the help of my partner.
The reusable tea bags I will be bringing to the show are my own design. I cut and sew the bags myself from organic cotton fabric and thread.
How long have you been creating in this way?
This is my second year, so I’m really just starting out.
When you’re not creating for the Crafters market, where can I find your work?
If I have any tea left over, I’ll be bringing it to the Lunenburg Farmers’ Market.
What makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows?
As a shopper, I love this show because of the variety and quality of the work. I’m so proud to be a part of it this year and I feel very grateful to the volunteers that have made it so amazing.
What inspires you to create?
I get inspired by seed catalogues and hot drinks. Also, when I want something that’s a little different from what’s available, I feel driven to try and make it happen.
Where do you do your work?
I work in my garden, in the woods, in my barn, at the harvest table in front of the wood stove and also, at my computer.