Happy Hollows Homestead
Our passion is to live a simpler, healthy life in harmony with nature and as much as possible off the land.
Offering locally grown herbal remedies and plant based wellness products, organic seeds, pilates reformer instruction and therapeutic massage.
Happy Hollows is a place where we embrace sustainable living . We are lucky to have the beautiful Raquette river running through our 8.5 acres of field, forest and hollows allowing us to fish bass in the springtime and from time to time see deer, fox and families of wild turkeys roam the property. We have just built 6 large raised garden beds for vegetables and medicinal herbs and in 2021 will be able to begin to offer herbal remedies and natural, organic creams and lotions.
We try to eat farm-to-table as much as possible throughout the year and seem to be doing pretty well so far, spending alot of time in the kitchen to make sure we have what we need for the wintertime when the gardens are less productive. Its not easy to move to solar energy in this region of Quebec, but the intention is there and we heat our home with wood throughout the wintertime. We raise chickens, turkeys and rabbits throughout the year and hope to have a few lambs and a goat for cheese making in 2021. I am also offering pilates instruction as well as therapeutic massage for local clients.
Herbal medicine is one of the oldest most profound connection on earth. The link between plants and humans is innate. We are genetically linked and co-dependent. We all live close to a wealth of safe and healthy plants in our forests and fields, and over time, we have lost and forgotten about their benefits and uses. What was once used regularly by mothers and healers is becoming more and more distant to us. It is my goal , to help educate and bring some of these plants back to the forefront in their healing, tonic properties; from digestive support, to cardiac tonics, from coughs and colds to skin salves. Healing tonics for the pain of heartache and loss to calming the nervous system. At Happy Hollows, we have begun cultivating, planting and exploring these local plants. This is a new project which begun in 2020. 2021 we will be able to offer products sourced and made at the farm where we live, from echinacea, rose, plantain, dandelion, elecampane, hyssop, milk thistle and many others.
A few years ago, I came across Active Releaf Cannabinoid rich plant-based products which I absolutely loved. I am now working with the British Columbia based company; Active Releaf in order to share the healing properties of their high quality, broad spectrum, hemp based products for indications such as pain, arthritis, anxiety, depression and improved sleep. I spent 25 years in the pharmaceutical Industry , 12 of which were spent with AstraZeneca Research Institute in Montreal in which we were solely focused on the benefits of cannabinoids and the cannabinoid receptors on pain. This is an add-on to our local products but one that I believe in and have had the opportunity to offer.
MSc, Certified Naturotherapist, Certified Massage Therapist
Anyone who visits Happy Hollows will be greeted by one or several of our friendly Shirleys. Our laying chickens roam the property during the day, eating bugs, worms and if they are lucky some rice or left over food from dinner. They head back to the coop every evening at dusk, climbing their little wooden ladder to cozy in together before another day of farm life begins.