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Collection: Benedictine Farm

Benedictine Farm is  on 62 acres in rural Worthington, Pennsylvania.   On three acres of the land, a number of  gardens have been replicated based on 16th century designs and philosophies of the natural world, including a Herbularius (Medicinal Herb Garden), a Hortus (Vegetable Garden), a Flowering Mead, a Hortus Conclusus (Enclosed Garden), an Orchard and a small Vineyard.  Our Period correct Heritage Breed Chickens free range and provide us high quality eggs.

Benedictine Farm, the construction of the gardens and the chosen genus of herbs has been informed by in-depth research of monastic records, herbals, and manuscripts of the time. Lliterature, paintings, poetry and travels to European historical sites visited by founder, Cassandra Reilly have also been utilized.

​From our organic, harvested resourses, Benedictine Farm prepares Tisanes (herbal teas), ointments and skincare blended from the monastic concepts of holistic healing. We grow a range of medicinal plants, cooking herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Open for visitation to those interested in horticultural histories and nature, we participate in seasonal farmers markets and will host special dinner gatherings with harvest from the gardens.

As Benedictine Farm continues to grow, we will offer educational workshops that respect European heritage and culture. The workshops will be taught by artisans that are skilled in traditional crafts that proved useful to the self sufficent lifestyle of people throughout the countryside of the European middle ages.
 (i.e Ceramics, Woodworking, Horticulture, Cordwaining, Beekeeping, Dyeing, Basketry)



Behind the name "Benedictine Farm"

*Throughout Europe in the Middle Ages understanding plants edible, medicinal and ornamental existed largely by wisdom and experience passed down through generations of rustic peasant families and herbalist monks. *

The self sufficient structure of the Benedictine monastic order of the Middle Ages (5th-16thc) in fields of vegetables, flowers, herbs and medicinals, wax, and ale set a seed in my mind.   Although the European Medieval mind fell into the “Dark Ages” after Classical Antiquity, the Benedictine monasteries respected their classical forefathers (Theophrastus and Dioscorides) and are largely responsible for keeping herbals and the medicinal language alive.  Holistic treatments for the sick practiced discipling the body in physical and social isolation often in extreme landscape settings to inspire physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Physical and spiritual health were indivisible in medieval thinking.  The Benedictines are the oldest of the monastic orders, founded c. 529 in Italy by the hermit,  Saint Benedict.   In their order, Idleness is the enemy of the soul, one ought to divide their time between manual labour and devout reading.  The monks and nuns devotion to study and toil in horticulture brought them closer to God.  The Benedictine order yields some of the most useful knowledge in gardening and herbal medicine still today.  With the daily lives of Medieval Benedictine monks being committed to study and prayer, they became increasingly dependent on "tenant farmers"  or peasants to tend to their land and a for a number of other skills and craft.  For instance, a beekeeper was a necessity to wax production in candle making  for lighting and honey for medicinal drinks.  A brewer of ales, potter, dish maker, bread maker, sheep herder for wool production and cheese were all jobs that allowed the monastery function. Here, I enjoy marrying the lifestyles.  The rustic aesthetic and skill of the country dweller with the knowledge and application of the monasteries.

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Benedictine Tisane
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Dozen Eggs
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Clarity
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Calm Down, Seek Rest Tisane
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The Secret Conflict of My Cares
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Queen of Hungary Tisane
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Pilgrimage Tisane tea bags
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Local Organic Squash by the pound
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Rose Sage Tisane
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½ Dozen Eggs
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Tarragon
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Hortus Conclusus Tisane
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Carmelite Tisane
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Dried Oregano
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Sage
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