Re-Grow Roots

Learning to live harmoniously in Missouri.

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A Local Cooperative Cafe and Store

The Farm Fork and Fiddle is a project started by the members of Ozark County Homegrown Food Project in Gainesville, Missouri about four months ago. We are renting a historical house that we are utilizing to operate a donation-based cafe where we serve meals sourcing many local ingredients. The store also offers fresh baked breads and pastries, local hormone-free chicken, produce, herbal medicinals, art, and many other handmade goods from our local community. Our mission is to make local, wholesome food more accessible, to foster  community and support the local economy of the greater Ozarks County Area through the sale and trade of local products and services, and to promote local skills, knowledge and culture.

We are a volunteer-run cooperative business, completely run with volunteer hours. We work together to make this happen, cooperatively making decisions through open dialog. It is a lot of work, but we have several people involved who have great big hearts, experience in community building, and a drive to get this going. We are motivated and optimistic that Farm Fork and Fiddle will succeed and wonderfull things will happen!

We have three months to make a name for ourselves in the community and get this co-op off the ground, to bring in some profit so we can to turn this concept of local resilience into a reality.

If you are in the area, please come in for lunch and shop in our store to support us! If you are not in the area, please consider donating to our cause. We have a GoFundMe campaign here  –

You can check out our website and learn more about us here –

Also like our Facebook page –

And join our Discussion Board –

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Sharing Primitive Skills

We have a new member of Rising Roots Collective, our worker-run collective based at Oran Mor Community where I live. We are so happy to welcome Keven Statwick, a primitive skills artist and teacher!!


He has been involved with teaching and demonstrating primitive skills since 1998. He works with local organizations like the Boy Scouts and Oran Mor Community to share the wisdom and knowledge of primitive peoples so we can carry these valuable skills on with us. Among other things, Keven is skilled at making and using bows and arrows, primitive pottery, flint knapped arrow points, stone knives, leather tanning, drums, and he even welds beautiful metalworks!

Keven frequently joins us at Oran Mor Community to help with work projects and to share skills with us here. We plan to have a Pottery Making class this year and he would love to share knowledge on any of these skills. Please feel free to contact us if you have a particular interest in primitive skills so we can plan a class or workshop!

Contact us at 417-250-9252 or

See Keven’s work on etsy here –

And check it out in person at Farm Fork and Fiddle, a local co-op shop in Gainesville, MO.



Roots Apothecary – the new website


I’m so thrilled to announce that I have finally opened a stand-alone real life website for my herbal business – Roots Apothecary!! It’s been a dream of mine for some time, but I’ve felt overwhelmed by the idea and kept putting it off. I have been selling in two shops on etsy for a few years now and it’s been a great outlet for me because they do all the grunt work and all I have to do is import pictures and descriptions. It’s been great! Until… they told me that some of my products are against their regulations. This happened to be my two best selling products – herbal smoking blends. I was a little upset about this at first, but it was the final push I needed to get going in the direction to build my own website. It’s been a lot of work and there’s still much more work to be done, but it’s looking good.

Check it out and let me know what you think –

I also just sent out my first newsletter which you can see here –

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please let me know and I’ll get you on the list! 🙂


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Fundraiser for Re-Grow Roots on Indiegogo


I have started a fundraising campaign on indiegogo and I would love for you all to check it out and share it with your networks! I have a lot of big goals and lofty dreams to make my business a truly sustainable source of income for our growing family. It will happen, I can feel it. Every day I have more faith in what I have put so much work into since March 2012. Every day I have been learning something new and dedicating time to pushing this business further and every day I see it growing in some way. We are always growing! 🙂

My primary goals are laid out on my indiegogo site and I have figured out how much money I will need for each thing and have shared that specifically on the campaign page. I intend to be fully transparent with what I will do with the money from my investors, and in return for your donation I will do something special for you and send you lots of unending love! ❤

So here it is –

ImageEvery dollar helps and know that you are contributing to not only my business, but to my family and to my local community as well. I keep as much of my money in local businesses as I possibly can and I give back all I can through community activities like the SWMO Free School and Project Love Your Neighbor, as well as community garden projects. A lot of the income I earn gets put back into the community. 🙂

Another way you can help our business to flourish is by making a purchase from our online Etsy shop. 🙂 I take custom orders so let me know if you have anything specific in mind.

Thanks for your ongoing love and support!

For more information on SWMO Free School –


A hobby turned into a BUSINESS

Business has been going really well over the past month or so and I’m very excited about it! I learned so much last year about which products people like to buy, how to promote myself, where to advertise, and so many other good things. I’ve actually been doing really well in person, selling to friends and acquaintances too!

For those of you who don’t know – I own and operate a line of crochet apparel and artful accessories for the home and body. My hands are behind almost all of the creations that you will find in my shop –


lacy mongolian wool headband

I’m stoked about this new headband design that I came up with! It’s perfect for the spring and summer, made from a very fine Mongolian wool that is light as a feather. This wool was so fun to work with!


mustard dreadlock tam

One of my specialties are super slouchy dreadlock tam hats. Round and round in circles I go, a lot of the time incorporating different types of stitches and many different colors. Crocheting is a fantastic way to relax and wind down. I love to sit outside on my patio on a warm Spring day, listen the birds, and pass the time.

I work with mainly wools and organic cotton so my creations are natural and eco-friendly. The environment is of utmost importance to the blessed life that I live and I hope that my creations will inspire people to live a simple life.


wool and organic cotton tam hat

Crocheting was once just a hobby of mine, and then I thought to myself… why not make some money and earn a living doing what I love to do? It’s an incredible thing to be able to work from home, but it also calls for a lot of time management and business skills that I’m still learning about! Have you ever thought of turning your hobby into a business?


DIY Crochet Cotton Scrubbie Sponges

Crochet cotton scrubbie sponges are a natural alternative to traditional plastic sponges. The process of making them is easy and so much fun! It gives the creator a deeper understanding and excitement in their cleaning routine, because it’s handmade!

These sponges are very versatile and serve many purposes all over your home! Use them to scrub your dishes, rinse the sponge ,  and then wipe down your kitchen counters and stove top. You can clean the bathroom with them or use them to get ride of scuffs on your walls. They also work great in the shower or bath to scrub your body and I especially love to use them to wash my face. I keep one in the kitchen for cleaning and two in the bathroom.

This tutorial will teach you to make double thick scrubbies with two strands of yarn so they will last a very long time and make it through really tough jobs! I recently lost my kitchen scrubbie that I always use to hand wash the dishes. For two days I couldn’t find it. During those two days I did a few sinks full of dishes with another sponge. I put a few lemon peels down the disposal to cleanse the odor… So two days later my dad found the sponge in our disposal and although it had been used to chop lemon peels, our scrubbie sponge was only slightly frayed, and still one piece!

Without further ado… let’s get on with this super simple DIY!


You will need…

2 rolls of cotton yarn (I use Lily Sugar n’ Cream)

Crochet hook – H8 / 5.0mm (5.5mm or 6.0mm would be fine)


Tapestry needle to weave in the ends


Step 1

Grab the end of both of your strands and loop them together.


Step 2

Chain 4.


Step 3


Slip stitch into the first stitch of your chain to form a little circle.

Step 4


Chain 2. This will be used as your first stitch.

Step 5

Then half double crochet (HDC) into the center hole of the circle you made. HDC a total of 9 times into the same center hole.

Step 6

Slip stitch into the chain you made (the first “stitch”)

Step 7


Chain 2. Do two HDC into each stitch of the previous round. Slip stitch into the chain you made.

Step 8


Chain 2. **One HDC into first stitch. Two HDC into next stitch.** Repeat this until you get to the last stitch. Slip stitch into your chain 2.

Step 9

Cut the strings, tie a knot, and weave in the ends with your tapestry needle.


That’s it! This is my first time writing up a pattern so please let me know if you have any questions!

For those of you who love these but aren’t ready to make them yourself, I offer scrubbies in my etsy shop here.

This post was originally published at ecoetsy, a wonderful community of eco-minded artists who contribute to our eco-friendly blog.

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DIY: How to Brew a Tincture


a tincture –

herbs that have been submerged  in alcohol (or glycerin) for a period of time

There is magic involved in creating a tincture. The setting, the vibe, feeling which plants to combine for the desired effect you are trying to create… it takes practice, patience, love, devotion, and intuition to master the skill. Don’t let that scare you though! It’s like anything else – the more you do it, the better you become. So let’s start with the basics.


< supplies >

  • glass jar – this can be a mason jar, or anything.. use what you have
  • alcohol – at least 40% abv. vodka, whiskey, rum, moonshine, etc.
  • the herbs – have a purpose in mind and use herbs that harmonize

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< preparing the tincture >

  1. Decide the purpose of your tincture and the herbs to achieve your desired effect. The tincture in the photos was made to enhance the immune system and works especially well for viral infections like cold, flu, bronchitis, etc. It has usnea lichen, rose hip, elderberry, and hibiscus.
  2. Gather your supplies.
  3. Fill the jar at least 1/2 full with your herbs of choice.
  4. Pour in the alcohol about 1″ from the mouth of your jar.
  5. OPTIONAL – After this I like to let my tincture sit in a window for a few nights and days to receive some lunar and solar qualities.
  6. Put your tincture(s) away in a dark, cool cabinet. I have an apothecary cabinet that I dedicate to tinctures. Let it sit for at least a month, longer is better in my experience. I have some that I brewed in 2011 that are INCREDIBLE!
  7. Once they are done brewing, you can put it in little tincture bottles or just take as much as you need and let the rest keep sitting. They get stronger with time.


I recently started making my tinctures on the night of a New Moon. It is folklore that this night stimulates the magical powers of the tincture. We will see. 🙂

My magical tinctures are available for sale in my etsy shop here…

& the Pure Immunity tincture featured in this post is also for sale.

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