A Life Sustained Sponsor: Three Guilds Farm Medicinals

Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor Three Guilds Farm Medicinals!


Katya and Ryan (and their dog Roo) run a 2-person herbal and mushroom farm in Maine, the bounty of which they have for sale in their Etsy shop. They offer small-batch, hand-created herb and mushroom healing products, all of which are either produced organically on their farm, ethically wild-harvested from the Maine forest or organically sourced from other farms.

"Our dog Roo, shown in some of the photos is definitely the farm's MVP."

In their words, "Our mission is to provide our customers with products with true healing properties, to nurture the body and the mind in a natural and effective way. We strive to create the most potent medicinals with the best quality ingredients so that you have the opportunity to be responsible for your own health using plant medicine. In addition, you are supporting a small farm dedicated to sustainability and ethical agriculture."

The photo of the front garden shows various varieties of squash growing with over 30 sunflowers, 90 stalks of corn, cucumbers, melons, nasturtiums, peas, beans, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, chamomile, onions and dill. This is one of the primary principles of companion planting and permaculture. We grow everything like one big happy family! It helps keep away bugs and attract bees.

   Tell us about how you started your farm.

We moved to Maine last December to start a small diversified farm with a focus on sustainable agriculture and permaculture practices. Ryan has been around small and large scale dairy operations in Wisconsin for most of his life. I developed an interest in farming while staying on a small farm when I attended Colby College. We met in Kentucky while working at a restaurant with a focus on local food where we started planning the beginnings of Three Guilds Farm. We feel a strong commitment to influence the world around us and the most effective way that is available to us is to become farmers. We are doing our best to become responsible stewards of the land and provide sustenance for ourselves and the local community.


Mushroom logs with one variety of shiitakes that should be fruiting later this fall.

Our main goal is to be a self-sustaining farm in a society that seems to favor large-scale agribusiness. We have been fortunate enough to find like-minded landowners and friends in the small island community of Georgetown, Maine who have given us the opportunity to bring a beautiful piece of property back into responsible agricultural use after over five decades of inactivity. We are striving to provide nearby counties with mushrooms, herbal teas, organic vegetables and other products. We are inspired by permaculture techniques including sheet mulching, companion planting and plant guilds as well as Eliot Coleman's writings on season extension in Maine. We are extremely fortunate to be a part of MOFGA's (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) 2-year beginning farmer education JourneyPerson program, which has provided us with a wealth of resources.


What sorts of things does your farm produce?

Our small farm currently grows five varieties of mushrooms, which are grown on natural hardwood logs and will begin fruiting this fall. We also have a number of organic vegetable crops and are working on growing a variety of herbs for our tea and tincture production. We are located on 40 acres of mixed woodlot with 3 acres of orchard and meadow, which is slowly turning into vegetable plots. We also breed a pair of rabbits for meat as well as using their manure for effective organic compost. Currently, we are working on expanding our tea and tincture selection. This month will see the arrival of chickens! Our goals for next summer is to branch into beekeeping as well as raising a few goats and ducks. We are also looking forward to bringing 30 fifty-year-old apple trees back into production.


Lavender, chamomile and yarrow tea that will be for sale in the shop shortly!

Three Guilds Farm Medicinals is generously offering to one lucky A Life Sustained winner a 5-serving tin of nighttime blend tea and a 5-serving tin of congestion blend tea! Just leave a comment on this post to be entered into the random drawing to win.

Get two additional entries! First, you can Follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect and second, you add Three Guilds Farm to your favorites on Etsy.

Be sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so that they can be counted. Comments will be closed and a winner will be chosen in the evening of August 27

And the winner is Samanth Oh!
"ah i love tea<3
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70 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the introduction to a wonderful couple and the chance to win a great giveaway. xx

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  2. I have added them to my Etsy favorites!

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  3. How wonderful! I am very interested in hand-created medicinals and am working more of them into my family. I have never heard of a mushroom farm (besides the big producers) so this is so neat to learn about! Thank you introducing this lovely couple!

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  4. This sounds like a really great farm and couple. How cool that they met in Kentucky! I'd love to try some of their herbal tea. It looks pretty and delicious.

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  5. such a great interview- I support natural remedies!- Pls count me in- Would love to stock up on teas for the next time a cold hits.

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  6. you get the most interesting sponsors, courtney!

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  7. Truly and magically delightful and what a wonderful journey with our beloved Mama Earth! : ) Thanks so very much to you and Three Guilds Farm Medicinals for this truly generous giveaway! : )

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  8. I am following your wonderful blog via GFC! : )

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  9. And, I "hearted" Three Guilds Farm Medicinals on Etsy......username: leahita. Thanks again! : )

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  10. Thanks for the introduction to a wonderful shop!

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  11. I would love to be entered for this giveaway! It is neat to read about new farmers starting out.

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  12. I just followed your blog--so glad to be doing it.

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  13. I LOVE TEA...and I love this giveaway!
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  14. I am a new blog follower via GFC!
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  15. Tea is wonderful and these seem like fantastic products.

    Maryann
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  16. I added Three Guilds Farm to my favorites on Etsy

    Maryann
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  17. You had me at nighttime blend tea :) I love those! Would be so great to win!

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  18. I now follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect.

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  19. I've added Three Guilds Farm to my favorites on Etsy (as heartcraft). You have a beautiful shop, and I wish you very best luck with your sales!!

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  20. I would love to win this for my mom!

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  21. I would love to live on a farm, it's my dream! <3

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  22. I hearted Three Guilds Farm on Etsy!
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  23. I am following you! <3

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway - love bedtime tea
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  25. follow you on gfc
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  26. "hearted" you on etsy
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  27. I would love to win this, sounds like just what I need!

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  28. GFC follower !
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  29. Added your etsy shop to my favs on etsy.
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  30. This is such a cool idea! I love tea, hope I could get to try out their awesome tea.

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  31. Wow -- they're definitely two amazing individuals! Thanks for the chance to win some of their yummy tea :)

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  32. GFC follower

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  33. hearted the shop on etsy- username bokononist

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  34. The tea looks glorious!
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  35. Fun giveaway! I hope i win!!
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  36. That tea sounds great!
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  37. Nice tea package. Years ago, I did a mushroom/vinegar daily drink & it was great! I wonder if they have it? I'll have to check.
    Thanks!

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  38. new GFC follower!

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  39. Sounds like great tea from a great couple!! lilsis_75@hotmail.com

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  40. Thanks for the great info on healthy living through this great giveaway.

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  41. Ooh congestion tea! My mom is always congested so this might be nice for her.
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  42. ah i love tea<3
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  43. i follow via gfc
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  44. i hearted threeguildsfarm on etsy as sammybigtoe
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  45. Yum, those teas sound delicious! Would love to brew a cup.
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  46. Favorated sited on Etsy, my username is PerhapsArtists

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  47. Very cool! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. Hearted the etsy shop (username edelet)

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  49. Family farm-produced sounds so wonderful - thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. This is so awesome, and Roo is adorable!

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  51. beautiful product. lovely story about them too...

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  52. hurray for permaculture! their farm looks great! i hope all goes well for them with the shop.

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  53. hearted three guilds farm etsy shop.

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  54. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. Wonderful giveaway; Thanks!
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  56. GFC follower
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  57. hearted them on etsy as alliegal101
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  58. I would love to try the tea!
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  59. Wow! This is a great giveaway. Thank you so much for the chance. I would love to try these teas.

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  60. I follow with GFC as A. Tolar.

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  61. I would love to try these. Thanks!

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  62. I Follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect - Cynthia Richardson

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  63. I added Three Guilds Farm to my favorites on Etsy - Hofken

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  64. These look lovely for fall : )

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  65. I follow your blog with GFC

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  66. I added Three Guilds Farm as a favorite on etsy : )

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