Sín Fronteras Without Borders

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

~Anaïs Nin

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Sitting on 3 acres of Earth, just outside of the city of Minneapolis, Farmer Eduardo grows the most authentic, organic latino vegetables.  He arrives at sunrise with fellow Farmer Maddy to start the days work.  Their herbs & vegetables reach many happy hands at local farmer’s markets, co-ops, restaurants and through Minnesota’s 1st Latino CSA Program.

Eduardo’s intention for Sín Fronteras, translated as Without Borders, is to be a bridge for Latino families to have access to organic, healthy food.  Some members of his CSA trade their skills in exchange for food.  Eduardo gives his heart to shine light on food justice within his Latino community.  His work is a clear expression of his passion.

At Sín Fronteras Farm & Food the land provides healthy habitat for bees & other beneficial insects by using sustainable methods Eduardo learned from his Abuelo Grandfather in Mexico.  Sín Fronteras is also a Certified Organic farm, which speaks a lot to people dedicated to eating nutritious, safe food.  Through these farming practices, the land is honored and preserved for many generations to come.

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Buying locally raised organic produce is the safest, freshest, most nutritious way to feed your family!  There is something really special about buying food directly from a Farmer.  An exchange of a genuine conversation, a sincere smile.  Finding that big juicy tomato! Supporting local people and organic agriculture!  Friendly, open communication to learn new recipes, try new foods and build a deeper relation to where your food comes from.  Directly from Hands that nurture the Earth.

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They grow crops such as Mexican grey squash, sweet corn, purple flower corn, cilantro, peppers, tomatillos, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, purple cabbage, scallions, roma tomatoes, rainbow carrots, basil, calendula, buckwheat and epazote.  Local chefs are stoked on Eduardo’s fresh produce!  During my day on the farm we bundled lots of cilantro–a popular favorite!

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Epazote is an ancient medicinal herb used for thousands of years by Mexican indigenous peoples.  Add 1-3 sprigs towards the end of cooking beans, corn, stews as it acts as a carminative and aids in digestion.  It helps to calm & balance the nervous system and support adrenal function.

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Eduardo previously worked at a local co-op which allowed him to build many relations and connections within the local food movement.  This has brought him a lot of community support.  Team work makes the dream work!

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I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work alongside–two dedicated, gifted, kind souls that truly love what they do.  As I left the farm, driving down the dirt road, l was engulfed by the majesty and grace of two cranes walking in the field.  I saw this as an omen.  A message from the Universe that the work being done on the land there is protected and will flourish and continue to grow for a long time.

To learn more about Eduardo’s work at Sín Fronteras, check out the recent publishing from NY Times!

Open your Heart

BerryGoodTea

Medicinal Infusion

A medicinal infusion (tea) is made with more delicate parts of plants, such as the flowers, leaves, some seeds and berries.  This Berry-Good Tea has a soothing aroma and a gentle sweetness.  Fill your heart up with nourishing antioxidants by enjoying 1/2 – 2 cups / day. Support and care for your heart.

I was given this recipe from my dedicated Naturopathic Doctor at UB Clinics.  Earlier that week I attended a Shamanic Sound Healing; then when I arrived back home, I felt and released deep pain in my heart.  This stemmed from the loss of my older brother, 10 years ago.  I mourned and cried like it had just happened.  MahaKundalini (cosmic prana) was awakened when my body spontaneously moved through heart-opening yoga poses. I was starving to fill my entire body with breath! This deep emotional – spiritual wound was rising (again) to the surface.  I had to honor this.. what it felt like to lose physical connection with my brother.  Now, I know more than ever, that his spirit lives through me and I am blessed to have found the light in the darkness.

When preparing the beautiful ingredients for this tea, I would set an intention for the energy that went into making it.  This could be any word/thought/emotion.  A lot of times I would also make up my own mantra and just sing as I thoughtfully stirred the herbs ~ “I am love, you are love.”  I would be craving this tea by the time it was ready.  Every cup I drank I could feel self-love & calmness pouring into me.  Each sip I felt a deeper connection to my body.  Being able to give my body what it needs in the least harmful way. That is the brilliance of plant medicine.  This lovely tea was a stepping stone in my healing process. Forever, I am grateful to my doctor and all those who have helped me on this healing journey. Whether you’ve suffered great loss or not – we all need lots of nourishment in our hearts!

I made this tea in bulk because I was recommended to drink 1-2cups / day.  So, I boiled 12 cups of water then added 1 cup + 2 tbsp of the combined berries & rosehips.  This gave me about 8 cups of tea after steeping and straining.  Try it, you will love it!

Berry Good steep

 Ingredients:

» 2 parts dried elderberry

» 2 parts dried rose hip

» 1 part dried blueberry

» 1 part hawthorne berry

(lemon slice, local honey are optional.)

Steps:

  1. Gently combine all dried berries & rose hips.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil.
  3. Turn off burner and pour in dry ingredients.
  4. Let steep 30-45 min.The length of steeping time & amount of ingredients used will affect the strength of the tea.
  5. Strain and drink.  You can enjoy this tea warm or iced.  Store leftover tea in a large glass jar kept in the refrigerator.

To learn more about medicinal plant infusions check out the book Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow and Use by Rosemary Gladstar.