At our core, we believe breaking bread is the fabric that weaves families and communities together. Sharing a meal is sacred, and invites people to celebrate friendship, engage in conversation, and connect meaningfully.
Nearly a decade ago we committed to living a sustainable, healthy life beginning with the food we eat and share. We traded in our corporate work for rural living and real food. Gradually we enlarged our classroom from a simple kitchen garden in the Columbia River Gorge to a 60-acre organic farm with multiple gardens, an heirloom orchard, animal care, egg production, and a food education program on the Oregon coast. In 2016 we returned to our beloved Stevenson, and the beauty and bounty of the four-seasoned Columbia River Gorge.
With hundreds of guests and farm-style dinners under our belts, we recognize a common theme: most folks experience a profound connection while seated at our table, overflowing with just-harvested organic goodness. The smell of earth, of evening dew, of fresh herbs, and edible flowers is palpable. No one wants to leave.
Far too often we are reminded of the very real disconnect between most people and their food source, nature, their body, family, and roots. We personally know that real food is medicine, the healer of most ills. In fact, it prevents most ills.
Determined to bring the farm experience to others, as well as debunk the myths that healthy food is too expensive and dietary changes too challenging, we created ROOTS Farmacy. It is our intention to inspire folks to enter into relationship with their own kitchen to prepare fresh, healthy meals and connect with their loved ones.
We’ve done the hard work: the research, the number crunching, the planting, the harvesting, the taste-testing, the recipe tweaking; all from a labor of love. Join us for a class or retreat and savor the bounty of our local Columbia River Gorge farms and artisans while learning to prepare heart-loving food. Your spirit, body, and mind will thank you.
Here’s to living a simple, affordable, vibrant life!
Annie McHale and Curt Gray