I am not a matriarch.
But I've found myself in the arms or kitchens or gardens or soil of some incredible matriarchs, and their generosity was --and still is-- a balm to body and soul. My story of healing is as much theirs as it is mine.
Rachel is a registered nurse who is passionate about supporting others to find true health and flourishing at home. After spending almost ten years battling autoimmune disease and chronic pain herself, she embarked on a journey of natural healing which led her to the garden and the kitchen. In collaboration with functional medicine practitioners, health coaches, and herbalists, Rachel has since taught nutrition, cooking, and gardening techniques to support healthier people and a healthier planet at farmers markets, schools, and in diverse communities in New Jersey. She is excited to share her fresh flavor and fresh perspective with her hometown community of Sioux Falls. These days, she wears more muddy garden boots than scrub tops, and she couldn’t be happier about it.
This incredibly curious and gregarious one-year-old is proof.
After suffering for almost ten years with autoimmune disease and living on medications that would in-fact cause miscarriage or birth defects, I can joyfully proclaim that I am symptom and medication free. It took years of research, personal experiments, extensive diet and lifestyle change, a supportive community, and a few invaluable matriarchs, but here he is -- grown from copious leafy greens + grass-fed liver + sardines + sunshine.
Praise be to God.