At Tooth of the Lion Farm we believe that herbal medicine should be safe, accessible, and honest.

Our mission is to create a sustainable herb farm and cooperative herbal apothecary, offering products that improve the quality of life and well-being of our communities.

Our goal at Tooth of the Lion Farm is to provide support and guidance to help you explore the benefits of the freshest, highest quality herbal medicine that our region has to offer - for your own self care and the care of your communities.

Our cooperative, farm-based model eliminates the need for extra middlemen, putting our carefully blended herbs in your hands faster, and providing a fair income for our farmers and partner herbalists. Your herbs will be fresher and more potent, and we hope that you taste the difference in each soothing cup of chamomile tea.

Looking for more guidance and information about utilizing herbs in your home kitchen? The Tooth of the Lion herb exchange is here for you! We strive to provide you with the resources you need to be your own herbalist. Check out our monthly zine and membership model for a guided experience, and local workshops and herb-centered events in and around PA and the mid-Atlantic.

With your help, we are committed to building an accessible, local medicine movement in the mid­-Atlantic; fostering a sense of place through the production of high-­quality and unique botanical products; and cultivating connections between people and non­-human nature.

Katelyn Melvin

Tooth of the Lion Farm, Owner / Operator

Hello! I bet you’re wondering “how I got into all this” - a question I am asked frequently and still don’t quite know how to answer. The truth is that the plants got into me, and I learn more from them every day. Growing abundant, potent and quality herbal blends for you on this little plot of land in Orwigsburg, Pa is my soul work. I believe that we need plant medicine to be our fullest human selves, and that plant medicine can be both simple and deeply transformative.

This farm and apothecary work is my medicine, and I strive to grow plants for you that ooze pleasure, connect you more deeply to the people and plants around you, and propel you forward to do your own soul work in the world.

Our Herb Exchange Partners

We selected fellow herbalists who inspire us and who work in different capacities to contribute a unique perspective to their communities. Some folks have herb farms or businesses, and others make products on a smaller scale but provide other healing or educational services. Everyone included creates high quality herbal products, uses herbs that they grow or purchase locally, and formulates each item with care. Read more below and check out their work!

Herbalists are listed in order of their 2019 featured month.

If you grow and make herbal products and are interested in joining us, please reach out and see if it’s a good fit.

Mandy Katz

Contributing to the April 2019 Herbal Apothecary Box

Mandy Katz is a gardener artist musician poet plant-person. She has been growing veggies, flowers, and herbs in vacant lots with neighbors in West Philadelphia since 1995 and working as a gardener at Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia since 2005, where she cultivates plants in a whole spectrum of wildness. She is interested in developing deeper and wider awareness of the plants all around us in the city and beyond, the histories and futures they share with us, the gifts they offer, and how we can give back to them.

Kelly McCarthy of Attic Apothecary

Contributing to the May 2019 Herbal Apothecary Box

Kelly McCarthy is a West Philly based clinical herbalist with a passion for getting people excited about the plants in their backyard. With a focus on simple, safe, common plants, she regularly teaches herbal workshops that empower people to take care of themselves and their communities. Kelly also has a small private practice seeing clients at her West Philly office / apothecary.

Linda Shanahan of Barefoot Botanicals

Contributing to the June 2019 Herbal Apothecary Box

Linda is an herbalist with a foundation of knowledge that sprouted in the forests of Oregon in 1999, learning about forest ecology and the medicine that it can offer. In 2008, after moving east, studying nursing, working in critical care, feeling lost and in need of community, Linda and her husband Eric started farming organically in Doylestown, PA, focused on certified organic medicinal herbs. Linda believes to achieve health, we need to find ways to re-establish our broken connections with our wild and beautiful planet, starting with what grows beneath our feet.

Martha O’Neill

Contributing to the July 2019 Herbal Apothecary Box

Martha O’Neill is a farmer and an herbalist. For the past 7 years she has explored cultivated and wild spaces through her work as a farmer, herbalist, artist and gardener. She makes preserved botanical pressings called "Flowers I Squished" and has been a member of our farm crew for the last two years, most recently managing the medicine making operation here at Tooth of the Lion . Martha is now growing and making medicine in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia and is committed to working with other herbalists in and around Philadelphia to make medicine that is financially accessible. 

Marian Dalke

Contributing to the August 2019 Herbal Apothecary Box

Marian Dalke is a Community Herbalist and Women's Herbal Educator. Marian has over 12 years of experience in intergenerational health and wellness programming, sustainable agriculture and food justice movements. With family roots in the Shenandoah Valley, Marian has worked throughout the Eastern US and Latin America studying medicinal herbs and agro-ecology.

Building Your Home Apothecary

The whole class of herbalists will be contributing to the September 2019 Herbal Apothecary Box

An 8 month introduction to herbalism and gardening, this course is taught through a lens of herbalism as a tool for social justice. At Bartram's Garden, students grow medicine from seed, tending the gardens throughout the season, making medicine along the way, as well as getting in depth looks at a few dozen plants, the body systems, and how to use herbs to support their own health and the health of their communities. Students also engage in discussions about cultural appropriation, racism, and how herbalism can support movements for social justice.

Nykisha Madison of Neighborhood Foods Farm

Contributing to the October and November 2019 Herbal Apothecary Boxes

Nykisha is a woman, wife and mother who believes in living life authentically. She is committed to growing food sustainably. Nykisha is the Farm Manager at Urban Tree Connection's Neighborhood Foods Farm. Her passion is providing high quality food in places where there is limited food access. Community led- farmers markets are a bridge to food justice and she does her part by bringing high quality produce to food insecure neighborhoods. Nykisha is the first African American woman to be a Steering Committee member of PA WAgN (Women Agricultural Network). She also serves on The Food Trust community advisory committee. She uses her power and influence to promote a healthier lifestyle for her community and is committed in making quality food accessible for those in food insecure neighborhoods especially Haddington.

"Growing food is political; it is the most liberating thing I've ever done. Using a sustainable farmer more = needing a doctor less. Food Justice for all!” 

Julia Aguilar

Contributing to the December 2019 and February 2020 Herbal Apothecary Boxes

Julia Aguilar is a mestizx Latinx plant worker, raised in the Wissahickon valley with family roots within the volcanic Andean mountains of Ecuador, and rolling moors and rocky coasts of Ireland. She is a gardener, history nerd and bryophyte enthusiast who examines & uplifts cultural relationships to healing plants. In her herbal work she bolsters kitchen medicine, body sovereignty, queering body education, communal medicine exchange and BIPOC plant heritages. 

Olade Olayinka of Mana Mana Manifestations

Contributing to the November 2019 and Herbal Apothecary Box

As a child, I always had a passion for nature, gardening and understanding how things work. Always keeping my hands in the soil and taking things apart, I formally studied engineering and took various classes along the way on gardening and herbal remedies. Systems Engineering with its "big picture" approach, gave me a renewed heighten awareness and appreciation of the multitude of nature’s harmonious systems. Each new gardening and herb class give me an opportunity to practice in nature’s playground.

All grown up, I teach about homesteading topics we are working on and things we make homemade on our “urban homestead” in Philadelphia, PA. We have a garden (vegetable, herb, flower), composters, beehives, and much more. When I’m not homesteading and I’m creating tasty raw vegan recipes and making kombucha. I also enjoy motorcycling, hiking, and camping. Being a Doula, a Womb Sauna practitioner, homeschooling, and many other outlets take up my extra time.

@ManaManaManifestations on social media platforms is where I write and post about my “fabs” (successes) and fails (I know the internet is filled with perfect photos, but I’ll share my flaws). Some fabs get sold on our Etsy shop. The fails will be highlighted as lessons learned in my next class or workshop. Nature is the greatest teacher!

Desiree of Nana Catherine’s Apothecary

Contributing to the November 2019 and Herbal Apothecary Box

I'm a certified Reiki Master practitioner and folk herbalist for three years; single mother of a dope little human, for nine; queer, enthusiastically Black (descendant of American chattel slavery), channeler for 34 years.

I believe that healing is about opening up to greater levels of perception; supporting the bridge between our conscious self, the natural world, and the unseen world that labors lovingly on our behalf. My practice is a synthesis of energy work, intuitive channeling and plant medicine. It’s Earth-based, with a cosmology adapted from channeled guidance and the spiritual system of my ancestors (Ghana and Burkina Faso). Working with plants and herbs, is how I came to know myself, connect to my ancestors, and support the flow of my energy work. I use plants medicinally and spiritually, creating formulations for remedy AND ritual.

I love thrift stores and flea markets, the woods, lemon pound cake and sweet potato pie, vintage cars, Riesling, belly laughs, and spending hours doing nothing with the women who are my best friends. I offer sliding scale Reiki, ancestral energy work and herbal workshops to my community, at my studio in North Philadelphia.

Elisabeth Weaver of Lancaster Farmacy

Contributing to the March 2020 and Herbal Apothecary Box

Lancaster Farmacy was founded by Eli Weaver and Casey Spacht in 2009 after returning to our roots in Lancaster County from a background of grassroots activism, community organizing, cooperative models, farming, herbalism and rewilding. We seek to grow and provide local organic herbs, produce and flowers for our community. Our goal is to support our bio region by securing the opportunity for all living beings to have access to these things. We are reclaiming our health by growing our own and restoring the knowledge of natural healing and growing traditions. In the growing food movement we see the need for reclaiming our health and making it accessible at the local level. 

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