Welcome to our little place in Litchfield, Maine. We grow as much as we can on our 5 acres of ancient pines and scattered hard wood. The herbs are plentiful, what we don't plant seems to just appear. Things like Golden Rod one year St. Johns Wort another. We wonder why the burdock plant eludes us, but the Stinging Nettle is plentiful so our complaints are minimal.
Fruit is a little more challenging here, the raspberries and blackberries seem to take turns. They remind me of siblings; one trying to out do the other on the acting stage. We have a couple of apple trees, strawberries and blueberries. The Grandchildren all love to wander through taste testing as they go. We plan to use the love of wandering and testing as a trade for picking the Hornworms that could be right around the corner.
Our vegetable gardens keep our complete attention through the growing season. We are sun challenged, so we have to be strategic in planting and follow some kind of rotating schedule to keep the soil at its best. We use no chemicals or pesticides of any kind, other than an occasional spaying of peppermint water to chase the unwanted insects away and plant flowers to call the beneficial ones in. We then hope that our tomato plants sing loud enough to call in the Braconid Wasp to help rid us of any visiting tomato Horn Worms and keep the other beneficial insects that decide to call Carob's Farm their home. Photos and links to the pests and the recipe for our homemade peppermint water can also be found on our website. We would love to figure out how to stop the neighbors from hanging Japanese beetle bags; otherwise, "Life is good"!! We can sip a glass of Iced Chaga, Nettle and Lemon Balm and listen to the birds sing.
Our Mission Statement
Here at Carob's Farm our goal is to provide information, resources and products that encourage a healthier, more sustainable way of life. We strive to contribute positively to the community through organic living and a commitment to bettering our environment.
About our Products
Our handmade/handcrafted artisan soaps are carefully created to deliver the very best in skin care, using only safe and natural ingredients. We never use synthetic chemicals or preservatives. All of our soaps are made in small batches to closely monitor the quality of each batch. We hand stir, hand cut and hand wrap every bar. Every bar is given a long cure period so that when it reaches you it is mild and ready to use. We hand-make and hand design several different varieties of soap and lotion. We scent or fragrance soaps and lotions with only the fresh clean scents of nature.
The color of each batch may vary a bit as they are made in small batches with fresh natural ingredients.
Its important to us to state that our palm oil derives from a "plantation" and is sustainable. We follow our own "No Compromise Standards" and use fresh, sustainable, and responsibly harvest all natural products and scents only.
Usage and Storage
Our Handcrafted soaps have no synthetic chemical preservatives, but does have natural preservatives. Your bar of handcrafted soap needs more care to ensure a long life. Handcrafted soap is best stored out of water so that it air dries. Rest your soap on a draining soap dish or stand it on its side, out of the spray of the shower head. If left in water, all soaps will melt, handcrafted, artisan soaps will also give way if left in water.
Why Handcrafted Soap and Lotion?
Our Handcrafted Soaps are made with natural vegetable oils and contain no harmful products to dry your skin! Glycerin, a humectant, draws moisture out of the air and attracts it to our skin. It cleanses without stripping or corrupting the natural pH balance necessary for soft, healthy skin. Our soaps rinse clean and leave no soapy film behind. Our lotions are gentle and made only with ingredients that are helpful to our skin.
We make small batch Handcrafted Artisan soaps, lotions, teas and extracts. We are always willing to customize your products with your favorite herbs and/or scents.
None of the opinions or claims on Carob's Farm, Chaga Chasers or That Other Stuff are to be taken as medical truths nor are they meant to diagnose or treat any disease. Instead, we provide you with this information to aide you on your own path of discovery, and on "that" path your best judgment is always the best choice.
Our very best to you,
Robin and Cammie
We are licensed by the Maine Department of Agriculture;Division of Quality Assurance.
Libra Tea Travel Mugs to take it with you!!
Chaga "It's a way of life!"