Farmers Market Partners: Love for Self, Family, Community
by Crystal Bilyeu
“A beautiful garden provides nourishment for your body, soul and spirit,” shares Doug and Genna Wolkon of Kauai Farmacy. They, along with their three beautiful children, live tucked away on a 4-acre garden on our beautiful “Garden Isle” of Kauai. Their journey started 5 years ago, as they felt inspired to live a clean healthier conscious way of life. Doug set out to provide a home where he could thrive and be a better man and he now oversees an operation on his land that is a haven to his family. The farm provides a way for Doug and Genna to raise their children in a community that meets all of their needs.
Kauai Farmacy specializes in medicinal herbal teas. Six years ago, Doug started drinking fresh herbal teas every day. He would go through roughly a gallon of herbal tea a day. In six months, he lost 20 pounds and felt his entire body activate and rejuvenate. As a result, he was motivated to help teach people about this proven and historical approach to health and wellness. Drinking herbal tea is a natural and sustainable way to integrate good health practice into any lifestyle.
Every plant in every tea they sell is grown on the farm. Their gardens are diversely planted, not in rows, but in groupings of multiple species. Each plant supports and complements the one next to it adding to the health and wellness of the whole ecosystem, while using no pesticides or synthetic chemicals. The plants are hand-picked and fed compost tea, along with composted manure (nature’s most balanced plant food). When the plants are harvested, they are processed and preserved through sustainable solar dehydrators; this allows them to send their beautiful teas all around the world, and they are able to reach out and help people locally as well as abroad.
Doug and Genna invite you to visit them online at kauaifarmacy.com, where you can learn more about their offerings. Better yet, while at the Anaina Hou Farmers Market, taste some of their teas and be inspired by the pureness of the intention. “When it comes to medicine, trust the local plants, and do your best to learn how to use them in your daily life.” You can also make an appointment to visit the farm where you will see firsthand their love for self, love for family and love for our precious community.