Nature & Nurture: Anthea Fields
The idea for Anthea Fields was conceived when Jessica Suda and Lauren Schneider bumped into each other in their midwife’s office. They discovered that they were both passionate gardeners who shared an interest in the healing properties of herbs. “During our pregnancies and postpartum periods, we both found so much comfort in the herbs we used in teas, salves and even balms for our babies. We also both found our fourth trimesters to be a real emotional challenge,” says Schneider.
The idea of teaming up in a new business while caring for their newborns just seemed right.
Both women were independently drawn to the Hudson Valley with their families because each knew they’d find people living deliberately within their communities and with the land.
“Being part of a collection of folks who share our values and aspirations in building our region has brought us such energy and enthusiasm,” says Schneider. “We continue to meet so many beautiful families and we both love that consciously crafted herbs and flowers help to nourish new mothers’ minds and bodies."
The business is fledging, like Suda and Schneider’s babies, Forrest and Inge. The women are currently searching for land where Anthea Fields can expand and set down roots. For now, Schneider and Suda are growing flowers and herbs in their own modest gardens, focusing on gorgeous blooms for restaurant tables and for weddings, and healing herbs for maternity wellness packages. In the future, they hope to offer a CSA in which shareholders can have access to beautiful, sustainably raised bouquets and herbs throughout the growing season. Says Schneider., “Anthea was the Greek goddess of vegetation, lowlands, marshlands, gardens, blossoms, the budding earth and human love. We felt that name did a nice job of capturing the spirit of nurturing and fertility that we're growing with Anthea Fields.”
“We want to support local mothers, and what better way than providing them with fresh, sustainably grown herbs and teas? A fresh bouquet of flowers would be an obvious accompaniment, along with words of encouragement and a friendly ear,” says Schneider.
Herbs for a classic nursing tea:
Red Raspberry Leaf
Find The Mother Box, a collection of handmade products and custom-tea blends perfect for the new mother, is available at online.