Ellen White Weir created the
Goldpetals Aromatherapy products after she
fell in love with the calendula officinalis flowers, and the art of
making potions, lotions, and medicinal herbal medicine. "Like everything
good in life, it reminded me of cooking...." The base of all of her
creams and salves is the sun infused calendula in olive oil, which
traditionally has been used for treating inflamed and damaged skin.
Calendula and Lavender became the two flowers that worked together in
her products to create the most powerful healing properties. The
essential oil of Lavender officinalis has calming properties and can
soothe everything from a bug bite to a nervous condition. Calendula has
the same breadth of healing properties, for everything from a chapped
baby's bottom, to minor cuts and burns.
Weir uses no chemical preservatives or fragrance oils, and stresses that
her natural body care products, made of the finest natural ingredients, are made in small
batches and have a shelf-life of approximately one year. All of her
products are sensitive to heat because of the organic nature of the
The Goldpetals Barn is located on thirty- eight acres, outside of
Cooperstown, New York, amidst the rolling hills of the Catskills and
beautiful Leatherstocking country. "We are slowly developing the land
into a plant sanctuary for the wildlife and pollinators. We use no
chemicals or pesticides, and are looking at Biodynamic farming methods
to improve the soil. The calendula and lavender flowers flourish along
with the "weeds", blueberries, grapes, bee balm, daisies, iris's,
lilies, grasses and vegetables scattered throughout the property. The
wonderful spring fed pond is framed by poplar reflections, and the
chorus of frogs is a welcome sound in the evenings there."
We welcome visitors ( call first), and often will make you some sun tea,
and delicious herbal treats. For those interested in our
Nature Camp for Kids, Plant Walks & Talks, Art Shows, and other
please sign up for our Newsletter. Ellen White Weir has also been a
purveyor of quality hand-woven Oriental Rugs for almost thirty years.
More photographs of the farm are available
here and of the nature camp for kids
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer
Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion - put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
"Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" from The Country of
Marriage, copyright © 1973 by Wendell Berry, reprinted by permission of
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.
The new rock garden
Oriental Rugs at the Goldpetals Barn
Ellen and flowers
Goldpetals is a member of The International
Goldpetals featured on Mohawk Valley Living!
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Goldpetals is featured near the end of the video.
with Ellen White Weir about her business, Goldpetals.
Calendula flowers and borage at the Goldpetals Barn
More Barn Photos
Local beeswax used in Goldpetals creams and salves
Goldpetals Aromatherapy and Skin Care
Calendula Lemon Balm
2 oz. jar |
4oz. | $22
Lavender Body and Room Spray
4 oz. spray bottle |
Bug Off chemical free insect repellent
4 oz spray bottle |
Gardenia Monoi Cream with Coconut
and Calendula Oils
4 oz. |