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Dana and Michael Eudy founded the Field Apothecary and Herb Farm in Germantown, New York in 2011.
Pressed Leaves and Field Notebook, Age 15
For a class in junior high, Michael participated in a wildflower project that had him pressing leaves and flowers collected in Canyon Lake, an area north of San Antonio. The project inspired Michael to want to become a botanist. But he had forgotten all about it when, years later, his grandfather, who was in the hospital at the time, gave him the pressed leaves and field notebook as a gift.
Pile of Books and Día de Los Muertos Skull, Age 27
Dana described both her and Michael as "big book lovers." Here, a pile of books in their farmhouse includes two by Carl Jung, whose dream analysis interests Dana, as well as "Strange Ritual" by David Byrne. A Día de Los Muertos skull sits atop the pile.
In Search of the Medicine Buddha, Age 33
After the couple's children were born, Dana started going to The Tibet House in New York City to learn how to meditate. "Of all the books there," she says, "this is the book I chose. Or rather it chose me." The book tells the real-life story of the renowned herbalist David Crow as he discovers Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine.
Painting of Flowers, Age 36
Shortly after finishing grad school, Michael, a longtime visual artist, experienced what he calls "a radical shift in my practice." He went from painting borrowed images and being engaged by postmodern thinking to painting still-life portraits of objects that he set up in his studio. This acrylic painting, of a simple pot of flowers, hangs in their farmhouse.
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Cover of Edible Hudson Valley, Ages 42 and 39
The Eudys left Brooklyn and moved upstate to start Field Apothecary in the summer of 2011. Just two years later, they appeared on the cover of "Edible Hudson Valley," which pronounced their farm "the Hudson Valley's natural medicine chest."