Friends in Dry Places

Since moving to New Mexico, I’ve encountered so many friendly, welcoming people that my faith in humanity, if it was every in peril, is consistently restored. I received many a warm welcome from other New Mexico herbalists, one of whom is Monica Rude of Desert Woman Botanicals who interestingly enough also landed in New Mexico from upstate New York.

She runs an herb farm and herbal product business along the Gila River in southern New Mexico. She teaches a range of classes and offers many wonderful herbal products. Check out her website If you’re in the Albuquerque area and want to try out her products and meet her in person, come to La Montanita Coop’s Earth Day festival on April 27th. – Jen

Monica Rude

Monica Rude

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