Welcome to the Medicine Wheel Garden at Lusscroft Farm

Gorgeous original artwork by local artist Paul Scheyer

A living example of People and Nature together in Northwest, NJ.

Gardens and Community are growing at the Medicine Wheel Garden.

Join us for the 6th annual Medicine Wheel Celebration

May 17th and 18th, 2014.

The Friends of the Medicine Wheel is part of the Heritage & Agriculture Association, a Friends group supporting Lusscroft Farms buildings, trails and year round events in cooperation with the NJDEP/Division of Parks & Forestry.

The Medicine Wheel Gardens are located in Lusscroft Farm,

50 Neilson Road at 4-H Way, Wantage, NJ 07461.

For more details about Lusscroft Farm events and information, go to their official website at www.lusscroft.com .

6th annual Medicine Wheel Festival celebrates gardens and community


“Before 100 years ago, plant medicine is all there was”, muses Paul Cardillo, Medicine Wheel garden designer and volunteer.  “Lucky for us, the plants never forgot and we can still learn to remember.”


The Medicine Wheel Council is busily preparing for the 6th Annual Medicine Wheel Community Garden Celebration & Festival May 17 and 18th.   This event is presented by the Heritage and Agriculture Association in cooperation with NJDEP/ Div. of Parks & Forestry. The event is held each year at the historic and scenic Lusscroft Farm in Wantage.


“Our purpose was to establish a botanical destination within the State Park system, and to bring agriculture and education back to the farm”, according to Cardillo.   Lusscroft has past been operated as an agricultural research facility by Rutgers University and an outdoor education center for the 4-H youth program, and is now part of High Point State Park, open daily to the public.


“The Garden Without Fences and Classroom Without Walls” initiative began in the Spring of 2009, as volunteers planted The Medicine Wheel Community Garden,  a 48 foot circle comprised of twelve unique, slice of pie-shaped gardens, each dedicated to one moon cycle.  The gardens are planted with native medicinal herbs associated with the compass direction that each garden faces.  


In our second year, the “ Friends of the Medicine Wheel “ group added  the crescent shaped,  “Sister Moon” garden.” This garden contains plants with silver foliage that flouresced by moonlight and “cool” colored flowers in pinks, whites, and blues. Many scented, native, and medicinal plants are featured in this garden as well.


 The community of volunteers and admirers continues to grow, drawing gardeners, farmers, educators, artists and nature lovers to celebrate this Sussex County hidden treasure.   The annual spring celebration has grown beyond a celebration of the original herb gardens  into a locally based festival with two days of activities in and around the gardens and also celebrating the unique art and culture of Northwest New Jersey.


The two day event features live local music, nature walks, garden tours, workshops, demonstrations, seminars, craft and food vendors, a “pop up” art gallery and kids activities.  The Plant Sale will feature native, home grown and deer resistant plants, medicinal plants and herbs, heirloom and organic vegetables, fruits, berries and more. Crafters, artists and local vendors will be on hand offering clothing, herbal products, body care and much more. Krave Cafe and Caterers will be offering their new american cuisine on site along with other food and beverage vendors. 

Workshops and seminars will be offered on herbs and plant medicine,  plant foraging, edible wild plant walks, bird and nature hikes,  gardening, garden water dousing, composting, growing mushrooms, health benefits of garlic and honey, organic orchard care, growing fruits at home, plant medicine for plants, and tours of the gardens.


Saturday starts with a kids concert at 10:30 with Bobby Beetcut and guests, followed by Whirled Revolution Guide Hoopers.  Local musicians will perform throughout the day till dusk including Fifty Hippies,​ Non-Stop Denny, A Bit Of Finger ​featuring ​Ben Bailey,​ Brian Fitzpatrick and the Band of Brothers, Black Bear Bluegrass Band, ​Subcommittee ​and ​Fish House Road Band. Sunday entertainment starts with Bobby Beetcut be the Band Workshop for kids, Whirled Revolution Spirit Hoopers, Alex Phillips, Matty Carl Project, Mike Lawlor Banned, Reno, Maribyrd, Marifanyi Percussion,  the Hawk Owls and a Mountain Jam to end the festivities.  


Proceeds from the event will support the ongoing projects and restoration at Lusscroft Farm. The suggested donation is $5 per person, kids free.


For more info, including updates, directions, music and workshop schedules and presenters  please go to http://medicinewheelgarden.wordpress.com/ , at www.lusscroftfarm.com or call 862-268-1557.  You can also find Friends of the Medicine Wheel on Facebook or us hashtag #medicinewheelfestival on twitter and instagram.

Taking a Walk with Dan Farella of Return to Nature

Join Dan Farella of Return to Nature for an insightful walk around the beautiful Medicine Wheel land to demystify the “wall of green” surrounding us.  He will share with you you to identify and work with many plants revered in the herbal traditions for healing ailments, as well as how to forage for nutritious wild food directly from the land.  Dan will guide two plant walks, one Saturday May 17th and one Sunday May 18th, both from 2pm-4pm.

We will sample the wild plant wonders Nature guides us to, and focus on methods to work with and prepare them.  Gain the skills and confidence necessary to utilize and work with the countless organic, fresh, local and free plant resources Nature continually provides.

Please bring a camera and notebook for recording the plants we find.

Dan Farella is a Forager, Herbalist, and Teacher dedicated to working with Nature to serve in uniting the planet and its people. Dan teaches through Return to Nature (ReturntoNature.us), which provides classes in foraging and herbalism, making homemade remedies from herbs, fermentation and kombucha classes, and primitive and survival skills. He also makes and sells herbal products, and gives nutrition and health consultations, mentors private students, and gives in-home custom group herbalism classes.

Dan teaches throughout New Jersey and can be found at http://www.returntonature.us.  He is working on a documnetary film about his work.  Here is a preview:





Medicine Wheel Celebration Memories

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Photos from 6th annual Medicine Wheel Festival.

The outdoor stage.

The Gardens.

The Pop Up Art Gallery.

The beauty of the event is everyone involved has been willing to be a small piece of something bigger.  Each of us a sliver of the circle that makes the garden and community grow.

See you Saturday and or Sunday ~ May 17th and 18th, 2014!

Good Eats at Medicine Wheel Festival

526795_4942632484725_2019859788_nThe 2013 Medicine Wheel Celebration has some new food vendors this year.  Breathless Beauty will be bringing raw vegan and bakes treats from their Milford, Pa Health Food store.

The young entrepeneur Bread Boy will be there with his home-baked breads and treats.

The Colesville Major League Deli will bring their delicious lunch items including veggie options.

The Hot Dog guy will be back.

And if you want to go straight to the source, join Dan Farella for his foraging walk at 4pm on Saturday.  Good munchies right from the earth!

Please bring your own water bottle!  Picnic blankets or chairs welcome too.   There will be some Stokes State Forest water available to refill your water bottle too!

What a deliciously, relaxing weekend of Music, Arts, Flowers and Community this is going to be!