In 2011 I was volunteering in Little Haiti Miami. I lived in a treehouse working in a very urban setting. It was mostly awesome, but the neighborhood did/does have issues and a high crime rate. I was aware of this beforehand, but still really wanted to go to learn as much about their permaculture practices as possible. And I did learn so much there.
While I was there my treehouse was burglarized by three teenagers who often visited the property. I was disheartened to be helping the neighborhood and these kids, but have them steal from me.
Many wonderful things came out of this ordeal even though it was one of the hardest times of my travels. A big one was that the owners of the property taught me how to make their amazing salve. At the time, it was illegal to use, buy or sell, comfrey, the main ingredient in the salve. It was like learning underground secrets. This is thankfully no longer the case as it is an amazing herb! I will never use anything else again. I love it and have shared it with everyone I know. I have always had people want more.
Making and selling my salves, balms, exfoliators, and oils has been a great way to bring in extra money, but it is also such a great way for me to connect with people. I have taught workshops, made balms for specific needs, and connected with people on a deep level while telling them of my passion for comfrey.
I feel very blessed!