We had the good fortune of connecting with Shannon Gowland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shannon, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
Throughout my childhood I was taught to have a deep appreciation and respect for nature. As the chapters and layers of my life developed, that thread from my childhood was braided into a tether for my future.
I was one of those fortunate children who grew up knowing not just their grandparents, but also great grandparents. More than 15 of us would gather around a dinner table together and share the harvests of our family’s farm.
I grew up in East Cobb, northwest of Atlanta. Just a few decades ago, the two-lane roads were surrounded by family farms and dense trees. Most of my childhood was spent playing in creeks, ponds, and woods – early on I connected deeply with the Earth and appreciated the relationship and sustenance she provides us all.
As a busy holistic consultant, I provide herbal and food therapy, meditation, cooking, and herbal classes. In addition to consulting, I offer a year-round biodynamic / organic CSA program connecting regional farms to communities.
I recall memories of standing on a box making biscuits with my great grandmother and today I mix the love of those cherished lessons together with the healing benefits of plants and local, nutrient dense produce.
The light and lessons of my family’s farm and table instilled a deep curiosity about the chemistry that the Earth beautifully demonstrates. Often, our western diets and culture lose so many of the benefits available to us in Earth medicine, but my purpose and passion is to reconnect people with the power waiting for us that the Earth provides.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Being an herbalist is a dynamic career with unique challenges. Roswell Farmers Market & Seeds of Wellness has grown and changed over the past 15 years as needed by the community. The simple holistic center offering herbal therapy morphed into a food and herbal therapy center offering education, consultation, and fresh picked produce. The changes came about as I saw challenges that my clients were facing. Finding nutrient dense produce and grass fed and finished, pastured meats was difficult. To help with decreasing stress and optimizing wellness goals I started to create a network of small family farms dedicated to being Stewards of the Earth. This network of farmers allowed me to offer a year-round organic/CSA program. As the program grew in popularity with both clients and the community, I expanded to offer clean pasture raised clean meats.
While I was assisting clients to reach their wellness goals faster there was still a need for healthy nutrient dense meals. I, once again, expanded adding Food Therapy meals which consisted of bio-individual meals combined with herbal therapy. Within the Food therapy expansion, I added feeding tube options to help provide nutrient rich meals for those most in need.
Over the last five years I have created a unique training program and paradigm in both clinical herbalism and food therapy. It is a 2-to-3-year program designed for those looking to explore a career in holistic wellness or expand their own personal knowledge and of Earth and Plant medicine.
This is a way of life for me and my family. I bring a unique and professional perspective along with generational knowledge from my family.
Starting and growing my business was never easy and it came with regulations, struggles, and loss. My passion fueled my determination. With each set-back, I regrouped, incorporated lessons learned and redirected my energy in the most productive direction. The growth of the business would not have been possible without the love and support of my family.
Whenever someone relies on you for their education, it’s a humbling and exciting adventure. I am honored to share insights on biodynamic farming, plant medicine, holistic nutrition and wellness with my students and the wider community.
I plan to continue raising awareness about the impact our farming and food choices have on the environment as it is critical for our future. I’m proud to help in that mission by bringing the significance of our connections to the Earth to the forefront of conversations.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am an outdoor person and love to cook, so not a lot of going out. I like to go with the flow and have minimal planning when friends visit and enjoy the time catching up and creating new memories. However, if to plan an actual itinerary it would be one filled with fun and excitement for the whole family.
Day 1: We will soak up the sun with the plants catching up, relaxing, and enjoy a dinner grilling under the stars.
Day 2: Plan a day trip to Indian Seats for a hike and picnic.
Day 3: Spend some time walking around downtown Roswell, Ga and stop in to see what’s new at City Antiques, Frank is always fun to catch up with. If you’re a friend of mine, you are family which means you know my parents so a stop by Blackwell’s Jewelers would be needed for hugs and hellos.
Day 4: We would head down to Noah’s Ark, a wonderful animal sanctuary. On the way back we’d swing by L’Thai Organic in Smyrna to pick up dinner for a relaxing evening.
Day 5: Relax with a bonfire and enjoying night sky while the kids roast marshmallows and we end the trip planning the next time we can catch up.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My business would not be possible without the support of my amazing and patient husband who more than once jumped in when everything was falling apart to offer support and love. The patience and understanding of my children in the beginning and their continued support is heartwarming. Knowing that my family believes in and supports me is so special and reminds me of how lucky I am every day. I would not be where I am today without my husband and kids showing up for me, believing in me, and loving me and for that I am eternally grateful.
To my late grand parents and great-grandparents who were patient with me as a child teaching me to cook, farm, and respect the Earth. To my parents who taught me to never give up thru leading by example.
To all my loyal clients and their support and kind words. To my farmers who have kicked it into overdrive to help me meet a deadline and to all my loving and supportive friends who have been there thru the ups and downs from the beginning.