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Inherited Knowledge of Gardening





I  believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature which if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us alright.                     ~  Henry Thoreau  


About Us


Marian Prezyna, "GreenSpiritWeaver"


  • Founder, Cats Tail Farm Herbal Center & Botanical Sanctuary

  • Cornell University,  Master Gardener,  completed 1995

  • Cornell University Master Beekeeper, Apprentice level, completed 2000

  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Erie County, 1999 - 2005

  • Sage Mountain Herbal Center, Apprentice of Rosemary Gladstar, 2006

  •  Intensive Training with Pam Montgomery,  Donna Bryant Winston , Susun Weed,  Gail Faith Edwards & Stephen Harrod Buhner, 2000 - present

  • Shamanic Practitioner training through Chrysalis Heart Center, Rev. Donata Ahern, M.S.W., C.H.T, in the Huichol and Inka lineages

  • Usui Reiki II practitioner

 I inherited knowledge of gardening from my maternal grandfather, an organic gardener, who produced baskets of vegetables and fruits from a tiny city lot.  My mother taught me the love of plants for food, health and beauty to the eye.  After they passed on, trial and error was an excellent teacher!

Over the past thirty and more years, herbal education has been my passion. Learning along with sharing and teaching! Prior to commencing formal training, I had voraciously read everything "herbally related" that I could seek out .... which was a challenge ..... in addition, the Internet was in it's infancy.  As a result, I find that am blessed to possess a library chock-full of many hard to find herbal resources ..... but to call oneself a "herbalist" without years of formalized study is not unlike someone today who buys equipment and sets up a dental practice, who considers themself trained by reading articles on dental surgery from the web. It just isn't so!  In view of that truth, I have searched out  many wise herbal teachers who have guided my footsteps, and I was blessed to have apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar, renowned author, teacher, healer, visionary and founder of Sage Mountain Herbal Sanctuary of East Barre, Vermont.  I have since studied with Rosemary and many other incredible Wise women (and Wise men!) at the Mountain and elsewhere.   As one teacher told me, "A true herbalist will learn every day until the day that they die.  Even then, you will only have scratched the surface of what there is to learn."   As they told me years ago, they were the "key" to open my spirit to learning .... as I would seek, the plants would make themselves known to me.  The most profound experiences have proven to be the teachings that the plants themselves have revealed while listening to their wisdom.   It is truly awe-inspiring and very humbling to hear what they have to share with us, we only need to learn to listen!


"I think one of the most unique places about herbalism and modern herbal healers is that we still maintain that deep connection with the plants. We're not looking at just single components as being the magic bullets in our bodies. There's still a deep prayerful relationship, whether you go to the plants and consciously pray or you have awareness with them, or just the way you are with them when you're harvesting them or making your medicine or even giving the medicine. There's a deep connection with the spirit of the plants. It's not just that there is a chemical constituent that will cure your condition; it is the relationship that the plant has to us and how those plants have served as our healers for literally thousands of years."

                                                                                 ~ Rosemary Gladstar, visionary & WiseWoman


My beloved and truly amazing husband Dennis Prezyna makes the existence of Cats Tail Farm possible.  He is the sole force contending with all the digging and heavy work, the rock and manure hauling, the transplanting, the tilling, and so much more..... he is the plant propagator and starts the seeds of all our botanicals for the gardens.  He does all of this, all the while supporting every one of my efforts with his entire being.  When we purchased this property, it was nothing but an old hayfield and pasture, compacted, barren, and unkempt.  Now it is landscaped with a multitude of ornamental and producing gardens, full of food and medicine, sweet to the taste, restful to the spirit, and a joy to all the senses. To Dennis, my deepest loving gratitude, always and forever!


We utilize only organic gardening practices in our cultivation and harvesting, in our efforts to aid in the healing of Mother Earth.  In addition, any wild crafting of botanicals is carried out only in an ethical, earth conscious and sustainable manner.  In addition to the gardens of the more easily cultivated and  better known medicinal herbs, we are reintroducing many of the endangered, threatened or rare botanicals into the wild areas and into dedicated gardens on the Farm.  In this manner, we are able to show other humans the many wise plants that have special medicinal qualities and been over-harvested because of their value.  We believe that joining with Nature in a co-creative partnership is paramount in our earth stewardship. Our herbal education programs heavily emphasize the relationship that exists between humans, plants, the two-legged, four-legged, finned, furred and feathered beings on this planet. Our goal is to share with others that by reclaiming our connection with Nature, there can there be true physical, emotional and spiritual healing for ourselves, our civilization, and our planet.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.  ~  Rachel Carson

 I  offer botanical site assessments at your selected location for your own information along with group herbal ID plant forays on your property.  On site at Cats Tail Farm, “backyard garden medicine” walks are popular with many garden clubs, educational entities, and social groups. Please contact me for fee schedule and details.

In addition, I am available for educational presentations on the many gifts from the Green Nations ~ food, medicine, perfumery, magic, crafts ~ and especially for the United Plant Savers ( visual presentation of "At-Risk Medicinal Plants"- which focuses on the current situation of North American medicinal plants and seeks solutions to over harvesting and habitat destruction.


Please be aware that we do not sell any botanical medicines, as it is our belief and our mission to teach you to make your own herbal preparations.    In this way you will empower yourself to take care of yourself and your loved ones, all the while developing and deepening your connection with all of Mother Earth and the natural world around you.

A fresh crop of our own harvested ceremonial herbs are in stock, including sweet grass, white sage (salvia apiana) lady's mantle and more.  For those who are seeking to reconnect with their plant allies (or to discover them) we pride ourselves on our custom smudge and amulet creation, using a blend of plant communication and your own energies.    Marian V. Prezyna.  March 2010 All rights reserved. All photos and content on this website are not to be used or published in print, on the web or in any other form. This web site may not be reproduced in any form, except as occurs in normal browser caching, without express written permission from the Owner. Misuse of private property will result in legal action.