NICOLA HERMAN | MEET A LOCAL
Postmark: July 2017
Nicola Herman—the nature loving herbalist co-owner of the freshly opened Grow Tea & Elixir—metaphorically stops by the blog to say "hello" and leave behind a bunch of great tips for getting the most out of a life lived (or a visit visited) around Highway 95 eh.
WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?
Hello! I am Nicola, and I am the co-owner of Grow Tea & Elixir Corner.
Grow is a relaxing space where you can get a cup of tea, a nutritious elixir, or some simple healthy foods. All of the ingredients we use are organic, and they are sourced with the wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants in mind. We also have books for sale on the topics of organic gardening, permaculture, alternative energy, composting, local plant identification, and other inspiring books that show you how you can make a difference. We try to be as eco friendly as we can by producing as little waste as possible. Most of the materials used in the construction of the space are reclaimed. We encourage people to bring their reusable to go mugs (If you do 9 times you get a free tea)! We are located at 255 Wallinger Avenue :)
I am a nature lover and am currently finishing my herbalism training. I'm also currently dreaming of going to university to study environmental science.
WHY LIVE AROUND HIGHWAY 95 EH?
I have lived in Kimberley for 12 years, with a few breaks for post secondary education and exploration. I've lived in Calgary, Canmore, and Nelson since graduating high school, and Kimberley keeps pulling my heart back because it really feels like home. I feel so supported by the community and the mountains.
IF SOMEONE IS ONLY IN THE AREA FOR A FEW DAYS, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-DO’S?
Check out Grow! Come say hi and lets have a conversation about ethics or ecology! Explore the Platzl and all the unique shops, I personally recommend Handz On Evolution. Hang out at the flume, find a lake and go for a swim, check out the farmers market on Thursday evenings in the summer, get some food from any of the local restaurants, take lots of deep breaths of pristine mountain air!
I’M HUNGRY… WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIX THIS REOCCURRING PROBLEM?
I recommend Grow Tea & Elixir if you want a delicious organic beverage and/or some light healthy food. If it's a beautiful sunny day, I would recommend picking up some fresh local goodness from the Kimberley Centex and having a picnic. If you want to eat at a restaurant, grab a panini from Creme or a meal from the Burrito Grill!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AND YOUR TOP PLACE AROUND HERE FOR DOING THAT ACTIVITY?
I just generally love being outside, whether its hiking, biking, leisurely walking, camping, wild harvesting medicinal plants, doing yoga, or sitting and reading. I like to go to places I can walk or bike to from my front door. I'm a regular in the nature park, and Eimer's Lake is a personal favourite with its unique lushness and the presence of cedar trees. I also love exploring Lois Creek and observing the plants growing along the waters edge.
FINALLY… PLEASE SHARE ONE LAST KOOTENAY TIP / RECOMMENDATION / THOUGHT / WHATEVER THAT YOU DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO GET IN DURING THE PREVIOUS QUESTIONS.
When spending time outdoors, slow down and observe what nature is doing. Go into the forest without a destination or a timeline, walk slowly and breathe deeply. Notice the plants that grow on the top of the hill vs the bottom of it. Tune into the feeling of wonder and awe. Slow down. But also go really fast when you feel like it ;)
OK, ACTUAL FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / LISTENING / EATING / THINKING / QUITTING / READING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.
Before every action you take, ask yourself: What kind of impact does this have on the planet? If its not a positive one, then reconsider. I believe we all must sacrifice some of our comfort and take up less space in order to achieve the world of equality and sustainability so many of us dream of. Give up indulgences that have a negative impact on the planet and people. Experiment with considering future generations of people, plants, and animals when making decisions. Try to take life slowly and minimally. Realize you can make a difference in this crazy world. Live with integrity!