We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Parpart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
To date, the most difficult decision I’ve had to make was resigning from my teaching job. My first job as a 16 year old was a caregiver at a daycare/preschool program and I continued that job throughout college, so my work has always been with children. The thought of leaving that world without a plan of what was next for me was scary. I spent a lot of time in my head worrying about money, health insurance, and other logical thoughts. Once I shifted my focus more into my heart space, I began to reflect on what set my soul on fire. The answer to that was, and still is, plants, being outdoors, learning about health and wellness, and educating others outside of a classroom about these things. My business was created shortly after and I’ve been on quite a journey of adventures since!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Herbal preparations are my art. The herbs used in my creations are ethically and sustainably foraged (in rhythm with the seasons) in our mountains, grown by local farmers and in our own medicine garden, and handcrafted in small batches with love and intention. All other ingredients I’m not able to make myself are organic and sourced from people who respect and nurture the Earth. My work is not just creating herbal products but also educating others on how plants can support their health and wellness. I am deeply invested into this aspect of A Thousand Leaves because I truly believe knowledge is power. The goal is to positively contribute to the greater good. Healthy people are happy people!
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?
My idea of a great time is frolicking in the forest! I would take my best friend to various hiking trails, lakes, and places with lots of beautiful plants. My pack would include books, snacks, fresh spring water, and hammocks. I’d set the hammocks up right next to running water because it is one of my favorite sounds. This is where we would spend most of our time!
It would be my pleasure to cook all meals at home because food = medicine & LOVE. If I were to run out of food at home (hehe), I would take my best friend to One Legged Magpie in town. They support local farmers and utilize their produce in the food they serve and they have… wait for it… herbal infused beers from Propolis Brewing! OLM also features live music and has a Pac-Man arcade game which contributes to it being one of the coolest spots to hang out in town.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family, friends, and spouse are my biggest supporters and I am abundantly grateful for their love and support.
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