As I’m sure you have heard, our beloved friend, herbal brother, and brilliant plant wizard and orchardist, Michael Phillips, died suddenly, unexpectedly Sunday, February 27th. He went out in the early hours of the morning to shoo the deer out of his orchard, and there beneath an apple and a pear tree he was called home to the Spirit Worlds and that Great Mystery that awaits us all. Nancy and Gracie though bereft and broken hearted are holding space in their amazing and beautiful way. They wanted everyone to know how much they appreciate the support and love they feel flowing to them and around them, and also appreciate all of the stories and memories shared about Michael.
There is a Memoriam page on Michael’s Lost Nation Orchard site where you are invited to add your memory or story of Michael. We know Michael will be checking in periodically, so fill those pages with your most glorious (funny, amazing, magical) memories.
Nancy and Gracie have requested that instead of flowers being sent to them people plant a fruit tree in Michael’s memory, or help support the Holistic Orchard Network, an educational platform Michael created to share ideas, research, and resources and connect growers: support the Network. Michael would love knowing that fruit trees were being planted in his honor and that his efforts to foster community and healthy fruit growing continue.
A celebration of Michael’s life will be held in Michael’s orchard (Heartsong Farm & Wellness Center) on May 28 when the apple trees are blossoming. Details will be posted by the end of April on the Memoriam page. Please check back on that site for details.
Cards can be sent to: Nancy and Gracie Phillips, Heartsong Farm, 859 Lost Nation Rd, Groveton, NH, 03582
I know many of you are asking what it is we can do; we want to help. Thankfully, the Phillips wisely planted themselves in the midst of a loving community of kind good hearted people and then nourished and were nourished by these friends and neighbors over the past 35years they’ve lived on their farm. Without even having to ask, neighbors were plowing their driveway the very next morning, helping with the furnace, bringing food, and pressing the last of the apples. Along with the tears and sorrow, there is so much love flowing in and around their home. It feels like sacred space . . .
On behalf of Nancy and Gracie, thank you for your love, your kindness, your help, and for your memories and stories of Michael. All are deeply appreciated. Remember to share a story of Michael as those stories are what feed our hearts when we lose our loved one’s. It is these precious memories that keep them forever alive in our hearts. As Joseph Campbell said, “To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die”
P.S please feel free to share this with others who are friends of Michael, Nancy, and Gracie.