The YKF Story
Your Kitchen Farmacy was created by Cat Maida: lover of world-traveling & the plant kingdom, mama, sustainable lifestyle coach, and passionate kitchen farmacy educator.
Your Kitchen Farmacy represents a holistic lifestyle that goes far beyond eating healthy and growing your food. It’s going back to our ancestral roots of our great-great Grandmothers and their mothers' mothers. It’s creating the kitchen into the heart of our home and the natural farmacy that it has always been.
Knowledge is power. Explore and expand your options on how to care for yourself and your family with the treasure chest of fascinating natural ingredients available for our benefit. We believe that a sustainable, healthy lifestyle is our best health insurance.
As Hippocrates says, “Those who think they have not the time for healthy eating and active living will sooner or later have to find time for illness and disease.”
We welcome you to take time and explore healthy living simplified. Empower yourself with easy, healthy living tips and DIY Kitchen Medicine. Take back control of your health and transform your kitchen into Your Kitchen Farmacy.
Your Kitchen Farmacy is the resource for plant-sourced kitchen medicine to cultivate and uplift body, mind & conscious living.
A Word From Cat
I am passionate about supporting others in creating sustainable kitchen farmacies. I’ve designed an efficient method of simplifying healthy living to uplift the experience of health in your home.
My wellness journey was immediately focused on the sudden passing of my husband when our children were five and seven. It was soul crushing and I was forced into the corporate world by sheer necessity. I found myself with limited time and definitely, limited finances! Despite feelings of despair, I was determined to feed my family healthy, unprocessed, quality food. I know what it feels like to be so broke it hurts. I also know what it's like to compromise and choose easy over what’s best for myself and my family.
As I realized that I was taking the easy way out, I began teaching my children and myself how to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and create probiotic-rich foods. I wanted to honor the ancient wisdom that I learned from the women in my family when we lived for many years in South America. It was during this time period that I experienced the kitchen as the heart of the home.
Outside the kitchen door was a kitchen garden hosting the culinary and medicinal herbs used in the family cooking and curative uses. The walkway up to the front door was lined with lavender. Imagine the intoxicating aroma as the lavender brushed up against my legs! To this day, when I smell lavender, I go straight to that walkway at Tia Anita's house. There were hanging flowers, drying orange rinds and apple peels hanging from a string over the kitchen sink. Spices and herbs were ground in the big mortar and pestle, secret sauces were created, magical tinctures and poultices blended...all took place in the kitchen.
I wanted to bring that back to the children and I. I wanted to go back to our roots and so I began implementing these sacred ways into our lifestyle.
I created a method to quickly, efficiently and economically provide organic, nutrient dense and probiotic rich food and use-what-you-have healing secrets on a daily basis in our home. As a result, I discovered Your Kitchen Farmacy.
From these humble roots sprang a passion for sharing simple, effective ways for people to intelligently nourish themselves and enjoy themselves in the process.
Why do grocery store to table when you can go from your garden to kitchen to table and medicine chest?
I am passionate about bringing nutritionally dense food and simple, effective and safe natural remedies to your home and invite you to join me on this journey.