Barefoot Botanicals Photo Album

Eric Vander Hyde and Linda Shanahan

Meet Eric Vander Hyde and Linda Shanahan of Barefoot Botanicals. In 2015, the couple shuttered their eight-year-old produce CSA and began cultivating herbs.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov

When husband and wife team Eric Vander Hyde and Linda Shanahan of Barefoot Botanicals first started their farm business, they grew all kinds of produce and operated a CSA. It was exhausting. Both had to take additional part-time jobs just to make ends meet. But a shift in focus and several new partnerships—especially one with a new line of natural personal-care products, Seed Phytonutrients—helped reduce stress and diversify clientele. It’s still not a day at the beach, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Here’s a peek behind the curtains at Barefoot Botanicals.

​Barefoot Botanicals field

Barefoot Botanicals grows a large variety of herbs and edible flowers, including catnip, yarrow, chamomile, lavender, and wormwood.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.
herb harvesting

Linda walks through her fields, ready to harvest some herbs.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.
lavender harvesting

Here, Linda cuts lavender to be used in Barefoot Botanicals’ hydrosols and tinctures.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.
sqaush blossom

Eric holds up a freshly picked squash blossom.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.
young plants in a field

Barefoot Botanicals’ latest partnership involves growing sunflowers for a new line of natural personal care products, Seed Phytonutrients.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.
sunflower plants

The farm doesn’t supply all of the sunflower seed oil for Seed Phytonutrients’ products, but their seeds are in the formulas, and Barefoot Botanicals serves as the unofficial extension of Seed’s office, which is also located in Doylestown, PA.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.
sunflower plant with bees

A few bumblebees enjoy pollen in Seed Phytonutrients’ sunflower plot.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.
sunflower field

Is this what a bird sees flying over a field of sunflowers? How beautiful.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.
bucked full of lavender

Freshly picked lavender ready for processing.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.
processing lavender

Eric prepares lavender, which Barefoot Botanicals uses in hydrosols and tinctures, for processing.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.
Barefoot Botanicals herb shed

The Barefoot Botanicals herb shed is stocked with various dried herbs, hydrosols, and tinctures—all made right there on the farm by Eric and Linda themselves.

Photo by Aliza Eliazarov.