Flynne Olivarez of Mariquita Medicinals
Flynne Olivarez is a queer, latinx medicine and flower farmer, using the Mariquita (ladybug) as an inspirational symbol of determination and resilience.
Flynne believes firmly that all of us can and should have access to natural ways of healing that allow us to lessen our grip on capitalism when it comes to taking care of ourselves and each other.
She started growing her own food and flowers as a light hobby about 15 years ago, while forging a career in education, youth development and nonprofit management.
Thanks to the Pathways to Farming Program with Mudbone Grown, Flynne is able to turn this radical act into a complete lifestyle and career shift. Through this program, Flynne manages a quarter-acre plot of medicinal herbs and flowers for her small business. She creates tea blends, tinctures, tonics, salves and flower essences with what she grows on the farm. She is also currently running a Medicinal Bouquet Share this season, bringing bouquets of medicinal plants and flowers to her members, accompanied by botanical ID cards and recipe suggestions. Part of what drives Flynne to grow as a farmer is to continue learning, sharing and building knowledge of plants and their healing gifts with folx in her communities.
She also works with Rogue Farm Corps in the Portland Chapter Coordinator role, and occasionally works at Vibrant Valley Farm on Sauvie Island.