For Shannon, it was a class taken in a small herb shop in Chester, New York, in 2012.
Years later, she is now an herbalist & plant medicine maker, graduate apprentice of herbalist Robin Rose Bennett and recent graduate of the Chestnut School of Herbs. Shannon graduated from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition in 2015 and became a Master Food Preserver in 2019. Currently, Shannon is participating in a year long clinical program for herbal medicine in Bronx, New York.
Matt’s passion for gardening started at a young age while being put in charge of the families small garden. Over the next 30 years Matt educated himself on growing vegetables and medicinal herbs. From seedlings in February to harvesting and seed collection throughout the year, Matt has developed a sustainable ecosystem to produce hundreds of pounds of harvest each year all on a small backyard garden.
Mayernik Kitchen was created in 2015, by husband and wife, Matt and Shannon, and since has grown with the offering of 75+ plant medicine products, workshops and classes held monthly, and an online community of eager learners. We invite you to join the community via social media and through our bi-weekly newsletter, where we share our gardens, harvests & medicines with you.
Nestled in the suburbs of Passaic County, Matt and Shannon grow over 100 species of plants in their backyard garden, which then turn into the plant medicine they hand-craft and sell in the Mayernik Kitchen Market. With over 10+ years of herbal experience between the couple, they thrive on making products for their community, as well as those across the country, to encourage a natural, healthy lifestyle.
Herbalism has shaped the lives of Matt and Shannon and is incorporated into their everyday lives. Both avid creators in the kitchen, the couple try to incorporate plant medicine into their meals by cooking with the herbs, preserving them for the cooler months, or fermenting the gardens bounty.