Ashley Grosch

Functional Medicine Farmer

As a functional medicine farmer I coach people back to health through functional medicine nutrition coaching, telemedicine solutions, & more

Virginia Beach, VA

Recent Reviews

5.0 of 5 (3)
Ashley of the Farm Life Movement is a rare find, a true gem! She is steadfast in her beliefs, but also backs those beliefs by knowledge and research. Her store The General Store is an amazing local (but accessible via the internet) resource for those looking for safe, organic, smell-so-amazing options for you and your family! It’s people like her that restore my hope in humanity.
Fantastic facial creams!! We visited the shop in pungo this week and bought some samples of the facial creams. All natural! Absolutely love them and would compare them to Origins creams which is what I usually use, only half the cost!
Everything is meticulously selected, prepared & shipped down to every last detail; we mailed the amazingly delicious elderberry syrup as a birthday gift & Ashley even wrapped it in pretty paper for me, no extra charge! Top notch products from an extremely customer service oriented business! CANNOT HIGHLY RECCOMEND ENOUGH!!! :)))

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Practice Locations & Hours


Virginia Beach
1776 Princess Anne Rd, E, Virginia Beach VA 23456, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Learn More About Ashley Grosch

About me

I have been in natural health for 10 years. Trained in leadership from The Naval Academy, Permaculture from Cornell, & functional medicine from The Kresser Institute.

I grew up in Texas and Mississippi sourcing my food as much as possible. From food growth to dairy farming, my roots run deep and blood pumps brown and green. I now live in Virginia Beach, home school my 4 boys, and own The Farm Life Movement's headquarter Permaculture farm and my own Functional Nutrition practice (Functional Medicine Alliance) to help people transform their lives.
Why?
Farming ties intimately into functional medicine. Well, Permaculture farming ties in intimately, that is. I did not see this at first, but after a period of time deeply interwoven with my plants combined with detailed studies on food science (in order to pick out the most nutrient-dense varieties), I saw the light! I witnessed the connection. Literally, the connection slapped me in the face one day outside while nurturing a plant’s immune system with fermented compost tea. It was a big “aha” for me. I realized that I was boosting my sweet little plant’s immune system just as I boost my own sweet little child’s immune system. Not only was I performing the same act, but I was using the same tool! Ferments. Well, that’s one of my tools at least. It was that day that I realized my plants deserve that same treatment, and they will in return feed me with powerful phytonutrients. It is powerful to be able to actually understand why a list like the “dirty dozen” exists because I grow many of those plants and endure the hardships associated with not spraying chemicals. In some ways, I know too much, and I easily become saddened by the farming culture at-large.
But I have decided to do something about it. I have an important job in healthcare as a functional medicine farmer.

My Philosophy of Care

You can read my personal story and learn about functional medicine farming, book a consultation, explore The Farm Life Shop, and view our theraputic products online at www.TheFarmLife.com

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

There’s a wide variety of products available at The Farm Life General Store and online. It’s about offering consumers a range of items that are derived from natural products and that are free of herbicides and pesticides.

We focus on personal care, and one of our most popular items is an elderberry syrup kit that includes dried herbs so that customers can make their own elderberry tea.

We offer other personal care items, including body butters, ointments, herbal teas and skin care products, as well as animal feed, herbal room sprays, snacks, totes and t-shirts.

My Inspiration

Food is everything. The way we manage our lifestyle is everything. Our culture needs to shift back to a preventative lifestyle and save ourselves from the chronic issues engulfing us.

“I work in healthcare. I am a farmer.”

Farming ties intimately into functional medicine. Permaculture farming, that is. Conventional farming is the antithesis to health. I did not see this at first, but after a period of time deeply interwoven with my plants combined with detailed studies on food science (in order to pick out the most nutrient-dense varieties), I saw the light! I witnessed the connection. The connection slapped me in the face one day outside while nurturing a plant’s immune system with fermented compost tea. It was a big “aha” for me. I realized that I was boosting my sweet little plant’s immune system just as I boost my own sweet little child’s immune system. Not only was I performing the same act, but I was using the same tool! Ferments. Well, that’s one of my tools at least. It was that day that I realized my plants deserve that same treatment, and they will in return feed me with powerful phytonutrients. It is powerful to be able to actually understand why a list like the “dirty dozen” exists because I grow many of those plants and endure the hardships associated with not spraying chemicals. In some ways, I know too much, and I easily become saddened by the farming culture at-large. But, what’s the intimate tie-in that really came to me after spending so much time with plants? We are not really much different from them.

A plant uses glucose (via photosynthesis) to make its entire structure and as its energy source. Sound familiar (minus the photosynthesis part)? Plants develop defense mechanisms to keep their bodies protected and their immune systems strong. Granted they do this mainly because they cannot move and alter their environment. Even so these are still mechanisms similar to that of humans.
A plant’s common biology pours over into humans. What we really have is nature’s ultimate stress management tool. When I harvest a plant, what do I do? I cut it or pick it. The plant then goes into hyper-drive to produce protective chemicals to protect itself from oxidative damage or DNA damage in high hopes of survival. So, if we eat the correct variety of a plant, meaning most nutritious, and we eat it at an optimal time when the plant’s released defense mechanisms are at its max, we insert large amounts of phytonutrients into our bodies. Our tissue reacts the same way to the defense mechanisms released by plants. What does that mean? If a plant releases a protective agent, and we then eat the plant, we benefit from that same protective agent (anti-inflammatory agent, for example). This is backed by thousands of peer-reviewed journals and thousands of years of traditional uses that carried us through the times before chronic inflammation and disease. It’s eye opening and really fascinating to study! My favorite book by far on this topic is Eating on the Wild Side, by Jo Robinson. It’s an excellent book that merges those scientific studies into one book.
Our biology and plant biology are very similar in the sense that we require a very narrow physiological condition in which to operate (homeostasis). We keep a narrow pH in our blood. We have a narrow range of temperature that is classified as normal. So our cells cannot handle variations off of a few degrees. A plant can handle a lot more variations because it has many cellular helpers to handle those stresses. And the protective chemicals released as a reaction to those stresses provide nutrients to our bodies. For example, the pigment anthocyanin created in many plants provides profound antioxidant benefits in our bodies. When we look at what plants do in order to survive, we quickly realize that those plants have similar functions to humans, and we can greatly benefit from that.
I would not have understood these facets nearly as well had I not become a biodynamic farmer. I am committed to honoring nature and her cycles, and now I get it! Thankfully during the pursuit of self-based happiness (to become a farmer), I discovered a fire within me to help others. I don’t ask much from others, but today I ask for your willingness to take care of your body, mind, and most importantly, your spirit.


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Ashley Grosch Reviews

5.0 of 5 (3)
Ashley of the Farm Life Movement is a rare find, a true gem! She is steadfast in her beliefs, but also backs those beliefs by knowledge and research. Her store The General Store is an amazing local (but accessible via the internet) resource for those looking for safe, organic, smell-so-amazing options for you and your family! It’s people like her that restore my hope in humanity.
Fantastic facial creams!! We visited the shop in pungo this week and bought some samples of the facial creams. All natural! Absolutely love them and would compare them to Origins creams which is what I usually use, only half the cost!
Everything is meticulously selected, prepared & shipped down to every last detail; we mailed the amazingly delicious elderberry syrup as a birthday gift & Ashley even wrapped it in pretty paper for me, no extra charge! Top notch products from an extremely customer service oriented business! CANNOT HIGHLY RECCOMEND ENOUGH!!! :)))





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