Handmade Filé, which is also known as Gumbo Filé and Filé Powder, is a powder made from the leaves of the Sassafras Tree. The Choctaw Indians of Louisiana are believed to be the first Filé producers. The tender leaves of the Sassafras were dried and pounded into a fine powder, which was used as a flavoring and thickening agent. When ingested, the powder causes the body to perspire, and so it was used medicinally to break fevers. Handmade Filé is extremely rare and currently only a few producers still follow the time-honored production method, mostly in tiny communities in the Cajun country of Southwestern Louisiana.
Crescendo of Peace Farm is currently starting up in Doyle, Tennessee, which is roughly 70 miles due north of Chattanooga and 20 miles south of Cookeville, off of Highway 111, roughly between Sparta and Spencer. Our nearest town is Sparta, which is roughly six miles to our north. Our plan is to grow food crops, medicinal and culinary herbs and mushrooms, fruits and nuts, as well as tilapia and other food fish, using a combination of aquaponics, permaculture and forest farming.