Herb Farms and Companies in the Pacific Northwest

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I haven’t posted on this blog for awhile because I’ve been too busy doing the work! Here is a brief update – more to come after we return!

Oregon Highlights

We had a busy and fascinating week of filming and interviewing at large and small herb farms and companies in SW Washington and Western Oregon. We got a lot of fantastic footage and information and met some really wonderful people growing some beautiful herbs. We are now in the midst of getting ready to leave on Saturday from Boston for 3 1/2 weeks visiting herb companies, farms, and collection sites and speaking with as many people about plants as we are able to in the UK, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, and Iceland (our free Icelandic air stopover on the way home!). I’ll try to post updates from the road, but it can be hard to do. Best way is to follow on Instagram which is the easiest. I post on Facebook but my posts tend to get very few views because I don’t do it often enough. In any case, I’ll share a lot more in the fall once we return.

For now I’ll post a few photographs of the people and places we visited. Once again I was struck by how much an herb company is related to the people working in that company. Each place we visited had such a unique personality, which had to do with the plants, of course, but more importantly had to do with the people behind the plants, the people with the vision and the people doing the incredibly hard work of bringing such vital medicine to all of us. And this, again, made it even clearer to me how important it is for smaller and medium sized companies to survive – something that is increasingly challenging in the current regulatory context, but which seems so crucial to the vitality of herbalism as a practice and as a medicine. My goal is to do whatever I can to have the Sustainable Herbs Project support this diversity. As I continue with the work, I’ll be exploring different ways that this project can best do this. And I’ll continue asking all of you for input and ideas!

For now, enjoy these photographs of the people and places we visited. We also visited Pacific Botanicals, Horizon Herbs and Mountain Rose – will post photos of all of these places once we return from Europe.

And thank you again for your support!.

Danielle Hawkins, Farm Manager in a field of Echinacea at Trout Lake Farm.

Danielle Hawkins, Farm Manager in a field of Echinacea at Trout Lake Farm.

 

Harvesting biodynamically grown Valerian root, Randy Buresh, Co-owner, with son Adam Buresh, Farm Manager, of Oregon's Wild Harvest.

Harvesting biodynamically grown Valerian root, Randy Buresh, Co-owner, with son Adam Buresh, Farm Manager, of Oregon’s Wild Harvest.

Jeff Higley, co-owner with wife Elise Higley, of Oshala Farm, Applegate Valley, OR.

Jeff Higley, co-owner with wife Elise Higley, of Oshala Farm, Applegate Valley, OR.

Jeff Bodony, co-owner with wife Liz Matteson, co-owner of Heron Botanicals and of Viriditas Wild Gardens.

Jeff Bodony, co-owner with wife Liz Matteson, co-owner of Heron Botanicals and of Viriditas Wild Gardens.

 

2 Comments

  • Reply November 4, 2015

    Meirah

    Lovely, good to know the sources of the herbs we use, thank you

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