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herb ingredient origins

Herb Origins


organics and wildcrafting

Clockwise from top left:

"Herbal Ed" Smith in Peru with Maca farmers

Sara visiting with Dr. Gloria Chacon, prominent authority and researcher of Maca

"Herbal Ed" Smith with traditional Kava growers in Vanuatu

Inspecting a Green Tea plantation in Darjeeling, India

A Healthy Farm Yields Healthy Herbs
We grow most of our herbs on the "Pharm Farm" – our certified organic farm located in a rural valley of the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon. We typically grow between 65 and 70 different medicinal herbs for the dual purposes of meeting our production needs and as experimental crops in an effort to bring wild growing, overharvested varieties under cultivation.

As organic farmers, we never use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, nor do we use genetically modified seeds. Instead, we employ fundamental, time-honored sustainable agriculture techniques including crop rotation, cover cropping, natural weed control, and composting to condition our soil.

Located only a few miles from our herb extraction facility, our Pharm Farm also gives us the advantage of timely delivery of freshly harvested herbs. This is a critical aspect in maintaining a plant’s potency and natural chemistry since many herbal constituents rapidly lose strength and must be immediately extracted while still fresh and succulent.

Custom Wildcrafted™ Herbs
Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting a plant in its natural habitat. Our environmental commitments also include harvesting wild herbs in a responsible and sustainable manner – what we've termed "Custom Wildcrafted™". Our strict protocols assure proper identification of plant species and optimal time of harvest, and insure conservative harvest yields and habitat protection in order to facilitate conservation of these valuable plants for future generations.

Global Growing Partners
For those cultivated herbs we can’t grow ourselves, we procure directly from other certified organic farmers who we personally know, and trust to “do it right.”

To continually expand on our repertoire of medicinal herbs, Herb Pharm’s founder, Ed Smith, personally travels throughout the world in search of new medicinal herbs and knowledge of their traditional uses. Ed’s enviable job has taken him to such exotic places as the remote Pacific islands of Vanuatu in search of Kava root, to a 16,000-foot high Peruvian altiplano sourcing Maca root, and to the foothills of the Himalayas to procure Darjeeling Green Tea.

Throughout these travels Ed, and members of our Quality Assurance team, routinely inspect fields and herb processing facilities to ensure good agricultural and manufacturing practices. Upon receipt at our facility, all of our herbs are tested for purity, identity and potency as further assurance and control of our herb supply.

When procuring herbs in other parts of the world, Herb Pharm thoroughly ensures that cultivation or harvesting methods meet our sustainability standards and that working conditions are suitable. We always agree to pay a fair price to encourage adherence to these principles.

 

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