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Our Farm

Close to the Crop


“I realized that if I wanted to get the kind of results I’d seen in my travels… then I had to get to know the herbs themselves. I had to have a relationship with them.”
Ed Smith, Founder

The story of our herbs begins long before the tincture hits the bottle. In each ecosystem where the herb grows, the soil, the plants, the animals and the weather surrounding it all play a role in its development. The window of time in which the plant or plant part reaches peak development is finite, sometimes just two weeks long, and can vary from season to season. This makes the harvest itself a sensitive science. Fortunately, we grow many of our own herbs on farms just down the road from our extraction facility in the hills of the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon. This proximity allows us to connect our growing and extraction processes— timing each to bring the best out of the other. Harvesting nearby lets us build a relationship with the herbs we grow, which helps guarantee a high-quality harvest. It also gives us the unique opportunity to perform fresh extractions in as little as an hour from when the herb was harvested.

Our Farm At A Glance

Working in the field at Herb Pharm

2 Certified Organic farms

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2 Certified Organic farms

Tucked in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon

When you visit our farms, you’ll notice the fields laid out like a patchwork quilt. We’ve made use of our space, preserving (and sometimes restoring) the ecosystem while supporting the native flora and fauna. Our land is non-GMO, Salmon-Safe, Bee-Friendly and a Monarch Butterfly Waystation.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)

65 different crop species grown

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65 different crop species grown

More than 500 species grown in our Botanical Education Garden

Our company and our farms continue to grow while helping everything that surrounds us, from the salmon and bees to this Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) plant. Our farms and Botanical Education Garden are part of our mission to continue serving our environment, and we’ve been honored as a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary for our research on the cultivation of wild herbs.

Seedling thinning in the green house

10-month growing season

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10-month growing season

Runs from February through November

We work on nature’s schedule on the farm, and there’s always something happening — though some seasons are busier than others. In spring, we spend our days preparing for planting and starting seeds in the greenhouse. The seedlings then get thinned out to give each one a strong start. Most annual crops start from organic seeds in our greenhouses.

Interns working the seedling planter machinery

Full-time farm crew

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Full-time farm crew

As well as interns in the Herbaculture Internship Program

Organic farming is about properly respecting the environment and health of our society. Our farm crew of seven full-time employees, with the help of our seasonal interns, are in the fields from February through November, tending each plant and the soil in which it grows. You experience the result of their hard work each time you taste one of our herbal products.

Joining an Ecosystem


We use Certified Organic, non-GMO farming techniques because responsible methods are the right way to treat our environment and community. At the same time, these methods help us create the best possible herbal products. We share our lands and waterways with bees, butterflies, salmon, geese, deer and more. Our farms are ecosystems, and the health of our herbs depends on creating balance with nature.

To Each Plant Their Own


We grow over 65 herbs on our farm, and each one is grown according to its own unique needs. The diverse geography and biodiversity of this region provides varying soils and microclimates, which allows us to plant herbs within their ideal growing environment. A few herbs are grown as annuals, but the majority of crops remain in our fields for several years as perennials. To ensure that we get the highest-quality herbs possible, we harvest each plant or plant part at a specific time (from late winter to late fall) depending on when the desired phytochemicals of that specific plant are at their highest concentrations. Regenerative farming practices like cover cropping, organic weed management and composting help us support the climate and reduce our carbon footprint. These methods take more time, but they allow us to side step the damaging use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that most conventional farms have come to rely upon. If you want to dig deeper into our farming methods, explore this Regenerative Farming article.

In addition to growing herbs on our farm, we raise monarch butterflies, from egg to adult. We provide them with a healthy habitat and grow specific species of plants, like Milkweed, that support the threatened population. Learn more about these efforts on our butterfly sanctuary blog.

Butterfly Sanctuary Blog

Careful Selection


To ensure crop uniformity and adaptability to our bioregion, we carefully select seeds from a small portion of our best plants and save them for future planting. In 2017, we grew over 50% of our crops from our own seed bank. By combining our seeds with those from different farms, we’re able to maintain a healthy genetic mix.

Education


The Herbaculture Internship Program

Our farms are a classroom where the next generation of herbalists can learn in a hands-on environment. Interns jump in and get their hands dirty under the guidance of farm staff and herbalists. In addition to learning out in the field, interns explore and study in the Botanical Education Garden. Not only do we enjoy the process of teaching, we love the vibrant energy that interns bring to our farm. Learn more about our Herbaculture Internship Program

To harvest root crops like Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), we till the fields to loosen the roots. Then, the interns use digging forks to unearth them, tap off the excess dirt and transport them to the washing station.

The interns take plant walks through the mountains and trails around the farm. Our teaching staff familiarizes them with not only the herbs we grow but also those that are native to Oregon.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) gets a quick wash before the interns separate it by hand and rinse it again. This process helps preserve delicate greens and flowers when we use the entire plant.

The interns get a hands-on, interactive experience on the farm. Seedling planters help them ensure proper spacing for each tiny Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) plant.

Interns learn about organic farming, including natural pest management practices and crop rotation. Here, they use hula hoes to weed a field of Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis).

Aimee, one of our farm employees, harvests Spilanthes (Spilanthes acmella). The whole flowering plant is promptly extracted while the plant is still fresh and succulent.

The Botanical Education Garden


Inside the boundaries of our main farm is a 1.5-acre oasis called the Botanical Education Garden. Here we grow over 500 species of plants. The garden gives our interns a wonderful outdoor classroom and gives us a place to learn as well. Before we grow a new crop, we’ll often try it out in our garden to learn the best ways to cultivate it in our environment. These trials help inform whether we decide to scale up to a larger plot on our farms.

Our Botanical Education Garden features more than 500 more species of plants. It’s part of our mission to continue to serve the environment.

During each Herbaculture Internship session, our interns take turns working with Sayaka, (right) our Master Gardener, in our Botanical Education Garden.

The lush, landscaped garden features plants in every color of the rainbow. Some are grouped by color, while others are grouped by their traditional use or native habitat.

Woodland Phlox is one of the earliest flowering plants in the educational garden. Its vibrant pink blossoms are a welcome sight each spring.

Colorful blooms like this Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) provide inspiration for our herbalists and interns, as well as an invaluable habitat and food source for pollinators.

Decorative Horsetail is among the more than 500 species of plants in the formal, 1.5-acre garden.

Some plants — such as Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) — are purely ornamental, while others are planted in the Botanical Education Garden on a trial basis before we grow them on a larger scale.

Our farm and garden are Certified Organic and Bee-Friendly, and we also strive to make our land as welcoming as possible for other members of our ecosystem, including tree frogs like this one.

Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) grows toward the light in the educational garden. It’s a good reminder of the power of nature.

Our Botanical Education Garden features more than 500 more species of plants. It’s part of our mission to continue to serve the environment.

A Sanctuary for All


Our farm is part of a complex, interconnected ecosystem. The health of our herbs is entwined with the health of their environment. So, we do more than tend to our herbs, we nurture biological diversity. We practice bee-friendly farming techniques, providing habitat, food and a pesticide-free environment. We raise bees ourselves and even rescue them in the wild when a hive is in need. Learn more about how we protect these pollinators in our article, Calling the Bee Rescue Squad. We’ve become an official Monarch Butterfly Waystation by growing Milkweed and other plants that provide habitat. Monarch populations are under threat nationwide. So, we go even further by raising butterflies from eggs, releasing them in time for their annual migration. Read the article for the full story on how we’ve become a sanctuary for monarchs. Wild salmon swim upstream from the ocean and spawn in our local watershed. So, we do what we can to protect their habitat as well. Our farm was one of the first to become certified Salmon-Safe. We create ideal egg-laying habitat for salmon by laying gravel and logs in our waterways and keep the summer water temperatures cool by planting shade trees along the banks. Ultimately, we all live upstream from somebody. Many of the plants themselves need protection as well. As a proud founding member of United Plant Savers, we’re dedicated to preserving North America’s native plant species for generations to come. For decades, we’ve contributed and participated in the organization’s projects and research. That’s why our lands are an official UpS Botanical Sanctuary. We’re committed to restoring and conserving habitat for native flora, especially for herbs whose wild populations are at-risk nationwide.

You Get What You Give


Our farms are a constant work in progress, a constant effort to yield the best possible results for the people our products serve, while maintaining harmony with our environment and our community. We are always looking for more ethical, effective and thoughtful means by which we can grow our herbs, but we can’t grow everything ourselves. When we can’t, we rely on ethical sourcing to obtain it. We respect the land we use. We learn from it and help it thrive, so that we may grow and evolve with it for generations to come. To learn more about the extraction process and what happens to our herbs after they’re harvested, check out Our Process.