PASA Field Day - Commercial Scale Medicinal and Culinary Herb Production

Spend the day with Linda Shanahan and Beth Lambert exploring the myriad of aspects to consider in a commercial-scale medicinal and culinary herb farm. Learn about the development of the business, what to expect as one works with manufacturers and distributors, and what kind of equipment these herbalists have found to be helpful. Listen to Linda's ideas about cooperative herbal processing and check out the drying room created from a retrofitted shipping container.

Linda and Beth will cover a lot of ground, and attendees will gather information on topics that will include the following:

  • Getting to know your plants
  • Outlets: farmers markets, restaurant distributors, herbal production companies, herbalist networks, on-farm sales, stores/retail herb shops
  • Sourcing materials/seeds
  • Site/soil selection
  • Natives versus non-native plants
  • Facilities (wash pack, refrigeration, drying room, storage)
  • Fresh versus dried product
  • Regulatory requirements of farmers and manufacturers
  • GAPs/GMPs
  • CofA forms
  • Voucher specimens
  • Processing for end user requirements: ask the questions
  • Value Added Products

About the Farm:

Barefoot Gardens started as an idea with a move from Eugene, OR to Bucks County, PA in 2003 and in 2007 they found a piece of land to lease, 1.5 miles from their house in town. Barefoot Gardens has culinary herb gardens with a focus on growing unusual, hard to find herbs such as lemon verbena, lovage, and rose geranium leaves. Their tru love is growing native medicinals that are not commonly cultivated, such as Asclepias tuberosa (Pleurisy root/Butterfly Weed), Salvia apiana (White Sage), Monarda punctata (Horsemint), Gnaphalium obtusifolium (Rabbit Tobacco) and Pycnanthemum (Mountain Mint) species. The farmers share their fascination with the amazing diversity of the plant world with others through sharing products, whether in the form of live plants, fresh cute herbs for use in the kitchen, or dried herbs for use as tea or to impart healing and tasty qualities to wintertime meals.

About the Presenters:

Linda Shanahan spent most of her twenties working in human services while living in the Pacific Northwest. An interest in developing a deeper connection to the surrounding environment lead her to begin a lifelong journey in the study of native plants, their habitats, and their medicinal qualities. Wanting to devlop clinical skills that would allow a deeper understanding of the human body and current modern day treatment of illness, Linda pursued licensure as a Registered Nurse and currently works in the Progressive Care Unit at Doylestown Hostpial.

All the while, she has continued to study the use of plants as medicine, most recently with New Jersey Herbalist David Winston. Linda hopes to use this knowledge and experience to help bridge the two worlds in order to improve outcomes for patients and our environment. While most of Linda's interactions with plants have been in the wild, she has always maintained a small herb garden. Being a part of Barefoot Gardens has allowed her to expand her small experimental herb gardens into small production gardens aimed at sharing the benefits of herbs with the surrounding community. In addition to growing medicinal and culinary herbs, Linda's love of native plants shows through in her 3-acre "wildlife corridor" in which she has replanted an area of what was sod production in native grasses, herbs, shrubs, and trees in an attempt to recreate a small fragment of a lost Pennsylvania landscape.

Beth Lambert is the CEO of Herbalist & Alchemist, a company whose products are made from organically grown or ethically wild-crafted botanicals. Beth is a Harvard business School graduate, a former organic farmer of medicinal herbs and previous CSA operator at Asbury's Natural Village Farm. She was co-founder of Permaculture Resources, a publishing company dedicated to conservation of the earth's resources, which was sold to Rodale Institute in 1997. Beth currently serves on the boards of the American Herbal Products Association, the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association and Genesis Farm.

WHEN
October 14, 2014 at 10am - 3pm
WHERE
Barefoot Gardens, 380 North Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA, 18901

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