Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

Located in the
West Sonoma - Marin hills of Northern California.

“Herb Quality“

Chapter 2 from The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production. Available here as a pdf.

Medicine in Your Hands

A timely article by Peg Schafer and Jean Giblette and published in the California Journal of Oriental Medicine. Article here.

Asian Medicinal Herb Production On-line Tutorial

Asian medicinal herbs present niche marketing opportunities for specialty crop growers. National experts Jean Giblette of High Falls Gardens in New York, Peggy Schafer of Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm in Petaluma, Calif., and Jackie Greenfield of Gaia Herbs in North Carolina were invited to share their extensive knowledge of Asian herb growing more info  here.

  Welcome to Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm specializes in Chinese, Ayurvedic and other Asian medicinal field grown herbs and seeds. We also offer on and off farm educational programs addressing cultivation, herb quality, and conservation issues. Custom consultations covering a wide range of agricultural endeavors are also available.

We grow sustainably with a naturalistic way as possible offering efficacious wild-simulated herbs. Indeed our goal is to grow the highest quality herbs with the best medicinal value possible for you or your client's good health.

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm offers authenticated herbs grown and harvested according to classical Chinese tradition. Our herbs contain no sulfur or preservatives. Aromatic herbs still carry their distinct scents, colors are vibrant, and qi is present.

We have been growing Chinese botanicals since 1997 and we have been fortunate enough to have had the guidance and kinship of many renowned experts including acupuncturists, Chinese herbalists, botanists, fellow growers, and many other wonderful folks, all of whom have worked together to bring Asian herbal medicine to the health enhancement of those who seek it.

Thank you for your interest in Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm.

Consult your healthcare practitioner before taking any medicinal herb.

A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production

Price $34.95 plus CA sales tax (where applicable) and shipping. Order here

by Peg Schafer
Chelsea Green Publishing

More about the book here

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What others are saying:

“Having this as a resource, from the most experienced Chinese medicinal herb grower in North America, offers more than a cultivation guide…” more by Roy Upton, RH, DAyu here

“I can't stress enough how valuable and rare this information is to practitioners and users of Chinese herbal medicine.…”  more by Bill Schoenbart, L.Ac., D.A.O.M here

“For anyone who has an interest in growing their own Chinese herbs, Peg Schafer gives us a new reason to look forward to spring.…”  Andrew Ellis, author of Notes from South Mountain: A Guide to Concentrated Herb Granules here


Upcoming Events

Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm 9-month Course with Peg Schafer. March-November, the second Saturday of the month, from 9-3.
This class follows the natural progression of the season on farm from seed sowing through harvest and drying. The goal of this program is to give a comprehensive overview so participants have the basic tools to grow good quality Asian medicinal plants. Cost: $850. For more info: email.

April 16, 2015 1-2:00 KPFA 94.1 FM
The Herbal Highway Show host Sarah Holmes interviews Peg Schafer of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm. Call in with your questions or comments.

April 24th, 2015 7:00 Petaluma, CA Peg Schafer and Sean Fannin invite you to join us for an evening discussion about Chinese herbs and herbal medicine.

May 23 & 24, 2015 9:00-5:00 Victoria, BC, Canada Domestic Production of Chinese Herbs, a workshop at Pacific Rim College. More info here.

June 20th, 2015 9-4 Petaluma, CA
Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm One Day Intensive for New Growers More info here.

June 27th, 2015 9-4 Petaluma, CA
Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm One Day Intensive for Experienced Growers More info here.

Past Events

January 22, 2015 3:30-5:00 Pacific Grove, CA
Eco Farm Conference. Presentation with Michael McCulloch of Pine Street Foundation. More info here

March-November 2014, Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm 9-month Course with Peg Schafe
More here

October 19, 2014 10am-noon
Medicinal Plant Walk at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen, CA With Peggy Schafer & Sean Fannin. All proceeds benefit Quarryhill Botanical Garden, $15 Non Members/$10.00 Members.

September 11, 2014, 4-5pm- National Heirloom Exposition, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Kraft Bldg, Santa Rosa, CA
Presentation: Cultivating Wild-Quality Medicine. More info:

July 9, 2014 7:30-9pm CMHF hosts Merritt College Anders Vidstrandts horticulture students for a field trip.

June 20, 2014 11-3:30 CMHF hosts the California School of Herbal Studies students for a walk and talk on the cultivation of medicinal herbs.

April 26-27, 2014 in Stanwood, WA NAMHN Workshop: Chinese Medicinal Herbs: Descriptive Sensory Analysis and Organoleptic Evaluation Would you like seed, or a consultation? Let me know by 3/20. More info here.

March 29th, 2014, 10--11:00 KSRO 1350 Garden Talk with Steve Garner and Gwen Kilchherr Listen here

March 21st, 2014, noon-1:30 San Jose
The Future of Chinese Medicine lecture at Five Branches University.
3031 Tisch Way, San Jose, Metal Room
Sponsored by Five Branches Student Council

Feb 20, 2014, 10am-4pm, Nevada Small Farm Conference, Sparks, NV
The Business of Chinese Medicinal Herbs Workshop at the Nevada Small Farm Conference. More info here and at

Nov. 2, 2013 from 10&##45;3, Carson City, NV
Workshop: The Business of Growing Chinese Herbal Medicines. Cost: $45 Learn more here

September 29, 2013 10am-noon
Medicinal Plant Walk at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen, CA With Peggy Schafer & Sean Fannin. All proceeds benefit Quarryhill Botanical Garden, $15 Non Members/$10.00 Members.

August 24, 2013 from 9-4 at Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm.
One-Day Intensive With Peg Schafer. Cost: $125. Lean more here

August 17, 2013 from 9-4 at Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm.
One-Day Intensive for Experienced Growers. Cost: $125. Lean more here

March 22-23, 2013, Friday-Saturday. Stanwood WA
East Asian Medicinal Herb Production 2-day Course.
Pre-registration required.
More info at Upcoming Events
For registration info go here.

February 3, 2013 3-6 pm
Farmacopeia Benefit, Chicago, IL Visit with Jean, Peg and Terra, check out the herbs, enjoy live music and tasty bites. Ticket and info: 773.747.1907
Learn a lot more here.

February 1 & 2, 2013
Workshop: Growing and Marketing Asian Medicinal Herbs, Chicago, IL.
Learn more

October 28, 2012 10am-noon
Medicinal Plant Walk at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen, CA With Peggy Schafer & Sean Fannin. All proceeds benefit Quarryhill Botanical Garden, $15 Non Members/$10.00 Members.

September 11, 12, 13, 2012 National Heirloom Exposition, Santa Rosa, CA

June 12, 5:00 PM
- Presentation: Cultivating Wild-Quality Medicine.
Full details here

June 6, 2012. Mount Vernon, WA.
9-Noon. Northwest Asian Medicinal Herb Workshop, Mount Vernon, WA. More

June 5th, 2012. Stanwwod, WA
7 pm Snowgoose Books, 8616 271st Street NW, Stanwood, WA.
(360) 629-3631. More

June 4th, 2012. Chimacum, WA
Presentation A Farmer’s Primer: Chinese Medicinal Herbs. More

June 3 - Mother Earth News Fair, Puyallup, WA
Two presentations; First Presentation: Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A New Market Emerges and Cultivating Wild-Quality Medicine. More info

June 2, 2012, Bastyr Herb and Food Fair, Kenmore, WA
Booth 10-5, Presentation 3-4 pm.

June 1, 2012, Noon-1, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA
Presentation: Medicine - In Your Hands This presentation will address the future of Chinese botanical medicine; what the current trends are for international trade in relation to the sources of wild and cultivated medicinal plants. More info (425) 602-3027 or (707) 765-3945.

April 29th ACTCM 10:45-1:30, 555 De Haro Street, S.F.
Presentation: The Future of Chinese Herbs 10:45-noon & booth noon-1:30 More

April 22, 2012, 1 & 2 pm - Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon
Presentation: Gardening with Chinese Medicinal Herbs.

April 21, 2012, 4 pm - Portland Homestead Supply Co. Portland, Oregon
Presentation: Details to come.

April 20, 2012, 4-6 pm - Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, Oregon
Presentation: Medicine - In Your Hands. Full details

March 15, 2012, 5:30pm
HortiCulture at Quarryhill Botanical Garden
Lecture: Cultivate to Conserve - Issues Surrounding the Trade in Asian Medicinal Plants

February 25th, 2012, 6:00-9:00 PM Masonic Center, 373 N. Main St., Sebastopol, CA
Bringing Back the Green A Celebration of Local Herbal Authors

February 17th, 2012, 11-noon. Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine Gainesville, FL.
Presentation: Dragon kingdom cultivates!

February 3rd, 2012 - EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove, CA.
Workshop: Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A Farmer's Primer with Jean Giblette of High Falls Gardens. More info

February 2, 2012, 12:30-1:30. Five Branches University, Santa Cruz campus.
Presentation to students and faculty with Jean Giblette from High Falls Garden.

February 1, 2012, 6:30-9:00. ACTCM, 555 De Haro Street, Room H, San Francisco, CA.
Chinese Medicinal Herb Farms in the US: A Reception and Lecture with Peggy Schafer and Jean Giblette. Learn more here. Please RSVP to