Welcome to Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm
The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm was founded in 1997 by Peg Schafer who was seeking a niche market to utilize her background in nursery management and farming. Along with potted medicinal plants and row cropping came experimentation with various cultivation methods leading to specialization in certified organic, wild-simulated herb cultivation. As part of the farm mission novel medicinal plants are trial grown to evaluate for viable domestic crops. To date more than 260 different Asian medicinals have been trialed from germination through harvest. The Farm maintains a unique collection of over 300 Asian medicinal plant species under cultivation, many of which are botanically authenticated, as well as an extensive database detailing criteria of import to the production of Asian medicinal plants.
As the farm has evolved the focus is now primarily educational and Peg teaches budding and established growers as well as Oriental Medicine students and practitioners via on and off-farm workshops. Peg is a frequent lecturer addressing herb quality, ecological cultivation practices, traditional and contemporary Chinese herb production, future access of Chinese botanicals, conservation and other issues affecting Chinese herbs at Oriental Medicine colleges, conferences, and community events.
In addition Peg consults with various farm operations, grower/practitioner enterprises, herbal companies, botanic and research institutions and other stakeholder industries. Advice is available for all aspects of medicinal farm, garden or nursery herb production operations as well as marketing to foster successful sustainable endeavors.
Fortune was bestowed and Peg has had the guidance and kinship of many renowned experts, 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. There is plenty of opportunity for entrepreneurial growers and together we can build a healthy, dynamic, domestic collaboration.
Peg is the author of The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production recently published by Chelsea Green.
THE CHINESE MEDICINAL HERB FARM:
A Cultivators 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
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 Public Events
September 19th, 9-11:30 Sebastopol, CA
Herbal Medicine Growing and Marketing program at the Permaculture Skills Center, . Peg Schafer and BJ Avery, SCHE Director (sonomaherbs.org) will cover marketing risks and opportunities, the different markets, products and GMPs, as well as what is important to know to produce the best quality medicinal plants.
October 14th - 16th, 2016 Vancouver, BC Canada
Production of Asian Medicinal Herbs in the Pacific Northwest.
and at www.kpu.ca/asianherbworkshop
October 22, 2016 10am-noon
Medicinal Plant Walk at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen, CA With Peggy Schafer & Sean Fannin. All proceeds benefit Quarryhill Botanical Garden, $20 Non Members/$15.00 Members.
June 25, 9-4 2016 Petaluma, CA
Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm 1- Day Intensive for Experienced Growers
June 18, 9-4 2016 Petaluma, CA
Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm 1-Day Intensive for New Growers
April 15-17 2016 Port Townsend, WA
Medicinal Herb Growing and Marketing Conference more here.
March 7, 2016, 6:00-7:30 Occidental, CA
Medicinal Plant Cultivation for Farmer Success and Clinical Efficacy
More info here and at
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.
October 24, 2015 10am-noon
Medicinal Plant Walk at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen, CA With Peggy Schafer & Sean Fannin. All proceeds benefit Quarryhill Botanical Garden, $20 Non Members/$15.00 Members. www.quarryhillbg.org.
September 9, 2015, 5-6 pm - National Heirloom Exposition, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA
Panel presentation: Plant Medicine. Peg moderates a group of growers and practitioners. More info: theheirloomexpo.com
June 27th, 2015 9-4 Petaluma, CA
Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm One Day Intensive for Experienced Growers More info here.
June 20th, 2015 9-4 Petaluma, CA
Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm One Day Intensive for New Growers More info here.
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.
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. www.copperfieldsbooks.com
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.
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
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. www.quarryhillbg.org.
September 11, 2014, 4-5pm- National Heirloom Exposition, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Kraft Bldg, Santa Rosa, CA
Presentation: Cultivating Wild-Quality Medicine. More info: theheirloomexpo.com/general-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
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 ksro.com/programs/gardentalk.aspx.
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 www.nevadafarmconference.com