Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

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UPCOMING EVENTS


June 3rd, 2017 from 9-4 at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm. Cost: $150.

A one day intensive program giving an in depth look at the managing a medicinal plant nursery and/or farming operation with the goal of producing efficacious medicine. This program is for both growers with some agricultural experience and experienced gardeners. Growers will garner information to build or refine their operation to produce these sought after qualities. Please note that medicinal use of the herbs will not be covered - this session addresses all aspects of cultivation and harvesting. Pao zhi or processing will not be extensively addressed.
The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator‘s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production book is a required text and can be procured from the farm website. You may also pick it up from your local independent book seller, from Chelsea Green Publishing or your local library. For registration and/or questions contact Peg


July 13th, 2017 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.


August 19 and 20th, 2017 Workshop in Pt Arena, CA

Details to come or email Peg.


September 23, 2017 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.





PAST EVENTS


March 15, 2017 6-8 pm Petaluma

Gardening with Chinese Herbs. Grow Chinese botanicals for beautiful and medicinal edibles, with a focus on herbs that grow well here in the bay area. Donations benefit for the Sonoma County Herb Exchange, www.sonomaherbs.org. Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd North, cross street Washington.


January 27-29, 2017 Univ. of Hawaii Maui

Growing Asian Medicinal Plants, weekend workshop
more info here


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. www.quarryhillbg.org.


October 14th - 16th, 2016 Vancouver, BC Canada

“Production of Asian Medicinal Herbs in the Pacific Northwest.”
View Workshop poster(pdf) here.
Registration and details at www.kpu.ca/asianherbworkshop.


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.


June 25, 9-4 2016 Petaluma, CA

Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm 1- Day Intensive for Experienced Growers.
June 25th from 9-4 at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm. Cost: $150.
A one day intensive program giving an in depth look at the finer points of managing a medicinal plant nursery and/or farming operation with the goal of producing efficacious medicine. This program is for growers with some agricultural experience. Growers will garner information to build or refine their operation to produce these sought after qualities. Please note that medicinal use of the herbs will not be covered - this session addresses all aspects of cultivation and harvesting. Pao zhi or processing will not be extensively addressed.

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production book is a required text. It is available through this website. You may also pick it up from your local independent book seller, from Chelsea Green Publishing or your local library. For Registration and/or questions, email Peg

June 18, 9-4 2016 Petaluma, CA

Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm 1- Day Intensive for New Growers.
June 18th from 9-4 at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm. Cost: $150.
This concise course will focus on the cultivation of efficacious medicinal herbs and will cover all aspects of growing from sowing seed, through growing and harvesting as well as addressing the relevant topics affecting herb quality and accessibility. Come visit with 200+ species of Asian botanicals in our gardens, nursery and medicinal orchard. This program is crafted for herbal practitioners and students, people new to growing plants and those interested in the industry of contemporary Asian herbal medicine. Note that this program is all about growing medicinal plants and does not cover the use of herbs.

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production book is a required text available through this website. It is also available from your local independent book seller, Chelsea Green Publishing or your local public library. For registration and/or questions, email Peg


April 15-17 2016 Port Townsend, WA

Medicinal Herb Growing and Marketing Conference.
See conference poster here.


March 7, 2016, 6:00-7:30 Occidental, CA

West County Herb Company, 3641 Main St. Occidental (707)874-9567 No cost, it is part of the "free first Monday of the month" www.westcountyherb.com

Western and Eastern herbal medicine can only be as effective as the original plants and how they were handled. Plant genetics, how they were grown, how long in ground, harvesting, processing and drying are determining factors for herb quality. Herbalists and growers: Do you know where your herbs and seed come from? When are seed or clones best utilized?

Peg Schafer’s main endeavor is the 19 yr old Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm. An educational farm that has grown out more than 260 different Chinese herb crops and numerous Western herbs as well. Herb quality, ecological cultivation practices, conservation and other issues affecting herbs are often addressed at Oriental Medicine colleges, conferences, and community events. Peg is a founding member of the Sonoma County Herb Association and is the author of The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production published by Chelsea Green.


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


Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm One Day Intensive for Experienced Growers

June 27th from 9-4. Cost: $150. A one day intensive program giving an in depth look at the finer points of managing a medicinal plant nursery and/or farming operation as well as harvesting with the goal of producing efficacious medicine. Growers will garner information to build or refine their operation to produce these sought after qualities. Please note that medicinal use of the herbs will not be covered - this session addresses all aspects of cultivation. Pao zhi or processing will not be extensively addressed.

This program is for growers with experience and will be held at The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm. The book “The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production” is a required text, and can be purchased from the farm website. I’d be more than happy to sign it for you. You may also pick it up from your local independent book seller, from Chelsea Green Publishing or your local library.

Registration and/or questions contact Peg Schafer at www.chinesemedicinalherbfarm.com.


Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm One Day Intensive for New Growers

The date is June 20th from 9-4. Cost: $150. Where: At the Chinese Medicinal herb Farm 1 hour north of San Francisco

Besides offering seed and field grown herbs the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm also serves as an experimental farm to explore herb cultivation as well as aid in herb conservation. This intensive allows those interested to visit with 200+ species of Asian botanicals in our gardens, nursery and field. This concise course will focus on the cultivation of efficacious medicinal herbs and will cover all aspects of growing from sowing seed, through growing and harvesting as well as addressing the relevant issues affecting herb quality and accessibility. This program is crafted for herbal practitioners and students, people new to growing plants and those interested in the industry of contemporary Asian herbal medicine. Note that this program is all about growing medicinal plants and does not cover the use of herbs. Space is limited.

“The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production” book is a required text and can be procured from the farm website. It is also available from your local independent book seller, Chelsea Green Publishing or your local public library. For registration and/or questions contact Peg Schafer at www.chinesemedicinalherbfarm.com or email Peg.


May 23 & 24, 2015 9:00-5:00 Victoria, BC, Canada

Domestic Production of Chinese Herbs, a workshop at Pacific Rim College. More info www.pacificrimcollege.com.


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 Pacific Grove, CA

Eco Farm Conference. Presentation with Michael McCulloch of Pine Street Foundation. More info 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. 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, Washington

The Northwest Asian Medicinal Herb Network is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop Continuing our partnership with the Northwest Agricultural Business Center: Chinese Medicinal Herbs: Descriptive Sensory Analysis and Organoleptic Evaluation

As growers and practitioners move forward together with our project to develop domestic production of East Asian medicinal herbs, we find the need for more specific information about how cultivation, harvest, and processing contribute to the potency of individual herbs, and what markers reveal those qualities. While it is an ongoing journey, this workshop will provide essential knowledge to advance our learning, and enhance the products we grow. Christopher Hafner, L.Ac. and Craig Hassel, Ph.D. are thought leaders in the development of an assessment tool to standardize organoleptic evaluation of Chinese herbs. Andrew Ellis, author of Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine and Notes from South Mountain, and owner of Spring Wind Herbs, is known for import and distribution of high quality Chinese herbs for over 30 years. We are grateful that they have agreed to share their valuable knowledge and experience with us here in the Northwest. Hope to see you there!

Practitioners: 14 PDA’s have been applied for through the NCCAOM.

Registration and information at www.agbizcenter.org/business-services/classes-and-workshops/


March 21st, 2014, noon-1:30 San Jose, CA

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. This regionally specific workshop is a primer for commercial growers interested in diversifying their operations with an Asian medicinal herb farming and/or plant nursery component. This session will outline the pros and cons; are the opportunities of this emerging market right for your operation? Information and registration: www.nevadafarmconference.com


Nov. 2 from 10 am to 3 pm, “The Business of Growing Chinese Herbal Medicines,” Carson City campus of Western Nevada College.

Peg Schafer, author of “The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production,” will be featured in Western Nevada College’s Specialty Crop Institute.

The workshop is a primer for commercial growers interested in diversifying farm operations with an Asian medicinal herb farming or plant nursery component.

Schafer owns the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm outside Petaluma, Calif.

Registration is required and costs $45, or $55 after Oct. 25. It includes lunch and a copy of Schafer’s book.

For more information or to register, call Ann Louhela at 775-423-7565, ext. 2260, or send an email to ann.louhela@wnc.edu.

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. www.quarryhillbg.org.

August 24, 2013 from 9-4. Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm One-Day Intensive with Peg Schafer.

This on-farm concise course covers the cultivation of efficacious Asian medicinal plants from seed to harvest. The relevant issues affecting medicinal herb quality and accessibility will also be addressed. This program is crafted for herbal practitioners and students, people new to growing plants and those interested in the industry of contemporary Asian herbal medicine. The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production book is a required text and can be procured from the farm website - I’d be more than happy to sign it for you. You may also pick it up from your local independent book seller or from Chelsea Green Publishing. www.chinesemedicinalherbfarm.com.

Cost: $125. For registration and questions contact Peg here.

August 17, 2013 from 9-4. One-Day Intensive for Experienced Growers

A one day intensive program giving an in depth look at the finer points of managing a medicinal plant nursery and/or farming operation as well as harvesting with the goal of producing efficacious medicine. Growers will garner information to build or refine their operation to produce these sought after qualities. Please note that medicinal use of the herbs will not be covered - this session addresses all aspects of cultivation. Pao zhi or processing will not be extensively addressed. This program is for growers with experience and will be held on August 17th from 9-4. Cost: $125. For registration and questions contact Peg here.

March 22-23, 2013; Friday-Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm.
East Asian Medicinal Herb Production 2-day Course.

LOCATION: Stillaguamish Grange Hall - 6521 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292.

INSTRUCTORS: Jean Giblette (High Falls Gardens) & Peg Schafer (Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm)

FEE: Growers and general admission: $150. Continuing Education Credit option for practitioners: $300 (16 CEUs for Licensed Acpuncturists/East Asian Medicine Practitioners; approved by NCCAOM) Lunch, beverages and course packet included.

REGISTRATION: Information can be found on the NABC website. For questions and inquiries please contact the NABC office: 360-336-3727 or info@agbizcenter.org.

This course is targeted to established and prospective growers in northwest Washington, East Asian Medicine (EAM) practitioners and students, herbal preparation specialists, and industry specific retailers.

Domestic production of Asian medicinal herbs is a long- term, complex, cooperative process that requires the direct involvement of Oriental Medicine (OM) practitioners in order to maintain the profession’s access and quality standards.

This two-day course focuses on the crop selection and production process from the grower’s point of view, and thereby equips OM practitioners with the framework and vocabulary needed to sustain relationships with growers. Topics include crop selection, propagation, risk management, individual production plans, calculation of production costs, quality control, marketing, legal/ regulatory issues.

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

Inner Ecology and our intrepid co-sponsors - EcoVision Sustainable Learning Center,The Land Connection, FamilyFarmed.org, and Growing Power - are excited to announce the Farmacopeia Benefit Event on Sunday, February 3 at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, located at 800 South Halsted Street, from 3pm to 6pm!

The adult afternoon will be a treat for all the senses. Let your palette be dazzled by herb-infused farm-to-table bites and beverages. Meet and mingle with such agriculture and herb luminaries as Peg Schafer, Jean Giblette, and Terra Brockman. Linger at the hands-on, nostrils-open organoleptics sampling. Relax into the atmospheric Brazilian- and folk-inspired music by Jeff Quay and Alex Sokol. Bid on enticing items in our silent auction. Do it all knowing that your pleasure has great purpose.

The Farmacopeia Benefit, in conjunction with the Farmacopeia crowd-funding campaign, seeks to raise needed funds for professional grower training in the domestic cultivation of East Asian medicinal plants. We welcome all those curious about the interconnections between natural medicine, ecological agriculture, and vibrant communities - and those just wanting to join for a good time. No background in horticulture or herbal medicine required; novices and experts alike encouraged to attend and make merry. Meet the growers who will soon be providing us with the freshest herbs our profession here will have ever seen. Your patients will come away inspired to take their potions and with a rich appreciation for the work you put into crafting their formulas!

Purchase your tickets today through January 28th at the early-bird rate. Late birds, of course, can always pay more at the door.


February 1 & 2, 2013, “Growing and Marketing Asian Medicinal Herbs,” Chicago, IL.

PIONEERS in ECOLOGICAL MEDICINE presents a two-day course on East Asian medicinal plants as potential niche market crops with Jean Giblette (NY) and Peg Schafer (CA.)
Visit Inner Ecology to learn more or to register here.


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. www.quarryhillbg.org.


September 11, 12, 13, 2012 - National Heirloom Exposition, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA

June 12, 5:00 PM - Presentation: Cultivating Wild-Quality Medicine
The cultivation of wild quality efficacious botanicals is different than growing veggies. Why grow with wild quality in mind? Because this is the foundation upon which all traditional herbal medicine systems were based. From seed to harvest find out what this means for local growers in this emerging niche market.


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

WSU-Northwest Research and Extension Center auditorium, $20 per person.
Contact: (360) 941-8196, hfproduce@gmail.com


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

Sponsored by Slow Food Port Susan, NW Asian Medicinal Herb Network and Snow Goose Books.


June 4th, 2012. 3-6pm Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Rd, Chimacum, WA

Presentation A Farmer’s Primer: Chinese Medicinal Herbs.
Chinese herbs are steadily becoming an emerging market - with few growers to satiate demand for these high-value botanicals. This talk will outline what you need to know, the techniques involved, and how to diversify your existing operation and get started in medicinal herb production. $10/person RSVP (360) 379-5610 X 100. Co-sponsored by Port Townsend Farmer’s Market, Midori Farms, and WSU Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation.


June 3, 2012 - Mother Earth News Fair, Puyallup, WA

First Presentation: Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A New Market Emerges, 10-11 am
Chinese herbs are steadily becoming an emerging market - with few growers to satiate demand for these high-value botanicals. How growers can diversify with this opening field. The essentials for success in the marketplace.

Second presentation: Cultivating Wild-Quality Medicine, 1-2 pm
The cultivation of wild quality efficacious botanicals is different than growing veggies. From seed to harvest find out what this means for local growers in this emerging niche market. The focus Asian medicinal plant perspective. www.motherearthnews.com/fair.


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
How current trends will affect the future of Chinese herbal medicine, and addressing international trade, Daodi, as well as accessibility and conservation concerns. see flyer pdf here


April 22, 2012, 1-2 pm - Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, OR

Presentation: Gardening with Chinese Medicinal Herbs. www.lansugarden.org


April 21, 2012, 4-5 pm - Portland Homestead Supply Co. Portland, OR

Presentation: Gardening with Chinese Medicinal Herbs. www.homesteadsupplyco.com


April 20, 2012, 4-6 pm -Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR

Medicinal Herbs - Finding the Dynamic Qi. A presentation exploring international herb quality as well as the future of Chinese botanical medicine.


April 20, 2012, 8-9:30 am - National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR

Medicine - In Your Hands. This presentation will address the future of Chinese botanical medicine; what the current trends are for international trade in relation the sources of wild and cultivated medicinal plants.


March 15, 2012, 5:30pm

HortiCulture
Explore the nature of our connection to plants.
Spring 2012 Lecture Series at Quarryhill Botanical Garden Lecture: Cultivate to Conserve - Issues Surrounding the Trade in Asian Medicinal Plants. Guests are welcome to stroll the garden before the event. Members: $10, Non-members $15 Call Quarryhill Botanical Garden to reserve.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, 707-996-3166.
www.quarryhillbg.org.


February 25, 2012, 6:00-9:00 PM Masonic Center, 373 N. Main St., Sebastopol, CA

Bringing Back the Green A Celebration of Local Herbal Authors
A Benefit for the Sonoma County Herb Exchange
Highlighting local authors Peg Schafer, David Hoffmann, Kami McBride, Jill Nussinow, Robert Kourik, Karin Uphoff, and Leslie Gardner, who will be available to sign their books. $15 donation at the door. Food and beverages available for sale, as well as herbal body care products, teas, dried herbs, tinctures, and more. For more information, call SCHE at 707-824-1447. www.sonomaherbs.org.


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 www.eco-farm.org.


February 2, 2012, 12:30-1:30. Five Branches University, Santa Cruz campus.

Presentation to students and faculty with Jean Giblette from High Falls Gardens.


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.

ACTCM is happy to host two long-time friends of the school: Peggy Schafer of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm in Petaluma, CA and Jean Giblette of High Falls Gardens. in Philmont, NY. The evening will begin with a social and reception. Then Peggy and Jean will share information regarding their efforts to support the growth of Chinese medicinal herbs here in the United States. Peggy will also share information about her new book: The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production which includes 79 detailed herb profiles, growing information, and medicinal use. The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm is the first cultivation guide of its kind, and presents invaluable information for growers interested in producing high-quality efficacious herbs in all climates of the United States, with the historical connectedness of ancient practitioners. Peggy will also be signing books after the talk. Please RSVP to leeswain@actcm.edu

December 28th, 2011 1-2 pm.

Interview on Health Matters with host Ned Hoke, KSVY 91.3 FM. Sonoma Sun public radio streams on KSVY.org

December 6th, 2011

Presentation for a Practice Management course at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College Berkeley, CA.

November 21st, 2011, 1-2 pm KZYX and KXYZ.org 90.7 FM

Interview on the Farm and Garden Show with Debra Scott reviewing the newly released book: The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, A Cultivators Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production.

September 11, 2011, 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. Quarryhill Botanical Garden Advancing the Conservation, Study, and Cultivation of the Flora of Asia.

September 1, 2011 - Tour and Lecture

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm hosts a tour and lecture for the California School of Herbal Studies.

2011 Internship Program, Petaluma, CA

This eight session hands-on program will follow the seasonal progression of growing herbs, more details here.

April 11, 2011 - San Francisco

"Trade and Conservation of Asian Herbs"
American College Of Traditional Chinese Medicine 455 Arkansas St, San Francisco.

September 4, 2010, 10am-noon

Medicinal Plant Walk at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen, CA. with Peggy Schafer from the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm & Sean Fannin from the Center for Traditional Health Arts. All proceeds benefit Quarryhill Botanical Garden, $15 Non Members/$10.00 Members. www.quarryhillbg.org

Summer 3 Session Summer Workshop, Petaluma

Are you interested in cultivating the most efficacious Chinese botanicals? Or would you like to gain understating and deepen your relationship with Chinese herbs through their cultivation? Perhaps you are concerned about loosing access to herbs, and are interested in being a part of the development of Chinese herbs as a domestic emerging market? How about access to, or providing better quality herbs than is commonly found in the marketplace? Maybe you are a grower seeking to diversify your production? Besides offering seed and field grown herbs the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, which is located in the coastal hills one hour north of San Francisco, also serves as an experimental farm to explore these possibilities as well as aid in herb conservation. Our three session summer intensive allows those interested to visit with 100+ Chinese medicinals and engage in hands on experience to grow and harvest Chinese herbs under the guidance of Peg Schafer; educator and nationally recognized Asian herb grower.

This workshop will have a mix of field activities, such as sowing seed and harvesting herbs; discussions will cover the medicinal herb nursery, managing the garden and farm, choosing which crops and how to grow them, cultivating efficacious herbs with wild qualities, harvesting and drying of leaf, flower, seed and root herb crops, as well as other issues concerning herb quality and cultivation.

The program is $225, space is limited. The hours are 9-3 Saturday June 26th, Saturday July 24th, and Saturday August 28th. If you are interested please email Peg.


June 15 2010, 7:00 pm, Sebastopol

Confusion about GMP'S (Good Manufacturing Practices)?
In June, new regulations will be in effect for all manufacturers of herbal products. Are you incompliance? What does the ruling mean for small businesses? Join Matthew Persico (Simpler's Botanical Co and Galen's Way), Katie Huggins (Traditional Medicinals), Leslie Gardner (Sonoma County Herb Assoc.) and Peg Schafer (Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm) for a panel discussion of what the FDA's new rules for Good Manufacturing Practices means for herbalist and herb growers alike. Location: Peace in Medicine - 6771 Sebastopol Ave (Hwy 12) in the Gravenstein Station.

May 15 2010, Santa Rosa

“Cultivation, Conservation, and Chinese Herbs.” Presentation at the United Plant Savers Conference “Planting the Future,” which will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 in Santa Rosa, CA. Registration/info: www.unitedplantsavers.org or call: 802-476-6467.

September 26 2009, 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.


July 30th, 12:30-2 pm, Oakland, CA

Peg Schafer talks to students at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences on "Cultivation and Current Issues Surrounding Chinese Botanicals."


July 23rd, 12-1, San Francisco

From Village Herbalism to the World's Pharmacy: Addressing the conservation, cultivation and current issues surrounding Chinese botanicals. American College Of Traditional Chinese Medicine 455 Arkansas St, San Francisco.


April 18 & 19, 2009, 10-5 Mendocino

“Start Your Own Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden: A Hands-on workshop.” PDF Flyer here


April 2-3, 2009, New Mexico

Risk Management Education Program in Asian Herbs Being Offered to Organic Growers

New Mexico State University will offer a Risk Management Education and Training Program in Asian Medicinal Herb Production and Marketing this coming winter. Made possible by a grant from the Western Center for Risk Management Education, the goal of the two-day training program is to assist growers in identifying, managing and mitigating risks associated with Asian medicinal specialty crops grown for the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) professions.

Asian medicinal herbs offer unique and possibly lucrative new markets for organic specialty crop growers, especially here in New Mexico where our varied and extreme climate and growing conditions enable the production of a diverse range of medicinal crop species. As with any other "new" or unfamiliar specialty crop, however, Asian medicinal herbs come with their own risks and challenges. Proper species identification, knowledge of seed sources, successful propagation techniques, awareness of potential invasiveness, and familiarization with production, harvesting and processing methods are important background information to know with any niche crop, but especially so with Asian medicinal herbs. The development of a sound long-range marketing and distribution plan to handle fluctuations in this emerging market will help prepare growers for the realities of "boom-and-bust" cycles associated with herbs. Additionally, a proper understanding of herb quality criteria needed by AOM professionals is essential for success. Growers need to be mindful that they are not just cultivating herbs, they are growing medicines. Potency and sanitation are paramount considerations growers need to include among other factors.

The training program will be offered as a two-day intensive workshop. National experts have been scheduled to come share their extensive knowledge with growers on the details of each of the following areas: a) Asian herb market overview and outlook; b) species identification and selection; c) propagation; d) cultivation and crop management practices; e) identifying and managing potential invasiveness; f) harvesting methods; g) processing and quality control; h) marketing strategies; and i) understanding market contracts. Active participation and follow-through on the part of attending growers will be strongly encouraged. Growers will be expected to learn to match crop species with their growing conditions, select herbs based not just on marketing potential but based on their combined use in Chinese formulas, acquire hands-on processing skills, and develop a marketing strategy for their selected herbs.

While the training will be oriented towards experienced, certified organic specialty crop growers, anyone can attend. The training program will be held Thursday and Friday, April 2-3 in Alcalde, New Mexico. The registration fee is $60 for the 2 days, and will include a lunch each day. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Charles Martin at cmartin@nmsu.edu or 505-852-4241. View PDF flyer here back to top

December 2-3, 2008, New Mexico

Risk Management Education Program in Asian Herbs Being Offered to Organic Growers

New Mexico State University will offer a Risk Management Education and Training Program in Asian Medicinal Herb Production and Marketing this coming winter. Made possible by a grant from the Western Center for Risk Management Education, the goal of the three-day training program is to assist growers in identifying, managing and mitigating risks associated with Asian medicinal specialty crops grown for the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) professions.

Asian medicinal herbs offer unique and possibly lucrative new markets for organic specialty crop growers, especially here in New Mexico where our varied and extreme climate and growing conditions enable the production of a diverse range of medicinal crop species. As with any other "new" or unfamiliar specialty crop, however, Asian medicinal herbs come with their own risks and challenges. Proper species identification, knowledge of seed sources, successful propagation techniques, awareness of potential invasiveness, and familiarization with production, harvesting and processing methods are important background information to know with any niche crop, but especially so with Asian medicinal herbs. The development of a sound long-range marketing and distribution plan to handle fluctuations in this emerging market will help prepare growers for the realities of "boom-and-bust" cycles associated with herbs. Additionally, a proper understanding of herb quality criteria needed by AOM professionals is essential for success. Growers need to be mindful that they are not just cultivating herbs, they are growing medicines. Potency and sanitation are paramount considerations growers need to include among other factors.

The training program will be offered as a two-day intensive workshop. National experts have been scheduled to come share their extensive knowledge with growers on the details of each of the following areas: a) Asian herb market overview and outlook; b) species identification and selection; c) propagation; d) cultivation and crop management practices; e) identifying and managing potential invasiveness; f) harvesting methods; g) processing and quality control; h) marketing strategies; and i) understanding market contracts. Active participation and follow-through on the part of attending growers will be strongly encouraged. Growers will be expected to learn to match crop species with their growing conditions, select herbs based not just on marketing potential but based on their combined use in Chinese formulas, acquire hands-on processing skills, and develop a marketing strategy for their selected herbs.

While the training will be oriented towards experienced, certified organic specialty crop growers, anyone can attend. The training program will be held Wed, Thurs and Friday, Dec 2-3 at the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Office/4-H Auditorium, 1510 Menaul NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The registration fee is $75 for the three days and will include a lunch each day. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Charles Martin at cmartin@nmsu.edu or 505-852-4241. back to top

August 23 -24, 2008

Weekend Workshop

Are you interested in cultivating the most efficacious Chinese botanicals? Or would you like to gain understating and deepen your relationship with Chinese herbs through their cultivation? Perhaps you are concerned about loosing access to herbs, and are interested in being a part of the development of Chinese herbs as a domestic emerging market? How about access to, or providing better quality herbs than is commonly found in the marketplace? Maybe you are a grower seeking to diversify your production? Besides offering seed and field grown herbs the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, which is located in the coastal hills one hour north of San Francisco, also serves as an experimental farm to explore these possibilities as well as aid in herb conservation. Our weekend internship intensive allows those interested to visit with 100+ Chinese medicinals and engage in hands on experience to grow and harvest Chinese herbs under the guidance of Peg Schafer; educator and nationally recognized Asian herb grower.

The weekend will have a mix of field activities and discussions covering the growing of herbs from seed sowing and pot culture in the nursery, to field production. We will cover soil management, planting, cultivation, and the harvesting and drying of leaf, flower, seed and root herb crops, as well as other issues concerning herb quality and cultivation.

The program is $175, space is limited. The hours are 9-4 Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested please email Peg.