Cultivating Chinese Herbs
with Peg Schafer

August 19 and 20, 2017
9-4 Saturday and Sunday

Hosted by Casari Ranch
​​​​​​​Point Arena, Mendocino County


In this 2-day workshop Peg will cover key aspects to domestic Chinese medicinal herb production. Participants will learn about the cultivation of medicinal herbs, as well as addressing the relevant issues affecting herb quality and accessibility. This program will be of interest to growers, practitioners, students, and those interested in the changing market of contemporary Asian herbal medicine. Note that this program is about growing medicinal plants and does not cover clinical use of herbs.

The Emerging Market for Asian Herbs

Factors affecting pricing of Chinese medicinal herbs and market strategies for domestic growers.

Crop Selection for the Northern California: Region and site-specific herbs to suit goals and leverage marketplace advantages. Includes the Top 50 Choices for Northern Ca.

Harvesting Asian Medicinal Crops  including root, herb, leaf, flower harvesting procedures.

Trialing Crops
Trial crop mix, grow out parameters, performance evaluation and information tracking

Propagation of Medicinal Plants and managing the Risks of Asian Medicinal Plants:  From wild quality polyculture to row cropping, stress pressures, soil health, inputs, and successful growing techniques.

Best Practices for Good Quality and Post-Harvest Handling: Drying, processing and storage practices for best quality herbal materials.

About Peg Schafer

Peg Schafer started The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm 20 years ago in Petaluma, she was seeking a niche market to capitalize on her background in nursery management and farming. Nursery and field production followed selling to practitioners, medicine makers, product manufacturers, and pharmacies. Experimentation with various cultivation methods lead to specialization in certified organic, wild-simulated herb cultivation. To date more than 260 different Asian medicinals have been trialed from germination through harvest. The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm maintains a collection of over 300 Asian medicinal plant species under cultivation, many of which are botanically authenticated.

Currently the farm is primarily an educational endeavor and Peg teaches budding and established growers as well as Oriental Medicine students and practitioners via on and off-farm workshops.

She is the author of The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production recently published by Chelsea Green.
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