The Sustainable Herbs Project

The Sustainable Herbs Project is made possible with the financial support from the Institute of East West Medicine and our 974 Kickstarter supporters. This project is also made possible by the generous contribution of time made by the many people who made time to show us around, to answer our questions, and who let us film and photograph aspects of the botanical industry not typically seen by outsiders.

While it is impossible to thank everyone by name, I would like to thank Josef Brinckmann for his incredible support and guidance on this project from its inception. I could not have done this project without his direction and his willingness to spend hours on the phone with me explaining the nuances of the herb industry. Thanks also to the input offered by Sebastian Pole and Ben Heron. Thanks especially to Sebastian for inviting us to join Pukka’s team on a visit to their suppliers in southern India and his willingness to let us keep the camera rolling. This trip provided us with a unique opportunity to see not just how herb companies talk about their work, but how they actually do it on the ground.

A number of people have offered feedback on the content of the site and I would in particular like to thank Steven Dentali, Zoe Gardner, Sebastian Pole, and Roy Upton for their input on the quality control section.

Below is a list of the companies and organizations we visited. While we are not endorsing any products or companies on our site, this list represents a selection of the industry that is thinking about and, to different degrees, acting on issues around quality control, sustainability and equity in their supply chains. These are not the only companies doing so and just because a company isn’t included here does not at all indicate they aren’t actively engaged in these issues. However, individuals at these companies took the time to show us around and explain the work they do and we want to acknowledge their contribution here.

While the information on this site is made possible because of the generous input of individuals from all of these companies, the Sustainable Herbs Project is solely responsible for any opinions and information shared. All mistakes are our own.

Note: We haven’t included links but all of these companies are easily searchable online. If you have trouble finding one, feel free to contact us.

Agrimed, Germany

American Botanical Council, Texas

Applied Environmental Research Foundation, India

Avena Botanicals, Maine

Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, Kerala, India

Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal, Kerala, India

Banyan Botanicals, New Mexico

Bioprogramme, Bulgaria

Foster Farm Botanicals, Vermont

Gaia Herbs, North Carolina

Herbalist Alchemist, New Jersey

HerbPharm (for Numen in 2007, we did not re-visit HerbPharm for SHP), Oregon

Medicinal Plants and Aromatic Herbs, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu

Mountain Rose Herbs, Oregon

Nagy Mihay, Hungary

Oregon’s Wild Harvest, Oregon

Organic Herb Trading Company, United Kingdom

Oshala Farm, Oregon

Pacific Botanicals, Oregon

Phalada Agro Research Foundation, Karnataka, India

Pitchandikulum Forest, Tamil Nadu, India

Pukka Herbs, United Kingdom

Pragya, India

Red Moon Herbs, North Carolina

Runo Sp, Poland

Strictly Medicinals Seeds (formerly Horizon Herbs), Oregon

Traditional Medicinals, California

Traditional Medicinals Foundation, California

Trout Lake Farm, Washington

Urban Moonshine, Vermont

Vaidyagrama, Tamil Nadu, India

Viriditas Wild Gardens, Oregon

Vitality Works, New Mexico

Zack Woods Herb Farm, Vermont