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.
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
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
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