Meet The Farmers
Part of our mission at Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary is to support local farms, small-scale organic farming, sustainable agriculture and wild harvesting. Meet some of the providers that supply us with the highest quality botanicals.
Earthstar Farms is a collective of four co-creative, organic farms located in the foothills above Boulder, Colorado. Together, Earthstar Farm, Wildcat Gardens, Wildstar Farm and Starlight Caravan share over 150 acres of mountain meadows, pine forests and pockets of cultivated gardens. The four growers are immediate neighbors and work together as a close-knit community. All the land and gardens are held as sacred and stewarded with great respect. The farms have been USDA certified organic for over 18 years and the community is committed to following earth-wise, sustainable practices, such as Bio-dynamics and permaculture.
Medicinal herbs are the farms’ specialty, as the mountain meadows and forests naturally support a wide range of wild healing herbs such as St. John’s wort, monarda, yarrow, Oregon grape root and mullein. Other medicinal herbs, including nettles, calendula, red clover, mints, lavender, comfrey, passion flower, elderberry, sweet grass and echinacea are grown in five cultivated gardens and two small greenhouses. The herbs are sold either freshly harvested, or minimally processed by being dried in one of three solar drying sheds. Once dried, the herbs are packaged, or made into value-added products. All the work, from planting seeds to attaching labels, to braiding sweet grass is done by hand.
Earthstar Farms has the good fortune to share the land with The Starhouse. A Boulder icon, The Starhouse is a much-loved temple that hosts many sacred ceremonies, weddings and healing workshops. The land is also home to sculptures, energy-works, sacred spaces, labyrinths, trails, community gardens and a historical log cabin. These aspects combine to create a unique, special place of natural power and beauty. Over the years, many people have spent time and found deep nourishment on this land.
Earthstar Farms is committed to the bright journey of earth wisdom, healing herbs, co-creative community and integrated learning for the universal good of all.
In the far reaches of Western North Carolina, in a relatively remote and wild valley carved out by a tributary of the Little Tennessee River, Robin Suggs grows native medicinal plants. His business, MoonBranch Botanicals, supplies raw botanical ingredients valued for their medicinal qualities to medicine makers and herbal practitioners.
This is not your typical operation. At MoonBranch Botanicals, you won’t find greenhouse nursery production. On 32 acres of forested land, Robin cultivates plants in their naturally occurring environments. Home to more than 3,000 native plant species, this area of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains is botanically rich, and Robin’s business depends on maintaining the integrity of this biodiverse natural system.
In 1996 Mr. Suggs founded and served as executive director of the Yellow Creek Botanical Institute, based in Graham County North Carolina. There he was responsible for the development and management of a nonprofit research and development organization utilizing native botanical resources as tools for sustainable economic development in western North Carolina. Mr. Suggs is also responsible for the development of the Graham County Economic Diversification Program. Through these programs he seeks the creation of a vertically-integrated natural products industry in western North Carolina. As a result of his work in this area, Mr. Suggs has developed both the organizational and financial resources necessary to make North Carolina a global contender in this industry.
House of Aromatics
House of Aromatics is a very small company founded and operated by Eric Scott Bresselsmith in the wilds of the Great Southwest. Featuring wild crafted essential oils distilled from Conifer trees and brushes of the Colorado Plataea, this aromatic collection defines "unique." A self-studied herbalist and artisan distiller, passion comes to Eric's pursuit of botanical knowledge and life style. "The art of living is to make life your art."
Zack Woods Herb Farm
Jeff and Melanie Carpenter own and operate Zack Woods Herb Farm in Hyde Park, Vermont. They have recently co-authored the book, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer due out in the spring of 2015 published by Chelsea Green.
Jeff Carpenter has farming in his blood. Descended from generations of Vermont dairy farmers, Jeff deepened his love and understanding of plants through an apprenticeship with Rosemary Gladstar and as the co-owner of Sage Mountain Herb Products. Since those early days Jeff’s work as a farmer, agricultural consultant, educator, and researcher has focused on the cultivation and marketing of medicinal herbs. Jeff also partners with Rosemary Gladstar in hosting the International Herb Symposium. His passion for the green world is evident as he spends his days working in the fields and in the community.
Melanie Carpenter grew up at Sage Mountain under the loving tutelage of herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. It was there that Melanie started her first business, Sage Mountain Herb Products. Over the last twenty years, she has worked as a farmer, mother, community herbalist, and educator. In addition to her work as a farmer, Melanie serves on the board of directors of United Plant Saver and assists her family in directing the International Herb Symposium and NE Women’s Herb Conference. She believes that some of the most profound teachings and healings come from working on the land with the plants. To that end, Melanie offers classes on the farm to help people explore and deepen their connection to the green nations.