Medicinal Herb Farming- Growing Local Medicine for Your Community

Episode 113: Melanie and Jeff Carpenter are medicinal herb farmers. The co-owners of Zack Woods Farm, a 30 acre organic farm and botanical sanctuary located in the green mountains of Vermont, Jeff and Melanie grow over 50 species of medicinal plants.

In this episode, they share their passion and knowledge about herb growing, how they use Permaculture on the farm, and how to grow healthy plants with high bioactive compounds. The Carpenters talk about the increasing need for medicinal herb farmers and the burgeoning market for medicinal plants. 

The authors of the new book The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs, on a Market Scale, you can find Jeff and Melanie at

Growing local medicine for your community is rewarding, profitable, and conserves wild herb populations.

12 Comments on “Medicinal Herb Farming- Growing Local Medicine for Your Community”

  1. At the very end I couldn’t understand the name of Jeff’s favorite herb. Any one catch what he said? Thanks! Tim

    • Hi Tim, It’s Tulsi- Holy Basil. It’s one of my favorites, too. Easy to grow, makes wonderful tea, hydrosol, and medicine- and has a gorgeous scent!

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