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Peg Schafer

Peg Schafer is recognized as one of the pioneers and leaders in the field of the cultivation of Asian herbs. After more than fifteen years of commercial herb cultivation and research at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm in Petaluma, California, Schafer has distilled her findings into a guide for growers and practitioners of Chinese medicine. Schafer has played an influential role in establishing a network of organizations including Fu Tian Herbs, the first company in the United States to solely offer certified organic, domestically grown Chinese herbs (which she-co-founded), The Sonoma County Herb Association, and The Medicinal Herb Consortium. Along with offering seed and field-grown herbs, Schafer's own Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm operates as an experimental farm to investigate herb cultivation and aid herb conservation. Its internship program gives people hands-on knowledge experience in all aspects of growing and harvesting Chinese herbs.

    Peg's Upcoming Events

    • Peg Schafer at Petaluma Copperfield's Books
      140 Kentucky St. , Petaluma CA 94952
      April 24, 2015, 7:00 pm

      On April 24th, Peg Schafer and Sean Fannin will lead a discussion on chinese herbs and herbal medicine at 7:00 PM at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma, CA. Copies of "The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm" will be available for sale and signing.

    • Peg Schafer at Pacific Rim College
      229-560 Johnson Street (Market Square) , Victoria British Columbia, Canada V8W 3C6
      May 23, 2015, 9:00 am

      From May 23-24, Peg Schafer and Mercy Yule will teach a course on the domestic production of chinese herbs. Participants should be very familiar with Peg Schafer’s book, "The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm." Regular tuition is set at $300, with early bird, student and alumni discounts also available.

    • Peg Schafer at Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm
      Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm , Petaluma CA 94952
      June 20, 2015, 9:00 am

      On June 20th, Peg Schafer will lead a one day intensive for new growers at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm from 9-4:00 PM. Besides offering seed and field grown herbs the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm also serves as an experimental farm to explore herb cultivation as well as aid in herb conservation. This intensive allows those interested to visit with 200+ species of Asian botanicals in our gardens, nursery and field. This concise course will focus on the cultivation of efficacious medicinal herbs and will cover all aspects of growing from sowing seed, through growing and harvesting as well as addressing the relevant issues affecting herb quality and accessibility. This program is crafted for herbal practitioners and students, people new to growing plants and those interested in the industry of contemporary Asian herbal medicine. Note that this program is all about growing medicinal plants and does not cover the use of herbs. Space is limited and cost to attend is $150. The book “The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production” is also a required text for this intensive.

    • Peg Schafer at Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm
      Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, Petaluma CA 94952
      June 27, 2015, 9:00 am

      On June 27th, Peg Schafer will lead a one day intensive for experienced growers at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm in West Sonoma, CA. This program will run from 9-4:00 PM and give an in depth look at the finer points of managing a medicinal plant nursery and/or farming operation as well as harvesting with the goal of producing efficacious medicine. Growers will garner information to build or refine their operation to produce these sought after qualities. Please note that medicinal use of the herbs will not be covered - this session addresses all aspects of cultivation. Pao zhi or processing will not be extensively addressed. Cost to attend is $150 and “The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production” is a required text.

    Peg's Books

    The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

    A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production

    A leading light in the field of medicinal herb cultivation, The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm highlights how we can produce high-quality efficacious herbs here in the United States (for all climates) with the historical connectedness of ancient practitioners.

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