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Herb Connection-to Help Connect NC Herb Growers With the Industry

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The purpose of this page is to help North Carolina herb growers succeed by connecting them with other growers, buyers, and industries offering relevant products, services, events, etc. Because this is a regional industry, occasionally growers from other Appalachian states will also be listed. Buyers and other services providers can be from anywhere. We use a broad definition for the word “herb”, so that can include culinary, medicinal, aromatic, and decorative herbs and plants used for food, medicine, beverages, decorations, essential oils, and many other purposes. This includes, woodland botanicals, ramps, kudzu, hops, useful tree and flower species, cultivated and wild-harvested plants, etc.

NEW FORMAT as of 3/28/2019:

In order for your ad to be added to the Herb Connection page, it must meet the following requirements:
● Be 200 characters or less (this includes letters and punctuation but not spaces). Include a phone number, email, or website link.● Be relevant to the herb growing industry in North Carolina.●Be a product, service, event, etc. that is needed or useful for NC herb/specialty crop growers (in the buying, selling, growing, harvesting, etc. of their products).● You can post multiple ads.● Email Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.edu to have your Ad included below. Please put “Herb Connection Ad” in the subject line.●Placing an Ad is free. ●Please check your listing to make sure it is correct and the links work. ●Ads will automatically be deleted after one year. ●To  have your ad deleted earlier, just email Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.edu, put “Herb Connection Ad” in the subject line and include a copy of the ad as it is printed with the date it was posted.●Growers, please practice the Suggested Good Agricultural Practices for Medicinal Herbs and be aware that the new Food Safety and Modernization Act applies to many of these products. The extension publication Suggested Good Agricultural and Collection Practices for North Carolina Medicinal Herbs covers this topic.

Disclaimer: We offer this Herb Connection page as a free service to help this industry grow. We know and interact with many of the growers, buyers, and supporting industries listed here, but we do not certify, inspect, or vet the products listed for sale or the businesses. We cannot vouch for the identify, cleanliness or safety of the products offered or the practices of the businesses. Please do your own due diligence in “checking them out”. N.C. State Extension does not endorse or recommend any product, service, individual, business, or other entity listed here. All listings are posted at the discretion of N.C. State Extension. All Herb Connection requests and ads may be denied or removed at any time for any reason.

Herb Connection Ads

5/20/2019 – The Yew Mountain Center in Hillsboro, WV is looking for goldenseal planting stock for production of more stock and educational purposes. Please contact Will Lewis at yewforestfarming@gmail.com https://www.yewmountain.org/

5/10/2019 – Now In season: Milky oats, Lemon balm, Yarrow, Hairy vetch, Premature nettle seed, Nettle stalk for fiber. PYO $5-10 a pound sliding scale. Or come join in a harvest. Email me at pangaeaplants@gmail.com https://pangaeaplants.com/

5/8/2019 – We (Kudzu Culture Industries) at kudzuculture.net are looking for farmer partners for a 3 year Southern SARE research grant proposal we are submitting to develop kudzu based cottage industries. Contact us at kudzuculture@gmail.com

4/22/2019 – We are a certified organic operation and are seeking USDA certified organic Witch Hazel bark (preferred) (or leaf/twigs) of Hamamelis virginiana. Dried material is preferred. Please contact Diana ASAP via organicartiste@yahoo.com.

4/16/2019 – Maple Spring Gardens, Cedar Grove, NC. We offer many varieties of fresh & dried medicinal herbs. They are naturally & consciously grown, hand cultivated & harvested, and processed with high quality control at the peak of their medicine.

4/16/2019 – Wanted: dried Ginkgo leaf from 2018 harvest. 1lb yellow with some green still. Wildcrafted ok, but must have been a tree located at least 50ft away from a road. Please contact Sunshine (305) 766-1761, blissfulsunshine@gmail.com

4/14/2019 – HOP PLANTS FOR SALE! Licensed hop nursery selling potted plants. Visit our website at www.mountainviewhops.com to view available cultivars. Email us at info@mountainviewhops.com with any questions.

4/10/2019 – I stratified too much swamp milkweed seed! I’m selling baggies of stratified seed in moist vermiculite for $45 per bag. Each bag has at least 300 seeds. I can meet interested buyers in Asheville before April 15. redrootnatives@gmail.com

4/9/2019 – Wild Grown Ramps for sale. Grown in the mountains at high elevation for the best tasting ramps! Harvested with respect and care and always the freshest product available. Retail $18 lb Wholesale $25 lb. Mike Goodman 304-960-9124.

4/9/2019 – We buy over 100 different types of herbs that are organic (grown or certified), wild crafted, or cultivated without chemicals and grown, dried, and prepared with love. Contact andrew@herbiary.com. Herbiary in Asheville, NC.

4/8/2019 – WNC grown kudzu root (non-certified organic). Available fresh in Feb. We will have shredded, dry root available soon. kudzuculture@gmail.com or Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kudzucoop?ref=l2-shopheader-name

4/4/2019 – Mark Locklear, Candler NC. FREE HOPS AVAILABLE! I have about 10 bines that are Canadian Red Vine, Nugget & Chinook. Feel free to come pick your own from July-Sept. 2019. Limit two one-gallon freezer bags, please. Email hops@locklear.me

4/1/2019 – SEEKING NC RAMPS!! I am trying to locate a source for NC grown ramps that I can buy wholesale and sell to our customers. We’re in Raleigh NC. Alex Maldonado. Ford’s Produce Co. alex@fordsproduce.com. 919-833-7559  800-821-3673

4/1/2019 – Want to grow your own? We have ramps, false unicorn, black cohosh and more. Nursery grown. Some quantitites limited. pick up or meet up prior to April 15, or after May 1. Red Root Native Nursery, Weaverville, NC. Redrootnatives@gmail.com

4/1/2019 – Nursery grown native medicinal herbs and plants for sale: View availability here. Some quantitites limited. Pick up or meet up prior to April 15 or after May 1. Red Root Native Nursery, Weaverville, NC. Redrootnatives@gmail.com

3/31/2019 – Seeking True Unicorn and False Unicorn (a few plants or nursery grown plugs) for replanting into a sanctuary to proliferate. Jeannie Dunn,  Red Moon Herbs . Reply to Jeanine@RedMoonHerbs.com

3/31/2019 – I offer a variety of medicinal herbs and roots both fresh and dried. Organically Grown with love or ethically wild harvested, putting the land and plant populations first at all times. BearAlchemy@gmail.com or land line, 276-398-1123

3/31/2019 – Wanted fresh from WNC: Horehound; Gentian, flowering tops; Echinacea purpurea root;  Echinacea angustifolia root; and Elderberry. Red Moon Herbs, Asheville, NC. Jeannie@RedMoonHerbs.com

3/31/2019 – For sale: Comfrey – leaves; Elderberry – flowers & berry; Goldenrod – flowers; Mugwort. Laurie Quesinberry BearAlchemy@gmail.com or land line 276-398-1123

3/31/2019 – Wanted fresh from WNC: St. John’s Wort, bud 2/3 and 1/3 flower; Fresh Skullcap, flowering {Scutellaria lateriflora);  Motherwort, flowering top; and Leonurus cardiac.. Red Moon Herbs,  Asheville, NC. Jeannie@RedMoonHerbs.com.

3/31/2019 – For sale: Monarda spp.; Ramp Leaves aka Wild leeks; Spice Bush – twigs, leaves, berries; Violet leaves and Yarrow – flowers and leaves. Laurie Quesinberry BearAlchemy@gmail.com or land line, 276-398-1123

3/31/2019 – Wanted fresh from WNC growers and wild-harvesters: Boar hog root – sustainably harvested or wild simulated grown and Astragalus – 2-3 year old root. Red Moon Herbs,  Asheville, NC. Jeannie@RedMoonHerbs.com

3/31/2019 – I have a wide variety of woodland medicinals available each season. Due to the delicate nature of the populations, please contact me to discuss the possibilities. Laurie Quesinberry BearAlchemy@gmail.com or land line, 276-398-1123

3/31/2019 – Wanted DRIED (Cut/Sift): Calendula – blossom; Elderberry;  Ginseng – leaf; Red Clover – blossom; (Trifolium pratense). From WNC growers/wildcrafters. Red Moon Herbs, Asheville, NC. Jeannie@RedMoonHerbs.com

3/31/2019 – Wanted DRIED (Cut/Sift): Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica); Oat straw (Avena sativa); Comfrey (Symphytum officinale or uplanica); Linden flower. WNC growers/wildcrafters. Red Moon Herbs  Asheville, NC. Jeannie@RedMoonHerbs.com

Ads placed prior to 3/28/2019:


AVAILABLE (For Sale by Growers):

Our Friendly Allies (5/31/18)

Located in Marshall, NC (mountains)

Grown without chemicals, naturally grown and hand harvested.

Herbs Available through October or so:

  • St. Johns Wort, Hypericum perforatum Flowering Tops $25.00 per lb
  • Yarrow, Achillea millefolium Flowering Tops $20.00

Herbs Available from Nov~Dec 2018 Fresh:

  • Comfrey True, Symphytum officinale 2yr Roots $13.00 per lb
  • Echinacea purpurea 2yr Roots $16.00 per lb
  • Marshmallow, Althaea officinalis 2yr Roots $13.00 per lb

Contact: OurFriendlyAllies@gmail.com or call 828~206~1421

Website: Ourfriendlyallies.com

Janice Johnson (2/12/2018)

  • 800 pounds frozen, vacuum sealed dark Aronia berries
  • 5 pounds elder flowers, frozen, vacuum sealed

I am located in Surry County, NC. You can reach me at 336-351-4301.

Green Heart Gardens (1/8/2018)

Certified Organic. Candler, NC

  • Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum (Kapoor)  7lbs 15.5oz
  • Blue Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis   6.5oz
  • Boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum  4lbs 11.25oz
  • Catnip, Nepeta cataria   1lb 2.5oz
  • Comfrey Root, Symphytum uplandicum  2lbs 7oz
  • Elecampane Root, Inula helenium 1lb 3.5oz
  • Greater Celandine, Chelidonium majus   4oz
  • Hops, Humulus lupulus  9.25oz
  • Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis   1lb .25oz
  • Marshmallow root, Althaea officinalis   4.75oz
  • Passionflower, Passiflora incarnata  3lbs .5oz
  • Skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora    14.5oz
  • Valerian Root, Valeriana officinalis  2lbs 2.5oz
  • Wormwood, Artemisia absinthium  8.5oz
  • Yarrow, Achillea millefolium   1lb 14.75oz

Contact: Lorri Bura greenheartgardensnc@gmail.com


WANTED (Buyers looking for product):

The Country Muffin (1/29/2019)

Looking for 2-5 lbs of each of the following dried herbs, wildcrafted or Organic. Chemical free is more important than a certification. Must be grown within 50 miles of Waxhaw NC or Matthews NC. These are for (1) dried loose leaf teas and (2) to infuse for healing balms. Need by April 12th, 2019.

  • Comfrey Leaf
  • Plantain Leaf
  • Echinacea Purpurea Leaf
  • Peppermint Leaf
  • Spearmint Leaf
  • Calendula Flowers
  • Red Clover Blossoms
  • Elderberries
  • Ginger Root

Please email thehappycountrymuffin@gmail.com. Or text or call 704.576.7566.

Vance Etheridge (8/22/2018)

Looking for fresh stinging nettle leaves. Located in eastern NC. Please contact Vance at vancethe35@gmail.com.

Goldenseal planting stock Wanted (8/21/18)

For new populations and educational programming, etc.

Contact Margaret_bloomquist@ncsu.edu

Blue Mountain Trading & Gardens (8/6/2018)

In search of fresh or dried NC, Organically grown herbs.

Will need on a regular basis. Please respond with availability & pricing.

  • Goldenseal Root
  • White Cedar Tips
  • Witch Hazel
  • Lobelia
  • Gotu Kola
  • Yarrow
  • Comfrey Leaf/Flower
  • Calendula

Contact Clare Schwartz, clare@woundedwarriorointment.com

Julio Acevedo (4/1/2018)

I am interested in purchasing fresh rue by the pound to distribute in the New York City/Tri-State area. All year round supply would be ideal. I would also like to purchase dried rue in bulk. Please contact me at 845-820-5606.

Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics (2/21/2018)

We are looking for bulk (25-75 lbs) amounts of the following:

  • Horsetail (shaved grass) Equisetum arvense)
  • German Chamomile (flowers) Matricaria recutita L.

Please call or email Alee Epperly at 540-745-7030 or jpiadmin@jpibiodynamics.org

Botanic Synergy (1/30/18)

I am a clinical aromatherapist in Wilmington, NC. I steam distill my own essential oils and hydrosols. I am searching for bulk amounts (20-50 lbs) of aromatic herbs. Specific plants would be clary sage, rosemary, peppermint, marjoram, sweetgrass, lemongrass, lemon balm, etc. I prefer the plants to be grown eco cert or organic. I am able to travel to farms for the plant material.

Contact: Kelly Smith at Mercury_Rising@outlook.com

Business website is: www.botanicsynergy.com

Heilbron Herbs (1/15/18)

Heilbron Herbs is a botanical processor and brand outside of Asheville, NC. I am working with regional growers to source fresh herbs upon harvest – the plant material will be dried in my drying facility, processed/sized if needed, and distributed through my brand to manufacturers and online to individuals. I also plan to offer drying and cut/sift processing as a service to growers who have their own sales avenues.

If you would be interested in talking about growing one or more herbs for me next year, please be in touch and I would love to talk about collaborating.

Saralyn Bellmer  641.919.7455

Jessie Dean, Asheville Tea Company L.L.C., (8/14/17)

ashevilleteaco@gmail.com   828.545.3341

Asheville Tea Company (a new tea blending business focused on locally-sourced craft tea blends), searching for a number of dried herbs/ botanicals in quantities of 2-3 pounds each.

  • Dried herbs needed:
  • Chamomile flower
  • Anise Hyssop
  • Calendula
  • Lavender flower
  • Tulsi basil
  • Coriander
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Elderflower & Elderberry
  • Oatstraw & Milky Oats
  • Pineapple Sage Flower (& possibly leaf)
  • Honeysuckle
  • Lime Basil
  • Echinacea flower and leaf
  • Spicebush leaf and berry
  • Red Raspberry Leaf
  • Spearmint
  • Blackberry Leaf
  • Hops
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Peppermint
  • Mountain Mint
  • Various Basils & Mints (sweet basil, blue spice basil, cinnamon basil, apple mint, chocolate mint, orange mint, etc.)
  • Birch Bark
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon Balm
  • Dandelion
  • Dried berries- Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Mulberry, etc
  • Roselle/ Hibiscus
  • Bergamot flower
  • Burdock
  • Passionflower
  • Fennel
  • Turmeric
  • Skullcap
  • Ginger
  • Bitter Orange
  • Rose- Petals and Hips
  • Dried Apples, other dried fruits
  • Ginseng
  • Yaupon tea
  • Wintergreen
  • Rosemary
  • Tarragon
  • Camelia Sinensis (tea)