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The Western North Carolina Medicinal Herb Growers is a group of NC Extension educators, herb farmers, and serious herb gardeners interested in gaining experience in growing medicinal herbs and learning more about them. The group first organized in the fall of 2013 and has met under the names of the WNC Herb Club, the WNC Medicinal Herb Club, the WNC Medicinal Herb Growers Club, and most recently, the WNC Medicinal Herb Growers. They are an active group that meets every month or so on herb farms in the western third of the state to get hands-on experience with all aspects of medicinal herb growing, post-harvest handling, and marketing. It is a very social group, so a pot-luck lunch is often part of the event. Experienced herb growers mentor beginning herb farmers; this can be a casual or more structured relationship.

To get on the mailing list for this group, please email and put “WNC Medicinal Herb Growers” in the subject line.

Woodland Stewards is a group within the WNC Medicinal Herb Growers who are beginning and advanced forest farmers that meet monthly for hands-on programming at the demonstration woods of the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, Mills River, NC. Under the leadership of Margaret Bloomquist, research associate, and the WNC Medicinal Herb Growers Captains, the Woodland Stewards are embarking on their 5th year of monthly gatherings and work parties. This includes participation in research and extension efforts of our native woodland botanicals; the maintenance, growth, and harvesting of woodland medicinals at the Mills River demonstration site; site visits, mentorship, and work parties at woodland stewards’ properties; plant rescues; and more! The Woodland Stewards projects are currently supported by, and very much a part of, the educational programming of the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition funded by the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.


How to Make a Plant Voucher – 2/12/2021 – Meghan Baker, Margaret Bloomquist, and Craig Mauney, NC Extension. Meghan Baker also created these lists of field guides and other resources to help you with medicinal plant taxonomy and identification and a list of materials for making plant vouchers.

Tool Care for Small Farmers – 7/21/2021 – Meghan Baker and Craig Mauney, NC Extension.

2022 Events

Get these dates on your calendars. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Count on most of these being virtual!

  • So You Want to Grow Medicinal Herbs?

    WNC Medicinal Herb Growers Spring Kick-Off Zoom Event March 9, 2022 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m.  Location: Online

    We kick off our 2022 programming with a focus on what it takes to get started cultivating herbs on your land. If you’ve considered growing medicinal herbs for your own use, or to sell as a business venture, this workshop is for you. Learn what starting a new medicinal herb enterprise takes, from assessing your land to sourcing plant material, and how long it takes for a harvestable crop. You’ll hear from NC Extension professionals Craig Mauney and Margaret Bloomquist, and have the chance to ask all your burning questions at this online event.

    This workshop is free to attend, but space is limited. Please register in advance through this link: EVENTBRITE

  • Sourcing & Planting Event with GAIA Herbs

    May 25, 2022 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m.  Location: GAIA Herb Farm, Brevard, NC

    GAIA Herbs has long been a leader in the medicinal herb industry, and will host WNC Medicinal Herb Growers for this field-based workshop focused on plant material. We’ll discuss seed and plant sourcing, direct seeding vs. transplanting, and plant propagation for certain species. Participants will learn about the rhythms of planting and field preparation at the GAIA Herbs Farm based in Brevard. Come prepared for a fun day of learning and hands-on experiences.

    There are a limited number of spaces for this workshop. Please register in advance using this link to secure your spot! EVENTBRITE

Also be sure to check out our winter virtual regional workshops through the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition from February through April: Workshops

Thanks to the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition funded by the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program for support to continue our efforts.

To get on the mailing list for the Woodland Stewards, please email

collage of photos of people working in the medicinal herb growers group in 2021

And we are currently recruiting new WNC Woodland Stewards to help shape our 2022 spring and fall gatherings – Please email with your interest.

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