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Growing and Processing Medicinal Herbs

June 25, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Full Kettle Farm
111 N. Silver Lane
Sunderland, MA

NOFA Member - $36
General Public - $45
*add $5 for walk-ins

This event is Sold Out.

The demand for local, organic herbs is rapidly growing with the revival of herbalism and integrated medicine. This workshop will provide an overview of what it takes to grow and manage a successful herbal market garden.

Full Kettle Farm’s Greg Disterhoft will walk us through soil, light & water requirements, cool and warm season herbs, annuals vs. perennials, transplanting, harvesting, fertility, and the maintenance of a variety of herbs.

Greg will demonstrate how he propagates and cultivates a wide array of herbs (including high value herbs like ashwagandha, astragalus, tulsi, and clary sage).  

Attendees will join in a participatory harvest, which we’ll then process and transform into essential oil and hydrosol using the farm’s distiller. Participants will also learn how to design and build a drying room and use dried herbs to make potent and long-lasting tea blends.

Full Kettle Farm is a one-acre herb farm with a focus on permaculture, high-value cropping, and creative marketing strategies. They sell dried and fresh herbs directly to local herbalists, farmers markets customers, cafes and other retailers.

About the Instructor:

Farmer Greg Disterhoft began working with medicinal herbs after six years of large-scale organic vegetable farming in Massachusetts and California. His passion for working with herbs started in 2014 while managing Goldthread Herb Farm alongside master herbalist William Siff. Greg and his business partner Tamara McKerchie started Full Kettle Farm out of a desire to create a space for community, promote herbal education, and play in the dirt. Full Kettle Farm produces herbal teas, value added products, and hosts ongoing workshops and events.

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Limited scholarships are available for beginning farmers (those growing 10 or less years) who are active NOFA/Mass members. To apply please click here.  

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For questions contact Dan Bensonoff, education events organizer, at or 860-716-5122

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