Mickelberry Gardens visits biodynamic herb farm!

Randy, co-founder of Oregon's Wild Harvest, with Matt and Madelyn, in a field of calendula.

Randy, co-founder of Oregon’s Wild Harvest, with Matt and Madelyn, in a field of calendula.

Last Saturday, we had the wonderful opportunity to drive out to Sandy, Oregon and take a tour of one of the medicinal herb farms operated by Oregon’s Wild Harvest. This company is one of our main suppliers for bulk medicinal herbs, many of which they grow themselves on their biodynamic farm, which is USDA certified organic and also certified biodynamic by the Demeter Association.

It was a beautiful, sunny day and after some delicious iced herbal tea in the shade, owner Randy took us on a tour of the operation. We met many plants and he talked to us about his experience running the business over the past 25 years, working with the land, and his knowledge of the plants. It was incredibly informative and fascinating. We also got to learn more about biodynamic agriculture, and hope to incorporate many of these techniques into our own garden.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Oregon’s Wild Harvest, and feel even more appreciative of the wonderful herbs we use in our products after seeing this operation up close. Many thanks to Randy and Ruta for organizing the tour!

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Randy shows us his Hops trellises and tells us about Hops’ muscle relaxant properties.

 

Randy breaks off a branch from a White Willow, strips it into pieces, we chew on the strips and learn White Willow's use as a pain reliever.

Randy breaks off a branch from a White Willow, strips it into pieces, we chew on the strips and learn White Willow’s use as a pain reliever.

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Madelyn, Matt, and Randy check out some Wormwood, Artemisia absinthium.

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We tasted the flowers of Echinacea purpurea, found in our Elderberry Honey Tonic, Throat & Lung Honey Tonic, and Honey Propolis Throat Spray. It was a moistening, numbing, sweet bite.

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Stately Mullein against beautiful blue sky.

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Shade covered, Juniper staked Goldenseal crops.

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In the shade of the Goldenseal rows

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Goldenseal Berry, Hydrastis canadensis

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Goldenseal root, Hydrastis canadensis. The yellow roots contain berberine and hydrastine, among many other components.

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A field of happy, sun-loving, anti-microbial Calendula.

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Matt and Randy by the Calendula.

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Young Passionflower vines growing on Oregon’s Wild Harvest farm.

The happy team: Madelyn, Matt, Kerstin, and Kevin

The happy team: Madelyn, Matt, Kerstin, and Kevin

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