Growing Chinese Herbal Medicine


Garden Pharmacy

We grow more and more of our herbs on site in the certified organic gardens at Three Springs teaching clinic at Stanford Inn Eco-Resort.  Dana Ecelberger heads the gardens here and works with Ken and Jessica to bring the garden and pharmacy together.  This provides a great opportunity for study since Chinese medicine theory is based on observation of nature.   The growth and decay of plant live cycles provide clear illustrations for us that can be seen in garden and clinic.  Working side by side in garden and pharmacy we hope to produce the most medicinally effective and sustainable herbs we can. 

We consider our long term research project the development of a system of communication between garden, pharmacy, patient, practitioner, and the herbs themselves. 

A Network of Farmers and Patients Growing Chinese Herbs for Our Pharmacy

We are working on developing a network of farmers to help us grow are herbs in different climates. If you are interested in growing herbs for the pharmacy please let us know.

We also assist individual students or patients in growing specific herbs at home in their gardens or in the forest.  This may include seeds or starts of the plants and advice on how to keep them happy once they get home.  In those cases these are herbs that are specifically good for that individual and the area they live in. We always encourage them to grow extra for the pharmacy. 

Local wild-crafters supply us with herbs or mushrooms that grow wild in this area such as self heal- xia ku cao and turkey tail- yun zhi.  

Community Supported Chinese Herb Farms (CSA)

For those community members, practitioners, or patients who know they will be needing herbs for a longer period of time or who are interested in longer term building of their health we offer a CSA option.  You can support the growth of our project to expand the growing of Chinese herbs locally and help insure that you can get high quality local medicine


Goals of the local Medicine project

  1. 1.Provide a clean high quality source of plant medicine for our community pharmacy.

  2. 2.Collect information and develop methods for for communities outside of the native geography to grow unique medicine from Asia.

  3. 3.Help build a closer connection between clinicians, students, patients and farmers in the care of our plant medicine.

Article in The Herb Companion on our project:

The Garden Pharmacy

Local Network of Farmers

Community Supported Agriculture of Herbal Medicine (CSA)

The Stanford Inn Eco- Resort