Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

A Visit to Herb Pharm

Posted by Erin Murdock, Wellness Buyer on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 @ 06:16 AM

Pictured (L-to-R): Mark Disharoon (educator & longtime employee of Herb Pharm), Melissa Fryar (NCG contest winner & employee of French Broad Food Co-op)Last August I was one of the lucky winners of a National Cooperative Grocers (NCG) Contest sponsored by Herb Pharm, which included a trip to their state-of-the-art production facility as well as their 80-acre certified organic farm surrounded by the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon! The experience was top notch. I discovered I love the high desert and have returned to the Co-op with so much great information to share with my friends and customers!

There were many aspects of Herb Pharm that were impressive. I would like to share a few of my favorites.

Herb Pharm's Color Therapy Garden WalkThe folks working there are magical, as one could imagine, and they offer a renowned herbaculture intern program. The Herb Buyer was definitely stellar! Our Pharm Guides were so passionate and knowledgeable about what they are doing. Even at 100 degrees, it was heavenly being guided on a plant walk through their 
1.5-acre educational botanical garden. The relationship and connection between the farmers and the herbs were present for sure.

Each Herb Pharm employee I had the pleasure of meeting was delighted and proud to be a part of the Herb Pharm crew. It truly felt like a team. Wendy, Customer Service Manager and tour guide extraordinaire, was awesome in every way. Cold water was waiting for us each time she picked us up sweaty from touring the Pharm.

Herb Pharm grows over 70 of the 200 herbs present in their rock star herbal product line as a way to ensure superior quality control while preserving at-risk herbs. This has earned them a Botanical Sanctuary status from United Plant Savers.

2017-HerbPharm4-RGB.jpgHerbs sourced from outside the Pharm are done 
so using a Global Personal Sourcing System developed by Herb Pharm. This ensures quality, purity, potency, as well as ensures each source adheres to sustainable agriculture methods and environmental stewardship. Their testing and purity screenings are performed upon receipt and prior to shipping. We witnessed their industry-leading practices when Pharm Interns delivered fresh catnip from a few miles away. It is apparent how serious Herb Pharm is when it comes to the ability to track items from the retail shelves back to the herb’s seed or source. Traceability of herbs is extremely important, and they take it quite seriously!

The manufacturing piece of Herb Pharm is equally impressive. Herb Pharm is very proud of meeting, and exceeding, the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices. We are so fortunate to have access to their products.

Herb Pharm's New LogoAll of these pieces of the puzzle are so important to reassure me that I can trust Herb Pharm and every one of their products, from seed to shelf – and everywhere in between. I also feel confident calling Herb Pharm with any questions or concerns I may have.

Many thanks to Herb Pharm. The “Pharm” is just beautiful and I look forward to visiting again someday!

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Tags: Organic, Wellness/Body Care, Herbs