The Wheel Herb Farm started in 2014, in Olympia, Washington. We grow many herbs, vegetables, and flowers, but focus on Asian medicinal herbs for licensed acupuncturists.
I became interested in Asian medicinal herbs for several reasons. Working with plants professionally and personally, I noticed that many Asian vegetable varieties, ornamental trees and shrubs were being grown successfully here in the Pacific Northwest. And, I often preferred them in the landscape and in the kitchen. I also regularly sought acupuncture and had experienced the results of personalized Chinese herbal preparations.
So, I started to wonder if anyone was growing Asian medicinal herbs in the United States. In 2012, I heard about Peg Schafer’s book “The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production.” I bought the book immediately and have since been networking with practitioners and other growers interested in increasing the availability of domestically grown Asian medicinal herbs.
The Wheel participates in Asian medicinal herb plant trials with other growers. We are all striving to increase the availability of efficacious, Asian medicinal herbs for use by American acupuncturists. It is a long term goal, especially since many of the plants are perennials and require several years to mature.