Spring Project Update

Astragalus seedlings being grown for transplant

This season, we are trialing a variety of medicinal herbs in a few different locations. At the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, we will be completing replicated trials with two promising Ayurvedic herbs for the PNW. In these trials, we will be assessing how organic fertility options affect ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) yield and quality, and how harvest methods and timings affect tulsi (Ocimum africanum) yield and quality. We are also growing a demonstration garden at NWREC with over 15 species of Asian medicinal herbs and will be hosting a field day later this season.

We are also working with three other growers to trial ashwagandha, tulsi, and red sage (Salvia miltiorrhiza) under different production systems throughout the Willamette Valley. We’re fortunate to have the support of several grower cooperators and advisors for this project. A big thank you to the growers at Herb Pharm, Iverson Family Farms, Cook Family Farms, Banyan Farm, Root Medicine Farm, and Montecucco Farms​ for sharing your expertise!

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