Herb Farmer Training Course ~ Spring 2019

Herb Farmer Training Course

Pangaea Plants, the largest certified biodynamic and medicinal herb farm in the southeast, is now accepting applications for a comprehensive herb farmer training course taught by leading industry experts.

May 1 - October 31, 2018
Pangaea Plants - Lake Lure, NC
$2500 (over $12,000 value)
Herbal supplement companies have helped to shape this planet. Now they are helping to reshape the national economy. In order to meet new food safety laws, and demands from informed consumers the country needs to re-train millions of workers, and inspire a lot of individuals to become trained herb growers.

Students learn the intricacies of medicinal herb farming, from botany and bacteria to business and the USDA. They will learn modern, production-size herb growing and processing, receive food safety training certifications, and study sales techniques and business management.

Emerging every year we see a deeper interest in sustainable agriculture and young adults farming organically. Our certification program trains young farmers and retrains older farmers in a specialty crop market that is huge, diverse, and profitable. At the core of our certification course is quality and integrity. This focus will serve us and our graduates by becoming recognized as a brand of high quality and efficacy that will be trusted by buyers and preferred by consumers.

There are only 10 spots available for the Herb Farmer Training Course (HFTC). This small class size allows us to train farmers with the best practical education through hands on learning and a network of leading instructors from the industry including:
  • Pangaea Plants founder Gabriel Noard
  • Demeter Association, Inc Biodynamic Certification
  • Stellar Organic Certification
  • Gaia Herbs
  • United Plant Savers
  • Mountain Biz Works
  • NC Cooperative Extension
  • NC Herb Association
  • Earth Legacy Agriculture
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Local Herbalists

  • Membership to NC Herb Association, United Plant Savers and the American Herbalist Guild (includes lots of amazing discounts and access to educational resources).
  • Herbs seeds, cuttings, and plants from Gabe to jumpstart your herb farm.
  • Herbal products created during the course that you get to take home.
  • Farm supplies (pruners, rain gear, etc...) donated from local organizations.

See FAQs below if you have questions.



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Do I need to relocate to participate in the Pangaea Plants' Herb Farmer Training Course (HFTC)?

Yes. The Herb Farmer Training Course offers hands-on training. Classes will be held M-W and most weekends May 1 - October 31, 2018 at Pangaea Plants in Lake Lure, NC.


How much does it cost to attend?
The Herb Farmer Training Course (HFTC) is valued at over $12,000. Through collaborative efforts of Pangaea Plants, United Plant Savers, and the amazing blessings of cooperation, volunteers, donations and sponsorships each student will only pay $2500. This is an amazing opportunity of incredible value! We hope that you appreciate this cooperative effort to offer such a comprehensive training at such a low cost. The cost has been lowered to make it accessible for disadvantaged people and budding sustainable herbalists and farmers. Every effort is made to make sure these funds go to support people who are serious in launching their new career. Ready to get started? Enroll now.


Is preference given to certain applicants?
We give preference to locals and disadvantaged farmers consistent with how the USDA offers targeted assistance based on the characteristics of disadvantaged farm families including but not limited to: Beginning farmers Demographic groups whose members may have been subjected to gender, racial, or ethnic prejudices. Limited resource families > We encourage individuals from these groups to enroll  now to launch your agricultural herbal career.


Are scholarships available?

No, there are no full scholarships available for the Herb Farmer Training Course at this time. However, if you are the right fit, we can work with you on a payment plans or beginning business-coaching for non-traditional loan acquisition. Just indicate that when you apply. Enroll now as slots are filling quickly! Know that we are committed to finding THE RIGHT students and logistical concerns will not count against you during the assessment of your application.

What are the benefits of joining the program?
After completing the Herb Farmer Training Course (HFTC) participants will be equipped to understand all aspects of medicinal herb farming by leading industry experts. They will receive business training, GAP certification, and coaching in biodynamic and organic certification. To continue their connections to the herbal community, 1-year memberships to the NC Herb Association and United Plant Savers, and the American Herbalists Guild are included for graduates.


Can I take this course online?
Because of the nature of the program, we require all students to attend the Herb Farmer Training Course in-person. There are not presently any online opportunities.


Will there be future online opportunities? 
We encourage you to join our mailing list (on the bottom right hand side of the homepage) to make sure you know about our future endeavors. Check out Facebook and Instagram also.


Are there programs like this offered in other parts of the country and the world?
At this time, we know of no other comprehensive programs like this in the country. We encourage you to join our mailing list (on the bottom right hand side of the homepage) to make sure you know about future endeavors and opportunities for getting into herb farming. Follow Pangaea Plants on Facebook and Instagram also.


I have questions that aren't answered here...
Please email info@pangaeaplants.com with any other questions you may have.

only 10 spots available