Friends of the Trees Botanicals 2017 Catalog - Fresh and Dry Herbs

This catalog offers 107 botanicals from 95 species. We grow or wildcraft all of them personally. 57 of the botanicals are wildcrafted,

50 are cultivated, and 6 species we both grow and wildcraft.

Origins: 36 species are Pacific Northwest natives. 17 are weedy non-natives naturalized in Washington State that we wildcraft.

We cultivate 51 species from Europe, Asia and the US.

* 2017 is our 22nd year as a commercial botanicals business.

* Our wildcrafting is done in the northern counties of Washington, Idaho and Northwest Montana.

* Our wildcrafted botanicals are sustainably gathered to maintain healthy plant populations.

You may download a PDF version of this catalog using the link provided at the top of the page.

Scroll down for a table of current availabilities and prices.

Looking for anything not on our list?  Let us know as we are in touch with other herb growers and wildcrafters.

Here is a list of other herbs I’ve worked with.

Inquire about availability and pricing for:

Agastache urticifolia  |  Agrimony  |  Alder catkins  |  Alfalfa  |  Anise-hyssop, Agastache foeniculum  |  Apocynum androsaemifolium  |  Arnica fulgens  |  Birch leaves  |  Birch twigs  |  Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)  |  Black Walnut Hulls  |  Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa)  |  Cascara  (Rhamnus purshiana)  |  Chamomile  |  Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanata)  |  Cymopterus terebinthinus  |  Figwort (Scrophularia nodosa)  |  Foxglove  |  Monarda fistulosa  |  Mullein roots  |  Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)  |  Potentilla  |  Redroot leaves  |  Sitka Valerian  |  Sweetroot (Osmorhiza occidentalis)  |  Veratrum viride  |  Vinca minor, Vinca major  |  White Sage (Salvia apiana)  |  Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)  |  Willow bark  |  Wood Betony (Pedicularis sp.)

EDUCATION: Michael Pilarski teaches around the Pacific Northwest on farming and wildcrafting medicinal plants, permaculture, agroforestry, earth repair and related topics.  Check out our website for his schedule.

Would you like Michael to give a workshop in your area or speak at your event?

2016 Farm Report from Michael:

I maintained 3 herb plantings in 2016.

1. My 4-year old Hot Springs, Montana planting looked great in May but was decimated by grasshoppers for the 2nd year in a row. Sheep sorrel was the only significant harvest. Most of the perennials will come back in 2017.  The winter has been cold, so perhaps the grasshoppers will die back.

2. My 2-year old planting in Rice, northeast Washington did well, but I wasn’t there much to catch the harvest.  Still, there will be a lot of propagation material to dig up in spring 2017.

3. My first year planting in Port Townsend, Washington includes another medicinal agroforestry system with ginkgo, Paulownia and elderberry as the overstory.  Most of the ground was in oats cover crop thereby improving the soil so we can expand the planting in 2017.

A brief description of our growing practices

The herb plantings at Friends of the Trees Botanicals are agroforestry systems, which include a wide diversity of trees, shrubs, hedgerows, medicinal herbs, berries, vegetables and culinary herbs.  I have been farming organically since 1972. I was one of the founders of Tilth in 1974. My herb plantings have been organic certified on and off over the years.  Currently my botanicals are not certified organic, but they are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.  We use cultural practices and natural fertilizers to build soil.  Our goal is healthy plants, a healthy ecosystem and good yields.

2017 Predictions.

We plan on increasing sales this year both of farmed and wildcrafted botanicals.  We are planting more trees, shrubs and perennial herbs. We have a greenhouse this year and plan on producing 1500 to 2000 4-inch pots of many herb species. We

will be selling potted plants and herb divisions locally. Seed production will go up.  We will make a number of forays to

eastern Washington, North Idaho and Northwest Montana to do wildcrafting as well as forays in western Washington.

 -MP

2016 was a light year for my botanicals business, partially due to a very full organizing schedule (Medicinal Herb Growing & Marketing Conference in April and the Northwest Permaculture Convergence in October (both in or near Port Townsend, Washington).

Please inquire for our following catalogs:

* Dried Botanicals in Stock

* Seeds in Stock

* Spring Plant Sale

* Herbal Infused Oils

SHIPPING: We ship UPS, Fedex or US mail per customers preference.

Overnight, 2-day, 3-day or ground. Shipping is billed at cost.

Our primary focus remains fresh plant material. We have a reputation for delivering the highest quality, fresh and dried botanicals available. Although we dry some botanicals above our firm orders, it helps us if you place orders for fresh and dried botanicals early in the season!

Friends of the Trees Botanicals
PO Box 1133, Port Hadlock, WA 98339
Michael Pilarski
360-643-9178
[email protected]

A few thoughts on herb pricing.
 
I have learned a few things in my 22 years of making price lists for my botanicals but I am not rich yet.  I am competing in a marketplace dominated by cheap material imported from countries with low labor costs. So I don’t market by trying to beat their prices. My market is for high quality botanicals. So I am competing for the high quality market but as a general rule I don’t compare my prices with others.
 
I remember in my early years of running an herb business of talking to my friend Mark Wheeler, the owner of Pacific Botanicals (the largest organic herb grower in the US), and asking Mark how he did his pricing. Mark told me that he has learned what he has to charge to make a reasonable profit. This is also how I decide my pricing.  If I work my butt off for low wages at one price, I will raise the price to where I feel duly compensated. That said, I am not out to make a killing and keep my prices scaled back.  My buyers need to make a living too. I don’t need an expensive lifestyle.
 
At any rate, I regard my herb catalog as sort of a public service, giving people some idea of what a person has to charge to make a right livelihood from growing and wildcrafting various medicinal plants. Every farmer and wildcrafter has their own specialties and reasons for different pricing.

The table below may not appear correctly on small screens, in which case, please use the PDF (see link, top of page).




Common Name/Latin Name Part 1-4 lbs 5 - 25 lbs 26-100 lbs 1-4 lbs 5 - 25 lbs 26-100 lbs
cu = cultivated crop    wc = wildcrafted   Fresh Fresh Fresh Dried Dried Dried
Arnica, Heart-leaved (Arnica cordifolia) wc Flowers 22 20 18 100 75 ––––
Ashwaganda (Withania somniferum) cu Root 20 14 12 24 19  
Aspen (Populus tremuloides) wc Bark 14 10 8 17 15 12
Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) wc Root 15 13 11 24 18 16
Beebalm (Monarda didyma) cu Aerial 12 10 –––– 24 20 ––––
Betony (Stachys officinalis) cu Aerial 15 13 –––– 24 20 ––––
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) wc Twigs/Leaves/Berries 25 22 20 –––– –––– ––––
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) cu Root 12 8 6 24 20 18
Black Indian Hemp (Apocynum cannabinum) wc Root 20 16 15 30 24 18
Blackroot (Veronicastrum virginicum) cu Root 12 10 –––– 28 24 ––––
Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus) cu Aerial 10 8 6 18 14 13
Burdock (Arctium lappa) wc/cu Root 10 8 7 30 28 ––––
Bugleweed (Lycopus americanus) cu Aerial 12 8 6 18 14 13
Butterbur (Petasites palmatus) wc Root 13 12 10 30 24 20
Butterbur (Petasites palmatus) wc Leaves/Aerial 12 10 8 24 20 18
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) cu Flower 20 18 16 60 50 ––––
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) cu Aerial 12 10 9 20 18 16
Catnip (Nepeta cataria) wc/cu Aerial 12 8 7 18 14 13
Celandine (Chelidonium majus) cu Aerial 13 10 –––– 24 20 ––––
Chickweed (Stellaria media) wc Aerial 14 10 9 –––– –––– ––––
Cleavers (Galium aparine) wc Aerial 14 11 9 –––– –––– ––––
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) cu Leaf 12 9 6 18 14 13
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) cu Root 9 8 7 24 22 20
Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) wc Buds 24 22 20 60 50 ––––
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) wc Root 15 12 10 –––– –––– ––––
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) wc Leaf 15 12 10 –––– –––– ––––
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) wc Whole Plant 15 12 10 –––– –––– ––––
Devils Club (Oplopanax horridum) wc Rootbark 26 20 18 48 42 ––––
Elderberry (Sambucus caerulea) wc Ripe Berries 9 7 5 30 26 ––––
Elderflower (Sambucus caerulea) wc Flower 18 15 13 60 50 ––––
Elecampane (Inula helenium) cu Root 12 9 8 24 20 18
Epazote (Chenopodium ambrosioides) cu Aerial 11 9 7 25 20 18
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) cu Flower/Tips 10 8 7 30 24 20
Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolia) wc Flowering Inflorescence 12 10 9 30 26 ––––
Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) wc/cu Flower tops 9 8 7 22 16 14
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) cu Whole Plant 15 12 –––– 60 50 ––––
Gromwell (Lithospermum ruderale) wc Root 20 16 14 35 30 26
Gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa) wc Tops- Flower and Buds 13 8 6 20 17 15
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna, C.douglasii, C. Columbiana) wc Fruit 10 8 7 22 20 18
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) wc Flower 20 18 16 40 38 ––––
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) cu Aerial 16 14 12 40 36 ––––
Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) cu Nuts 7 5 4 12 9 8
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) wc Aerial 12 10 8 20 16 14
Hops (Humulus lupulus) cu Strobiles 16 13 11 30 24 22
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) cu Root 9 8 7 –––– –––– ––––
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) cu Aerial in Flower 10 8 7 20 16 14
Joe-Pye Weed, Gravelroot (Eupatorium purpureum) cu Root 15 12 10 24 20 18
Kinnikinnik (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) wc Young Tips 16 13 12 30 26 22
Larch, Western (Larix occidentalis) wc Bark 12 9 6 17 15 12
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) cu Stripped Flowers 28 25 22 60 50 ––––
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) cu Aerial 11 8 –––– 24 20 ––––
Licorice Fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) wc Rhizomes 20 16 13 40 36 ––––
Lobelia (Lobelia inflata) cu Aerial 16 14 –––– 40 30 ––––
Lomatium (Lomatium dissectum) wc Root 10 8 7 21 20 16
Lungwort (Lobaria pulmonaria) wc Lichen 20 18 15 40 36 ––––
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) cu Leaf 12 8 6 22 18 15
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) cu Root 15 12 10 24 18 16
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) cu Aerial in Flower 13 9 –––– 24 20 ––––
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) cu Aerial in Flower 9 7 6 22 16 13
Mugwort, Puget Sound (Artemisia vulgaris) wc Leaves and Tips 10 9 7 22 18 16
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) wc Leaves 9 7 5.5 22 16 13
Nettle (Urtica dioica) wc/cu Seedheads 16 14 12 –––– –––– ––––
Nettle (Urtica dioica) wc/cu Seed ––––   –––– 37 32 ––––
Nettle (Urtica dioica) wc/cu Root 16 12 11 38 32 ––––
Nettle (Urtica dioica) wc/cu Aerial 9 7 6 36 32 30
Oats, Milky (Avena sativa) cu Oats in milk stage 12 10 9 16 14 13
Oatstraw (Avena sativa) cu Green Stalks –––– –––– –––– 15 12 11
Oregano (Oreganum vulgare) cu Aerial 13 9 7 22 20 18
Oregon-Grape(Mahonia aquifolium) wc Root 13 11 9 16 14 10
Oregon-Grape, Low(Mahonia nervosa) wc Root 14 12 10 20 16 14
Orris Root (Iris florentina) cu Rhizome/Root 15 12 10 24 18 16
Osha (Ligusticum canbyii) wc Root 26 20 18 60 50 ––––
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) cu Aerial 12 8 7 18 14 13
Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata) wc Aerial 18 15 13 30 24 20
Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata) wc Whole plant w/ Rhizome 15 12 9 24 20 18
Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) cu Leaf –––– –––– –––– 22 20 18
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) wc/cu Blossoms 20 16 14 44 40 ––––
Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea) wc Bark 15 12 10 30 27 25
Redroot (Ceanothus velutinus) wc Root/Rootbark 24 18 16 28 22 20
Rose (Rosa gymnocarpa) wc Flower Buds 25 –––– –––– 80 –––– ––––
Rose (Rosa gymnocarpa) wc Flower Petals 40 –––– –––– 160 –––– ––––
Rue (Ruta graveolens) cu Aerial 13 10 –––– 24 20 ––––
Sage (Salvia officinalis) cu Aerial 11 9 8 24 20 ––––
Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis) wc Rhizomes/Root 20 16 15 40 36 ––––
Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) wc Flowering Tips 11 9 8 28 24 20
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) wc/cu Root 40 35 –––– 160 150 ––––
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) cu Aerial 18 15 13 32 30 ––––
Spilanthes (Spilanthes acmella) cu Aerial 16 14 12 22 18 16
Spruce, Sitka (Picea sitchensis) wc Baby Tips 20 18 16 40 38 ––––
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) wc Flower Heads, Top 5” 13 11 9 28 24 20
Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) cu Aerial 16 14 –––– 28 24 ––––
Sumac (Rhus glabra) wc Fruit Heads 12 8 6 20 18 ––––
Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua) cu Aerial 16 14 12 20 18 ––––
Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus) cu Rhizome/Root 15 12 –––– 24 18 ––––
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) wc Flowering Heads 16 14 12 18 14 13
Teasel (Dipsacus sylvestris) wc/cu Root 15 12 10 40 36 ––––
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) cu Aerial 16 14 12 30 28 ––––
Usnea (Usnea longissima) wc Lichen –––– –––– –––– 45 40 ––––
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) cu Root 15 12 10 30 26 ––––
Vervain, Blue (Verbena hastata) cu Aerial 16 14 12 24 20 17
Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) wc Foliage 8 6 4 14 12 10
Wild Lettuce (Lactuca serriola) wc/cu Aerial 16 14 12 22 18 16
Winter Savory (Satureja montana) cu Aerial 16 14 12 22 18 16
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) wc/cu Aerial 11 7 6 22 17 15
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) wc  Flower Heads 16 12 10 30 26 ––––
Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) wc/cu Root 9 8 7 30 24 20
Yew, Pacific (Taxus brevifolia) wc Twigs, Foliage 16 12 10 26 22 20