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Medicinal Herb Growing and Marketing Conference

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Fort Worden State Park

200 Battery Way

Port Townsend, WA 98368

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The Medicinal Herb Growing and Marketing Conference is a gathering for Pacific Northwest farmers, wildcrafters and herb companies; open to the public and consumers. This conference will be extensive including Workshops, Panels, Round-Table Discussions, Trade Show, Keynotes, Plenary, Herbal Beverage Tasting, Network Building and more.

The MHG&M Conference will have vendor tables and the chance to interact directly with farmers and herbal teachers alike.

Presenters include:

Adam Buresh, Brian Wallace, Christine Borosh, David Doty, Debbie Jakovac, Denise Joy, Greta de la Montagne, Heidi Bohan, James Jungwirth, Jeff & Elise Higley, Jeff Carpenter, Jeff Johnson, Jeffrey Bodony, Jenn Dazey, Jessica Gigot, Kim Otto, Leslie Lekos, Linda Quintana, Linden de Voil, Matt Dybala, Mercy Yule, Natasha Clarke and Victoria Dawson, Nicki Neilson, Nome McBride, Peg Schafer, Randal Buresh, Ryan W. Drum PHD, Steve and Amanda Braun, Terri Wilde, Tim Ross, Tina Glaessner, Victoria Reddick and more.
Read about all of our presenters and the workshops they will be giving at the conference.

Registration Fees

Early Early Bird (Ends April 1)
Price $190.00

Couples Early Early Bird (Ends March 1)
Price $340.00

Student Rate
Price $142.50
Please note that these tickets are for students only, upon conference entry you must show valid and current Student ID. Without this your ticket will be void and you will be charged the difference in price for conference entry. Meals and Lodging not included!

Half Work Trade
Price $95.00
This ticket is for those who have worked out an agreement with Michael "Skeeter" prior to purchasing this ticket. Upon check in your name will appear on a separate work trade list, please be prepared to show valid ID. Meals and Lodging not included!

Day Pass
Price $90.00

Friday Intensive
Price $50.00
Fees $2.24
Total $52.24 Two Intensives happen AT THE SAME TIME on Friday, so purchase only one unless someone else goes to the other, in which case, buy two. This is separate from your registration fees.

Our two Friday Intensives

Medicinal Herb Farming with Jeff Carpenter;
Growing Chinese Medicinals with Peg Schafer.

Intensives will run concurrently from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm with a 1-hour lunch break on Friday. A scrumptious lunch can be purchased from the Commons Caterer for $13. The intensives are a special opportunity for the transmission of a lot of focused information from two of the most famous growers in the country. The cost to attend one of these intensives is $50, purchased separately. More info...

MHG&MC Refund Policy -This applies to admission, meals and lodging.
30 days prior to the conference: 95% refund.
15 days prior to the conference: 80% refund.
7 days prior to the conference: 60% refund.
1 day prior to the conference: 50% refund.
No-shows: at the discretion of the event.


The 1st Medicinal Herb Growing & Marketing Conference is made possible by Mountain Rose Herbs, Oregon’s Wild Harvest, Herbal Vitality, Bastyr University, Pharmacopia Herbals, Living Earth Herbs, Sugarpill Apothecary, WallyWorks, The Essential Herbal and Friends of the Trees Society.


If you wish to purchase meals for the conference please do so in advance so we can have your meal tickets ready and waiting for you. Please keep in mind there are 7 total meals from Friday Lunch - Sunday Lunch. There are passes available for the 6 and 7 meal options or you can purchase you meal tickets a la cart. Please remember to purchase correct quantities for each meal type as they are not interchangeable.

The MHG&M conference has been given a final catering cutoff date of 4/7/16 Please purchase your meals prior to this date and note that they will no longer be on sale after it!

Breakfast is $13 (Sat & Sun)

Lunch is $15 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dinner is $20 (Fri & Sat)

Fort Worden has a large dining hall and caterers will prepare meals from Friday lunch to Sunday lunch. Fort Worden is run by a locally-controlled Public Development Authority and they assembled a culinary supergroup to develop a locally sourced eating experience. Our herb conference will enjoy their world-class dining selections, with a focus on local and organic foods. All food is made from scratch, providing an elegant and customized food experience. From traditional dishes to modern surprises, you’ll find dining at the Fort Worden Commons to be a real treat. This will be a buffet servery.

The kitchen and dining hall are in a large building called the Fort Worden Commons.

The Commons Café offers another food option in the same building. The Café is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., offers espresso drinks and coffee; house-made pastries and desserts; daily lunch specials and flavorful grab-and-go choices, including freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and made-from-scratch soups.

Participants are welcome to bring their own food.

As you might expect, Port Townsend has many wonderful restaurants.

Discount Tickets

Please note that if you are paying for tickets marked as Student you will need to show valid and current Student ID, without this your ticket will be void and you will be charged the difference of price for entry.

This also applies to tickets marked as Half Work Trade, remember this is an agreement that you personally have worked out with Michael Pilarski prior to purchasing this ticket. Those who are doing half-work trade will have their names on a separate list, please be prepared to show ID.

Important Information

Please not that all tickets purchased through this interface are subject to service/convenience fees the e.g. prices on the website which show $170 will show here as $180.34

All online ticket Sales will cease on April 14 at 6pm PST. Tickets will be available at the conference itself.

For more information about the MHG&M Conference and for contact info please click HERE

Schedule of Events:


9:30 am Registration for intensives opens. USO Hall Lobby

10:00 – 12:30. Intensives morning session.

12:00 Noon. General registration opens.

12:30 – 1:30. Lunch

1:30 – 4:30 Intensives afternoon session.

5:30 – 6:45 Dinner

7:00 – 7:30 Welcome and Opening Circle. USO Hall

7:30 – 9:00 Keynote speakers. USO Hall.

9:00-10:30 Social mixer. Trade show. Special interest groups meet-up.

11:00 pm. USO Hall locks up.


6:30 – 7:30 am Open scheduling for yoga, tai chi, plant walks, beach walks,

7:00 am – 9:00 pm Registration. USO Hall.

7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast, Commons Bldg..

9:15 - 10:15 Morning circle and plenary. OSU or outside

10:30 – 12:00 Workshop Period A, Bldg. 204, Seminar Bldg, USO

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Workshop Period B

3:45 – 5:15 Workshop Period C

5:30 – 6:00 Circle/Plenary

6:00 – 7:30 Dinner

7:30 – 9:30 Beverage Tasting. Growers/Buyers Meet-up. Trade show: Please note Tasting bracelets are an extra $25 and require valid ID.

9:30 on. Music, socializing, Open scheduling for caucuses or discussions.

11:00 pm. USO Hall locks up.


6:30 – 7:30 am Open scheduling for interest groups, yoga, tai chi, plant walks, beach walks.

7:30 am – 3:00 pm Registration. USO Hall.

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 am – 4:00 pm Herb Trade Show. USO Hall

8:45 – 10:15 Workshop Period D

10:30 – 12:00 Workshop Period E

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Workshop Period F. Special interest groups.

3:45 – 4:45 Plenary. Where do we go from here. Proposals for action.

4:45 – 5:00 Closing Circle

** Working groups/special interest groups can have meetings during workshop periods, at meal periods or during the evenings.


The program will run during the main workshop periods:
Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 2:00 to 6:00 pm
Sunday. 8:30 am to 12:00 noon and 2:00 to 6:00 pm

The children's program will include herb related arts and crafts, guided outings to identify and collect herbs, nature games, and herbal snack-making. We also intend to have a set of toys that can be used by various age groups for "free play" indoors or outdoors.

Chasity Sade of Port Townsend is coordinating the children’s program with the aid of several other locals. Parents with children in the program are asked to take a shift supervising the children during one of the 6 workshop sessions. We will be providing snacks, but parents should pick up their children for lunch. The program starts after breakfast and ends before dinner. The children’s program is subsidized by the conference and free of charge.

The children’s program will be centered at Building 331 of the Non-Commissioned Officers Housing. This is very close to the USO Hall, the main conference hub.
Parents interested in the program should contact Chasity directly at

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Fort Worden State Park

200 Battery Way

Port Townsend, WA 98368

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