Field of flowers with mountains in background

Lunar Whale Herbs

About the farm:

Noel in greenhouse

Noel, Lunar Whale Herbs owner

Lunar Whale Herbs is a small scale medicinal and culinary herb farm that strives to bring high quality herbs to our community. Our mission is to connect people with plant medicine and empower you on your wellness journey. Lunar Whale Herbs is part of the Farm Incubator Program at Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s Community Farm in Alexander, NC.

“As a seasoned farmer and community herbalist, Lunar Whale Herbs is the culmination of two passions,” says farm owner Noel.  “Having previously worked on various farm operations, I knew I wanted my own farm some day. Four years ago, I followed my intuition towards herbalism and completed an herbal apprenticeship with Milk&Honey Herbs of Shutesbury, MA. It wasn’t long after starting to practice that I found myself fully hooked into the magical and natural healing world of plants. Since then I have completed the holistic herbalism program at Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, NC and I am happy to call the mountains of Western North Carolina my home. The plants have led me on this journey and I am eager to share my passion and their wisdom with you all.”

Fresh Herb CSA details:

Bundles of herbs and roots on wooden planksThe fresh herb CSA allows members to have access to high quality herbs and have hands-on experience in creating their own herbal medicines. Members receive 10 shares with 5 generous bundles of fresh leaf, flower, or roots depending on what’s in season along with 3 “how-to” herbal medicine making videos, a PDF with basic medicine making techniques, and an educational email with every share on the properties of each herb and recipes for cooking and medicine making.

Some herbs to expect:

Spring: nettles, comfrey leaf, dandelion greens, garlic scapes, mullein leaf, arugula, chervil, claytonia, cilantro, parsley
Summer: garlic, yarrow, hops, boneset, catnip, feverfew, mugwort, motherwort, red clover, milky oats, sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, wormwood, mints, shiso, tulsi, basil, anise hyssop, sweet annie, calendula, blue vervain, skullcap, chamomile, echinacea flower, lavender, bee balm, spilanthes
Fall: ginger, turmeric, ashwagandha root, burdock root, yellow dock root, comfrey root, angelica root, dandelion root, marshmallow root, elecampane root

Pick Up Locations:

Bunch of flowers and herbs with mountain and farm in backgroundPick up bi-weekly from June – October

  • Pickups will happen Thursdays from 4-6 on the SAHC Community Farm in Alexander, NC
  • Asheville City Market at the AB Tech campus: Saturday 9:00am-12:00 pm
  • Marshall, NC at The Farm Connection: Thursday 3:00-6:00 pm
  • We are also partnering with The AVL box to provide pick up locations in:
    • Asheville – Pulp+Sprout: Wednesday 12:30pm-4:00pm
    • Asheville – Provisions Mercantile: Thursday 2:00-5:00pmBlack Mountain – Dynamite Roasting Co. : Wednesday 2:30pm-5:30pm
    • Brevard – With Regards: Wednesday 3:00-6:00pm
    • Fairview – Wilderness Plant Shop: Wednesday 2:00-6:00pm
    • Hendersonville – The 2nd Act : Wednesday 12:00-5:00pm
    • Mars Hill – Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery: Thursday 4:00-7:00pmWaynesville – Sunburst Market: Thursday 12:00-4:00pm
      **When you sign up with an AVL box pick up location, you will receive a discount code for 15% off your first veggie box with them.
  • Home delivery: an extra charge of $40 for the season

Pricing:

$ 300 for the season,
Payment plan available for 2 payments of $150

Apothecary Box Details:

Assorted salves and apothecary box goodsThe apothecary box is a monthly subscription box meant to connect you with the rhythms of the season through small batch, lovingly handcrafted herbal products from our farm.

Once a month from April-December (9 boxes) you will receive a box of small batch herbal products. These boxes will include 4 products such as tinctures, teas, salves, herbal infused oils, salt scrubs, herbal infused honeys, herbal syrups, herbal vinegars, oxymel, flower essences, glycerite, elixirs, and herbal seasonings. Each box will have a theme for you to work with that month, such as lymph love, nervous system soother, or boundary maker. These themes are meant to help you really dive into the medicine of that month. An educational insert on the medicinal properties of the herbs and ways to use the products in your daily routine will be in each box as well. Subscribers get special discounts on single apothecary items in our online shop.

Sample Box: Lymph Love to gently detox from winter and prepare for spring!

Lymph mover tincture (Cleavers, Chickweed, and Red Clover)
Lymph massage oil  (Red Clover, Violet leaf, and Dandelion flower)
Tea blend to support your lymphatic system (Red Clover, Calendula, and Mullein Leaf)
Spring Vinegar (Violet leaf, Nettle, Chickweed, and ACV)

There are a few options for receiving your box:

Have the box shipped to you anywhere in the United States!

Local Pick up:

  • At the SAHC Community Farm in Alexander, NC
  • Asheville City Market at the AB Tech campus: Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Marshall, NC at The Farm Connection: Thursday 3:00-6:00pm
  • We are also partnering with The AVL box to provide pick up locations in:
    • Asheville – Pulp+Sprout: Wednesday 12:30pm-4:00pm
    • Asheville – Provisions Mercantile: Thursday 2:00-5:00pm
    • Black Mountain – Dynamite Roasting Co. : Wednesday 2:30pm-5:30pm
    • Brevard – With Regards: Wednesday 3:00-6:00pm
    • Fairview – Wilderness Plant Shop: Wednesday 2:00-6:00pm
    • Hendersonville – The 2nd Act : Wednesday 12:00-5:00pm
    • Mars Hill – Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery: Thursday 4:00-7:00pm
    • Waynesville – Sunburst Market: Thursday 12:00-4:00pm

Payment details:

Sign up for the apothecary box in 3 month increments (you are not required to sign up for all three).

$150: April, May, June
$150: July, August, September
$150: October, November, December
Save money by signing up for the whole season: $400 April-December (payment plan available)


Donate a Share

bundles of herbs and flowersWe believe herbal medicine is the peoples’ medicine.

You can donate to match a Fresh Herb CSA or Apothecary Box to help support herbal education and access to fresh herbs and herbal medicine in communities in Asheville. Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy Community Farm will be distributing the shares with community partners; Lunar Whale Herbs is accepting donations to provide herbal medicine to our community partners.


About SAHC’s Farm Incubator Program

SAHC’s Farmer Incubator Program is an innovative program that allows farmers to access land at an affordable rate, provides mentorship and professional networking and other support for entrepreneurial or new agricultural businesses. The Farmer Incubator Program is located at SAHC’s Community Farm in Alexander, NC, a 140-acre property that serves as a synergistic model for conservation, environmental stewardship and productive farming working together.

USDA NIFA logoCFWNC logoThis program is funded in part by a grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.