Jeff and Melanie Carpenter, owners and operators of Zack Woods Herb Farm, co-authored the book, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer in 2015.
Jeff Carpenter has farming in his blood. Descended from generations of Vermont farmers, Jeff deepened his love and understanding of plants through an apprenticeship with Rosemary Gladstar and as the former co-owner of Sage Mountain Herb Products. Since those early days, Jeff’s work as a farmer, agricultural consultant, author, educator, and researcher has focused on the cultivation, conservation, and marketing of medicinal herbs. His passion for the green world is evident as he spends his days working in the fields and in the community.
Melanie Carpenter grew up at Sage Mountain with her step-mother and herbal visionary Rosemary Gladstar. It was from Rosemary that Melanie first cultivated a love for medicinal plants and for the last twenty years, Melanie has worked in the field of medicinal herbs as a farmer, mother, community herbalist, and educator. She believes that some of the most profound teachings and healings come from working on the land with the plants and offers classes on the farm to help people explore and deepen their connection to the green world.