When Randy and Cindi Beavers made the decision to leave their careers and save Cindi’s grandfather’s Sleepy Hollow Farm in Georgia in 1996, little did they know they would one day create a growers’ cooperative called BotaniPharm and develop a patented production process for producing botanical medicines with goldenseal as the primary ingredient. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this process “may become an industry standard for future standardization protocols.”
The Beavers discovered that goldenseal, designated an internationally protected species by the end of the 20th century, could be cultivated on their farm. Like Sleepy Hollow, they knew they had to do their part to preserve goldenseal and its numerous anti-infective and digestive benefits. They also realized their farm couldn’t protect goldenseal alone and that other family farmers dedicated to protecting the earth for future generations could cultivate the plant and make a profit. BotaniPharm was born.
Millions of dollars in grants received for goldenseal study
With the support of the Natural Products Manufacturing Facility at Blue Ridge Food Ventures and other regional partners, BotaniPharm has received millions of dollars through numerous USDA and NIH grants to develop the best way to grow and process goldenseal, including a $1 million grant from NIH and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to produce 250,000 to 300,000 doses for various clinical trials. BotaniPharm operates a full-time lab and produces and packages all of its products, including those for clinical trials, at the Natural Products Manufacturing Facility at Blue Ridge Food Ventures.
With growers located in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, BotaniPharm is setting the standards for producing a pure goldenseal product that delivers consistent performance despite variations in raw material, while preserving the traditions and shared values held by previous generations.