WASHINGTON, N.J.Herbalist & Alchemist received recognition as a finalist in the NJBIZ 2014 New Jersey Manufacturing Awards within the Supply Chain Leadership category. The recognition honors CEO Beth Lambert’s work on developing the next generation of growers to supply herbal product manufacturers with quality raw materials sustainably grown in the Unites States.
“I was pleased to learn that your company had been recognized by NJBIZ as a finalist in its first New Jersey Manufacturing Awards," wrote Kim Guadagno, New Jersey lieutenant governor, in a note of recognition to H&A. “Congratulations on being honored as a finalist. New Jersey is certainly fortunate to have Herbalist & Alchemist investing in our future."
Lambert speaks at farming association educational events, talking about opportunities for farmers in growing medicinal herbs. While the organic farming and sustainable agriculture movements have increased the opportunities in farming, they have also attracted larger growers whose economies of scale make it difficult for smaller farmers to grow vegetables economically. Farmers recognize the need to diversify their crops and income stream, and Lambert has made it a mission to guide the next generation of farmers to the “right livelihood" of supplying raw materials for herbal products.
With many long-time suppliers to herbal product companies scaling back on the physically demanding work of farming, new sources for quality herbs that are sustainably grown must be cultivated. With her background in the Permaculture movement, Lambert has a deep understanding of the issues farmers face, and she is using her knowledge in this endeavor.
Herbalist & Alchemist was previously certified as a B Corporation, meeting performance standards for social and environmental performance established by B Lab.