Sara Katz
Founder, Co-Owner & President
Company (Other): 
Herb Pharm
Medicinal Herbs and Plants, Organic Farming


Sara Katz is Herb Pharm's Founder, Co-owner, and President. Sara has been actively working with medicinal herbs for over 30 years. She directs the management of Herb Pharm, focusing on team-building and supporting employees, suppliers, customers, and relationships with the local community. She also serves as President of United Plant Savers, an organization dedicated to the conservation of North American medicinal plants, is on the board of the American Herbal Products Association, and she works with a number of local, state and national environmental groups.

Herb Pharm was founded in 1979 in Williams, Oregon, where it’s still headquartered today. This company was the brain child of Sara Katz and her co-founder Ed Smith, who reportedly started it in their kitchen. According to their website, it was a grassroots enterprise that relied upon apprentices, who did the harvesting and processing of the herbs, roots, flowers and seeds, all of which grew in their own garden.

Ed and Sara still own Herb Pharm as a family business, and are involved in the daily operations of the company. They now have an 85-acre certified organic herb farm (called the "Pharm Farm"), employ 75 people, and sell products to health food stores, Herbalists, Naturopathic Physicians, and Medical Doctors worldwide. They are as picky as ever about the plants we use and their meticulous extraction. We extract each herb according to its own unique physical and biochemical characteristics at a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Williams. As years go by, we constantly look for ways to improve the quality of our herbal medicines.