Frantsila organic herb farm history
Frantsila Farm is a pioneer of organic herb growing and has been a natural health product manufacturer in Finland since 1981.
The Frantsila Organic Herb Farm is located 40km North West of Tampere, Finland. The area is environmentally clean with a high percentage of organic farms adjoining the Frantsila property. The farm has been in the same family for more than 300 years. The growing of herbs on the farm started in 1981 when Virpi Raipala-Cormier and her husband Jim Cormier decided to establish an herbal centre on the family farm.
The philosophical base of Frantsila Organic Herb Farm is to do as much good as possible and to help uplift the overall physical, mental, and emotional health of the public with high quality Finnish organic herbal products and holistic health education.
Development of herbal remedies and other herbal products has been an ongoing process from the early days to the present. Nearly 200 natural health products have been developed over the years.
Virpi and Jim Cormier have led Frantsila Herb Farm through various phases of development.
The early years were full of experimenting with different forms of organic growing. Many different types of medicinal plants were put through growing trials. The plants most suitable to the Finnish climate and those with the best medicinal quality were selected for growing and production.
The early years were also very busy with the development of an educational facility and educational programs to meet the thirst for knowledge of plants and healing. Frantsila School of Natural Healing was formed and continues schooling herbalists and other complementary medicine professionals. Frantsila Well-being Centre is the heart of holistic treatments and also acts as wellness center for visitors and groups.
By 1986 the public demand to visit the farm had grown to such an extent that another centre in the beautiful riverside of Hämeenkyrö village was established to meet this need. A public herbal exhibition garden was established. In the same area a vegetarian cafe and an herbal health product shop were opened. Here lectures are given to the public on different herbal topics such as growing, plant medicine, herbal beauty treatment and culinary use.
By being a very dynamic company, Frantsila has won several awards for its contribution to the welfare of the community. Frantsila is networking also with other organic farmers and wild crafters in Finland as well as natural, health shops, therapists, spas and holistic education professionals.