Hillside Botanicals is a diversified hemp and medicinal herb farm located in Central Vermont, the unceded ancestral territory of the Abenaki people. This southwesterly hillside brings wondrous views of the Green Mountains and radiant sunsets that spill across our fields of hemp, medicinal herbs, and perennial crops. The vision that has become Hillside Botanicals was deeply inspired by this place and its energy.
Our founding team's backgrounds range from mechanical engineering and environmental lab testing to national electoral politics, renewable energy, and herbalism. What drew us together as entrepreneurs was a desire to work with the land and be in service to our community, In 2018 Hillside Botanicals was founded as a hobby farm that quickly became a mission-driven agricultural venture.
In many ways, we are drawn to this work as environmental activists. We refuse to perpetuate extractive economies that are damaging to natural resources and public and individual health. We recognize the obvious intersections of environmental degradation and human dis-ease, yet firmly believe that we can achieve collective well-being with intentional relationship to the Earth. With natural systems as our teachers, we cultivate high-quality hemp and medicinal herbs in communion with robust soils, clean water, and healthy plant and animal communities.
Our mission is simple: To cultivate medicine for people and planet.
Co-Founder. Herbalist. Director of Operations.
Sarah is a Vermont transplant, originating from the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Vermont with a BA in Global Studies, Community Development, and Food Systems, and has received two Permaculture Design Certifications. She has worked with community garden programs, national electoral politics, cannabis cultivation, and the renewable energy industry. Sarah received her Clinical Herbalist training at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and is an active member of the Vermont Chapter of Herbalists Without Borders. She feels most called to facilitate the reclamation of our human connection to the land and plants as means to achieve holistic well-being. When not juggling farm work, product formulations, and business operations, Sarah can usually be found barefoot in a garden, grooving to live music, or plugging into social and environmental justice work.
Co-Founder. Farm Manager.
Nathan is a third generation Vermonter from Randolph, VT. He holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University where he also played on the men's soccer team. After graduation, Nathan spent two years as a design and development engineer before leaving to apprentice with Ben Falk, an ecological designer in Central Vermont. Upon completion of the apprenticeship Nathan worked full-time gaining substantial experience in broad-acre crop implementation and management. Nathan also holds many years experience in the specialty food manufacturing industry as both a production assistant and facility engineer, which has given him a unique perspective on the nuances of food and wellness certifications and safety. After a brief stint working for Green Leaf Organics, a medical cannabis grower in California, he returned to Vermont to begin establishing the Hillside Botanicals farm on the land that raised him. In his spare time (what's that?), Nathan enjoys skiing, jumping into some pick-up soccer, and live music.
Joe grew up as a Navy brat and subsequently lived all over the United States and even abroad. He had a successful soccer career being named MVP at Norwich University twice and playing at the semi-pro level for F.C United in Colorado. He graduated Norwich with a degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology in 2014. He spent a few years in labs in the environmental testing and medical field before finding his passion in cannabis cultivation and extraction. Joe got his start in California as a caregiver and quickly found his niche in extraction, doubling the efficiency and improving the quality of the oil using his scientific background. Joe is also a certified EMT and volunteers on a local rescue. Joe’s passions outside of work are writing, mountain top views, swimming, cliff diving, and looking for new adventures.