The non-profit association Hortus officinarum has been committed to the maintenance and breeding of medicinal plants using bio-dynamic methods for more than 10 years. The aim of Hortus officinarum is to provide high-quality varieties of medicinal plant species from top sources – pure lines and with strong vitality. The association regards seeds as a common good that must not be privatized through profit-oriented property claims.
In addition its diligent conservation work, Hortus officinarum employs methods in its work that take the plant as a whole into account. An example of this is the Goethean view of plants, in which the plants are experienced with all of the senses. Its members, which include medicinal plant nurseries, pharmacists, doctors of complementary medicine and therapists, as well as medicinal and natural cosmetics manufacturers work together to continually expand our knowledge of the nature of medicinal and aromatic plants.
Since 2015, Hortus officinarum has been responsible for the regular regeneration of medicinal and aromatic plant seeds in the Swiss gene bank as part of the National Action Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (NAP-PGREL). The association is financed through grants and donations. Sativa maintains intensive cooperation with Hortus officinarum and is a close project partner, for example in the Hypericum breeding project. Work such as propagation, threshing and cleaning of seeds as well as germination tests are carried out at Sativa locations.