Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living Inc.
is a 30-acre organic farm located north of Brookville in Jefferson and Clarion Counties, Pennsylvania dedicated to educating all ages about the importance of conservation, ecological thinking, and healthful living. Quiet Creek raises vegetables, fruits, herbs, mushrooms and flowers. The farm uses only organic techniques when fertilizing the plants, controlling weeds, and managing insects, bacteria, and fungi.
Claire and Rusty Orner have been stewards of Quiet Creek since 1996. Combined, the Orners have over 40 years of teaching experience and 60 years of organic farming experience.
Eric Burkhart provides landscape and forest management leadership at Shaver’s Creek and teaches courses for the School of Forest Resources on tree and shrub identification, nonnative invasive plants, and herbaceous forest plants.
Eric also conducts research on native plants of economic and conservation importance, such as American ginseng and goldenseal, and offers practical guidance in forest farming, through related workshops and publications. His expertise includes: (1) identification of Pennsylvania plants, shrubs, trees, and vines; (2) native plant horticulture and plant husbandry; (3) economic and folk uses of plants in Pennsylvania and the region; (4) plant conservation and management policy; (5) nonnative, invasive plant identification and management; (6) temperate agroforestry practices (riparian forest buffers, windbreaks, forest farming); (7) non-timber forest products (edible/medicinal fungi and plants).