Detailed information on growing and harvesting organic Chinese medicinal herbs, complete with medicinal and culinary uses.
The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm is the first cultivation guide of its kind, and presents invaluable information for growers interested in producing high-quality efficacious herbs in all climates of the United States, with the historical connectedness of ancient practitioners.
It has become increasingly important–especially as the market for herbal medicine continues to grow–that we transition to local and domestic medicinal cultivation. Increasingly there are concerns in regard to not only the quality but the purity of imported herbs, and wild herbs picked for medicinal purposes are ever more endangered than in past years both at home and abroad.
Peg Schafer, longtime grower and teacher, guides readers with information on propagating, cultivating, and harvesting Chinese herbs, and presents fascinating new scientific data that reveal the age-old wisdom of nature and the traditional systems of Chinese medicine. Through seventy-nine detailed herb profiles–all tested and trialed on Schafer’s certified organic farm–Schafer offers easy-to-follow information, suitable for both growers and practitioners, for growing efficacious wild-simulated herbs. Also included is important information on species conservation, crop integration, and how to avoid the introduction of invasive species. Sidebars on traditional medicinal uses for each herb and delicious recipes are also featured throughout.
Vegetable and CSA farmers will find this book of great interest for adding value-added crops to their repertoire, and beginner growers looking to incorporate medicinals into their gardens will find this an invaluable guide to understanding where herbal medicine comes from. The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm will make eating-your-medicine more accessible than ever.
Part One: Cultivating to Conserve Connecting with Quality Asian Botanicals
Chapter One: Farming to Be Part of the Solution
- Evolving Herbal Traditions
- Risks to the Future of Herbalism
- Solutions for Continued Availability
Chapter Two: Herb Quality
- Wild Quality
- Assessing Herb Quality
- Regulating Herbs
- Like Fine Wines . . .
Chapter Three: Cultivation in the Nursery, Garden, and Field
- Seed Starting and Propagation
- Managing Your Soil
- Seasonal Care
- Managing Invasive Plant Risk
Chapter Four: The Harvest and Marketing
- Harvesting Medicine
- Drying Herb Crops
- Storing Dried Herbs
- Shipping Fresh or Dry Herbs
- Collecting and Saving Seed for Sowing
- Selling What You Grow
- Good Agricultural Practices
- Make Alliances
Chapter Five: Conservation and Global Trade in Medicinal Plants
- Current Status: Factors and Reasons for Concern
- Who Needs Protection?
- Protective Measures
- How Effective Are the Protective Strategies?
- Cultivate to Conserve
- How to Be Part of the Solution
Part Two: 79 Medicinal Herb Profiles
About the Author
Peg Schafer is recognized as one of the pioneers and leaders in the field of the cultivation of Asian herbs. After more than fifteen years of commercial herb cultivation and research at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm in Petaluma, California, Schafer has distilled her findings into a guide for growers and practitioners of Chinese medicine. Schafer has played an influential role in establishing a network of organizations including Fu Tian Herbs, the first company in the United States to solely offer certified organic, domestically grown Chinese herbs (which she-co-founded), The Sonoma County Herb Association, and The Medicinal Herb Consortium. Along with offering seed and field-grown herbs, Schafer�s own Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm operates as an experimental farm to investigate herb cultivation and aid herb conservation. Its internship program gives people hands-on knowledge experience in all aspects of growing and harvesting Chinese herbs.