ISBN: 9781603583305 Year Added to Catalog: 2011 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: 4-color Dimensions: 8 x 10 Number of Pages: 336 Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Release Date: November 28, 2011 Web Product ID: 643
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The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm
A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production
This is by far the most detailed and thorough book that addresses the urgent issue of organic cultivation and processing of Chinese herbs. lt will have a profound effect on future land use, herb availability, pesticide burdens, and sustainability in a field that is expanding rapidly around the world. I can't stress enough how valuable and rare this information is to practitioners and users of Chinese herbal medicine. I highly recommend this book for all TCM herbalists, as well as gardeners and farmers who want to learn the art of the organic cultivation of Chinese medicinals.
—Bill Schoenbart, L.Ac., D.A.O.M
For the practitioner of Chinese medicine, The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm is a teacher, drawing us closer to the herbs we use. For the casual gardener, it is a handbook for growing fresh Chinese herbs as part of a healthy diet. For anyone who has an interest in growing their own Chinese herbs, Peg Schafer gives us a new reason to look forward to spring.
—Andrew Ellis, author of Notes from South Mountain: A Guide to Concentrated Herb Granules
"Peg Schafer is the best artisanal grower I know. For this book, she has distilled the knowledge of the small group who, over the past two decades, has pioneered North American production of Chinese medicinal herbs, and tested it through direct experience. This book clearly explains the whys as well as the how-tos, and delivers information into the eager hands of all perennial polyculturalists who will grow us a post-peak oil healthcare system; it is a gift to us all."
—Jean Giblette, owner, High Falls Gardens and co-founder, LocalHerbs.org
Peg Schafer offers practical advice for anyone wanting to grow organic Chinese herbs, either in their home garden or to sell on a larger scale. There is no other book that takes on organic Chinese herb production in such an in-depth way. . . . Whether you intend to farm, or simply garden, The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm is a book manifest through years of persistent sweat equity that furthers our collective knowledge of growing Chinese herbs in America, once a dream, now an ever-increasingly established reality.
—Steven Foster, author of A Desk Reference to Natures Medicine
and Herbal Emissaries: Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West
Peg Schafer, the most experienced Chinese medicinal herb grower in North America, charts a new course in Chinese medicinal plant cultivation by providing the guidance needed to grow the most important of these herbs domestically. This book offers more than just cultivation tips, but also an assurance of proper plant identification, optimal growing and harvesting conditions, freshness of materials, and the ability to access Chinese medicinals with the lowest carbon footprint possible.
—Roy Upton, Executive Director, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
"Peg Schafer understands in more ways than one that good health springs from the land. Herbs from the Chinese tradition perfectly complement more familiar healing plants. The concept of 'regional medicine farms' resonates so well with the growing desire to eat more locally. But of course! We are what we eat, and that includes the medicinal plants that work with our bodies to create wholeness. Every plant person will instantly recognize the gift waiting within this book—Schafer shares many astute observations of how each plant garners medicinal oomph, what she calls the vital qi (chi) of each herb. And that's the right sort of inspiration to launch any thinking gardener!"
—Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, and co-author Nancy Phillips of The Herbalist's Way