By Peg Schafer
Trade paperback book
336 pages, 8.00 x 10.00″
Longtime grower Peg Schafer is leading the movement for the transition to organic, domestic cultivation of Chinese medicinal herbs. Due to raised concerns about the quality of imported products, and a renewed interest in locally sourced medicine, domestic and ecologically grown herbs are increasingly in demand. But until now, there has been little information available to growers.
The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farmer is the first guide of its kind, complete with cultivation and harvest tips for seventy-nine herb profiles – all tested and trialed on Schafer’s certified farm. Readers will find information on growing efficacious, wild-simulated herbs, crop-integration strategies for gardens, cultivating with an eye toward species conservation; traditional medicinal and culinary uses; and more.
For market farmers interested in adding value-added crops to their repertoire, and home-scale growers looking to incorporate medicinals into their gardens, this book is an invaluable resource to growing your own medicine.
Praise for Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm
“There is no other book that takes on organic Chinese herb production in such an in-depth way.”
-Steven Foster, from the foreword
“For the practitioner of Chinese medicine, this book is a teacher, drawing us closer to the herbs we use; for the casual gardener, … a new reason to look forward to spring.”
-Andrew Ellis, author of Notes from South Mountain: A Guide to Concentrated Herb Granules
“Peg Schafer – the most experience Chinese medicinal herb grower in North America – charts a new course in Chinese medicinal plant cultivation … with the lowest carbon footprint possible.”
-Roy Upton, executive director of American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
“I can’t stress enough how valuable and rare this information is … and highly recommend it for all TCM herbalists … This book will have a profound effect on a field that is expanding rapidly around the world.”
-Bill Schoenbart, Lac, DAOM
“Herbs form the Chinese tradition perfectly complement more familiar healing plants… Every plant person will instantly recognize the gift waiting within this book!”
-Michael Phillips, coauthor with Nancy Phillips of The Herbalist’s Way