The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer

Author: Jeff Carpenter
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603585743
Release Date: 2015-05-06
Genre: Technology & Engineering

A new approach to growing local medicine, including information on geo-authenticity, wildcrafting, and developing a good business plan Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer will teach readers how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal Western herbs. Whether you’re trying to farm medicinal plants, culinary herbs, or at-risk native herbs exclusively or simply add herbal crops to what you’re already growing, successful small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter will guide you through the entire process—from cultivation to creating value-added products. Using their Zack Woods Herb Farm in Vermont as a backdrop, the Carpenters cover all the basic practical information farmers need to know to get an organic herb farm up and running, including: • Size and scale considerations; • Layout and design of the farm and facilities; • Growing and cultivation information, including types of tools; • Field and bed prep; • Plant propagation; • Weed control, and pests and diseases; • Harvesting, as well as wild harvesting and the concept of geo-authentic botanicals; • Postharvest processing; and, • Value-added products and marketing. The authors also provide fifty detailed plant profiles, going deeper into the herbs every farmer should consider growing. In an easy-to-understand, practical, and comprehensive manner, readers will learn how to focus on quality over quantity, and keep costs down by innovating with existing equipment, rather than expensive technology.Market farmers who have never before considered growing medicinal herbs will learn why it’s more important to produce these herbs domestically. The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer makes a convincing case that producing organic medicinal herbs can be a viable, profitable, farming enterprise. The Carpenters also make the case for incorporating medicinal herbs into existing operations, as it can help increase revenue in the form of value-added products, not to mention improve the ecological health of farmland by encouraging biodiversity as a path toward greater soil health.

The Lean Farm

Author: Ben Hartman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603585934
Release Date: 2015-09-04
Genre: Technology & Engineering

A practical, systems-based approach for a more sustainable farming operation To many people today, using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence is nothing short of sacrilege. In many cases, though, the same sound business practices apply whether you are producing cars or carrots. Author Ben Hartman and other young farmers are increasingly finding that incorporating the best new ideas from business into their farming can drastically cut their wastes and increase their profits, making their farms more environmentally and economically sustainable. By explaining the lean system for identifying and eliminating waste and introducing efficiency in every aspect of the farm operation, The Lean Farm makes the case that small-scale farming can be an attractive career option for young people who are interested in growing food for their community. Working smarter, not harder, also prevents the kind of burnout that start-up farmers often encounter in the face of long, hard, backbreaking labor. Lean principles grew out of the Japanese automotive industry, but they are now being followed on progressive farms around the world. Using examples from his own family’s one-acre community-supported farm in Indiana, Hartman clearly instructs other small farmers in how to incorporate lean practices in each step of their production chain, from starting a farm and harvesting crops to training employees and selling goods. While the intended audience for this book is small-scale farmers who are part of the growing local food movement, Hartman’s prescriptions for high-value, low-cost production apply to farms and businesses of almost any size or scale that hope to harness the power of lean in their production processes.

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

Author: Peg Schafer
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603583305
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Gardening

Providing detailed profiles, growing information and medicinal uses for dozens of herbs, a guide for cultivating high-quality herbs at home draws on new scientific data while sharing complementary recipes and coverage of such topics as conservation, crop integration and how to avoid invasive species. Original.

Herbal Harvest

Author: Greg Whitten
Publisher: Blooming Books
ISBN: 1876473479
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Gardening

Herbal Harvest is the most comprehensive book on organic herb production in print. In over 550 pages Greg Whitten covers all facets of commercial organic herb-growing: the state of the herb industry, site selection, climate, irrigation, weed management, propagation, trial plots, composting, pests and diseases, harvesting, drying, processing and marketing, innovative tool design, personal health, and more. Individual crops are organized by growth type (such as spreading herbs, perennial crown herbs, trees and shrubs, annuals, biennials, and short-lived perennials), plus the author includes chapters on wildcrafting herbs. Each plant section has detailed photographs and illustrations depicting foliage, flowers, and roots for easy identification as well as harvesting techniques and tools. Information charts for growing, harvesting, drying, and marketing each of the species can be found at the back for a quick reference guide.

Indian Pharmaceutical Guide

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ISBN: UCAL:B2928440
Release Date: 1970
Genre: Pharmaceutical industry

Includes manufacture, laws and literature, pharmaceutical organisations & institutions directory, chemists & druggists directory, allied manufacturers, dealers and their products,products with compositions, packings and prices, pharmaceutical manufacturers list, cosmetic manufacturers list, drug and chemical index, index to manufacturers & advertisers, and index to pharmaceutical products.