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 Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer

Author: Jeff Carpenter
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603585736
Release Date: 2015-05
Genre: Gardening

The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer is the first book to be published on organic commercial herb farming, written by a successful, small-scale herb farmer husband-and-wife team located in Vermont. The few existing books on growing herbs are often inaccurate, and inapplicable to the small-scale market growers of medicinal herbs, focusing mainly on growing in your backyard. This book focuses on quality over quantity, keeping costs down by innovating with existing equipment, rather than expensive technology and overproduction. It will help people interested in commercial medicinal herb farming determine what and how to grow using ecologically sustainable techniques while still remaining profitable.

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 Emissaries

Author: Steven Foster
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
ISBN: 0892813490
Release Date: 1992-04-01
Genre: Health & Fitness

Describes forty-four medicinal plants, shows how to cultivate them, and explains their medicinal use

Growing 101 Herbs That Heal

Author: Tammi Hartung
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781580172158
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Gardening

An organic gardener and noted herbalist presents detailed instructions on how to grow 101 medicinal plants, along with organic approaches to propagation, soil preparation, natural pest management, harvesting, and garden design, and features profiles of each herb and direction son how to prepare a range of herbal remedies and healing foods. Original.

The Hop Grower s Handbook

Author: Laura Ten Eyck
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603585569
Release Date: 2016-05-27
Genre: Technology & Engineering

With information on siting, planting, tending, harvesting, processing, and brewing It’s hard to think about beer these days without thinking about hops. The runaway craft beer market’s convergence with the ever-expanding local foods movement is helping to spur a local-hops renaissance. The demand from craft brewers for local ingredients to make beer—such as hops and barley—is robust and growing. That’s good news for farmers looking to diversify, but the catch is that hops have not been grown commercially in the eastern United States for nearly a century. Today, farmers from Maine to North Carolina are working hard to respond to the craft brewers’ desperate call for locally grown hops. But questions arise: How best to create hop yards—virtual forests of 18-foot poles that can be expensive to build? How to select hop varieties, and plant and tend the bines, which often take up to three years to reach full production? How to best pick, process, and price them for market? And, how best to manage the fungal diseases and insects that wiped out the eastern hop industry 100 years ago, and which are thriving in the hotter and more humid states thanks to climate change? Answers to these questions can be found in The Hop Grower’s Handbook—the only book on the market about raising hops sustainably, on a small scale, for the commercial craft beer market in the Northeast. Written by hop farmers and craft brewery owners Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring, The Hop Grower’s Handbook is a beautifully photographed and illustrated book that weaves the story of their Helderberg Hop Farm with the colorful history of New York and New England hop farming, relays horticultural information about the unusual hop plant and the mysterious resins it produces that give beer a distinctively bitter flavor, and includes an overview of the numerous native, heirloom, and modern varieties of hops and their purposes. The authors also provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the beer-brewing process—critical for hop growers to understand in order be able to provide the high-quality product brewers want to buy—along with recipes from a few of their favorite home and micro-brewers. The book also provides readers with detailed information on: • Selecting, preparing, and designing a hop yard site, including irrigation; • Tending to the hops, with details on best practices to manage weeds, insects, and diseases; and, • Harvesting, drying, analyzing, processing, and pricing hops for market. The overwhelming majority of books and resources devoted to hop production currently available are geared toward the Pacific Northwest’s large-scale commercial growers, who use synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers and deal with regionally specific climate, soils, weeds, and insect populations. Ten Eyck and Gehring, however, focus on farming hops sustainably. While they relay their experience about growing in a new Northeastern climate subject to the higher temperatures and volatile cycles of drought and deluge brought about by global warming, this book will be an essential resource for home-scale and small-scale commercial hops growers in all regions.

The Herbal Apothecary

Author: JJ Pursell
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 9781604697339
Release Date: 2016-01-27
Genre: Health & Fitness

“A brilliant addition to any library.” —Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and bestselling author More and more people are exploring the healing possibilities of plant-based medicines, and health shops across the country now stock their shelves with natural remedies, but treatments can easily be made at home. The Herbal Apothecary profiles 100 of the most important medicinal plants with striking photographs and step-by-step instructions for making herbal teas, tinctures, compresses, and salves to treat everything from muscle strain to the common cold or anxiety. This holistic guide also includes advice for the home gardener on growing and foraging for medicinal plants. Incorporating traditional wisdom and scientific information, The Herbal Apothecary provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to plant-based medicine. With the guidance of naturopath JJ Pursell, herb enthusiasts can learn how to safely create their own remedies using plants they know and love.

The Lavender Lover s Handbook

Author: Sarah Berringer Bader
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 9781604693997
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: Gardening

“I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” —Alice Walker The Lavender Lover's Handbook provides a complete checklist of the color, fragrance, size, and foliage of the 100 easiest, most stunning lavenders available today. In addition to details about spacing, planting, pruning, Sarah Berringer Bader offers tips to harvest, cook, and craft with this wonderful herb. The abundant variety, hardiness, fragrance, and culinary opportunities make lavender one of the most popular and versatile plants, and with this practical and accessible guide, it's easier than ever to grow lush lavender at home.

How to Open Operate a Financially Successful Herb and Herbal Plant Business

Author: Kristie Lorette
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781601383297
Release Date: 2011-03-31
Genre: Business & Economics

Today's health conscious society has redefined how many people look at small business in the food and health industry, you must not only greatly understand how to provide the newest and most effective herbs: you must understand how to differentiate, provide information, and most of all reach your customers before any one else. Competition is fierce and success can be short lived if you do not understand how the market operates. Herb businesses operating on the Internet alone have increased by more than 1000 percent since 2002 according to PEW Internet Research and that means a whole lot of people have tried their hand in this market. Whether you w ill he operating out of your home or you are looking to buy or rent office space. this book can help you with a wealth of startup information, from how to form and name your business to deciding whether this will he a joint venture or whether you would rather work solo. Valuable information on forming a partnership, LLC, corporation, or sole proprietorship the four types of business formations, is included, as well as the legal implications of each. The herb industry is booming, but there are still only a handful of experts and success stories, and for this hook, they have been contacted and their expertise added to the pages within to help y on understand what works and what doesn't. You will learn how to develop your product and y our brand and how to create special events and services that cad' boost your herb business and get your name out. Learn how to expand your business and enter the market effectively and what you need to do to take advantage of new and popular herbs as they are introduced to the market. This hook is a compendium of everything a potential herb salesperson needs: don't let it pass you by.

Growing At Risk Medicinal Herbs

Author: Richo Cech
Publisher:
ISBN: 0970031289
Release Date: 2017-01-07
Genre:

In-depth cultivation of 20 rare species of medicinal herbs from North America. Seed planting, care of seedlings, nursery and field production, usage, technical statistics, ranges, zones and marketing.

Herbs

Author: Lesley Bremness
Publisher: Dk Pub
ISBN: 0789493918
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Gardening

A visual identification guide to more than 700 species of herbs identifies which parts are collected and prepared and describes their different uses from cooking and medicine to crafts.

The Organic Farmer s Business Handbook

Author: Richard Wiswall
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603582490
Release Date: 2009-10-09
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What’s required is farming smarter, not harder. In The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit. From his twenty-seven years of experience at Cate Farm in Vermont, Wiswall knows firsthand the joys of starting and operating an organic farm—as well as the challenges of making a living from one. Farming offers fundamental satisfaction from producing food, working outdoors, being one’s own boss, and working intimately with nature. But, unfortunately, many farmers avoid learning about the business end of farming; because of this, they often work harder than they need to, or quit farming altogether because of frustrating—and often avoidable—losses. In this comprehensive business kit, Wiswall covers: Step-by-step procedures to make your crop production more efficient Advice on managing employees, farm operations, and office systems Novel marketing strategies What to do with your profits: business spending, investing, and planning for retirement A companion CD offers valuable business tools, including easy-to-use spreadsheets for projecting cash flow, a payroll calculator, comprehensive crop budgets for forty different crops, and tax planners.

Will Bonsall s Essential Guide to Radical Self Reliant Gardening

Author: Will Bonsall
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603584425
Release Date: 2015-06-10
Genre: Gardening

.Society does not generally expect its farmers to be visionaries.. Perhaps not, but longtime Maine farmer and homesteader Will Bonsall does possess a unique clarity of vision that extends all the way from the finer points of soil fertility and seed saving to exploring how we can transform civilization and make our world a better, more resilient place. In Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening, Bonsall maintains that to achieve real wealth we first need to understand the economy of the land, to realize that things that might make sense economically don't always make sense ecologically, and vice versa. The marketplace distorts our values, and our modern dependence on petroleum in particular presents a serious barrier to creating a truly sustainable agriculture. For him the solution is, first and foremost, greater self-reliance, especially in the areas of food and energy. By avoiding any off-farm inputs (fertilizers, minerals, and animal manures), Bonsall has learned how to practice a purely veganic, or plant-based, agriculture—not from a strictly moralistic or philosophical perspective, but because it makes good business sense: spend less instead of making more. What this means in practical terms is that Bonsall draws upon the fertility of on-farm plant materials: compost, green manures, perennial grasses, and forest products like leaves and ramial wood chips. And he grows and harvests a diversity of crops from both cultivated and perennial plants: vegetables, grains, pulses, oilseeds, fruits and nuts—even uncommon but useful permaculture plants like groundnut (Apios). In a friendly, almost conversational way, Bonsall imparts a wealth of knowledge drawn from his more than forty years of farming experience. .My goal,. he writes, .is not to feed the world, but to feed myself and let others feed themselves. If we all did that, it might be a good beginning..

The Organic Grain Grower

Author: Jack Lazor
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603583657
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Business & Economics

The Organic Grain Grower is an invaluable resource for both home-scale and commercial producers interested in expanding their resiliency and drop diversity through growing their own grains. Longtime farmer and organic pioneer Jack Lazor covers how to grow and store wheat, barley, oats, corn, dry beans, soybeans, oilseeds, grasses, nutrient-dense forages, and lesser-known cereals. In addition, Lazor argues the importance of integrating grains on the organic farm (not to mention within the local food system) for reasons of biodiversity and whole-farm management. The Organic Grain Grower provides information on wide-ranging topics, from nutrient density and building soil fertility to machinery and grinding grains for livestock rations.--COVER.

The Great Book of Hemp

Author: Rowan Robinson
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
ISBN: 9780892815418
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Health & Fitness

Explores the history of the plant and describes its applications, including its use in paper, insulation, clothing, paint, fuel, and medicine