The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production

A leading light in the field of medicinal herb cultivation, 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 US, 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. Increasin

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3 Responses to The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production

  1. samworm says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A wonderful Resource!, February 12, 2012
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    This review is from: The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production (Paperback)
    Peg Schafer has created a beautifully layed out book for anyone interested in growing Chinese medicinal plants. After many years of growing Western herbal botanicals, I was not quite sure the best way to start going about growing Chinese herbs. Having a book available written and created by someone with years of experience growing Chinese medicinals, is a real treat and a real gem and it has installed the confidence in me that I too can grow these plants over here in the Western world. The pictures are fabulous and the layout is easy to follow. This book has also been a wonderful addition for me as a student of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) as it is SO nice and invaluable to be able to see the picture of the whole plant I am studying besides just reviewing a dried portion of the plant and a sketch. I am so excited to begin growing these plants and to see them in person! I highly recommend this book to anyone passionate about plants and who wants to learn more about growing Chinese Medicinal herbs.

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  2. Ileana Grams-Moog says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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    A Truly Excellent Resource, April 5, 2012
    This review is from: The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production (Paperback)
    I am not a grower of Chinese herbs. I grow Western herbs for my own use, and make tinctures and such from them. I am interested in Chinese herbalism and was looking for a guide to the plants that would be helpful both in understanding their herbal uses and in making decisions about whether to grow them. This book is written for the audience implied in the title, and goes far beyond what I can use, but it is also excellent in satisfying my needs.

    It is clearly written, beautifully and helpfully illustrated, and well laid out. The descriptions of the plants include Chinese names as well as Western ones, their uses in Chinese herbal preparations, recipes if the herbs have culinary uses, and extensive instruction on cultivation and processing. The many tables add to the book’s usefulness, and include a table listing plants by invasive potential, which is a concern of mine, as it is a global problem as the immune system of local ecosystems becomes increasingly weakened by pollution and soil depletion. This table alone is witness to the author’s thoroughness and care. An outstanding contribution to the field.

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  3. tokireiki says:
    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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    appropriate and insightful guide for all skill levels!!, March 9, 2012
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    This review is from: The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production (Paperback)
    As a student of Chinese Medicine with interest in growing medicinal herbs, this book is a coveted companion and guide– neatly organized and expertly explained. Peg cares to get reliable source information and has years of experience in a field where few have been brave enough to venture. Her farm and passion are sources of inspiration and I am so grateful for the guidance.

    This book is well thought out with the care and craft of a seasoned gardener. For casual readers, determined growers, students and savants, needs are met with a practical and informative approach, easily understood for growing at any skill level. Photos convey details and imagery that other texts have yet to provide. Helpful charts are included with information that would take years (if not lifetimes) to otherwise compile. Peg has done the extensive footwork for us and passes on informational seeds for us to grow beautiful, effective, healing botanicals.

    For students, this is a priceless resource to deepen our studies and understanding of how the medicine grows and thrives. Understanding the process and background of cultivation is essential to a well-rounded education in herbal medicine.

    THANK YOU PEG SCHAFER!!!

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