Not all saleable crops are dependent on access to greenhouses or sun-drenched, arable land. Shade-loving, medicinal herbs can be successfully cultivated in the forest garden for personal use or as a small-scale cash crop. In this fully revised and updated edition, authors Scott Persons and Jeanine Davis show how more than a dozen sought-after native species can generate a greater profit on a rugged, otherwise idle, woodlot than just about any other legal crop on an equal area of cleared land. With little capital investment but plenty of sweat equity, patience, and common sense, small landowners can preserve and enhance their treed space while simultaneously earning supplemental income. Learn how to establish, grow, harvest, and market: Popular herbs and roots such as Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Ramps; Other commonly used medicinals including Black Cohosh, Bloodroot, and Wild Ginger; Lesser-known valuable botanicals like False Unicorn, Galax, Mayapple, and Spikenard.
Packed with budget information, extensive references, and personal stories of successful growers, this invaluable resource will excite and inspire everyone from the home gardener to the full-time farmer.
W. Scott Persons is the author of Jeanine Davis is an associate professor and extension with NC State University. Her focus is helping farmers diversify into new crops and organic agriculture.