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Not all saleable crops are dependent on access to greenhouses or sun-drenched, arable land. Shade-loving medicinal herbs can be successfully cultivated in a forest garden for personal use or as small-scale cash crops. Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and other Woodland Medicinals is a complete guide to these increasingly popular botanicals, aimed at aspiring and experienced growers alike.

In this fully revised and updated edition, authors Jeanine Davis and W. Scott Persons 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 medicinal roots such as ginseng, goldenseal and black cohosh
  • Other commonly used botanicals including bloodroot, false unicorn and mayapple
  • The nutritious wild food, ramps, and the valuable ornamental, galax.

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.

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THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE, TRULY PRACTICAL GUIDE
TO THE CULTIVATION OF WOODLAND BOTANICALS

…the definitive guide to growing our shade-loving native medicinal plants for fun and profit. ---James B. McGraw, Eberly Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, West Virginia University

Scott Persons and Jeanine Davis have written the only accurate and comprehensive grower’s guide to woodland cultivation of American Ginseng and other forest medicinal and culinary herbs… ---Bob Beyfuss, American Ginseng Specialist, Cornell University Cooperative Extension (retired)


Now fully revised and updated, Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and other Woodland Medicinals is the authoritative source for practical information on the cultivation of more than a dozen sought-after shade-loving native species. Learn how to establish, grow, harvest and market:

• Popular medicinal roots such as ginseng, goldenseal and black cohosh
• Other commonly used botanicals including bloodroot, false unicorn and mayapple
• The nutritious wild food, ramps, and the valuable ornamental, galax.

This comprehensive guide enables small landowners to preserve and enhance their treed space while simultaneously earning supplemental income. Packed with budgeting information, proven best practices, extensive references, personal success stories and an all-new section for the home shade gardener, this invaluable resource will excite and inspire aspiring and experienced growers alike.

…the most significant, must-have reference on growing ginseng, goldenseal, and other woodland medicinal plants.---Steven Foster, Senior author, Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants

…an instant classic in the fields of medicinal plant horticulture, sustainable agriculture, and agroforestry. ---Eric P. Burkhart, PhD., Program Director, Plant Science, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, The Pennsylvania State University

Jeanine Davis is an associate professor and extension specialist with NC State University. Her focus is helping farmers diversify into medicinal herbs, new crops and organic agriculture.

W. Scott Persons is the author of American Ginseng: Green Gold and an expert in growing and marketing wild-simulated and woods-cultivated ginseng.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; Revised Edition edition (July 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865717664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865717664
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For three centuries people have been taking important medicinal plants from the wild, but this book explores the much better way to meet the demands of a rapidly growing market. Persons and Davis provide state-of-the-art information on growing and selling high-value herbs such as bloodroot and black cohosh as well as the plants named in the title. There are plenty of stories from experienced growers, too, which helps to make this book remarkably enjoyable to read. The authors' emphasis never veers far from guidance that is both practical and profitable. Whether you want to grow woodland medicinals commercially or simply want to enrich your pocket of woods with useful plants, this is a treasure of a book.
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This is a must have bible for those interested in raising medicinals. It is very thorough and is well written with a lot of real people talking about their own experiences in growing these herbs. It has helped me tremendously.
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Extemely informative book! Very detailed instructions on specific techniques on how to forrest farm. Nice blend of scientific information with personal accounts of growers. I would highly recommend!
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This book is so amazing. Quality, accurate and highly informative. I haven't gotten to read the entire book as of yet but what I have taken in rests side by side from the Old Timers that live around me in West Virginia. I have let a couple seasoned Sengers take a look at this book and they were impressed almost as much as me.
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Instead of cutting down my old growth woods, I'm turning it into a long term woodland garden. Good information for the novice.
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The Bible on growing gensing and other medicinal crops. If it's not in here, you didn't need to know it. Well written by experts with absolutely current information.
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This book does exactly what it claims to deliver...Information, step by step from seed to marketing. Havent had time to absorb all information, only skim.
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This book has a lot more information than I expected. A lot of sweat went into this book. Anything you would ever want to ask about ginseng is in there! Plus it covers a lot of different plants and roots.
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