Thanks all. Yes, Blueberries - and especially if I have pine forests to acidify the soil for them!
Sandy, yes, I've been thinking of a variety of mushrooms. Aside from those that will self-spore, there are a lot of felled hardwoods which would be ideal for inoculation. And absolutely to Japanese Knotweed. Aside from culinary uses, this plant is widely used now as part of a herbal regimen to help with Lyme disease, so there are a lot of places to use that.
Walt, yes, understood. This is why I'm looking for things to grow that I can harvest on a shorter time frame, to keep the rent paid while I wait for the Ginseng (and others - Goldenseal, for one) to come to adult, harvestable stage.
I have the opportunity to farm about 10 acres of forested land in SE Pennsylvania. The trees are mostly deciduous hardwood, and the condition is that the land is not to be cleared. Rather, I will be growing crops that are happy beneath a forest canopy.
I'm thinking of ramps in the short term, as well as mushrooms. For longer term crops, ginseng (this land is well off the beaten path), black cohosh, bloodroot come to mind. I need to earn a living off this land if at all possible so although the long-term crops will produce good returns in time, I need other crops that will pay the rent until they are at harvest stage.
Any suggestions as to which plants will work? I have slopes facing in all directions, canopy cover varies from 60% to 95%.
Thanks all. Some great ideas here. I especially like reusing plastic as much as I can. If it's already there, it should pay it's keep. Or some of it. Also, using cardboard tubes is cool. Given that I'm looking at trees, I may use paper towel rolls rather than toilet paper, and possibly increase the size by cutting 2 in half long ways and gluing them together.
I'm curious - what do you use for growing seedlings? I'm trying to get away from plastic, and I need some of my pots to be larger than normal as I am planting tree saplings. I'd like to reuse or recycle materials that might otherwise go in the trash.
To my knowledge, no states license herbalists. It would cost them far too much in donor money from big pharma to do that.
However, the American Herbalists Guild has a list of accredited members, so that's one place to look. (I didn't find anyone there, near you, as it happens, but it's a good resource.
As to licensing or accreditation in general, I believe most of our best herbalists see that as an unnecessary obstacle to what is, after all, people's medicine. Stephen Buhner, who I greatly admire, is a strong voice against licensing, and there are lots of others. Sam Coffman, for one.
All that said, here is a herbalist who is also a ND, in Memphis. I can't speak for him, but take a look at http://www.ahe4life.com/
We're looking to buy a piece of land, 5 acres or more, preferably with a house on it, somewhere in the Lancaster County or adjacent areas. I figured it wouldn't do any harm posting this here in case anyone out there has any leads! Thanks in advance.
I'm growing ashwagandha for the first time. I plan on harvesting the roots once Fall arrives, but am curious about what to do with the berries. They look edible, but I cannot find any literature that will confirm this. Anyone have any idea? Can they be dried for tinctures?
I prefer books too - as it happens I work in book publishing. All I'm saying is that I think it very unlikely that you'll find a recently published multi-volume encyclopedia of anything. Britannica is no longer with us, except online. From Wikipedia: "The 2010 version of the 15th edition, which spans 32 volumes and 32,640 pages, was the last printed edition; digital content and distribution has continued since then."
There's this thing called the internet. I suspect if you want a printed encyclopedia all you would be able to find is one that is many years old. They're not made anymore - the web has superseded them. Remember Encyclopedia Britannica?