Does anyone have any recommendations for any fiction written on the theme of homesteaders or times gone by? I've loved the Earth's Children series (Clan of the cave Bear etc) by Jean Auel and I'm now nearly finished the series by Diana Gabaldon. Both are rich in detail of the plants used back then for medicinal purposes, and are just generally very informative of times that were 'gentler' on the earth than we are now.
I loved the Red Mars/Green Mars/Blue Mars series. Not much focus on medicinal plants, but all about improving the environment through management, with wonder over the technical details and high drama over the ethical dilemmas. They mostly aren't gentle to Mars, but they all try to be good to it, in various ways.
"the qualities of these bacteria, like the heat of the sun, electricity, or the qualities of metals, are part of the storehouse of knowledge of all men. They are manifestations of the laws of nature, free to all men and reserved exclusively to none." SCOTUS, Funk Bros. Seed Co. v. Kale Inoculant Co.
gabaldon a auel are fun reads. i can't think of any other fiction right off the top of my head. A great read for a real life picture of homesteading without the fanciful successes in fiction stories (they wouldn't be any fun without them) is 'pioneer women' voices from the kansas frontier. Joanna Stratton. it is a collection of letters and autobiographical accounts written by true women homesteaders that settled in kansas. they have some amazing stories to tell!