Colin McGee

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Where can we buy this? Do you have a page on Etsy or similar?
1 year ago
Take a look at http://thehumanpath.net/ - you should find something there that will work for you.
1 year ago
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.
1 year ago
Thanks Galen. However, I'm talking about growing in quite dense shade. I've grown various kinds of squash in the past, but they have always been in full sun. Are they happy growing in the shade?
1 year ago
Hello All!

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 in advance!
1 year ago
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.
1 year ago
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.

Anyone out there with some brilliant ideas?
1 year ago
Someone mentioned sterilizing soil in the microwave or boiling it. Doesn't that leach out all the nutrients?
1 year ago
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/
1 year ago