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Please join me in welcoming Anne Stobart, author of The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook




Read the book review here!

Anne Stobart will be hanging out in the forums until June 12th answering questions and sharing her experiences with you all.

At the end of the week, we'll make a drawing for 4 lucky winners to win a copy of her book! From now until Friday, all new posts in the Forest Garden forum are eligible to win.

To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email. Higher quality posts are weighed more highly than posts that just say, "I want this book!"

The winners will be notified by Purple Moosage and must respond within 24 hours. Only the winners who respond within that timeframe will receive their book. Watch for a PM, and a notice in this thread announcing the winners!


Please remember that we favour perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Anne Stobart name to get her attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.


Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the book, but please say "Hi!" to Anne Stobart and make her feel welcome!
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Hi Anne, welcome to Permies! Its nice to have you join us for a book promotion and we're glad you're here.
 
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WELCOME!

 
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I’m so excited to learn more about this tilopic. Welcome, Anne, from another Anne!
 
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Hi Anne, great to have you here!
 
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Thank you for joining us.
 
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Hello Anne, a book about a medicinal forest garden sounds like a dream. Interested!
 
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Welcome Anne! Your book is great and I'm so pleased we can have a giveaway of it here.
 
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Welcome Anne, I am also new to this site. Your book definitely looks like something I need. I love to learn. So far this forum is very educational.
 
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Hi Everyone, I am so pleased to be able to join you this week. I am looking forward to sharing thoughts about the medicinal forest garden and related topics - and hope I can manage the workings of posting right! It is great to see the incredible range of expertise and interests on the forums, so I expect to learn a lot too. With best wishes to all, Anne
 
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Anne, it is good to have you join us here at permies!  

I am looking forward to learning more about Food Forests and medicinal plants and trees that will work in a food forest.

Welcome!
 
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Welcome Ann - your book sounds awesome - awesome enough that I thought I'd recommend it to my Regional Library system - darn virus, they're not accepting new recommendations at the moment.  I have definitely found that UK books are often easier for people on the Pacific North West Coast to relate to. Our weather patterns have similarities that complement nicely and your specific experience turning a conifer forest into a food forest also relates - we have several acres of natural second growth Cedar (which is failing in this area) and Doug Fir. It's very shady in there, but with the cedars thinning and dying, we're seeing ferns and bracken move in, and in areas, English Ivy take over.
 
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This sounds like a book I would love to have!  I am so happy when someone takes the time to put a book together of natural medicines or wild foods that most of us no nohting about anymore. We have lost so much knowledge of the world around us in the last decades. I am glad there are still a good many out there that know about these things still and are willing to share their knowledge.  I know a little but am always trying to learn more about the natural world around me.  MUCH of the medical field now is not about healing but abou profit only.  Not that doctors or pharmesutical companies shouldn't be paid for their work and/or product  but it should be reasonalble.  And too many meds are pushed out before they are properly tested.  I wouldlike to be able to control some of my own healing treatments. And what better way then what nature has provided.  
 
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Welcome! What an awesome topic - I'm definitely looking forward to learning more!
 
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Welcome, Anne! A wonderful topic indeed!
Looking forward to learning more and more!
 
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Welcome Anne!  Looking forward to reading your book as it's definitely a topic I'm interested in.
 
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Hi Everyone, thanks for a warm welcome on permies.com. I am truly chuffed with the level of interest in The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook. I have to admit it has been something of a labour of love, going back at least 15 years. That was when I decided to do something about sourcing of medicinal plants, especially ones that were possible to grow in the UK and did not have to be imported. As in USA there are a number of smallscale herb producers but we have a long way to go before hitting the big time and supplying major tea and supplement manufacturers! This is just the start! Meanwhile at least we can investigate supplying for selfsufficiency and smallscale artisan produce. You can see our particular journey with Holt Wood Herbs at www.holtwoodherbs.com and here is an aerial view taken earlier in the year.
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Holt Wood Site February 2020
Holt Wood Site February 2020
 
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Greetings from Prince Edward Island! We are a Zone 5b and I'm always looking for wisdom on how to turn my urban .22acre lot into a wild yet productive space. Weeds are welcome at my house:)
 
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I want my garden to be my apothecary!  I have been gathering and drying herbs and flowers for years and using them in infused oils, teas, bitters, etc.  I would love to learn more from your book.
 
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Welcome, Anne. I’m really looking forward to learning more of what I can add to my suburban lot that adds to my medicinal herbs and trees. Thank you for being here.
 
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It’s a fantastic concept, the medicinal forest garden. I like the concept of food as medicine also. I’m tuning in.
 
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Hello and welcome to the forum/ Looking forward to finding out more about the potential of medicinal plants in the forst garden
 
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Welcome Anne! Perfect topic, especially now with the need for natural medicines and forest conservation/regeneration being so great. I definitely need to up my medicinal plant knowledge to apply at the food forests I manage and my own 25acres in NW California, which seems to share some climatic similarities on the coast to your region.

One question that came to mind, does English ivy have some medicinal use that would make me feel less inclined to eradicate it wherever possible? It’s the only plant I can think of that I have absolutely no tolerance for, but if it were some kind of medicine, then pulling it wherever I see it would be one less chore to do! Thanks for your book and sharing your knowledge on this forum.
 
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Hi Anne! I’m so excited to get to read your book and to hear what you have to say about your experiences and knowledge. Welcome!❤️
 
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Late coming in but definitely interested in this topic. I'm hoping there will be some discussion of medicinal herbs that can be effectively (healthfully) smoked in moderation to improve lung function.

 
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Hi Anne, I’m interested to learn more!
 
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Great topic, can't wait to see the book!  Congrats!  
 
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I want this book! Please lol so excited! Love our forests!!!
 
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Welcome Anne. Thank you for sharing.
 
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Hello, Anne,

Welcome! I'm glad you and your interesting book are participating at Permies.com.

Be well!
 
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Welcome! I’m excited about the opportunity to learn more and the book giveaway as well! I’m in the subtropics.
 
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Super excited to learn and grow!  Will be looking for your book either way, as it sounds like something friend and family would enjoy..
 
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Hi Anne, Thanks for sharing about Forest Gardens. I’m wondering where your forest gardens have been located. Have any been in the tropics? I live in Hawaii.
 
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Weather I win this book or buy it I am sooooo looking forward to reading it! I have had a small scale personal medicinal herbal garden for 10 years at least. Along with a decade long dream of a food forest with medicinals highly interwoven as food and medicine intrinsically are. I am excited to glean any and all knowledge of the patterns involved through your experienceThanks for trailblazing this noble field and writing this book Anne!
 
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PLANTS ARE HEALERS!

Thanks for gathering the information and knowledge so that we can carry it forward to apply to our own gardens and farms.
 
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Hello Anne,
Welcome....do you have a way to download all your info into my brain?  (Beside reading the book)  That would be lovely.  
 
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Exciting welcome
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welcome and excited to read the book!
 
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Welcome and congratulations on an interesting and important topic regarding plants and communities. I am very excited to learn more.

Mary
 
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Hello hello! A warm welcome to you from Maine! I've been lucky enough to be on 3 acres of mixed woods (conifers amd deciduous) and try to learn a new edible/medicinal on the land every year. I would like to know how to encourage the medicinals I have (partridge berry, wintergreen, indian cucumber) and am interested in transplanting some from nearby (New England Aster, Elderberry...). I am excited to continue this adventure and to learn more about the interconnectedness of the plants, mycelia, trees and critters.
 
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