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I have a tiny food forest and a tinier medicinal garden.  The idea of combining the two is fascinating. I am surprised the medicinal plants are not shaded out. I would like to read your book to discover how you manage the two together.
 
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Welcome and Greetings from California, Anne!
 
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Hi Anne,

Welcome to Permies! I love temperate forest gardening, and I'm so excited to learn more about medicinal plants in forest gardening! I'm still a novice when it comes to homegrown medicinals. Thank you for joining us this week :)
 
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Anne, welcome! This topic interests me immensely because it combines forest gardening and medicinal herbs. Both subjects I'm highly interested in. I look forward to learning more about this subject.
 
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So excited for you to share your experience, welcome Anne!
 
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What an exciting book about an important subject; thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion with us. I steward <a href="http://www.herlandforest.org/">Herland Forest</a>, a 20 acre natural burial permaculture forest on the eastern edge of the Cascadian wilderness in the Pacific Northwest, so I'm eager to learn from you and your vision.
 
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Welcome!! Thanks for being here
 
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Greetings form Ontario Canada! Love learning new things and am super intrigued about food forests and how to benefit from my treed areas. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
 
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Welcome Anne
I'm looking forward to learning more from you and the forum discussion especially as I am very interested in medicinal gardening and want to learn more  how this is cultivated in a forest
 
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Greetings from SW Western Australia where we enjoy a temperate climate. This obviously suits many herbs and medicinal plants of Mediterranean origins. We do have a 30 x 30m Food  Forest already set up in our orchard on our 8 acre block, and it is netted to protect the produce against the predations of our '28s' parrots and small silvereye birds which are truly capable of wreaking havoc on any ripening fruits.
I have used flowering herbs such as chicory, rosemary, borage and European dandelion as attractors to insect pollinators and this has worked well. I have planted a variety of soft fruits, including  berries, apples, pears, plums, apricots, nectarines and quinces. Lower containers yield some Asian edible plants including daikon, burdock, and a variety of beaut edible greens.
In my past academic life, I published a goodly number of articles on medicinal herbs in the Australian Pharmacist journal. I continue to be strongly interested in the benefits of such herbs and would love to learn of their potential application to our food forest.
 
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welcome !!  my favorite topic !! (wannabe certified herbalist)

i'm curious, have you studied medicinal herbs of US?  i've studied herbs of the east coast.  mostly folk remedies & native american indians.  i am part Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape.  i was fortunate to grow up in forests & swampy areas with wise people of the area that were more than willing to hand down knowledge.  they were very supportive & encouraged my learning.  i started early in life & is a life long journey.

can you share your background with us ?
 
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Welcome! Greetings from southeast Arizona, where we try to both grow and forage as many medicinals and edibles as we can in a high desert mesquite savanna (there is some great, powerful medicine already here, like creosote). Thanks for participating in the book promotion, and enjoy your time on Permies!
 
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This book looks really amazing!  I live on only .81 acres but have added many medicinal herbs over the years.  The back edge of my yard is forest, so I’m wondering what I could add to this area to increase my diversity.  I have pretty much ignored this area due to the shade, but maybe I shouldn’t have.  I look forward to reading the book!
 
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This is a timely and exciting subject for me. I am in the process of supplementing my native forest garden with cultivated varieties.  I live on the very southern tip of the US Rockies and am very interested in thoughts on the topic.
I researched Anne's book on Amazon. I'm impressed with suggestions on HOW to use the plant material as well as their identification. Thank you for all the time and research that went into this important book.  I'm hoping to own a copy to add to my library very soon!
 
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Welcome Anne! I am so excited to be learning about medicinal forest gardening. I remember reading a little book called Mi'kmaq Medicines as a child. I'd love to find a couple of copies and send one your way if you'd like. Thanks for taking the time to create your book - it really does seem like a labor of love - which I look forward to reading!
 
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Hi Anne!! I am an herbalist growing a food forest with all kinds of medicinal plants as an understory, so your book sounds right up my alley.  Going on my to buy list now!  

Some of the medicinals I am growing are elderberry (grows wild here), elecampane, echinacea, bee balm, mullein and Greek mullein, roselle hibiscus, German and Roman chamomile, meadowsweet, marshmallow, yellow root, yarrow, holy basil (2 kinds planted and 2 more to go in soon if I can find room!), calendula, black cohosh, blackhaw, hawthorn, Black cherry (grows wild), ashwaganda, wild and garden roses, stinging nettles, Solomon’s seal, rabbit tobacco, pleurisy root, anise hyssop, rattlesnake master, blue vervain, gotu kola, comfrey, Chinese and European motherwort, mint, mugwort, passionflower, chickweed, dandelion, goldenseal, jewelweed, sweet gum (grows wild), black walnut (wild), red clover, skullcap, Saint John’s wort, goldenrod (wild), plantain (wild), creeping thyme—that’s all I can think of for now but there are probably others I’m forgetting.  I try to get any herbal or gardening book that catches my eye and yours combines two favorites.  Can’t wait to check it out!
 
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welcome to our family Anne :)
 
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Welcome Anne,

I have begun walking through our woods now and found mulitple things like Mandrake and curesall, queen Anns lace.
I have also found that we have three persimmon trees.
I look forward to reading your things.

Cheer,

OJ
 
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I want this book!
 
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Welcome Anne, we are super glad to have you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
 
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Welcome and thank you for your expertise. I am about to make a move to northeastern Wisconsin with the goal of creating a Medicinal Forest Garden - this is so timely for me!
 
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Welcome to the forums Anne, good luck with your book.  I am about to move onto 5 acres of land in the Matarraña region of Spain, the majority of which consists of neglected pine forest.  I am interested to find out what can be done in terms of food/medicinal plant cultivation once I have cleared the forest floor a little.
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Welcome Anne

In this now rapidlychanging world, you have timed this perfectly.

It is future people do grow there own food, that houses get build from healthy wood to trap Co2, People all over the world does see we need to change, the monymaking
companies see profit loss. Only company,s who see this change and act on it will survive.

regards kees
 
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Hi and welcome!  I love the topic!
 
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Hi Anne,
WELCOME! I've been an advocate of food as medicine for quite some time now, in fact the last decade, when my wife was diagnosed with Addison's and then myself a bit later with an under active thyroid so I've been deeply interested in and found my calling in traditional medicine and permaculture when we couldn't find all the answers we were seeking in conventional"Western"medicine. So much so that I was drawn back to permaculture, finally after many years of wanting to find out what it was all about but just never having made the commitment due to life as such getting in the way. I soon realized after completing my first pdc that life wasn't getting in the way, I was getting in my own way.

Along my journey I've come to know and cherish the permaculture household names that many of us are familiar with but I just wanted to take this opportunity to recognise your work and your contribution and give credence to that. I believe I'm definitely a worthy candidate for one of your copies of The Medicinal Forest Garden, not only because I'm passionate about and beginning the first initial steps to growing one but also because I'm in a position to provide you with publicity far and wide! I'm very well connected on many social media platforms belonging to very specific groups as well as associations such as The permaculture Association, I'm subscribed to a Ethical consumer magazine and contribute to them regularly by way of emails and letters. I'm also beginning to contribute my energies to the Ethical Lifestyle Toolkit, an endeavour created as a collaboration between the 2 aforementioned organisations and I'd very much love to be able to share what I've discovered with others by way of either just open discussion or in fact an actual book review which I do from time to time on Goodreads and my blog as well as various appropriate social media groups I belong to.
Whenever I discover a new author or practitioner who I align with I'm always happy to spread the word about them to all my associates, affiliates and friends and family far and wide.
Here's hoping I am one of the lucky recipients?
Namaste
 
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Can I just remind people that this thread is for welcoming Anne and that posts here don't count towards the giveaway.

Any other posts in the forest garden forum count, and better posts, ie ones that stimulate good, useful discussion that helps people, weigh more highly than 'I'd really like to win this book!' type posts.

So feel free to browse the forum, join in discussions, and to start threads to ask questions or share knowledge

 
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Welcome Anne, look forward to learning from your experience. If you don't use permies already, it's a brilliant culture of sharing expertise and learning and respectful attitudes. There's a wealth of info on EVERY subject under the sun. As a permanent publications author too, I felt extremely supported by the permies team. Off to forest garden forum to see what's happening!
 
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Such a wealth of experience here at permies.com, it is definitely on my recommendation list whether people are based in UK, USA, Europe not forgetting Australia and elsewhere. My thanks to the staff for keeping things on track too. I have a long list of queries to look into and I apologise right now if I do not get to answer every post about medicinal forest gardening. I hope that the book provides starting points for people getting into this as well as extra ideas for people already growing herbs. One of the key things coming across to me is that for many locations there are permies who have closely observed their natural plant species and also worked out what can be introduced successfully - they are the experts to draw on!
 
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Hi Anne welcome to permies! Your book sounds dantastic! And I've been wishing and hoping for a book on th8s topic. I don't know if it's appropriate to ask questions here but, I was wondering if you talk about native planters in this book?
Thanks so much!
 
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Hi!  Looks like a great book for my part of PA!
 
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Hi Anne.  Thanks for deep interest in forest medicals and for sharing it.  I hope you can come to my forest in Western North Carolina one day and we can host a workshop for folks that like to walk around in the woods.
 
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welcome
thank you for taking the time to share your knowlege
 
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Welcome! I am so very glad to encounter such an experienced and credible authority sharing gleanings of health-based  forest gardening on this permaculture forum. Thank you for being here.
 
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Hello Anne!

Thank you for giving away some books to us eager Permies.  But most of all, thank you for working so hard to write it and share it with the world!

I was curious about one thing.  When you say "medicinal", what exactly do you mean by that?  Are these plants regular, well-known remedies / aromatherapy / herbal / do you get into any ancient or tribal remedies at all?   I'm just curious what the focus and scope of your healing food forest is?
 
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Welcome, Anne!

Here in Québec I have been learning more about native plants and realizing how many of them are edible or have medicinal properties. Because of this pandemic, and the loss of much of my work as a performing musician, I have had the time and space to take a course about food forests.  During the online course, there was a guest who spoke briefly about medicinal plants.  It peaked my interest and I would love to learn much more about how to plan and care for a forest full of these incredible plants!  Your book looks good enough to eat!
Pam
 
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Welcome to the forum. I'm always interested in good sources for info on herbs.
Just interested in Herbs, how the grow, what they are good for, and any medicinal qualities about them.
 
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Hello Anne! We are so glad you are with us here! I'm currently in the Midwest (Ohio - neither Upper or Lower Midwest) gardening on a smallish suburban plot in a mature community (you know what that means - large trees!). I'd like to learn as possible about the possibilities of medicinal forest gardening!
 
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Thanks everyone! At Holt Wood in Devon, UK, we have been so sad to have to cancel most courses this year due to the coronavirus epidemic. However, this has led us to reconsider the situation of many people who would like to visit us but are too far away. Our project on medicinal trees and shrubs is rather small-scale so we do not have great facilities for visitors. All of this means that I am looking at developing a couple of short online courses to link to the publication The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook. One will focus on design aspects and the range of possible medicinals to plant in a forest garden context, the other will focus on best practices for harvesting and herbal preparations that can be made. There are so many different reasons for growing medicinals that I hope to make both courses relevant for personal interest or for developing a business (from our experience!). If these courses would interest you then the best way to find out if/when the courses will be available is to sign up for the occasional Holt Wood Herbs newsletter - there is a sign up form at the botom of the website at https://www.holtwoodherbs.com/
 
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Hi Anne
welcome to permies.com.....from the French Pyrenees.....I shall be very interested to read your book based on a forest garden in beautiful Devon, a favourite holiday destination as a child (Croyde Bay).....its often difficult to understand the language complexities in French herbalist books, so one based around the warm temperate climate of South West England will be much more pertinent to my mountain smallholding in the Ariege. I am reading Stephen Harod Buhner at the moment so my fascination of plants is growing by the second. I look forward to joining your online teachings.
 
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