The ground is starting to thaw, the days are getting longer, which can only mean one thing; it’s almost time to start planting again. With spring right around the corner, now is the time to start planning the garden of your dreams.
At Clay Bottom Farm, author Ben Hartman and staff practice kaizen, or continuous improvement, cutting out more waste—of time, labor, space, money, and more—every year and aligning their organic production more tightly with customer demand. Applied alongside other lean principles originally developed by the Japanese auto industry, the end result has been increased profits and less work.
Exploring the Healing Promise of Plant Medicines in a Global Industry
From tulsi to turmeric, echinacea to elderberry, medicinal herbs are big business—but do they deliver on their healing promise—to those who consume them, those who provide them, and the natural world?
The Business of Botanicals is the first book to explore the interconnected web of the global herb industry and its many stakeholders, and is an invaluable resource for conscious consumers who want to better understand the social and environmental impacts of the products they buy.
About the Author:
Ann Armbrecht is the director of the Sustainable Herbs Program under the auspices of the American Botanical Council. She is also a writer and anthropologist (PhD, Harvard 1995) whose work explores the relationships between humans and the earth, most recently through her work with plants and plant medicine. She is the co-producer of the documentary Numen: The Nature of Plants and the author of the award-winning ethnographic memoir Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home, based on her research in Nepal. She was a 2017 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar documenting the supply chain of medicinal plants in India. She lives with her family in central Vermont.
«In Conversation» with Ann Armbrecht & Rosemary Gladstar
As the pandemic marches on through the winter, more and more people are turning toward herbal remedies to help bolster their immune system and stay healthy.
But how can you know which supplements will deliver on their healing promises?