Local Contacts and Other Often-Used Sites
Alabama Medicinal Plant Growers Association - The purpose of the AMPGA is to promote the development of a medicinal plant industry in Alabama through education and sharing of information on medicinal plant species and varieties, cultural methods, disease and pest management, appropriate harvest, processing and storage methods, quality standards, organic production techniques, and market opportunities.
ASANONLINE - Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network.
Horizon Herbs - Native Medicinal Plants of the World out of Williams, OR. Their mission is to provide organic seeds and medicinal plants with the largest selection of medicinal herb seeds available. Richo Cech and family have written many books, including Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs and Making Plant Medicine.
Ila Hatter - Ila is a wildcrafter and forager, raised on natural remedies along with a love and respect for nature. This led her into exploring the uses of native plants while living in the South from Texas to Southern Appalachia. Ila’s mission is to tune people in to the many ways they can make Mother Nature’s pantry and medicine cabinet their own. “I’m not gathering things to sell, but using them for education – teaching people what these plants are, how to identify them, what the traditional uses are, what the potential market might be for them. I combine my knowledge of the flora with folklore, telling interesting stories that go with the botany of what I do.” Her work is guided by a quote from Thoreau - “The woods and fields are a table always spread".
Jan Midgley - email@example.com - Native Plant Propagation, 2008. A wildflower and herb specialist, wholesale only, 205-669-4097.
Janet Smith - Raises traditional healing herbs in Alabama, propagating with aquaponic grow beds, circulating coy fish poop to plants, which return cleaner water back to the coy.
J Darby Farms - We are creating a homestead farm that shows the organic principles to our neighbors, but more importantly provides a place of grace and beauty for our families and visitors. New to the Alabaster/Montevallo area. The owner, Joyce Darby, is in the process of creating much-needed resources for the area. With help, she has created many gardens and greenhouses full of vegetables and herbs, along with many young fruit trees. They are starting a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program where they provide certified organic produce and farm eggs on a weekly basis. While the fruit trees are developing, they are partnering with the Powells at "Petals from the Past" to provide fruit. There is an "Open Farm Day" the first Saturday of every month from about 9-4. You can also see horses, donkeys, goats, llamas, alpacas, chickens, and bees. They even have have a solar-powered barn. The address is 13650 Highway 17 and the number is 205-665-4893.
Jones Valley Urban Farm - JVUF is a community-based non-profit organization in downtown Birmingham. Utilizing over 3 acres of vacant property, JVUF grows organic produce and flowers, educates the community about healthy organic food, and helps make Birmingham a vibrant community. JVUF will be a model sustainable urban farm that teaches youth and the Birmingham community about sustainable agriculture and nutrition through outdoor experiential education.
Mountain Rose Herbs - The best place to go to get herbal supplies, from small packets of high quality dried herbs to tincture bottles, droppers, and salve tins.
Petals From The Past - When it comes to plants, flowers, and gardening, no one has a better selection or better service. They specializes in antique roses, heirloom shrubs, and hard to find perennial flowers and herbs. They offer guided tours of the gardens and have added an educational building to provide educational programs. Jason Powell and family run the farm. His dad, Dr. Arlie Powell is arguably the state's top fruit tree expert.
Phyllis D. Light - Herbalist, healer, and educator for both allopathic and alternative paths. Phyllis has 25 years of clinical experience as an herbal consultant and teacher. She provides continuing education classes for nurses and other health care professionals as well as classes at the Appalachian Center for Herbal Studies. Her formal training was preceded by traditional training from Appalachian Folk herbalist such as her Cherokee/Creek grandmother Rosie Light and renowned Alabama herbalist Tommie Bass.
Rhonda Dial - The "Herb Lady”, an expert on using herbs for various complaints. A distributor of Natures’ Sunshine herbal products, Rhonda runs Go Natural, which is a comprehensive health mecca. She gives expert advice in many ways - a free class every Tuesday evening at 6 pm, radio and TV spots, and consultations all around central Alabama.
Steven Horne - Author of "Nature’s Pharmacy - An Essential Materia Medica of Modern American Herbalism" plus many other books on healing with herbs (and attitude). Associated with Nature Sunshine products. Steven resides in Utah. Thomas Easley - Thomas is the founder of the Alabama School of Herbalism. Thomas (along with Steven Horne from Utah) teaches about the six tissue states and the eleven body systems. Certain herbs are recommended for use, depending on the body system affected, the root cause, and the tissue state (hot or cold, wet or dry, constricted or relaxed). We start again in June on more advanced topics.
Twila Floyd - Integrated, holistic veterinarian who uses nutrition. Runs NOAH (Nature’s Oasis Animal Hospital) in Loachapoka (west of Auburn), 334-826-NOAH. Advises against traditional food in bags and over-vaccinations, causing emotional and physical stress.
American Herbalist - The American Herbalist Guild (AHG) is the only professional organization of clinical herbalists in the US. Valuable resource to find clinical herbalist.
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia - The AHP is a non-profit educational project founded by herbalist Roy Upton. The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendiums are exceptionally well-researched monographs on individual herbs. These have done much to update the pharmacopoeia of the United States. Richo contributes to these monographs.
Angela Dunston Barakat - Local author (Hoover, AL) of “From A (Autism) to ZZZ (Insomnia)”, 2009. Includes all you need to know about where to get gluten-free and casein-free products.
Berry Fruit Guide - Everything about berries.
Darryl Patton - Darryl is a publisher, author, educator, and Master Herbalist. He is a walking encyclopedia on hunting, gathering, and working with medicinal plants, primarily in Southern Appalachia. Darryl spent 12 years studying under the internationally recognized Tommie Bass and wrote the book Â“Tommie Bass - Herb Doctor of Shinbone RidgeÂ” in 1988.
Christopher Hobbs - Christopher Hobbs comes from a long line of herbalists and plant enthusiasts--maybe that's why he seems to know more about herbs than any one person aught to be able to know.
Edible Wild Plants - From the Library of Congress - Science Reference Services
Edward Fletcher - Head of American Herbal Product Association, plus other posts.
Flower Essence Services - (Nevada City) We are dual-certified Organic and Demeter Biodynamic for our land, wild-harvesting and product preparation - these are the highest standards in the world for sustainable land use.
Garden Helper - Your free internet guides to gardening.
Herb Words - Has easy-to-operate software (purchasable) that automatically figures the menstruum for tincture making. Patrick has taken a lot of the number crunching out of tincturing.
Herbal Gram - The journal of the American Botanical Council. This organization (and the worthwhile magazine HerbalGram) is the link between medicinal herbs and the mainstream, and its a mighty strong bridge. Mark Blumenthal and his team have done more for herbs in America than any other entity. One of the somewhat grisly tasks they undertake, is that they debunk inaccurate and misleading reports about herbs in the media.
Herbal Therapeutics - This is David Winston's homepage, with links to his excellent books on herbal therapeutics. David's understanding of the use of herbs in treating the various organ systems is unparalleled.
Herbalist-Alchemist - David Winston's site - Manufactures over 250 of the highest quality herbals extracts and herbal formulas. Our products are made from certified organic or ethically wild-crafted botanicals. Our extractions are done with certified organic pharmaceutical grade alcohol or pharmaceutical grade glycerine. All of our extracts conform to our strict quality standards.
Herbs 2000 - The number one source of traditional and nutritional health care.
International Herb Association - IHA offers guidance as an association of peers supporting herbal businesses, as well as the latest information on growing, marketing and using herbs.
Jim Duke - Plant researcher and ethnobotonist extraordinaire and a real entertaining ukelele player. I once heard him say that his motivation was to prove through science what we herbalists know to be true through tradition.
JL HUDSON - An ethnobotanical catalog of seeds. The proprietors are dedicated seed people.. This is a seed company in the old style. Great catalog.
Med Herb - Paul Bergner's site is a wealth of information on the clinical use of herbs. Paul publishes the newsletter "Medical Herbalism" for clinical herbalists.
Michael Moore - The Southwest School of Botanical Medicine is an important herb school. A huge collection of plant photos. A huge man (and a beautiful woman behind the man). Michael Moore is the herbalist's herbalist.
MoonBranch Botanicals - Plants produced in their native habitats consistently yield a higher quality product. We are a wholesale supplier of high quality, botanical products. We sell only to herbalists, herbal product processors, retailers, and others involved in the natural products industry.
Mother Earth News - Popularized information on alternative lifestyle, homesteading and gardening. Always amusing and often helpful, they've been around since the word "groovy" was first used to mean cool and hip.
Mushroom Mountain - Spawn and fruiting kits (South Carolina).
North Carolina Herb Association - NCHA is a non-profit organization established in 1986 to promote the production, marketing, and the use of herbs and related products through education and research.
Omorganics - Excellent spot to buy certified organic Ayurvedic herbs and especially their flagship product--tulsi tea.
Organic Seed - Farm-direct certified organic vegetable seed from growers that know how to do it right (in Oregon).
Pacific Botanicals - Wholesale only in one pound quantities. 4350 Fish Hatchery Road, Grants Pass, OR 97527. 541-479-7777.
Peaceful Valley - Definitely the place to find cover crop seed. The selection is huge, including materials for integrated pest management, books, farm tools and much more.
Peterson Field Guides - Steven Foster & James Duke - Medicinal Plants and Herbs.
Planetary Herbology - Michael Tierra is an herbal elder who is not old. His vigor shines through from the good health that is the result of practicing what he preaches!
Richard Schultz - Original clinical herbal formulas: American Botanical Pharmacy, PO Box 3628, Santa Monica, CA 90408. 1-800-HerbDoc. Save Your Life Videos, PO Box 8122, Van Nuys, CA 91409
Serenata Flowers - A resource guide to flower pollination - numerous resources that cover a wide variety of topics within the flower and pollination realm.
Steven Foster - Museum quality photos of plants and the most trustworthy and in-depth herb information available anywhere. Steven's books never overstep the truth--the pinnacle of balanced reporting.
Sand Mountain Herbs - "We will provide you with the best and most unique herbal seeds that can be found on the internet" - Owner Larry Chandler.
Seeds of Change - Offers the highest quality vegetable seeds available on the market. I've never received a seed from them that didn't perform.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - Located in Virginia. A good source for heirloom seeds and other open-pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds with an emphasis on vegetables, flowers, and herbs. They support seed saving and traditional seed breeding.
United Plant Savers - Non-profit grassroots group focusing on conservation of North American Medicinal Plants.
ALABAMA MEDICINAL PLANT GROWERS ASSOCIATION