THE VIEW from High Falls Gardens has been published one to three times per year since 1995. It's a chronicle of exploration and discovery. It's the old, old story of how plants beguile people and use them for long-distance transportation. It's about adventures in the grass roots, and has been our primary means of communication with Friends of High Falls Gardens for many years.

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Vol. 23 No. 1, Autumn 2018
Domestic Production, Second SNS Conference, New Instagram Archive, Honeybees

Vol. 22 No. 1, Summer 2017
Domestic Herbs Now Available, Shen Nong Society, A Tree Grows in Abilene

Vol. 21 No. 1, Spring 2016
Farmer Groups Continue to Grow, New Horizon for Botanical Studies

Vol. 20 No.1, Spring 2015
Grants Provide Seed Money, 1000 Practitioners Needed

Vol. 19 No. 1, Autumn 2014
Domestic Production, Eastern Forest Chinese Herbal Medicine Consortium

Vol. 18 No. 1, 2013 Year in Review
Grower Workshops Are 2013 Winter’s Harvest, Friends in China

Vol. 17 No. 2, Autumn 2012
New Chapter for HFG, Morris Arboretum Herb Walk, Communications

Vol. 17 No. 1, Winter 2012
HFG Interns Make Waves, Peg Schafer’s book is out, Ginseng Planting Workshop a Success

Vol. 16 No. 2, Autumn 2010
Keep the Dream Alive, Develop a Group of Plant-Literate OM Practitioners, Train & Support Growers of Herbal Perennial Polycultures, Advance Science by Defining the Locus of Quality in Medicinal Herbs

Vol. 16 No 1, Winter 2010
New Foundation, Eco-Ag in China, Land-Grant Scientists, Regional Networks, Honeybee Update

Vol. 15 No. 1, Winter 2009
Ginseng Direct Folds Into Local Herbs;  Training Program for Growers;  Book Corner

Vol. 14 No.2, Summer 2008
First Grant for Grower Education;  Summer Field Days;  Oriental Medicine and Agriculture

Vol. 14 No.1, Spring 2008
Local Herbs in the News;  Spring Garden Events;  Internships and Field Days

Vol. 13 No.2, Autumn 2007
Garden Dedication in Seneca Falls;  Internship Program Certifies 23 Students;  New Mexico Panel Discussion;  Medicinal Herb Workshop in January

Vol. 13 No.1, Spring 2007
Ginseng Direct '07 Deadline, New Seed List, MHC Sample Pack, Purdue's New Crops, Student Internship in August, Botanical Studies Projects, Honeybees

Vol. 12 No. 2, Winter 2006
Benefactor Matches Gifts, A Website for HFG, Book Party, Eventful Summer of 2006, Internship Programs, In Memory of Alice Lee Chun M.A. R.N.

Vol. 12 No. 1, Winter 2006
Kellogg Foundation Supports Botanical Studies for OM, MHC 2005 Sample Pack Distributed, Two HFG Internship Programs in 2006

Vol. 11 No. 2, Autumn 2005
Sample Packs in Process, VT Heritage Hawthorn Project, Robert Newman and Joe Hollis at Summer Workshop, Internship Program

Vol. 11 No. 1, Spring 2005
MHC Offers Sample Pack, Botanical Studies for A&OM, Pao Zhi Manual, Workshop With Robert Newman

Vol. 10 No. 2, Autumn 2004
Herb Samples Star in Roadshow, Herb Notes From All Over, Newman to Lead China Herb Tour, HFG Internship Opportunity

Vol. 10 No. 1, Spring 2004
MHC 2004 Project, Ginseng Direct, HFG Growers' Workshop, NM Medicinal Plant Growers, AOM Alliance Spotlights Herbs

Vol. 9 No. 2, Summer 2003
Spring Appeal, Trial Plots on NY Farms, Catskill Mountain Ginseng Direct, Medicinal Plant Growers Workshop

Vol. 9 No. 1, Winter 2003
Seeds Available, NY Plant Trials Go Ahead, Herbal Medicine Program, MN Network Publishes Seminal Article

Vol. 8 No. 1, Winter 2002:
Student Gardens Take Root, More Plant Trials, Minnesota Network Pilot Study, Pao Zhi Proposal

Vol. 7 No. 1, Winter 2001
Student Gardens to Bloom Throughout Nation;  Aristolochia Controversy;  Genetic Engineering

Vol. 6 No. 2, Summer 2000
Sonoma County Distribution Center;  Herbal Product Makers Consider Self-Regulation

Vol. 6 No. 1, Winter 2000
CADE Receives Funding;  Minnesota Network Funded;  Sustainability Sisters at NAOMA

Vol. 5 No. 2, Summer 1999
Visit of Agronomist Derailed;  Practitioners & Growers Join Forces;  Sensory Analysis

Vol. 5 No. 1, Winter 1999
Newman Visits Herb Growing Areas in China; HFG Launches Practitioner Initiative

Vol. 4 No. 2, Summer 1998
Busy Spring for HFG;  Apprentice/Research/Livestock;  How To Find a Practitioner

Vol. 4 No. 1, Winter 1998
Organics in Crisis;  New Film on Asian Medicine;  Ingham Wows 'Em at Acres

Vol. 3 No. 3, Autumn 1997
HFG Wraps Up Season;  Newman in Nanjing, Sends E-Mail; Growers Network Forms

Vol. 3 No. 2, Spring 1997
HFG Opens New Field;  HFG and UMass Win SARE Grant;  Herbs and CSA

Vol. 3  No. 1, Winter 1997
HFG Plants in Field '96;  Grower Grant Yields Seeds Bonanza;  Newman Tours China

Vol. 2 No. 3, Summer 1996
Why Chinese Herbs;  Cool Wet Summer Benefits HFG;  NYS Bans Ephedra

Vol. 2 No. 2, Spring 1996
Approach to Cancer Prevention;  MacLeans Awarded SARE Grant;  Johnny Appleseed

Vol. 2 No. 1, Winter 1996
Antacids & Earth School;  Collector Benefits HFG;  Books on Chinese Dietary Therapy

Vol. 1 No. 4, Autumn 1995
Whole Foods Whole Herbs;  HFG Survives Drought;  Herbalist Exam Set for Oct '95

Vol. 1 No. 3, Summer 1995
Improving Your Diet the Traditional Chinese Way;  Organic Methods Revitalize Ginseng;  Phoenix White Blooms in Philmont

Vol. 1 No. 2, Spring 1995
Chinese Herbs & Menopause;  HFG Joins Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture

Vol. 1 No. 1, Winter 1995
Soil & Health: The Connection;  HFG Growing Chinese Herbs in Columbia County

Invasive...or Vulnerary?
By Jean Giblette

Toward a North American Fall-Strike Medicine
By Jean Giblette

Shi Yan and Her Little Donkey Farm
By Yang Lu, Sanlian Life Weekly, 12 July 2009

The Seed Is Planted
By Jean Giblette, published in The Illinois Acupuncturist: Journal of the IL Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, www.ILaaom.org, 2009 Volume 2.

Postmodernization and the Second Enlightenment
By Wang Zhihe, Ph.D., 2008

Giblette J. & C.A. Martin, 2007. Direct marketing of US grown Chinese medicinal botanicals: Feasibility and marketing strategies, p. 298-301. In: J. Janick and A. Whipkey (eds.) Issues in new crops and new uses. ASHS Press, Alexandria, VA

Preliminary Research on Aster tataricus
By Robyn Klein, AHG, MS, 28 November 2006

Proceeding Forward at High Falls Gardens
By Jean Giblette, published July 2005, Meridian Times: The Journal of the Acupuncture Society of New York,
Volume 14 No. 1 pp. 11-12

Will Chinese Herbs Grown in the U.S. Be the Same?
By Jean Giblette, 15 February 2005

Toward Bridging Perspectives With Integrity
By Hafner C.A., Hassel C.A., Soberg R., Adelmann J., and Fetsch C., October 2004. RCHM Journal, published by the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, http://www.rchm.co.uk/.

Can Chinese Herbs Be Produced in North America?
By Jean Giblette, American Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 5- 11, July 2004

Organic Farming and Chinese Herbs
By Jean Giblette, reprinted from The Forum, the newsletter of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance, Spring 2002

Craker, L.E. and J. Giblette. 2002. Chinese medicinal herbs: Opportunities for domestic production, p. 491–496. In: J. Janick and A. Whipkey (eds.), Trends in new crops and new uses. ASHS Press, Alexandria, VA


Mending the Web of Life:
Chinese Medicine and Species Conservation

This important resource for students and practitioners of Chinese medicine addresses the urgent need for conservation of our medicinal materials.

Mending the Web of Life: Chinese Medicine and Species Conservation, by Elizabeth Call, Sandra Altherr, Robert A. Blanchette, Sandra Cleva, Sarah Foster, Grace Ge Gabriel, Jean Giblette, Andrea Heydlauff, and Michael Spencer (Mary Maruca, Managing Editor) was published in 2006 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).  Ted Kaptchuk wrote the preface and Andy Gamble translated a portion of the Ling Shu which frames sections of the book.

The book has been distributed to the colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the U.S.  To obtain your own copy, go to Redwing, MTW, or  www.mendingtheweb.com.

The book introduces several subject areas which must become basic to the education of Oriental Medicine practitioners.  Conservationists and others concerned about the endangered animals and plants used in the Chinese materia medica will find it useful.

The book begins with an overview of international conservation agreements, the concepts of sustainable use and identification and nomenclature, and their impact on the trade of endangered medicinal species. Then, by using philosophical concepts of the medicine itself as a motivation for protection, a paradigm for conservation is outlined, one that can be understood and supported by practitioners of Chinese medicine from any culture or country.

Mending the Web of Life also presents profiles that include the distribution, biology, threats and conservation strategies of these species, which will enable the reader to appreciate them beyond their medicinal use as unique and valuable life forms in their own right.

The book also provides the results of a peer reviewed, nationwide survey of practitioners on substitutions and replacements for these species in traditional formulas.  There is a chapter on the importance of cultivation in conserving medicinal plant species, and also on United States Laws and Treaties that govern their import or export.

Finally, there is a list of suggested actions for the reader that will instill hope and a sense of direction for medicinal species conservation. Ultimately, the model for protection outlined in Mending the Web of Life can be applied to any species threatened by extinction, and helps humans gain perspective on their responsibility in preserving biodiversity for the health and well being of all life on Earth.

The chapter on ecological agriculture is posted here, with permission: The Role of Cultivation in Conserving Medicinal Plants