HIGH FALLS FOUNDATION and its founder, Jean Giblette, have helped to lead efforts to produce Chinese medicinal herbs in North America. Activity toward this goal has been ongoing since the early 1990s.
Cultivation and ecological production are conservation strategies. Medicinal herbs worldwide are under threat from loss of habitat, environmental pollution, and climate change. Industrial techniques lead to nutritionally compromised products that inflate the value of wild herbs and promote poaching and theft. This dynamic is apparent in the ginseng world.
Ecological production, on the other hand, yields products that are indistinguishable from their wild counterparts. A highly distributed system of ecological production will ensure continued access to top-quality products.
Regenerative agriculture, forest farming, silviculture, nature farming, and permaculture are terms used to describe different approaches to a re-connection with Nature in growing our food and medicinal plants.