We can wholeheartedly recommend every link listed on this page. Many of the folks at these sites are good, personal friends, or we are affiliated with the organization in some manner, or we have simply enjoyed the services and products thoroughly for many, many years. We hope you will come to value these sites and what they have to offer as we do.
Jim McDonald ~ Herbalist
Jim has been practicing the Art of Herbcraft for over thirteen years and offers a knowledge of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the Vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism. He has taught classes and workshops throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes bio region, and is currently writing "A Great Lakes Herbal". Jim is a community herbalist, a manic wild crafter and medicine maker, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herbcraft... the plants themselves.
Bronwen's Faerie Flowers
Bronwen is a gifted herbalist who offers personal flower essence and healing consultations. She teaches herbal classes and offers wonderful topics, like her holistic botany series.
The Wishing Tree
My friend Laura has created some wonderful herbal products that are her very own unique creations. Enjoy the Magical, Relaxing Benefits of Aroma therapy. 100% pure, natural fragrances to choose from; each has a unique aroma.
Sunnyfield Herb Farm
Matthew Wood is an outstanding herb teacher, international lecturer and author. He has written several books, of which "The Book of Herbal Wisdom" seems to part of the standard library of every herablist. If Matthew is ever in your area offering a seminar, don't miss it!
SW School of Botanical Medicine - Michael Moore
This site is indispensable to every practicing herbalist, and the site is a stunning collection of historical herbal knowledge that is contained within the classic texts, manuals and materia medicas from the early herbalists and herbal schools.
They are my favorite source of seeds for native herbs. They carry hundreds of common and not-so-common live plants, herbs, seeds, roots, and mushrooms.
They are growers of organically certified medicinal herb seed and plants in Southern Oregon. They offer an extensive collection of organically certified seeds from the new harvest and plants grown on their own farm, including indigenous herb seeds from the Native American, Ayurvedic and Chinese traditions.
Mountain Rose Herbs
This is another favorite source for bulk herbs that we cannot grow or wild craft locally. They also offer other assorted herbal products such as herbal extracts and seeds.
The Arbor Day Foundation
Trees can have medicinal value as well, so I included this site here. I have been utilizing this foundation for a long time, and their selection of trees is amazing and affordable. They also offer free trees just for renewing your membership each year. Be kind to the earth, plant a tree!
United Plant Savers
A non profit education corporation dedicated to preserving native medicinal plants.
Great Lakes Herbs Business Association
The GLHBA represents those who grow, wholesale, retail or conduct a business which is related to herbs or herb products and services in the Great Lakes region.
The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use their web site to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainable grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
GUINEAS & POULTRY
The world's largest hatchery for fancy color guineas. We had the wonderful opportunity to visit Ralph Winter's Farm, and to view all those 22 colors is truly amazing. They are beautiful and pure bred from healthy stock. His customer service is wonderful as well.
Shady Hollow Gamebirds
Dana is an enterprising young fellow who indeed, has a game bird for everyone! He is also a talented artist, and his ink and pencil drawings are awesome!
Craig and Ricki's farm manufactures their own recipe for organic poultry feed, which my flock loves and we attribute much of their good health to. Even though their farm is located in Imlay City, Craig makes it easy by making deliveries to local towns in SE MI, made fresh each month.
TLC/For The Love of Cats
If you live within 25 miles of Ann Arbor, you live in a very unique area. This is one of the few places in the United States that provides totally free spay/neuter help for cats in committed, long-term relationships -- whether they live outdoors in yard-or-barn colonies regardless of caregiver income, or indoors as individual companion cats in lower-income families.
Backyard Poultry Magazine
Backyard Poultry magazine advertises that they "provide a wide range of information dedicated to the raising of more and better small flock poultry." If you are a small flock poultry owner, you will love the practical advice and sharing by other people who are managing flocks of the same size. I have published an article in this mag related to herbs and poultry, and hope to contribute to more herbal articles in the future. Mother Earth News
Mother Earth News is the guide to living - as one reader stated - "with little money and abundant happiness." Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. I find it an invaluable magazine for homesteaders with an organic bent.