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We're planning to farm organically about 20 minutes from Taihape in the North Island. The soil is Kiwitea silt loam with volcanic ash. The area apparently has a high rainfall and a long winter (some snow) and is at 2000ft altitude.
We would like to grow a crop, medicinal or otherwise suited to this environment - any suggestions?

The following is a list of suggestions, but make sure a market is available:

  • Agrimony - an astringent, diuretic, vulnerary
  • Dandelion
  • Echinacea
  • Gipsywort - thyroids and heart conditions, as sedative and antitussive
  • Globe artichoke
  • Horse radish - respiratory and digestive systems
  • Licorice - demulcent, expectorant, to flavour less palatable herbal combinations
  • Our Lady’s Milk Thistle - liver complaints; tea made with the seeds is good for hangovers; stimulates milk flow in nursing mothers
  • Parsley
  • Pennyroyal - insect repellent
  • Peppermint - essential oil
  • Salsify - roots and leaves are nutritious, containing calcium, phosphorus, copper and iron; root boiled, grated and formed into patties tastes of oyster
  • Soapwort - used as a fabric cleaner by boiling leaves or roots in water, straining the liquid and using the residue
  • Spearmint
  • Sweet Cicely - enhances flavour of fruit salads, lessens quantity of sugar needed; leaves used to perfume bath water and made into a spring tonic
  • Sweet violet - healing and strewing herb; fresh young flowers made into violet tea
  • Sweet woodruff - makes a pot pourri, flavours alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks; medicinally as a tea, relieves headaches
  • Valerian - antispasmodic; sleep aid; and calmative

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