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1000 Crops for Northwest Growers Workshop Introduction

A few websites and resources for the 1000 Crops workshop

Reference Books on Crops - Book reviews by Michael Pilarski

Some Crop Categories and Crops for North Temperate Climates

Writings and publications by Michael Pilarski:

A List of Plants of Promising Economic Value for the Interior Pacific Northwest. Published in Friends of the Trees’ 1988 International Green Front Report. It contains 800 species in 336 genera. Information includes: hardiness zone, uses, habit of growth (tree, shrubs, annual, perennial, etc), and a crop potential key. *** = Especially promising as a cash crop. ** = Promising cash crop or homestead use. * = May be of use.

A Checklist of Medicinal Plant Species for Temperate Climates. 1999. It contains 1,022 species in 532 genera in 126 families. Organized by family and genera. The checklist gives the number of genera and species for each plant family.

Northwest Native Plants with Known Medicinal Properties. January 2000. It lists 250 species.

Checklist of Useful and/or Ornamental Herbaceous Plants worth considering for Nursery Production in Western Washington. 2002. This was done for the Nisqually tribe greenhouse project. 260 plant species, mostly native. *** = top choices, 66 species. ** = second priority, 106 species. * = worth doing in the long run, 56 species.
~ = needs research to determine, 34 species.

Medicinal Trees, Shrubs and Vines for Cold Temperate Climates. 2003. Over 100 species listed. In Growing & Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants in the Pacific Northwest.

Subtropical and Tropical Medicinal Plants Checklist. 2001. The Checklist contains 1,700 species of medicinal plants that are currently: in international commerce; or still in common use on national or regional levels; or discussed in recent herbal publications. Developed for the Hawaiian Islands but useful for all subtropical and tropical regions.  

Non-Native Trees with Economic Value. In Agroforestry Guide to Hawai`i. 1997. A list of 130 tree species for the Hawaiian Islands with comments.

Michael Pilarski’s latest writings can be found on

Michael Pilarski’s hands-on experience includes:

* Worked in agriculture from grade 2 to grade 8. Strawberry picking and general farm labor.

* Farmed and gardened as an adult from 1972 on.

* Retail nursery business through spring tree sales and plant exchanges. The tree sales have distributed over 175,000 trees, shrubs and vines since 1978.

* Commercially wildcrafted medicinal plants since 1996, both natives and weeds. Over 100 wildcrafted botanicals have been offered through Friends of the Trees Botanicals.

* Commercially farmed medicinal herbs since the late 1990s.

* Sale of propagation material for perennial herbs as a sideline to the botanicals production.

* Started and ran Friends of the Trees Seed Service from 1978 to 1988, which specialized in seed of medicinal plants and native plants of eastern Washington. The retail seed business ended but a wholesale seed list is put out annually.

* Conducted plant species surveys for dozens of properties.

* Taught 36 permaculture design courses since 1988. Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Wisconsin, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Hawaii, Kauai, Molokai, Belize and Nepal.

* I love plants and rarely pass up an opportunity to meet a new one.


Riversong herb garden in October, 2006. End of year one.
Michael Pilarski in Riversong Farm herb garden. Hood River, Oregon. June 1st, 2006. Planting almost finished.
Sunny Pine Farm / Arnica Chamissonis
Sheep Sorrell in bloom at Sunny Pine Farm, Eastern Washington
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