2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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New PHI Board of Directors Member Chris Jacobs


Chris Jacobs’ interest in herbal medicine started in the 90’s when his family started a company that sold herbs from Peru. Upon moving to Asheville and meeting Frank, he began a more in-depth study of plant medicine. Chris attended both the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism and the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Chris was deeply inspired by a talk with Frank about the emerging planetary medicine system. This was part of the impetus for him to begin training in Traditional Daoist Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. Chris currently practices at Asheville Community Acupuncture and Mission hospital. He has also been involved in acupuncture outreach projects on Native American reservations. He is very grateful to serve on the board of directors of PHI. Chris is excited to continue traveling the planet, meeting new plants and traditional healers then respectfully sharing their knowledge with the world.

New PHI Board of Directors Member


We would like to welcome Robin Harford as a new member of the PHI Board of Directors! He was a good friend to Frank Cook and was responsible for capturing a lot of the video we have available of Frank. You can see more about his incredible wealth of experience below and at his websites…”Robin Harford is an ethnobotanist and creator of www.eatweeds.co.uk, which is considered to be the UK’s leading wild food foraging site. He specializes in wild edible plants and has been teaching people about their local edible landscape throughout the UK since 2009. He travels extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild edible plants in indigenous cultures, and more recently has visited Zambia, Botswana, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Italy.” http://www.foragingcourses.com/

August Essay and Five Year Memorial

Frank Cook was a prolific writer, and kept a journal of his travels and insights about plants.

Frank Cook writing dissertation

The August essay post from Frank Cook’s archives is up and available at the PHI website and link below. It is titled “During the Drought” and is particularly germane to the current California water crisis as well as droughts of a more metaphysical sort. Written by Frank in 1989 it still rings fresh and true today. August 19th marks 5 years since Frank passed from his physical body but he obviously continues to live on in many ways…We will have a memorial for Frank in Asheville, NC on 8/19 and possibly in places such as California and New Jersey as well. You are encouraged to honor this great man in some way that day however you are able.

PHI receives another grant!

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

Plants and Healers International recently received a $10,000.00 grant through the Little Acorn Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to continue our work of botanical education and outreach. We are over joyed and very grateful for this support toward our initiatives. See more about the foundation at their website: http://www.cfwnc.org/


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New Videos on Mtn Xpress

Wild Greens pesto crafted by Ethnobotanist Marc Williams

Wild Greens Pesto ala Ethnobotanist and PHI Executive Director Marc Williams

PHI Executive Director Marc Williams recently filmed a couple of videos for Asheville, NC weekly Mtn Xpress. The content covers wild greens pesto. The next video in the series coming up in August will cover the making of salad dressings. Stay tuned!

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