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Jim’s Memory Lives On In The News

Better late than never, Jim Duke’s Obituary appeared in the New York Times A version of this article appears in print on Dec. 6, 2018, on Page A28 of the New York edition with the headline: James Duke, 88, Scholar Of Indigenous Remedies.  By John Motyka Dec. … Continue reading

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I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet. Yes I would. If I only could, I surely would.

April 25th 2018 The veil of winter has finally lifted after its power struggle with spring forced a long endurance of raw cold, strong winds, rain, snow, and ice. Although the cacao plants (Theobroma cacao) in the greenhouse didn’t make … Continue reading

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I Come to the Garden Alone

With sadness, we wish to inform readers of this Green Farmacy Garden blog site that Jim Duke peacefully passed in his home on December 10, 2017. He lived an amazing life filled with adventure, plants, people and music until his … Continue reading

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Spicebush – Ethnobotany and division of the flower sexes

3 April 2017 ~ Jim’s ethnobotany of spicebush below Helen’s observations. Traipsing through the lowland forest this past weekend and even on the cold dreary days of last week, it was impossible to miss hints lemon yellow glistening in the understory. Drawing … Continue reading

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We’ve gotta get ourselves back to the garden

March 9, 2017 Maybe its the time of year or maybe its the time of man….but it’s definitely the time to get back to the garden. As the last third of winter descends on the Green Farmacy Garden, we are back pruning … Continue reading

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Jim Duke Speaks for the Plants

An Interview with Jim in a video created by Jason Bryan in 2016: Interview with Dr. James Duke 2013 In this interview with Dr. James Duke, he explains his inspirations for studying ethnobotany and talks about his time in the field. Videography: Charlie … Continue reading

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87th Birthday Note from Jim Duke

4.4.2016 Excuse my corny canned birthday note!  On April 2, I instrumentally backed Jared and John as we played some bluegrass in the sunshine on the patio for a garden tour, son John on guitar, gardener Jared on mandolin, me … Continue reading

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Green Farmacy Garden Greetings

28 March 2016 With the arrival of warmer than usual temperatures these last few weeks, the garden quickly awakened from its winter rest. Buds overwintering were hastily summoned to burst open and we were greeted by the flowers of: butterbur, Petasites japonicus coltsfoot, … Continue reading

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Herbal Superdrugs for the Superbugs!

 The below article appeared in the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild JAHG: Volume 13 | Number 1, pg. 51-54 Reductionist’s Rant: Could cannabis be the superdrug of the year? In an effort to compile lists of herbs and phytochemicals that might help … Continue reading

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A TALE OF THREE ULCERS ~ Medicinal Virtues of Honey

A TALE OF THREE ULCERS by Jim Duke (adapted from an article printed in Pathways Magazine, Spring 2015) Decades ago, one ankle sore; Had me facing amputation. But p’roxide, sulfur, sunshine Permitted perambulation (anonpoet, 2015) Trying to offer my Pathways … Continue reading

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