Rebekah Rice (left) and Jean Giblette examine seedlings of trees used in Chinese herbal medicine, after Giblette brought them to Rice’s greenhouse for the winter in Delmar,New York. Rice, an organic farmer, is participating in a project launched by Giblette to foster medicinal herbs as a profitable niche crop for small farmers. Photo: AP Rebekah Rice (left) and Jean Giblette examine seedlings of trees used in Chinese herbal medicine, after Giblette brought them to Rice’s greenhouse for the winter in Delmar,New York. Rice, an organic farmer, is participating in a project launched by Giblette to foster medicinal herbs as a profitable niche crop for small farmers. Photo: AP
Rebekah Rice (left) and Jean Giblette examine seedlings of trees used in Chinese herbal medicine, after Giblette brought them to Rice’s greenhouse for the winter in Delmar,New York. Rice, an organic farmer, is participating in a project launched by Giblette to foster medicinal herbs as a profitable niche crop for small farmers. Photo: AP

The pharma farmers: Chinese medicinal herbs provide niche market for US growers

Rebekah Rice (left) and Jean Giblette examine seedlings of trees used in Chinese herbal medicine, after Giblette brought them to Rice’s greenhouse for the winter in Delmar,New York. Rice, an organic farmer, is participating in a project launched by Giblette to foster medicinal herbs as a profitable niche crop for small farmers. Photo: AP Rebekah Rice (left) and Jean Giblette examine seedlings of trees used in Chinese herbal medicine, after Giblette brought them to Rice’s greenhouse for the winter in Delmar,New York. Rice, an organic farmer, is participating in a project launched by Giblette to foster medicinal herbs as a profitable niche crop for small farmers. Photo: AP
Rebekah Rice (left) and Jean Giblette examine seedlings of trees used in Chinese herbal medicine, after Giblette brought them to Rice’s greenhouse for the winter in Delmar,New York. Rice, an organic farmer, is participating in a project launched by Giblette to foster medicinal herbs as a profitable niche crop for small farmers. Photo: AP
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