In 2014, Steven Foster—herbalist, author, photographer—celebrates 40 years of work in the medicinal plant field. Describing her first visit with Steven Foster in 1977, Harvard University botanist, Dr. Shiu Ying Hu (1908-2012), wrote, “Our conversation reminded me of something that Confucius said two thousand years ago. ‘In any company of three persons, there must be one who can be my teacher’. . . I found in Steven Foster a teacher who could share a profound knowledge of economic botany, particularly in the cultivation and uses of herbs.” In 1974, at age 17, Steven began his career at the Sabbathday Lake, Maine, Shaker Community, Herb Department which traces its roots to 1799. He spent four years there. Foster has over 900 photo-illustrated articles published in a wide range of media, and serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the American Botanical Council, and is a longtime contributor to HerbalGram. His international consulting work and photography have global reach.
Steven is the author or co-author of eighteen books, most recently the third edition of the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Eastern North America with (with James A. Duke; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014), National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs (2010), and A Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine (2006, with Rebecca Johnson), awarded a 2007 New York Public Library “Best of Reference.” He is senior author of two other Peterson Field Guides— A Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs with Christopher Hobbs, (2002); and A Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants of North America (with Roger Caras, 1995). Other books include Herbal Emissaries: Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West (with Yue Chongxi, 1992); Herbal Renaissance (1994); and senior author of the 4th edition of the herbal that herbalists love to hate—Tyler’s Honest Herbal (1999). others. Steven makes his home in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. See: www.stevenfoster.com.