Paul Strauss, born in NYC, received his first inspiration for his mission in life as a young boy spending summers in the country. Early in life he met a teacher in New Mexican who taught him about the Shoshoni way of life and their view of nature. He also studied plants while on Hopi and Navajo reservations. Adding to his studies of the west, he spent time in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area as well as the Superstition Wilderness area in Arizona. Paul Strauss is the land steward of the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary. A farmer, herbalist, and beekeeper, Paul emulates the life of the “Green Man.” From seed to harvest to product, he works intimately with the plants. The owner of Equinox Botanicals, a small herb business, Paul grows most of what is used in his products. He has lived on his farm for forty years. On today's show, we will review Paul's book, The Big Herbs: The Use and Abuse, Natural History and Identification of Major Tree and Shrub Species in the Midwest and Eastern U.S.