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Beginning Forest Farming–Cultivating Crops Under the Canopy
March 10 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Most farms and homesteads in Western NC and the Southern Appalachians contain forested land. Forest farming is a practice of cultivating medicinal, edible, decorative, and handicraft crops under a forest canopy. Due to an ever-increasing market (one billion dollars annually in the US and rising), forest-based production can contribute to the financial equation for regional farmers. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge on a variety of plants including ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, and ramps. Featured Instructors: Jeanine Davis, PhD., Jim Hamilton, PhD., Jennifer Flynn of Blue Ridge Naturally, Margaret Bloomquist, Jeannie Dunn, and more. The goal of this workshop is to train beginning forest farmers, both novices and experienced farmers, landowners and land lessees, to develop income streams and economic growth while also promoting forest health and diversity.
Session 1: Growing Forest Botanicals: Introduction to Forest-Grown Medicinals
Session 2: Issues Specific to Ginseng Production
Q & A: Question and Answer Panel with Speakers and Several Experienced Growers
Session 3: Rules and Regulations for Growing these Plants
Session 4: Selling Your Product: Marketing and Branding
Session 5: Buyers Perspective