Are you a forest farmer or interested in becoming one?
Forest farming, the intentional cultivation of botanicals (including herbs, mushrooms, fruits, nuts, and floral products on the forest floor), provides economic opportunities for farmers and forest owners in Appalachia.
ASD’s program can provide you with the skills needed to farm your forest for a variety of products. As a part of the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition, you can access a variety of training tools, workshops, and demonstrations to bring a quality product that was sustainably grown to market.
Attention Herb Growers!
In the summer of 2017, we’re expanding our food hub in Duffield, VA to include an herb processing center.
It will include an herb dryer, grinder, and packaging materials in a GAP certified facility.
We are actively seeking forest farmers that are ready to develop a forest farming plan to sustainably harvest herbs this fall.
Please fill out the questionnaire if you want to become an Appalachian Harvest herb grower.
Growers should be within an hour’s drive of Duffield, VA, although we’d be happy to talk with growers throughout the region about future opportunities.
Don’t miss the Forest Site Assessment & Planning from Seed to Harvest conference from August 11th to August 13th.
Questions about forest grown medicinal herbs? Contact agroforestry program manager Emily Lachniet below.
Attention regional growers and wild harvesters of forest grown herbs such as ginseng, goldenseal, and black cohosh!
ASD is a part of an exciting new project to support beginning and seasoned forest farmers in sharing cultivation and processing techniques and new market opportunities. This is a collaborative effort between ASD and several other non-profit organizations, universities, herb buyers, and local herb growers. By filling out the survey to the right, you will help us decide what resources we should bring to the region through workshops, field trips, and conferences and can choose to be on the mailing list for these activities. If you are not a forest farmer but know others that might be interested in becoming a part of this network, please pass on this information.
Interested in growing field-grown Chinese medicinal herbs this year?
A new and exciting opportunity for farmers wanting to try something new: ASD is partnering with David Grimsley of the Taproot Botanical Alliance to trial growing a variety of herbs.
Fill out the following questionnaire to the right to learn more about this opportunity and to source plants, seeds, and growing assistance. You will need to download the word document to fill it out and then either mail it to us or email it back.
Chinese Medicinal Herb List for ASD Field-Grown Trial D. Grimsley, 2-8-2017
*The herbs that will be grown in 2017
*Lilium tigrinum (P4), Angelica dahurica (P2), Atractylodes macrocephala (P2), *Isatis indigotica (SSB), Mentha haplocalyx (LTP), Bupleurum falcatum (P3), Leonurus heterophyllus (SSB) seed, Rheum palmatum (P3), Salvia miltiorrhiza (P3), *Angelica sinensis (P3), *Codonopsis pilosula (P3), Angelica pubescens (P3), Saposhnikovia divaricata (P3), *Chrysanthemum morifolium (LTP) flower, *Glycyrrhiza uralensis (P4) root, *Trichosanthes kirilowii (LTP) peel only, *Trichosanthes kirilowii (LTP) seed, *Trichosanthes kirilowii (LTP) fruit, Astragalus membranaceus (P4) root, *Scutellaria baicalensis (P3) root, Celosia cristata (A) flower, Celosia cristata (A) seed, *Platycodon grandiflorus (P3) root, Schizonepeta tenuifolia (A) flower only, *Momordica charantia (A) fruit, Gentiana scabra (P4-5) root, Eclipta prostrata (A) all aerial portions, Paeonia lactiflora (P4) root, Artemisia annua (A) all aerial protons, Cornus officinalis (LTP) fruit, *Trichosanthes kirilowii (LTP) root, Agastache rugosa (LTP) all aerial portions, Inula helenium (P3) root, *Ocimum sanctum (A) all aerial portions, *Schisandra chinensis (LTP) fruit, Dipsacus asperoides (P2) root, Leonurus heterophyllus (A) all areal portions, *Anemarrhena asphodeloides (P3) root.
Questions about growing Chinese medicinal herbs for ASD? Contact David Grimsley with the Taproot Botanical Alliance below.
The Herb Growers Tool Kit
Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub: Medicinal Herb Propagation Workshop
Multifunctional Riparian Forest Buffers
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