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In 2017, the Appalachian Harvest Food Hub expanded to include an Herb Hub in its Duffield, Virginia facility. The Herb Hub envisions a thriving and sustainable herbal economy in Central Appalachia, where plant conservation is achieved through profitable cultivation. We offer the following services to the beginning and experienced medicinal herb farmers in Central Appalachia:

Services Offered to Medicinal Herb Farmers

Seed to Sale Training

Check our calendar for workshops on plant propagation, forest farming practices, post-harvest handling, and more.

Herb Processing Equipment

Root washers, herb dryers, & more are available at AH to increase post-harvest handling efficiencies &enhance product quality.

Technical Assistance

On-farm technical assistance to assess your farm’s potential for growing forest botanicals and field grown medicinal herbs.

Aggregation & Marketing

Connecting herb farmers with premium-priced domestic and international buyers seeking high quality, sustainably grown herbs.

Cost Share Funding

As grant funding is available, cost-share can help offset start-up costs, including certifications and planting stock.

Elderberry with Honey Bee / Photo Credit: Katie Commender

Herb Hub Virtual Tour

Step behind the scenes for a virtual tour of the Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub in action! Check out the video below to learn more about the types of services we can offer.


Agroforestry Assistance Application

If you are a landowner interested in diversifying your income, agroforestry may be a fit for you!

Please complete the application so we can learn a little more about your land, interests, and experiences. We can then offer assistance ranging from access to our newsletter, a technical assistance phone call, and/or an on-farm site visit based on our funding and availability. The demand for high-quality, ethically sourced herbs is growing, so join the local herb farming movement today!

Please read the application description before starting the application.


Black Cohosh
Photo Credit: Katie Commender

Herb Price Lists

ASD helps connect a network of herb farmers throughout Central Appalachia with premium-priced domestic and international buyers who are seeking high-quality, sustainably grown herbs. Every year, ASD secures advanced purchase orders so farmers can grow for secured wholesale and retail markets. Check out our price lists for historical pricing. Contact us today if you’re interested in selling to these markets!


Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition (ABFFC)

ASD is a founding member of the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition (ABFFC), a network of over 1,000 forestland owners, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations that share a common goal of improving agroforestry production opportunities and farming capabilities among forest farmers. ABFFC membership is FREE, and provides access to a variety of resources, tools, and networking opportunities. In 2020, ABFFC was honored with the Herbal Insight Award from the American Herbal Products Association for going above and beyond to ensure the continued success of the herbal industry.

ABFFC interviewed by NPR about forest farming: “Cash Crops from the Woods; Forest Farming Economy to Shoot up”


West Virginia Forest Farming Invitiative (WVFFI)

ASD is a founding member of the West Virginia Forest Farming Initiative (WVFFI), a collaborative effort of six partner organizations to grow a thriving ecosystem and economy for non-timber forest products and the people who love them in the Mountain State. The WVFFI offers mini-grants, site-visits, workshops and more for beginning and experienced forest farmers in West Virginia.


Ramps
Photo Credit: Katie Commender

Learn More about Agroforestry

Interested in learning more about agroforestry practices, like forest farming and alley cropping? ASD’s Agroforestry Program offers resources and services to help get you started.


Forest Botannicals Week

Forest Botanicals Week (FBW), held May 18-22, 2020, was a free online public awareness campaign supporting a sustainable, responsible, and equitable supply of Appalachian forest botanicals. The campaign was co-created by ASD and the American Botanical Council’s Sustainable Herbs Program. Together, we developed a number of educational videos, compiled dozens of forest botanical resources, and shared daily stories and calls to action to inspire collective change. We invite you to join us in the journey, to learn more about the people and plants from Appalachia, and discover how you can help.


Cost Share Funding


The Herb Hub Team

Katie Commender

Agroforestry Director

Email Katie | 276.623.1121

Ciera Wilbur

Forest Farming VISTA

Email Ciera | 276.623.1121

Robin Suggs

Procurement Manager

Email Robin | 276.623.1121


Resources

We have a collection of agroforestry resources, including information on planting, forest botanicals, native fruits and nuts, markets and more!


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