Organic Wheat Field Day, Wild Herb Weekend & Medicinal Plant Symposium

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Here are some events I thought you might be interested in. They are in chronological order:

NC-Grown Organic Wheat-from field to bread

June 17, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Mountain Research Station, Waynesville, NC
The North Carolina Organic Bread Flour Project in conjunction with CFSA and NCTTFC, will host NC-Grown Organic Wheat—from field to bread. USDA-ARS wheat breeder Dr. David Marshall will provide an overview of the bread wheat trials planted at the station, and will discuss varieties of hard wheat that grow well in NC and their quality components. Organic crop consultant Sharon Funderburk will follow Dr. Marshall’s talk, providing organic methods in addressing fertility concerns and/or other issues that can be addressed in the field to ensure a food quality crop. Molly Hamilton, Extension Assistant, NCSU, will give an overview of the North Carolina Organic Grain Project and the services they provide. And lastly, Jennifer Lapidus, project coordinator of the North Carolina Organic Bread Flour Project will discuss the project, its timeline, its bakers, and the mill.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. To register for the workshop, go to: and register at the on-line store. Directions can be found at

Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies Annual Symposium
June 26, 2010

Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, MD
Cultivating economic growth, cultural appreciation, and sustainability in Appalachia through medicinal plant research and outreach. Confirmed panelists include: Phyllis D. Light, 4th Generation Appalachian Herbalist, Amjad Hassan, MD, author “Folk Medicine of Appalachia”, Dr. Kevin Spelman, Herbalist and research scientist, Dr. Jeanine Davis, NC State University, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Dr. Martin J Spiering, Center Advanced Research Biotechnology ,UMBI. In addition, there will be updates on black cohosh and ginseng research and medicinal plant walks. FREE!! Box lunch included. Continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Symposium runs from 8:30-5 p.m. For more info contact ACES Outreach Coordinator, Mimi Hernandez at 301-687-3136.

Wild Herb Weekend
July 23-25, 2010
Valle Crucis, NC
The NC Herb Association’s Wild Herb Weekend is coming up on July 23-25. This is an amazing weekend in the beautiful high mountain location of Valle Crucis. Our keynote speaker is herbalist Patricia Kyritsi Howell ( There will be something for everyone at this intimate, little conference. Whether you grow herbs for a hobby, use herbs for healing, or want to start a commercial herb (or hops) operation, you will find many interesting sessions and hands-on workshops and plant walks to participate in. Space is limited, so register soon. Detailed information available at