Forest Farming Field Day in West Virginia in May 2021

— Written By ramps growing in the woods

5/7/2021 – The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farming Coalition announces the first in-person forest farming workshop for 2021! The event will be held on Saturday, May 22 at the beautiful Yew Mountain Center in Hillsboro, WV. The event will take place outdoors where groups of ten people will rotate from station to station to learn about different forest farming projects.

Forest Farming Topics will include:

  • Overview of the Yew Mountain Center (YMC) and the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition (ABFFC) with Will Lewis, YMC and John Munsell, ABFFC
  • Site Analysis and Assessment with Robin Suggs, Appalachian Sustainable Development
  • Propagation with Ed Daniels, Shady Grove Botanicals
  • Planting with Tanner Filyaw, Rural Action
  • Value-added Demonstration with Ruby Daniels, Creasy Jane’s
  • Syrup and Tapping with Kate Fotos, Future Generations University
  • Mushroom Cultivation with Lacy Davidson Ferguson and Park Ferguson, Elmcrest Farm

Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch. REGISTRATION LINK

Workshop Schedule:

8:30-9:15 a.m.  Registration with Coffee and Tea service

9:15-9:30 a.m.  Group Orientation with Group Leader

9:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.  Field Stations, Rotations 1-4

12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15-3:20 p.m. Field Stations, Rotations 5-7

3:20-3:30 p.m. Closing with Group Leaders

Look for more workshops from the Coalition to be held throughout the region in North Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio.