On May 20th, a Forest Farmer Field Day will be held inDuffield, VA. It will start with a tour of the Appalachian Harvest herb hub anda discussion on the economics of cultivating forest-grown medicinal herbs.After a catered lunch, attendees will tour forest farmer Ryan Huish’s farm,learning about his plans for cultivating forest herbs, along with plantidentification and information on site selection and more. The tour willinclude a mildly strenuous hike through diverse forest ecosystems.
The day before (May 19), the Forest Farming Grower-IndustryExpo and Training Event in Kingsport, TN will bring together herb companies,apothecaries, and herbal product makers with experienced and aspiring forest farmersfor a day of networking and learning. Panel discussions with forest farmers andbuyers will share valuable experiences and advice, and technical trainingsessions will be offered for all skill and experience levels. Topics willinclude herb cultivation and propagation techniques, plant conservation, certification,value-added production and more. Vendors are encouraged to attend, with alimited number of tables available at no charge.
Registration will open in February at www.regonline.com/asd-2018. Participants can choose to attend either or bothdays. These events are sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Development andpartners in the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition; additional sponsorshipsare welcome. NC State University is a partner on this project.