Save the date! As information is developed it will be posted at trufflegrowers.com/ . (Please note, as of 11/10/2017 the location for the 2017 conference was still posted there).
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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.
If you love herbs, if you enjoy relaxing in a beautiful mountain setting, if you want to learn how to use, grow, and make herbal products, mark your calendar now for this unique annual conference. More information will be posted as it becomes available at: www.ncherbassociation.org/
This annual family oriented harvest festival is held at Jefferson's beautiful Monticello estate just outside of Charlottesville, VA. It is well worth the drive to spend the weekend sampling heirloom tomatoes, learning homesteading skills, meeting your favorite gardening authors, and sampling the bounty from the summer's harvests. If you plan on staying in the area, make your hotel reservations early, because this event helps fill all the rooms. More information can be found on the website at: www.heritageharvestfestival.com/
Annual Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Conference. carolinafarmstewards.org/sac/
Mark your calendars now for the fourth South Atlantic Hops Conference in beautiful Asheville, NC. Educational sessions will take place all day on Saturday and the first half of Sunday. That will give you plenty of time on Sunday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in "Asheville Style"! More information will be posted as it becomes available.