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Our program has been actively engaged in research, demonstration, and educational efforts to grow the medicinal, culinary, and aromatic herb industry across the state for almost three decades. Here you will find information developed from our many projects on growing, processing, marketing, and trying to make income from herbs of all kinds. Are you interested in buying or selling North Carolina grown medicinal herbs? Then check out our new beta site to help facilitate that at Herb/Specialty Crop Connection.


Medicinal Herbs

Completed Projects

  • Bloodroot Project — Information on growing bloodroot at home project for artisans in Cherokee, NC led by researchers in Horticulture Science.
  • Echinacea Research Project — Three-year (2012-2014) field trials in the southern mountains (Mills River) and upper piedmont (Reidsville) regions of North Carolina.
  • Exploring Stevia for Western North Carolina — a two-year study is an examination of the feasibility of commercial stevia production in western North Carolina.
  • WNC Forest Products Marketing ProjectThe project created many useful tools, publications, videos, and an eBook for non-timber forest products producers, buyers, and consumers.
  • Medicinal Herbs for Commerce — Information on growing and selling medicinal herbs in North Carolina. Includes step-by-step “So you want to grow medicinal herbs” process for you to read through and decide if herbs are right for your situation. Provides North Carolina farmers an opportunity to explore the economic feasibility of medicinal herb production.
  • WNC Medicinal Herb Growers
  • Herb/Specialty Crop Connection — helps North Carolina medicinal herb growers connect with buyers to start building long-term relationships.



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Supporting New Crops & Organics Program

Our program is almost completely funded by grants and gifts. If you value this program, we would appreciate your financial support. To become a Friend of the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program, you can donate on-line here or print out this form and mail it in with your check. Thank you for your support!

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