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Here is a simple way to add value to your harvested forest botanicals and increase your price point.Washing, drying, and packaging of forest grown herbs is one way to add value and increase the price point for the farmer. The buyer of this yellow root, pref... ... See MoreSee Less

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Yellow root harvest done sustainably can keep your forest farming beds robust for future harvests.Perennial plants typically take much longer to grow and mature to seed-bearing age. Their lifecycle makes it even more critical to sustainably harvest adult ... ... See MoreSee Less

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Goldenseal, calendula, and propolis oh my! This video explores the creation of a goldenseal salve with Paul Strauss.Paul Strauss, owner and operator of Equinox Botanicals, creates a Goldenseal Salve out of goldenseal and other forest botanicals in this video. ... See MoreSee Less

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Forest Farmers Dana and Jon Beegle speak about their approach to forest farming. www.youtube.com/watch?v=91YNBKb6sUcWe take a look at Stone Root Farm in Floyd County, Virginia in this video and see how owners Dana and Jon Beegle use their forest land to farm medicinal herb... ... See MoreSee Less

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Virginia Tech's Kentland Farm is an excellent resource for students to implement practices, research, and learn about all things related to agroforestry.The Whitethorn Agroforestry Research and Demonstration Site at Virginia Tech's Kentland Farm offers numerous opportunities for agroforestry research and stud... ... See MoreSee Less

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26jun - 29jun 269:00 amjun 29The North American Agroforestry ConferenceAgroforestry for a Vibrant Future

7jul9:30 am- 4:30 pmPASA Education Event - Medicinal Herb Production in the Field & ForestFarmer-to-Farmer Exchange Event

12jul - 14All DayThe Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals SymposiumConservation, Cultivation, Commerce

11aug - 13aug 111:00 amaug 13Forest Site Assessment and Planning: an Appalachian Sustainable Development and ABFFC Multi-day Intensive

8sep - 10sep 81:00 amsep 10Planning, Managing, and Growing Your Forest Farming Business: a Rural Action and ABFFC Multi-day Intensive

29sep - 1octsep 291:00 amoct 1Forest Farming, A Multi-day WorkshopPartnering with the Organic Growers School and Warren Wilson College

20oct - 22oct 201:00 amoct 22Post harvest handling, processing, and value-added production: an ABFFC Forest farming Multi-day Intensive

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Membership Benefits

Training and Support

Hands-on workshops on all aspects of operations: choosing and preparing a site, management planning, organic production and certification, forest grown verification, best handling and processing practices, value added production techniques, forest farming business planning and record keeping. Unique opportunities to see value-added facilities and productive forest farms.

Valuable Resources

This Coalition clearinghouse website houses a wide array of online and video resources for forest farmers on diverse topics from industry basics to cultivation to value added production and beyond. The coalition will also help link members to free and reduced rate seed distribution programs and house an equipment share forum to assist growers in accessing tools for harvest and processing. Bi-annual Appalachian Forest Farmer Chronicle.

Connecting Growers

Forest farmer and industry stakeholder meetings will offer opportunities for growers to connect with buyers, organic certifiers, representatives from verification and other labeling programs.

Technical Assistance

Forest farmer to forest farmer mentorship program. Access to university extension and other agency personnel for FAQs and assistance with site and habitat management planning.

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