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Postponed until 2018: Forest Site Assessment & PlanningAugust 11, 2017, 4:30pmThe University of Virginia's College at Wise (official)This ​intermediate ​-to ​- ​advanced ​level ​training ​is ​designed ​for ​growers ​who ​understand ​the ​basics ​of ​forest ​farming ​and ​are ​ready ​to ​get ​to ​work ​and ​take ​their ​operations ​to ​the ​next ​level. ​The ​multi-day ​workshop ​will ​give ​growers ​of ​forest ​botanicals ​like ​ginseng, ​goldenseal, ​black ​cohosh ​and ​more ​an ​opportunity ​to ​gain ​practical, ​hands-on ​experience ​with ​the ​technical ​aspects ​of ​individualized ​planning, ​growing, ​and ​planting. ​Attendees ​will ​hone ​their ​plant ​identification ​skills, ​learn ​propagation ​methods ​in ​a ​hands-on ​environment, ​and ​prepare ​voucher ​specimens. ​They ​will ​gain ​important ​background ​knowledge ​on ​federal ​regulations ​and ​learn ​how ​to ​estimate ​plant ​populations ​in ​the ​field. ​During ​the ​training, ​attendees ​will ​work ​together ​with ​our ​experts ​to ​develop ​sample ​forest ​farming ​plans ​using ​lands ​owned ​by ​UVA-Wise. ​This ​will ​give ​plenty ​of ​practice ​and ​take-home ​knowledge ​for ​attendees ​to ​make ​workable ​and ​lasting ​plans ​for ​their ​own ​sites. ​Experts ​including ​Jeanine ​Davis ​and ​Eric ​Burkhart ​will ​be ​guiding ​participants ​through ​a ​series ​of ​activities ​meant ​to ​deepen ​the ​grower’s ​skillset, ​allowing ​them ​to ​further ​their ​own ​forest ​farming ​operations ​back ​home.
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Postponed until 2018: Forest Site Assessment & Planning

The North American Agroforestry Conference is in session at the Virginia Tech's Kentland Farm. Beautiful day to be outside! ... See MoreSee Less

The North American Agroforestry Conference is in session at the Virginia Techs Kentland Farm. Beautiful day to be outside!

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Great Conference sponsored by United Plant Savers and many agencies, NGO's and businesses dedicated to Conservation, Cultuvation and Value added Commerece for Woodland Botanicals.

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Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition

The ABFFC is representing this week at the North American Agroforestry Conference at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA! ... See MoreSee Less

The ABFFC is representing this week at the North American Agroforestry Conference at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA!
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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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