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Forest farming this pungent allium will help ensure its survival in the wild. 🌱We're Amped about Ramps on this Forest Farming Friday!

Spring, onion, wood leek, wild garlic, they're all different names for this wonderful plant most commonly known as RAMPS! Allium tricoccum is the scientific name for this native & culturally significant edible plant. Found in the understory of North facing Appalachian hardwood forests, ramps have been eaten for centuries & were called Wasti by Cherokee Native Americans. It was believed by the indigenous nations to be a blood purifier, it was eaten to reinvigorate a person after a sedentary winter season as one of the earliest plants to sprout in the spring. As you might have guessed based on their other common names, ramps have a garlic-like flavor & have been used as such in cooking. To sustainably harvest, taking only the leafy plant material & leaving the roots will ensure the return of a bountiful supply for years to come. #rampsrule #livingbetterlocally
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Forest farming this pungent allium will help ensure its survival in the wild. 🌱

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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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