Join us in the beautiful
Join us in the beautiful Hocking Hills of Ohio for a multi-day forest farming intensive hosted by Rural Action and the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition. The goal of this weekend-long intensive is to help participants plan for, grow, and manage their forest farming business through peer to peer learning opportunities. This event will create opportunities for participants to learn directly from successful farmers, business owners, and educators who have decades of combined experience and expertise in the natural products sector.
Featured Topics and Speakers:
Good Agricultural Practices for Small Herbal Products Businesses – Jeanine Davis and Margaret Bloomquist, NCSU Extension
Growing and Managing Your Natural Products Business – Maureen Burns, Herbal Sage Tea Company
Small-scale Farm to Market Enterprises: Perspectives and Considerations for New Producers – Janell Baran, Blue Owll Hollow Tree Farm & Garden Emporium
Wholesale Production of Herbal Medicines: Perspectives and Lessons Learned – Lonnie Galt-Theis, Equinox Botanicals
Film Screening and Discussion: “The Sanctitiy of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm” – Paul Strauss, Equinox Botanicals.
$40 in advance
$50 on site
*This price includes all training sessions, all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch and lodging for 2 nights at Camp Oty’Okwa
*Advanced registration is preferred and will be available through March 16, 2018
Check out the draft agenda HERE
Register for the event HERE!
We hope to see you at Camp Oty’Okwa in March!
Save the date! These are
Save the date! These are two days in May that you won’t want to miss!
Location: Kingsport, TN (May 19th) and Duffield, VA (May 20th)
Forest Farming Grower/Industry Expo and Training Event
On May 19, the Forest Farming Grower-Industry Expo and Training event in Kingsport, TN will bring together herb companies, apothecaries, and herbal product makers with experienced and aspiring forest farmers for a day of networking and learning. Panel discussions with forest farmers and buyers will share valuable experiences and advice, and technical training sessions will be offered for all skill and experience levels. Topics will include herb cultivation and propagation techniques, plant conservation, certification, harvest and post harvest handling, value-added production and more. Vendors are encouraged to attend, with a limited number of tables available at no charge.
This is a come one, come all event and we encourage farmers of all experience and readiness levels and businesses of all shapes and sized who are interested in sustainable sourcing of forest botanicals to attend.
On May 20, a Forest Farmer Field Day will be held in Duffield, VA. It will start with a tour of the Appalachian Harvest herb hub and a 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 plant identification and information on site selection and more. The tour will include a mildly strenuous hike through diverse forest ecosystems.
Participants can choose to attend either or both days. These events are sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Development and partners in the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition; additional sponsorships are welcome.
The May 19 Expo is $15 for the day. This includes the entire agenda with continental breakfast, Grower/Buyer panel, lunch, and afternoon training sessions. Farmers, buyers who wish to have table space at the expo will be given an option to reserve during registration. Tables are first come, first served. A $20 contribution toward the meals and catering for this 1-day event is suggested.
The May 20 Forest farmer field day is $15 and includes the entire day of site visits, and lunch.
Check out the draft agenda HERE
Registration is open HERE
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We hope to see you at these events!
19 (Saturday) 1:00 am - 20 (Sunday) 1:00 am EST
May 19 in Kingsport, TN & May 20 in Duffield, VA
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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.
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.
Forest farmer and industry stakeholder meetings will offer opportunities for growers to connect with buyers, organic certifiers, representatives from verification and other labeling programs.
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.