Forest Farming Native Medicinal Plants in Central and North Appalachia (SOLD OUT):


THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! There are still spaces left for our event on August 26-28 close by in Mountain City, TN for those who were not able to register in time. Please visit that event in the ABFFC calendar for more information and to register!

Join us September 23-25, 2016 for “Forest Farming Native Medicinal Plants: A Two-Day Training for Woodland Owners,” an intensive two-day conference on forest farming native, medicinal plants and other Non-Timber Forest Products. The event will take place at the United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio, a botanically unique 380 acre site renowned internationally for its diversity and unique history ( The conference will cover forest farming of native medicinal plants, from propagation to cultivation, harvesting, processing, and marketing. Participants will learn about a variety of commercially valuable plant species, including ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, and ramps in both indoor and outdoor classroom settings. This event is being organized and sponsored by Rural Action and the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition ( Registration is open to anyone interested in beginning, maintaining, or expanding a forest farming operation, but capacity is limited to 50 participants. The goal is to train beginning forest farmers, though the information presented at this event will be useful to both novices and experienced practitioners, and anyone planning a future forest farming enterprise. Nestled in the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio, the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary is home to hundreds of native medicinal plants growing in abundance. The purpose of the sanctuary is to provide a place for people to enjoy and learn from the plants found here without disturbing them in their habitat. In the late 1990s United Plant Savers (UpS) acquired roughly 380 acres of land in prime medicinal plant territory to create the Goldenseal Sanctuary, the inspiration and model for a network of more than 100 independent botanical sanctuaries created and stewarded by UpS members. The sanctuaries share a common conservation ethic, modeled by the Sanctuary: medicinal habitats are protected for the sake of the plants and for future generations. Rural Action is an asset-based community development organization with a mission to foster
social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio. Our forestry program works directly with landowners to develop income streams from existing forest assets, including native forest herbs and sustainably harvested timber, which protect and promote forest health and diversity as well as economic growth and community development. For more information on Rural Action programming, visit


Event cost: $40 (Includes meals, camping included and hotel accommodation offered at a discount)


Accommodation (choose your option when you register at the link below):

  • $20 per night/per person at Meig’s Hotel (with ABFFC discount)
  • Free camping on the UPS Sanctuary grounds (must bring your own equipment)


See the detailed agenda HERE.


Learn more and register for this 2-day event HERE.