Forest Farming Intensive
Growing Under the Canopy

What's new on this page as of September 7, 2021?
Saturday workshops will now be virtual! 
Sunday Farm Tours will still be in-person


Event Overview


NEW: All Saturday workshops will now be virtual!

Our team has determined that this is the most effective way for our instructors to safely share their wisdom and experience. We plan to work with our instructors to make these workshops engaging and interactive.

Sunday Farm Tours will still be in-person. 

Please read the Safety Statement for details on how those will be handled.

NEW: Warren Wilson College is no longer allowing public access on campus. For that reason, if you have registered to tour Warren Wilson, we will be contacting you soon about switching to one of our other two tour locations or a third, alternate location.

To those already registered: We understand if these changes mean that you no longer want to participate and are happy to cancel your registration. We will honor refund requests received on or before September 17, 2021. If you wish to join us online for Saturday only, please let us know so we can free up spaces in the Sunday tours.


Safety Statement

Updated September 7, 2021


The following Safety Statement pertains to the in-person Farm Tours on Sunday, September 26:


For in-person events, we will have the following safety measures in place (in addition to any federal, state, or county mandates):

  1. Any unvaccinated instructors or staff and all who have had known exposures will be required to get a COVID test prior to the event and show negative test results to OGS organizers. contact with results.

  2. When we are outdoors on farm tours, we will do our best to maintain 6 ft of physical distancing and otherwise follow host preferences regarding masks and participant numbers will be limited.

We want to make sure that everyone is aware of our COVID safety plans as they pertain to this event.


As we all know, COVID-19 is an ever-evolving global pandemic. As such, we will follow COVID safety protocols required by federal, state, and/or local regulations at the time of the event.


This may include guidelines from one or all of the following organizations:

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS)

North Carolina State University (NC State; venue is on their property)

Virginia Department of Health (VDH)*

Virginia Tech University (VT) and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE)*

*ABFFC (managed through VT) is a co-host of this event and so VDH, VT and VCE protocols must be considered.




Please note that while it is up to each individual how they handle their own personal safety, we are hosting a public event and must do what we feel is necessary to best keep this public group safe.


We would also like you to be aware of the following:

  • This conference will have indoor and outdoor sessions.

  • If we need to implement COVID safety protocols, they may include, but are not limited to:

    • Requiring all attendees to wear a mask unless they are eating or drinking; even when outdoors

    • Requiring physical distancing in all sessions

    • Breaking the attendees into small groups to help limit interaction among a large group of people


If you feel the possibility of having to follow these protocols is not appealing to you, we understand. If you have already registered we will honor refund requests received on or before September 17, 2021. After that date, we will be placing final orders for food and will not be able to issue refunds.


Registration Types and Fees


You can register for the full weekend, including virtual workshops and farm tours HERE.

You can register for Saturday only HERE.

Tickets are offered on a sliding scale at $60, $80 or $100. Participants may select the price that best suits their ability to pay.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship to attend the event, click HERE.



The Forest Farming Intensive - Growing Under the Canopy will be September 25-26, 2021. Saturday's program will begin at 9:00am and end at 4:45pm. On Sunday, the program will be from 1:30-4:30pm.


Asheville, North Carolina



Anyone interested in learning more about forest farming. 


Most farms and homesteads in Western NC and the Southern Appalachians contain forested land. Forest farming is a practice of cultivating medicinal, edible, decorative, and handicraft crops under a forest canopy. The forest provides a unique habitat to produce non-timber products and the Appalachian region's forests contain native habitat for 15+ forest farmable plants. Due to an ever-increasing market (one billion dollars annually in the US and rising), forest-based production can contribute to the financial equation for regional farmers.


Yet forest farmers need technical, administrative, market, sales, and regulatory training. 


This weekend intensive will provide an overview of forest farming from the forest floor to the shelf. We’ll explore the basics of growing woodland medicinals, the economics of forest products, value-added and natural product development, Academic and industry experts will address regionally adapted, sustainable forestry operations from propagating and cultivating, to harvesting, processing and marketing forest products. Participants will gain knowledge on a variety of plants including ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, and various tree nuts. On Sunday, a choice of Farm Tours will be available to see hands on what growers are doing on the ground. 


The goal of this workshop is to train beginning forest farmers, both novices and experienced farmers, landowners and land lessees, to develop income streams and economic growth while also promoting forest health and diversity.


This workshop is offered in partnership with the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition (ABFFC),  which is dedicated to increasing opportunities for farmers and forestland owners in Appalachia and beyond who are interested in starting or expanding/diversifying a forest farming operation. Funded by NIFA under the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). Becoming a coalition member. Join the ABFFC coalition to become part of the movement! 

Logistical Note

Each day there will be some hands-on practical teaching. Dress appropriately for the outdoors. Farm tours will be on forested mountain farms so walking in rough terrain should be expected.

Schedule & Program

Schedule Overview with Instructors Listed

Saturday, September 25

*All workshops on Saturday, September are virtual

Workshop 1 - 9:00-10:15am

Farming in the Woods

with Shawn Swartz

Workshop 2 - 10:25-11:50am

Tree Crops for the Forest Farm

with Justin Holt

Lunch/Networking Session, 12:00-12:30pm

Workshop 3 - 12:30-1:45pm

Marketing Your Forest Products & Generating Income

with Jeanine Davis and Julie Douglas

Workshop 4 - 1:55-3:10pm

Verifying Species Identity for Testing Sales Opportunities

with Rolando Boye

Workshop 5 - 3:10-4:25pm

Growing Woodland Botanicals

with Margaret Bloomquist

Workshop 6 - 4:30-5:45pm

Growing Mushrooms Outdoors

with Gwen Casebeer


Sunday, September 26

Farm Tours

Morning Farm Tours, 9:00-11:00am

Mountain Gardens

Joe Hollis

Salamander Springs Garden / Asheville Fungorum

Rodney and Heather Webb

Afternoon Farm Tours, 1:30-4:30pm

Mushroom Agritourism and Value-added Forest Farming

Greg Carter, Deep Woods Mushrooms


Greenheart Gardens: Small-scale, Value-added Medicinal Herbs and Hemp

Lori Burra


​You can view the complete schedule HERE.



Margaret Bloomquist, North Carolina State University

Rolando Boye, USBSL BIome Botanicals

Lori Burra, Greenheart Gardens

Greg Carter, Deep Woods Mushroom Farm

Gwen Casebeer, Black Trumpet Farm

Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University

Julie Douglas

Justin Holt, Nutty Buddy Collective

Shawn Swartz, Forest Stewards Guild

You can find speaker bios HERE.


Lodging & Travel


Travel information for the Asheville, North Carolina area can be found here:

Asheville, N.C. Places to Stay | Hotels, Resorts & Cabins | Asheville, NC's Official Travel Site (


General Questions


If you have any questions about this event, please email Nicole Delcogliano at or Avi Li at

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