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  • Forest Farming Webinar Series | ABFFC

    Forest Farming: In Focus A Deeper Dive 2022 Winter Webinar Series Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 2022 winter webinar series! ​ While this webinar series might be over, the ABFFC and our partners are working on the next series! Please become a member, join our FB group or reach out to tell us what you think, and what kinds of forest farming topics you would like to see next! ​ Scroll down this page to find all webinar resources for this series! -Pre webinar resource pdfs (101 level & basics) -Webinar recordings -Presentation slides ​ Click here to view all recorded webinars (on YouTube)! About our 2022 Winter Webinar Series "Forest Farming In Focus" is a series of 5 winter webinars that are designed to be a deeper dive into forest farming species, topics and practices. ​ ABFFC and our partners have joined forces to create this special webinar series for experienced forest farmers* who want to dive deeper into common non-timber forest products and expand their understanding of forest farming species and practices. ​ Each webinar in this series will bring together experts in the field, experienced forest farmers, and learning resources for our topic. Together we will explore forest farming species and practices, as well as engage in discussions with experienced forest farmers with years of expertise. ​ *While these webinars are more in-depth than most of our beginner level website resources, we invite beginner forest farmers, and those who are less familiar with these species to review our pre webinar resources to learn about the basics prior to each event. ​ ​ Saps & Syrups "Tree Saps & Syrups 201: A Deeper Tap into Species, Processes, and Products" Kate Fotos of Future Generations University Britney Hervey Farris of Family Roots Farm Rachel Taylor of Frostmore Farm Missy Moyers-Jarrells of Laurel Fork Sapsuckers Webinar Presentation Slides (pdf) Syrups - Pre Webinar Resource (pdf) Ramps "Digging Deeper into Ramp Forest Farming" Eric Burkhart of Penn State University Steve Schwartz of Delaware Valley Ramps Ramps - Pre Webinar Resource (pdf) Ramps- Presentation Slides Goods from the Woods - Delaware Valley Ramps Fungi Beyond the Basics: Forest Farming Fungi Hannah Hemmelgarn of University of Missouri Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain Rick Felumlee of Mayapple Farms Fungi - Pre Webinar Resource (pdf) Ginseng "Digging deeper into ginseng forest farming" Eric Burkhart of Penn State University Ed & Carole Daniels, Shady Grove Botanicals Anna Plattner & Justin Wexler, Wild Hudson Valley Ginseng - Pre Webinar Resource (pdf) Ginseng Webinar Slides (pdf) Goldenseal "How to make money growing Goldenseal and other NTFPs" ​ Jeanine Davis and Margaret Bloomquist of North Carolina State University Joe from "up the creek" in the High Country of Western North Carolina ​ Goldenseal - Pre Webinar Resource (pdf) Presented by:

  • Introduction to Forest Farming | Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition

    Forest Farming Introduction Forest farming is an agroforestry practice which cultivates medicinal and edible crops, decorative and craft materials under a forest canopy that is managed to provide ideal shade levels and habitat. Forest farming on a larger scale supplies marketable crops, materials and products made from non timber forest products to community, local, regional and online marketplaces as well as internationally. ​ Forest farming also provides several opportunities for land owners, families and communities to benefit while managing, protecting and conserving the forests for the future. FAQ What is Forest Farming? WHO ARE FF? Who Are Forest Farmers? First, it is very important to acknowledge, honor and respect the indigenous peoples and their practice of stewardship and land management. The first nations have been stewards, foragers, and farmers since time immemorial, and continue these practices to this day. Individuals and families: Forestland owners are incredibly interested in forest farming. Opportunities abound to bring supplemental income, partially relieve tax burdens and invest in the future of families and forests. However, unlike traditionally agriculture with clear seasons, harvests and yields, forest farming is generally a longer term investment, but one with potentially higher values. Forest farming can also be a legacy endeavor of conserving forests, and a family's land well into the future. Communities An ever-growing group of communities now sees the need for community supported agriculture (CSAs), and forest farming is yet another opportunity for folks to come together to make plans, build visions and create these local, resilient and economically viable projects using forest farming and other agroforestry practices. Technical Services Though always high on the list of interests, non-timber forest products and forest farming assistance are generally limited and associated forest resource inventory and habitat management planning services scarce. However, markets for forest farmed products are evolving quickly and forest farming education and networking has increased in the past several years. Improving management services, education and outreach has never been more important. ​ What do forest farmers need? To develop the operational capacity needed to capitalize on emerging markets, forest farmers need technical, administrative, market sales, and state regulatory training and support related to production using forest grown verification, organic production, and best handling and processing practices. They also need access to extension and state agency personnel that are prepared to assist them with forest resource assessments and medicinal plant habitat management. Learn more and connect with other forest farmers in our online community!


    Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference Join us for Everything Forest Farming: From Site Selection to Post Harvest Handling Practices The 2023 Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference will provide participants with opportunities to learn about multiple forest farming topics and strategies including site selection, plant propagation, grafting, elderberry production, harvesting, post-harvest handling, processing, and business planning, as well as medicinal plant walks. The conference has a line-up of highly experienced instructors that will enable participants to gain a broad understanding of the many aspects and opportunities of forest farming. All levels of experience welcome! 2023 SOFFC Registration open July 10th! 2023 Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference - Registration 2023 SOFFC Schedule 2023 SOFFC Speaker Bios

  • Non Timber Forest Products | Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition

    Forest Farming Non-Timber Forest Products The suite of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) is quite vast but is contingent upon regional climate and forest type. These videos are meant to provide detailed information on a variety of NTFPs, including their natural ecosystem, methods of propagation, and harvest times. ​ Intro Edibles Medicinals Syrups Craft & Decorations Seeds & Plant Stock Other NTFPs We have over 150 forest farming videos! Be sure to check out & subscribe to our YouTube channel. intro What are NTFPs? Simply put, NTFPs are non-timber forest products . NTFPs are a growing category of products that are grown and harvested from the forest. Though forest farming practices sometimes require canopy control through thinning or selective cutting for health and light, in general, NTFPs are non timber species and products that grow under the trees. NTFPs can be sustainably harvested species like ramps (Allium tricoccum ), or even stages of certain species like American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius ) leaf, root, or seeds. The specialized species, products and harvests are as unique as each forest and farmer. No two are exactly the same. Many of these species can then be processed for wholesale or become value added products , which increases the price point and reaches different markets. ​ A key tenant of forest farming is to identify, cultivate, steward and harvest these NTFPS under the forest canopy. Many NTFP species might be naturally occuring, and others might need to be introduced, and many of these crops can take many years to establish and reach harvestable size/age. However, forest farming relies on forest's unique ecology to provide the ideal habitat for many forest species that can't be grown in other ways, and can eventually become a valuable and sustainable resource for personal use and side income for the long term. ​ There are a few general categories of NTFPs: edible and medicinal plants, edible and medicinal mushrooms, non-timber tree crops like nuts, fruits and tree saps and syrups, traditional crafts and decorations, seed nursery and planting stock, and others. ​ Explore the page below to learn more about NTFP species and how they are the backbone of forest farming. Please be sure to explore our youtube channel , and if you have forest farming questions, you can ask them in our FB page or group , or attend an event for networking and hands-on learning. Edibles Forest Farming Edibles Medicinals Forest Farming Medicinals Syrups Forest Farming Syrups Nursery Forest Farming Seeds & Plant Stock Othe NTFPs Other Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) Crafts Forest Farming Crafts & Decor

  • Initiatives | Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition

    ABFFC New Initiatives These projects-in-development are part of the ABFFC's goal of bringing better forest farming resources to the Appalachians and beyond! Please help us learn more about the needs of forest farmers like you buy filling out our short surveys on each page. Thank you in advance! ARC ARISE ARC ARISE Point of Harvest Program POH American Forest Farming Association AFFA Catalyzing Agroforestry Grant Program EMEF


    ABFFC Feedback Page aims to be a perennial resource f or forest farmers of all experience levels. We value and welcome your feedback to help us improve this website and its resources. Website Feedback First Name Last Name Email Phone Message Submit


    Forest Farming 101 The AFFC mission is to educate, train and connect future and beginning forest farmers from all across the Appalachian region and beyond. Our aim is to increase accessibility to this information as well as support local programs and individual forest farmers. This Forest Farming 101 section provides an outline of basic forest farming practices and common non-timber forest products or (NTFP) species for the eastern seaboard and Appalachian region. Introduction to Forest Farming START HERE Forest Farming Video Library Watch Non-Timber Forest Products or NTFPs NTFPs Ask a Question & FAQ ASK Forest Farming Glossary & Definitions glossary Forest Farming Online Community Facebook Value-Added Products or VAPs VAPs

  • CAGP Resources | AFFC

    Agroforestry Resources Agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems to create environmental, economic, and social benefits. It has been practiced in the United States and around the world for centuries. There are several modern recognized practices such as: Alley Cropping, Forest Farming, Riparian Forest Buffers. Silvopasture, Windbreaks, and other applications. Please explore the links and resources below for a broad ov erview of agroforestry practices. Agroforestry Resources ​ ​ ​ USDA's Agroforestry Page ​ National Agroforestry Center ​ ​ Agroforestry Frequently Asked Questions ​ Agroforestry Practices Page ​ Agroforestry Publica tions ​ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ​ Agroforestry Practices: ​ Alley Cropping Agricultural crops grown simultaneously with long-term tree crops. Forest Farming Cultivation of high-value crops under the protection of a managed forest canopy. Riparian Forest Buffers Natural or re-established streamside forests made up of tree, shrub, and grass plantings. Silvopasture Combines trees with forage and livestock production. Windbreaks Linear plantings of trees and shrubs to enhance, protect, and benefit people, livestock, a nd soil and water conservation. Additional Applications New twists to familiar agroforestry practices. ​ Urban Agroforestry ​ --------------------------------------------------- ​ Forest Farming Resources ​ (there are links to close to around 100 publications (articles, fact sheets, brochures, research, etc.). /user/exforestfarming/featured (ABFFC YouTube channel with lots of videos) ​ Silvopasture Resources ​ ​ ​ ​

  • 2022 Events | AFFC

    2022 ABFFC Partner Events A big thank you to all of our participants and hosts in the ABFFC partner events of 2022. From the mountains of Western North Carolina to the forests of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, forest farmers from all around gathered to share in hands-on learning opportunities and community building. Please see highlights for each events below and be sure to keep up with our regional partners! If you are a beginning forest farmer, we invite you join our newsletter to hear about forest farming news, updates and events near you, or bring your forest farming questions to our FB community . 2022 West Virginia Forest Farming Forum 2022 Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference 2022 WNC Forest Farming Series 2022 Sassafras Moon Herbal Festival & Forest Farming Conference WVFFF 2022 West Virginia Forest Farming Forum We would like to thank all of our partner groups and attendees for making the 2022 West Virginia forest farming forum a huge success in Marlinton WV! On Saturday we enjoyed a beautiful day of networking and learning with teachers and speakers, culminating in a dinner at the Pocahontas County Opera House. Thanks to all who visited the Yew Mountain Center on Sunday to finish off the weekend with yet another day of immersive learning. Please continue to stay in touch and utilize the resources provided by Yew Mountain Center and the ABFFC. If you have any follow-up questions, we invite you to get in touch or ask and start discussions about forest farming topics in our FB group . SOFFC 2022 Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference We would like to thank all of our partner groups and attendees for making the 2022 Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference a wonderful event for two years running! All weekend we enjoyed the amazing hospitality of the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary and our hosts Rural Action , as we covered all the forest farming bases, from beginner basics to advanced business practices. ​ Please stay in touch and utilize our forest farming resources. If you have any follow-up questions, we invite you to get in touch or ask and start discussions about forest farming topics in our FB group. WNC FFS 2022 WNC Forest Farming Series Thank you for a wonderful series of forest farming workshops and tours in Western North Carolina! With our partners the Organic Growers School , this series was based on the format for the CRAFT Farmer Network and Tour program, which connects beginning and experienced farmers and producers throughout the WNC region. " Integrating Forest Farming into Existing Farm Enterprises " at Thatchmore Farm Our June session at Thatchmore Farm , "Integrating Forest Farming into Existing Farm Enterprises " had a great group. From heating greenhouses with wood, to yaupon holly and ramp propagation we had a day full of learning and sharing. Thank you to our hosts Tom, Karen, and Liz Elmore for sharing your time and knowledge. " Encouraging Mushroom Production within a Forest Ecosystem: A Practical Approach to Collaborating with Nature " at the Forest Farmacy In August we went to Madison County, NC for "Encouraging Mushroom Production within a Forest Ecosystem: A Practical Approach to Collaborating with Nature " with Forest Farmacy . We enjoyed a lovely day of integrating fungi into the forest farm practices. Our hosts Chris Parker and Kat Houghton generously shared their amazing knowledge and land. We got our hands dirty inoculating straw with spawn for participants to bring home. " Planting and Propagation of Forest Farmed Botanicals " at Green Heart Gardens We concluded the series in August at Green Heart Gardens in Buncombe County, NC. Our host Lori Burra of HerbMamma , offered her knowledge of planting a wild simulated forest farm and diverse methods for producing woodland botanicals and stewarding the forest plants. Participants enjoyed a beautiful afternoon with propagation, planting, and ginseng seed-sowing activities. 2022 Sassafras Moon Herbal Festival & Forest Farming Conference SassyFest What a plant-filled and inspiring weekend! A giant thank you to our hosts, partners, vendors and everyone who attended. We are grateful to be part of this wonderful event and this outstanding community. Read more about SassyFest here! On September 24, an incredible 2,500 people attended the Sassafras Moon Herbal Festival in downtown Erwin, TN to explore products from 40+ herbal vendors and learn from speakers at 7 FREE herbal classes. Then, on September 25, ABFFC & ASD co-hosted the SOLD OUT Sassafras Moon Forest Farming Conference at Blackberry Blossom Farm. We enjoyed concurrent classroom sessions in the morning and hands-on learning stations at a local forest farm throughout the afternoon.

  • 2024 Forest Farming Conference | ABFFC

    2024 Gather to Grow Forest Farming Conference A Conference to Honor the Past and Shape the Future of Forest Farming March 22 - 24th, 2024 Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia Thank you for an amazing 2024 Forest Farming Conference! Conference Summary 2024 Gather to Grow C onference Summary ​ Who: Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition What: 2024 Gather to Grow: A Conference to Honor the Past and Shape the Future of Forest Farming Where: Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA, USA When: March 22-24, 2024 ​ The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition's (ABFFC) Gather to Grow multi day Forest Farming C onference will be held in Roanoke, Virginia from March 22-24, 2024 and feature learning, networking, and strategic planning programs that will shape the future of forest farming of woodland crops such as botanicals, mushrooms, and decorative products in Appalachia an d beyond. Keynote speakers, working group meetings and panels, field tours, expo, exhibitors, breakout presentations, flash t alks, a youth program, poster presenters, great food, socials, and a classic hotel in Appalachia are included. Reasonable prices and access by trains, planes, and automobiles make for a highly accessible event. Keynote Speaker: Olivia Watkins, Black Farmer Fund & Oliver's Agroforest Olivia Watkins is a social entrepreneur and impact investor. For the past eight years, she has financed, developed, and operated environmental and social impact projects across the US. She currently serves as a co-founder and President of Black Farmer Fund. She also serves as a board member for a Real Estate Investment Trust, Iroquois Valley, that has invested $100M into transitioning conventional farmla nd to organic farmland. Prior to founding Black Farmer Fund in 2017, Olivia worked in several farm production roles at Soul Fire Farm Institute and Kahumana Organic Farms and financial research analysis positions at Croa tan Institute and NC Idea, leveraging her environmental biology background to manage and grow environmentally regenerative and socially impactful business operations. Keynote Speaker: Jeanine Davis, NC State University Dr. Jeanine Davis is an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University. She is located at a research and extension center in western NC near Asheville. For over 30 years, she has researched medicinal herbs, forest farming, new crops, vegetables, and organic agriculture and shared her knowledge on these topics with farmers and gardeners across the country. Her current efforts are focused on native woodland botanicals, hops, truffles, organic vegetables, and hemp. She is the lead author of the book “Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Wo odland Medicinals”. Jeanine and her family operate Our Tiny Farm where they raise and board mini-donkeys. Special thanks to Traditional Medicinals for sponsoring the Gather to Grow Keynote Speakers! Conference Media 2024 Forest Farming Conference: Gather to Grow Printable PDF Flier

  • Forest Farming | Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition

    APPALACHIAN FOREST FARMER COALITION GROWING OPPORTUNITIES BENEATH THE CANOPY JOIN OUR FOREST FARMING COALITION LEARN MORE ABOUT FOREST FARMING CONNECT WITH OUR GROWING COMMUNITY GROW WITH PARTNERS, TRAINING, & EVENTS What is the Appalachian Forest Farmer Coalition? The Appalachian Forest Farmer Coalition (AFFC), formerly known as the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition, is a network of forest farmers, forestland owners, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations that share a common goal of improving agroforestry production opportunities and farming capabilities among forest farmers. Our collective aim is to increase awareness of forest-grown medicinal, edible plants and other non-timber forest products (NTFPs) through education and relationship building, and support conservation efforts through stewardship of existing plant populations and forest farming of native botanicals. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ During the March 2024 Gather to Grow Forest Farming Conference that took place in Roanoke, VA, the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farming Coalition announced the evolution of our name to the "Appalachian Forest Farming Coalition". Please note that we are making small changes on the website and our social accounts, but will remain the same coalition as we move into the future, and next phase of forest farming growth, community, and networks across the country. Community Forest Farming Calendar The Community Forest Farming Calendar features training, workshops, webinars and regional events, from the AFFC and our partners. Please be sure to follow along in our Facebook page and community to keep up to date about online learning opportunities from our partners. AFFC's Forest Farming Office Hours Gather to Grow Conference - March 2024 Past Forest Farming Events

  • Publications | Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition

    Forest Farming Publications These resources and online publications are dedicated to providing forest farming and educational materials to the public. Plant profiles are published by eXtension and detailed explanations of habitat, growing and processing according to Good Harvest Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices, which are industry standard. ​ eXtension Publications RootReport Newsletter Archive Forest Farming Footnotes ~ABFFC Newsletter Page~ eXtension eXtension Forest Farming This website contains a wealth of information about forest farming on a national level. UpS DOWNLOAD PAPERBACK @ AMAZON Publicatons Publications Want to learn more about Bloodroot? Bloodroot Want to learn more about Black Cohosh? Black Cohosh Pests Affecting Shiitake Mushrooms Shiitake Steps Involved in Farming Specialty Mushrooms Mushrooms Want to learn more about Goldenseal? Goldenseal Want to learn more about False Unicorn? False Unicorn Harvesting Pine Straw from a Forest Pine Straw Forest Farming and Non-Timber Forest Products Forest Farming Root Report RootReport at Virginia Tech ​ People have harvested roots, barks, foliage, fruits and mushrooms from forests for generations. Today these are meaningful traditions and sources of income for families and communities across the country. There is growing interest in cultivating NTFPs and managing forests to produce them, but there is a lack of reliable information about their markets. Our goal is to measure the scope and distribution of NTFP production and its economic impact, and make that research available to people who work with and care about these important species. For more information, visit our website .

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