Forest

Forest Farming Video Series

~Value Added Products~

This video series provides insights into various ways that non-timber forest products can be used

to bring further value to the forest farmer. Forest botanical production can be taken a step further

by processing different plant parts into medicines, creams, essential oils, salves,

teas, and other value-added products.

 

We go behind the scenes to show a glimpse of where these herbal concoctions can be made, how different products are created, and what the business model is for each company we interviewed. Our hope is to provide a broad view behind the herbal products industry, from growing medicinal herbs in the forest as seen in our forest farming videos, to drying and post harvest handling, to finished products that incorporate these forest botanicals.

Value Added Products                Essential Oils              Producers

Be sure to check out the rest of our forest farming videos on our YouTube channel.

 

Value Added Products

Goldenseal Salve with Paul Strauss


Paul Strauss, owner and herbalist at Equinox Botanicals, demonstrates the creation of a salve using goldenseal and other forest botanicals along with beeswax and propolis.




Tincture Preparation at Maryland University of Integrative Health


Tinctures extract chemical components of a plant by using a solvent which is typically alcohol but can also be glycerin. We explore the process of tincture-making at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. A tincture extracts desirable compounds of a plant through a solvent which can be either alcohol or glycerin. In this video, we make a tincture with ashwagandha root. Our video on tincture making was filmed at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Click the link below to read more about their herbal dispensary. MUIH Herbal Dispensary




Elderflower Hydrosol


Donna La Pre, natural perfumer and herbal products creator, harvests elderflowers and creates an elderflower hydrosol in this value-added product demonstration.




Elderberry Syrup


Susan Leopold and Teresa Boardwine make elderberry syrup at the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary. Elderberry syrup is considered an immune booster and is easy to make.





 

Essential Oils

Asheville Tea Company


In order to provide a complete overview of the herbal industry from the forest to the finished product, we visited Jessie Dean, owner of the Asheville Tea Company. She sources field and forest grown herbs from local farmers in North Carolina. The availability of ingredients informs her recipes and keeps tea formulas seasonal.




Paris Apothecary


Susan Leopold, Director of the United Plant Savers, began the Paris Apothecary to carry a variety of herbal remedies and elixirs made both in the region and beyond. The apothecary is also a great place to educate consumers about herbal tonics, the plants used to create them, and how those plants are cultivated and harvested.




Herbal Ingenuity


A botanical raw ingredient supplier gives a behind-the-scenes tour of their facility in North Carolina.




Mountains to Sea


How does a business get off the ground? We joined a small start-up in Western North Carolina to film the production of an all-natural body scrub made with locally sourced ingredients. Incubator kitchens like Blue Ridge Food Ventures provide a clean, regulated space for small businesses to produce and package items ranging from hot sauces to dog treats. Co-owner of Mountains to Sea, Amanda Vickers, walks us through the process of creating a salt scrub at Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Body Scrub Essential oils from Blue Ridge Aromatics and slippery elm bark are two value-added non-timber forest products that are incorporated into this body scrub. Amanda Vickers, demonstrates the process of making a salt scrub in this example of value-added production. MOUNTAINS TO SEA




Gaia Herbs


Capsules Capsules can be made with dry botanical ingredients or they can be filled with a liquid botanical concentrate as explained in our video with bill Chioffi of Gaia Herbs In our video with Gaia Herbs, we take a look at a Hawthorn leaf and flower harvest, a commercial scale dryer, and liquid phytocap production at their facility in North Carolina.​ Bill Chioffi, Vice President of Global Sourcing at Gaia Herbs in Brevard, North Carolina, explains the importance of harvest times and post-harvest handling practices of plant material. We take a look at a hawthorn leaf and flower harvest and then get a peak behind the scenes at Gaia Herbs liquid phyto-cap production. GAIA HERBS




Blue Ridge Food Ventures


Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Blue Ridge Food Ventures provides facilities and guidance for small businesses to create and market value-added products.





 

Producers of Value Added Products

Asheville Tea Company


In order to provide a complete overview of the herbal industry from the forest to the finished product, we visited Jessie Dean, owner of the Asheville Tea Company. She sources field and forest grown herbs from local farmers in North Carolina. The availability of ingredients informs her recipes and keeps tea formulas seasonal.




Paris Apothecary


Susan Leopold, Director of the United Plant Savers, began the Paris Apothecary to carry a variety of herbal remedies and elixirs made both in the region and beyond. The apothecary is also a great place to educate consumers about herbal tonics, the plants used to create them, and how those plants are cultivated and harvested.




Herbal Ingenuity


A botanical raw ingredient supplier gives a behind-the-scenes tour of their facility in North Carolina.




Mountains to Sea


How does a business get off the ground? We joined a small start-up in Western North Carolina to film the production of an all-natural body scrub made with locally sourced ingredients. Incubator kitchens like Blue Ridge Food Ventures provide a clean, regulated space for small businesses to produce and package items ranging from hot sauces to dog treats. Co-owner of Mountains to Sea, Amanda Vickers, walks us through the process of creating a salt scrub at Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Body Scrub Essential oils from Blue Ridge Aromatics and slippery elm bark are two value-added non-timber forest products that are incorporated into this body scrub. Amanda Vickers, demonstrates the process of making a salt scrub in this example of value-added production. MOUNTAINS TO SEA




Gaia Herbs


Capsules Capsules can be made with dry botanical ingredients or they can be filled with a liquid botanical concentrate as explained in our video with bill Chioffi of Gaia Herbs In our video with Gaia Herbs, we take a look at a Hawthorn leaf and flower harvest, a commercial scale dryer, and liquid phytocap production at their facility in North Carolina.​ Bill Chioffi, Vice President of Global Sourcing at Gaia Herbs in Brevard, North Carolina, explains the importance of harvest times and post-harvest handling practices of plant material. We take a look at a hawthorn leaf and flower harvest and then get a peak behind the scenes at Gaia Herbs liquid phyto-cap production. GAIA HERBS




Blue Ridge Food Ventures


Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Blue Ridge Food Ventures provides facilities and guidance for small businesses to create and market value-added products.





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