This event 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 herb 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. Those who wish to have table space at the expo will be given an option to reserve during registration. Tables are first to come, first served.
This field day 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 nearby 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 hosted by Appalachian Sustainable Development and the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition and generously sponsored by Gaia Herbs, United Plant Savers, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, and Mountain Rose Herbs.
Follow this link to see the draft agenda and to register!