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2016 Event Schedule Hope to see you there!


May 24, June 13 and July 12, 2016 (more to come)

Research Hop Yard Tours and see the New Hops Harvester

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center

74 Research Drive, Mills River, NC

Please join us for one or more of these tours of our NCSU Research Hop Yard. This is a fantastic opportunity to see and learn about a productive, mature hop yard in a small group setting. The yard currently has 12 varieties and and we are testing new cultural practices. The program emphasis will be on production practices, and will be suitable to any level of experience.  Tours will begin in May and occur monthly through September; late summer dates will be announced later in the season.  Tours begin at 9am and end at 12pm.  For more information and to register go to the Eventbrite page at 2016 Monthly Hop Yard Tours:


June 25, 2016

Growing Appalachian Forest Botanicals for Market

United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary

35703 Loop Rd, Rutland, OH

The day will include: United Plant Savers Overview and Perspective, Forest Botanical Supply Chains Overview, Buyer Perspective from Mountain Rose Herbs, Forest Walk on Sanctuary Grounds, Forest Plant Identification and Inventorying, Wild Population Stewardship and Harvesting, Forest Farming Methods and Examples, Applied Forest Ecology and Site Evaluation, Lunch Provided! Event cost: $15. For more information and to register for this 1-day event please go to United Plant Savers. This event is one in a series made possible by the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition.


July 22-24, 2016

Wild Herb Weekend

Valle Crucis Conference Center

Valle Crucis, NC

This is the annual conference for the NC Herb Association. It is a wonderful educational event for commercial growers, herbalists, herb enthusiasts, herbal cooks, and anyone interested in culinary, medicinal, and aromatic herbs. This small conference is held at a beautiful historic conference center the high mountains of western North Carolina. Jeanine Davis will be offering workshops on growing and using ramps and growing ginseng in the Southern Appalachians. She will also be offering a preconference workshop with Laura Denyes on starting and running an online herbal business. Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain will be our keynote speaker. If you can't spend the whole weekend with us, consider coming up for just Saturday. I love the early morning drive in the mountains. To register and for more information: Wild Herb Weekend.


August 5-7, 2016

From the Forest Floor to the Shelf: Blue Ridge Woodland Growers Two Day Medicinal Plant Forest Farming Training

Floyd EcoVillage, 718 Franklin Pike Rd SE, Floyd, VA

This 2-day training event organized by the Blue Ridge Woodland Growers and sponsored by the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer (ABFF) Program will provide an overview of forest farming from the forest floor to the shelf. It will cover the basics of growing woodland medicinals, explore the economics of these products, introduce options for third party verification for forest grown products, and offer an opportunity for dialogue between advanced forest farmers. Hands on sessions will offer the opportunity to experience the entire forest farming process from propagation to sustainable harvest and beyond. Participants will have a number of opportunities to have questions answered by experienced forest farmers, extension agents, forest farming researchers, and trained botanists. A pre-program daylong woodland medicinal field intensive is offered for those wanting to explore the ecology, life cycle, and identification of woodland medicinal in local forests. Jeanine Davis and Margaret Bloomquist will be teaching and demonstrating at this event. Event cost: Main event: $40 for Friday evening to Sunday, (includes meals, accommodation is not included). Friday Field Intensive: $20 (bring your own packed lunch). Lodging: $20 per night for single bed at the Floyd EcoVillage, $11 per night camping at the Floyd EcoVillage (must bring own equipment). View event details HERE. Learn more and register for this 2-day event HERE.


August 16, 2016

Tomato Field Day

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center

74 Research Drive

Mills River, NC

This is your opportunity to learn about all the university vegetable field research going on western North Carolina. It's fun and educational and there is usually good food to eat (and last year there was locally made ice cream!). For more information, including sponsorship opportunities: Tomato Field Day.


August 26-28, 2016

Forest Farming in Southern Appalachia: An Appalachian Sustainable Development Two-Day Training Event

Cherokee Cove Campground

2418 Locust Gap Rd, Mountain City, TN

Join us for this two day training on forest farming of medicinal herbs. All aspects of farming herbs will be addressed by university (including Jeanine Davis and Eric Burkhart) and industry experts (including Ed Fletcher). Propagating, cultivating, harvesting, processing, and marketing will all be covered. Paricipants will gain knolwedge about a variety of plants including ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, and ramps. The event will allow participants a chance to gain insights from the experts and get out into the woods for some hands-on experiences. An optional field trip on Sunday will offer attendees a forest floor view of an active forest farming operation and an inside look at a state of the art herb processing facility. The event is sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Development and the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition. Registration is open to everyone but will be limited to 50 participatns so don't wait to register. Event cost: $40 (meals and dormitory style accomodations included). View the detailed agenda for this event HERE. Click here to learn more and register for this 2-day event.


September 9-10, 2016

Heritage Harvest Festival


Charlottesville, VA

This is a beautiful fall festival held at Monticello. There are educational workshops, demonstrations, tastings, music, and food. A great family event with activities of interest for all ages. Jeanine Davis will be offering workshops on growing woodland botanicals and edible and exotic plants for the home garden. Check the webpage for updates.


September 24-25, 2016

Forest Farming Native Medicinal Plants in Central and North Appalachia: A Rural Action Two-Day Intensive Training for Woodland Owners

United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary

35703 Loop Rd, Rutland, OH

Join Rural Action and the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition on September 23-25, 2016 for this 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, cultivation, harvesting,  processing, and marketing. Participants will learn about a variety of commercially valuable plant species, including ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, and ramps. This event will provide participants with learning opportunities in both indoor and outdoor classroom settings. Registration is open to anyone interested in beginning, maintaining, or expanding a forest farming operation, but capacity is limited to 50 participants so don’t wait to register! 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) or 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.


November 4-6, 2016

Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Durham, NC

There is no place like the Sustainable Agriculture Conference to learn from the experts about cutting-edge techniques and innovative programs and to connect with others who are just as passionate about rebuilding a healthy, local foodshed from seed to plate. Join farmers, health advocates, gardeners, homesteaders, agri-preneurs, ag-tivists, consumers and everyone in-between to learn, network, celebrate, and champion local and organic foods and farms. Check out the conference website for updates and registration information as it becomes available. Sustainable Agriculture Conference


February 8-9, 2017

Winter Vegetable Conference

Crowne Plaza Resort

Asheville, NC

All western North Carolina vegetable growers should make a special effort to attend this conference to learn the latest for growing and marketing their crops. Information on disease, insect, and weed control; new varieties; food safety; and labor will be provided. Here is a link to the NC Tomato Growers Website. Updates about the conference will be added as they are available.


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Updated June 23, 2016 by Jeanine Davis.