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Forest Farming Intensive
Growing Under the Canopy

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Event Overview

When

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.

Where

Asheville, North Carolina

 

Who

Anyone interested in learning more about forest farming. 

What

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). http://www.appalachianforestfarmers.org. 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

9:00am, Concurrent Session 1

*Growing Woodland Botanicals with Dave Ellum

*Growing Mushrooms Outdoors with Gwen Casebeer

*Verifying Species Identity for Testing Sales Opportunities with Rolando Boye

10:45am, Concurrent Session 2

*Agroforestry: Managing the Woods with Shawn Schwartz

*Establishing Fruit and Nut Production in the Woods with Justin Holt

*Marketing Your Forest Products & Generating Income with Jeanine Davis

12:15pm, Lunch

1:15pm, Concurrent Session 3

*Growing Woodland Botanicals with Dave Ellum

*Growing Mushrooms Outdoors with Gwen Casebeer

*Verifying Species Identity for Testing Sales Opportunities with Rolando Boye

3:00pm, Concurrent Session 4

*Agroforestry: Managing the Woods with Shawn Schwartz

*Establishing Fruit and Nut Production in the Woods with Justin Holt

*Marketing Your Forest Products & Generating Income with Jeanine Davis

4:45pm, Adjourn

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Sunday, September 26

1:30-4:30pm, Farm Tours

Non-Timber Forest Product and Agroforestry Tour of Warren Wilson

Shawn Swartz

 

Mushroom Agritourism and Value Added Forest Farming

Greg Carter, Deep Woods Mushrooms

 

Greenheart Gardens: Small Scale, Value added Medicinal Herbs and Hemp

Lori Burra

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​Complete schedule coming soon.

 

Speakers

Margaret Bloomquist, North Carolina State University

Rolando Boye, USBSL BIome Botanicals

Gwen Casebeer, Black Trumpet Farm

Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University

Dave Ellum, Warren Wilson College

Justin Hold, Nutty Buddy Collective

Shawn Schwartz, Warren Wilson College

Speaker bios coming soon.

 

Registration Types and Fees

 

You can register for this event HERE.

Registration includes classroom programming and lunch on Saturday as well as Farm Tours on Sunday. 

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.

 

Lodging & Travel

 

Information coming soon...

 

General Questions

 

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

Nicole@organicgrowersschool.org

 

Safety Statement

 

COVID-19 is an ever-evolving global pandemic. As such, we will follow Center for Disease (CDC) and/or North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and/or Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidelines for COVID-19 at the time of the event. This may require participants to socially distance and/or to wear a face mask. Official guidelines will be shared with registrants a week prior to the event.

 
 
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