2022 Southern Ohio
Forest Farming Conference

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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.


Safety Statement

Updated 2022

We will follow COVID safety protocols required by federal, state, organizational* and/or local regulations at the time of the event. Currently, there are no plans to require attendees to wear face masks or practice physical distancing.

*ABFFC (managed through Virginia Tech) is a co-host of this event and so Virginia and Virginia Tech protocols must be considered.



If you would like to inquire about a scholarship, please see the "Scholarship Opportunities" section below.


2022 Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference


The Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference will be on June 24 - 26, 2022. We will begin at 5:30pm on Friday evening and continue through Sunday at 12:00pm.


Our workshop host, Rural Action, welcomes you to the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio.



Anyone interested in learning more about forest farming. 


The 2022 Southern Ohio Forest Farming Conference will provide participants with opportunities to learn about multiple forest farming topics and strategies, including plant propagation, site selection, mushroom cultivation, timber stand improvements for NTFP production, business planning and marketing as well as herb walks and wild edible plant walks. The conference has a great line-up of highly experienced instructors that will help participants gain a broad understanding of the many facets and opportunities of forest farming.


Schedule & Program

Read, download or print the 2022 SOFFC Schedule here!



Bob Beyfuss, Independent Agroforestry Consultant
Tom Rooney, Nature Conservancy
Rick Felumlee, Mayapple Farms
Ed Fletcher, Native Botanicals, Inc.
Tanner Filyaw, United Plant Savers
John Munsell, Virginia Tech
Will Lewis, Yew Mountain Center
Joana Amorim, Sylvatica Forest Farm
Margaret Bloomquist, NC State University
Karam Sheban, Rural Action
Badger Johnson, Rural Action

Sherab Chen


View speaker bios here!

Lodging & Travel


The United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary (UpS) is located at 35703 Loop Rd, Rutland, OH 45775.  Camping at UpS is included in your weekend conference ticket.

Other lodging options are listed below by location. Please note that we are not endorsing or promoting any of these properties but rather offering options in the area.

Camping at UpS

All attendees have the option to camp for free at the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary during the weekend. Please note in your registration if you would like to camp. 

You would need to bring all of your own camping equipment and your own food for the meals not provided by the conference.

Lodging options in Rutland (the same town as the UpS Sanctuary)

Airbnbs near Rutland

Lodging options in Athens (about a 30-minute drive to the UpS Sanctuary)

Airbnbs near Athens

The Hilton Inn

Holiday Inn Express

The Fairfield Inn 

Athens Central Hotel (Downtown Athens)

The Ohio University Inn, Hyde House

Lodging options in Gallipolis (about a 30-minute drive to the UpS Sanctuary)

The Hampton Inn

The Downing House

The Lowe Hotel

Travel Lodge

Riverside Motel

Quality Inn

Super 8 


Scholarship Opportunities


If you would like to inquire about financial assistance to attend this event, please email Andrea Miller.


General Questions


If you have any questions about this event, please email Margaret Bloomquist.