Forest Farming Intensive
Propagation to Processing

What's new on this page as of July 23, 2021?
Schedule and Lodging info updated
Check out the Schedule and Lodging sections

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Event Overview

When

The Forest Farming Intensive - Propagation to Processing will be September 17-18, 2021. We will begin at 5:30pm on Friday evening and continue through Saturday at 4:15pm.

Where

Our workshop host, Appalachian Sustainable Development, welcomes you to the Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub and Appalachian Cove Forest Farm and Homestead, both in Duffield, Virginia.

 

Who

Anyone interested in learning more about forest farming. 

What

Whether you’re just getting started with forest farming, or looking to ramp up production for market, this intensive has something for everyone. On Friday evening, spend time networking with other aspiring and experienced forest farmers over dinner and enjoy a keynote from Dr. Jeanine Davis. On Saturday, get ready to dig in with intensive learning stations covering site selection, propagation, syrup production and sustainable harvest at Appalachian Cove Forest Farm, and post-harvest handling and processing at the Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub. From propagation to processing for sale - we look forward to seeing you for a day and a half of networking and learning from experienced forest farmers, researchers, technical service providers, and herb brokers!

Logistical Note

This intensive will take place both indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. The field component of this event will take place in the woods at a forest farm, and will require approximately ½ mile of walking in mountainous terrain. We recommend bringing weather appropriate clothes, sturdy shoes, a walking stick if needed, and other comforts (i.e. sunscreen, bug spray, reusable water bottle). A more robust packing list will be sent out with the Welcome Letter about one week before the event. Please no pets at this event.

Schedule & Program

Schedule Overview with Instructors Listed

Friday, September 17

*Friday evening activities will take place at Cove Ridge Center in Natural Tunnel State Park

5:30pm, Registration

6:10pm, Welcome and Introductions

6:30pm, Dinner

7:15pm, Keynote with Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University

Talk Title: Forest Farming Medicinal Herbs: Reviewing the Past and Looking to the Future

8:30pm, Adjourn

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Saturday, September 18

8:00am, Check-in and Group Organization

9:00am, Groups Depart

 

9:00am-12:00pm, Field Sessions

Group A @ Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub*

Group B @ Appalachian Cove Forest Farm and Homestead**

12:00pm, Lunch and Keynote with Kat Crane, Mountain Rose Herbs

Talk Title: Buyer Specifications for Forest Grown Botanicals

Cove Ridge Center in Natural Tunnel State Park

1:15-4:15pm, Field Sessions

Group B @ Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub*

Group A @ Appalachian Cove Forest Farm and Homestead**

4:15pm, Adjourn

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*Topics to be covered at Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub

Washing with Margaret Bloomquist, North Carolina State University

Drying with Katie Commender, Appalachian Sustainable Development

Garbling with Robin Suggs, Appalachian Sustainable Development

Creative Marketing with Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University

 

**Topics to be covered at Appalachian Cove Forest Farm and Homestead

Sustainable Harvest & Plant Propagation with Ryan Huish, ACFFH

Tree Syrups with Kate Fotos, Future Generations University

Forest Farming Site Assessment with Eric Burkhart, Penn State

​For session descriptions and more details, download the complete schedule HERE.

 

Speakers

Eric Burkhart, Penn State

Margaret Bloomquist, North Carolina State University

Katie Commender, Appalachian Sustainable Development

Katheryn Crane, Mountain Rose Herbs

Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University

Kate Fotos, Future Generations University

Ryan Huish, UVA Wise and Appalachian Cove Forest Farm and Homestead

John Munsell, Virginia Tech

Robin Suggs, Appalachian Sustainable Development

Download speaker bios HERE.

 

Registration Types and Fees

 

Registration will open on July 26!

Registration for the event will be $40.

This ticket will include the dinner and keynote on Friday and all activities and lunch on Saturday.

 

Participants will be responsible for their own lodging if that is needed. Please see the "Lodging & Travel" section below for more information.

 
 

Scholarship Opportunities

 

We have 5 scholarships available to those in need. They will be awarded on a first come/first serve basis. To inquire, please send an email to forestfarming@asdevelop.org.

Lodging & Travel

 

We strongly suggest securing your lodging NOW for this event if you are planning to attend. Lodging in the immediate area of Duffield, VA is limited, so please be aware that your lodging may be 18-30 minutes from the event venue depending on where you would like to stay. Please note that we are not promoting or condoning any particular lodging, only offering information on options.

There are three lodging options: 1) Cove Ridge Center, 2) Natural Tunnel State Park cabins or camping,

3) Local cabins and hotels.

 

Cove Ridge Center in Duffield, VA

We have limited lodging options available at the Cove Ridge Center (event venue) that can be purchased on a first come first served basis with your event registration for $20 a night. This price will include one bed and a simple, continental breakfast.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The lodging option at Cove Ridge Center is a top bunk or bottom bunk in a room with three other people, whom you may not know. Each room will fit 4 people and each three rooms will share bathroom utilities. If you choose this option, you will be prompted to select your gender identity during checkout so we can assign rooms accordingly. Rooms will be single gender.

 

Cove Ridge Center at Natural Tunnel is located at 469 Cove Ridge Center Road, Duffield, VA.

 

Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, VA

Camping and Cabins available. Check here for availability and pricing.

 

Local Hotels and Cabins

Appalachian Mountain Cabins (requires a 2 night minimum)

You can also look for lodging in these nearby locations:

*Note that times listed are the driving distance from Cove Ridge Center to that location

Big Stone Gap, VA (18 minutes)

Gate City, VA (20 minutes)

Pennington Gap, VA (25 minutes)

Kingsport, TN (30 minutes)

 

General Questions

 

If you have any questions about this event, please email Tiffany Brown at tiffany.brown@vt.edu 

 

 

Safety Statement

 

COVID-19 is an ever-evolving global pandemic. As such, we will follow Center for Disease (CDC) and/or Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and/or Ohio Department of Health (ODH) 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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