Thursday, April 21, 2011

About those medicinal herbs I had available (and other opportunities)!


I have been overwhelmed by the response to my notice yesterday about the offer I made yesterday for folks to come dig woodland herbs for $5 a bucket. Considering the number of people who say they are coming out today, I think all the herbs will be dug by the end of the day.  So please call if you are coming after about 1:00 so I can let you know if there are any left or not.

Many of the people who have called and emailed me over the past 24 hours have also indicated that they would like to start an herb business of some sort, volunteer in my program, get involved with local herb organizations, or take some classes.  I would love to communicate with more of you about some of that!  We will be offering workshops and trainings in the coming months through the WNC Natural Products Project.  State budget cuts have severely reduced our staff resources, so we are looking to start a volunteer program.  If you are interested in any of these, please follow me on one or more of the social media links:

There also is a little workshop here this afternoon for people who are interested in wild harvesting food products.  Some folks also want to talk herbs, so we will break out separately to have that discussion: 

April 21, 2011

WNC Wild Harvest Organizational Meeting  2:00 - 4:00 PM
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC - Directions

Do you harvest native plants for income? Do you own land that grows native plants well and wonder if income from them is feasible? Want to be part of a network that locates and markets native forest foods, sustainably? Are you interested in learning from trained wild harvesters?

A group of wild harvesters and foragers called Wild Harvest WNC are forming a collaborative marketing network to promote and expand the market for wild food products.

Purposes of the meeting are to organize as a group and develop a network of interested parties; to develop a marketing strategy for sustainably harvested wild foods; to increase the varieties and volumes of products; to expand the market locally and regionally; to involve landowners who will allow wild harvesting; and to discuss ethical and sustainable harvesting techniques and pertinent regulations.

For more information please call Sue Brown or Ed Mayer at 828.505.1080 or email at ednsue74@earthlink.net No registration fee. Light snacks provided.

Cheers!  Jeanine


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