Thursday, July 28, 2011

Do You Grow or Wild-Harvest Medicinal Herbs? Are You Looking for Local Suppliers of Medicinal Herbs?


  WNC Naturally Events
Do you wild-harvest or grow medicinal herbs?  Are you looking for a buyer?
Do you make products with medicinal herbs? Are you looking for local suppliers?
Are you a forest landowner looking to make some extra income from your land but don’t know which plants to harvest or how to do it sustainably?
Do you want to start cultivating medicinal herbs?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, register to attend one of three “WNC Naturally Events” being held in three convenient locations in western North Carolina.  These are inexpensive, participatory events with sessions led by people who have been involved in the natural products (medicinal herb) industry for many years.  They are all the same, so pick the one most convenient for you.
The first event is coming up real soon, so sign up now!  Here are the details:

Events:                 Three WNC Naturally Events
Dates and Locations:
1.  August 6, 2011, The Almond Center, Swain Community College, 60 Almond School Rd., Bryson City, NC 28713           

2.  August 27, 2011, Haynes Confernce Center, AB Tech Enka Campus, 1459 Sandhill Road, (Intersection of US 19/23 and Sandhill Road), Candler, NC 28715.  Directions: Driving directions from I-40 west bound or east bound: Take Exit 44. At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp, turn right (south on 19/23). Go to the fourth traffic light and turn left on Sand Hill Road. Go to the second entrance on the left and turn into the campus. The Haynes Conference Center will be on your right

3.  October 22, 2011, Mill Spring Agricultural Center, 4 School Road, Mill Spring, NC 28756.  Directions:  From Asheville, take I-26E about 40 miles to Exit 67 toward NC-108/Columbus/Rutherfordton. Go about 1.7 miles and take Exit 163, NC-108 toward Columbus/Mill Spring. Turn left onto NC-108 and go about 3 miles. Turn left onto NC-9N.
Contact:               Alison Dressler, Alison_Dressler@ncsu.edu,
                              828-684-3562

The WNC Natural Products Project, the NC Natural Products Association, and the WNC Forest Products Project invite you to attend one of these events designed to strengthen the natural products industry in western NC.   Growers, wild-harvesters, manufacturers, buyers, and all who are interested in working with or in the natural products industry are invited to attend. These day-long events will consist of short introductory sessions followed by participatory break-out sessions where you choose which topics you want to learn more about. The topics that will be covered include plant identification, voucher preparation, sustainable harvesting techniques, GAPs, cultivation, washing and drying product, packaging, traceability, GMPs, product testing, value-added processing, selling to small local markets, selling wholesale, and business planning. Speakers include buyers, small manufacturers, university researchers, business experts, and more.  Price is $15 per event if you pre-register (up to two days before the event) and $20 at the door. Lunch and light snacks are included.  For more information, or if you would like to have a table to promote your business or organization at one or more of these or would like to sponsor these events, contact Alison at alison_dressler@ncsu.edu or 828-684-3562.  To register on-line, please visit our EventBrite site at: http://wncnaturallyevents.eventbrite.com/.

Speakers include (these may vary from location to location)
·         John Bonham, Mountain BizWorks
·         Annice Brown, Small Business Technology and Development Center
·         Daphne Carson, Mountain BizWorks
·         David Cozzo, Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources
·         Jeanine Davis, Dept. of Horticultural Science, NC State University
·         Kara Errickson, CoCoChi
·         Ed Fletcher, Strategic Sourcing
·         Jackie Greenfield, VP Global Sourcing and Sustainability, Gaia Herbs, Inc.
·         Joe-Ann McCoy, Bent Creek Germplasm Repository, Bent Creek Institute, NC Arboretum
·         Chris Reedy, Blue Ridge Food Ventures
·         Jane Renfroe, Mountain BizWorks
·         Ceil Salvadori, President, New Sun
·         Sarah Schober, Natural Products Laboratory, Bionetwork, A-B Tech Community College
·         Lisa Ziperman, Golden Needle

This notice was provided by Jeanine Davis, Dept. of Horticultural Science, NC State University.  For more information on the projects and the NC Natural Products Association, please visit http://ncherb.org.


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