Thursday, July 7, 2011

Three Events for Growers, Wild-Harvesters, Manufacturers, and Buyers of Natural Products

Vicky Heatherly working in the Chinese medicinal herb test plots at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River, NC

WNC Naturally-Three Events at Three Locations

August 6, 2011
Almond Center, 60 Almond School Rd., Bryson City, NC

August 27, 2011
Haynes Conference Center, A-B Tech Enka Campus, Enka, NC

October 22, 2011
Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center, 4 School Rd., Mill Spring, NC

All events are from 9 am to 4 pm.

The WNC Natural Products Project, the NC Natural Products Association, and the WNC Forest Products Project invite you to attend 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, economics, enterprise budgets, 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 per event is $15 if you pre-register and $20 at the door. Lunch and light snacks are included. If you would like to have a table to promote your business or organization or would like to sponsor one of these events, we welcome you to contact Alison at alison_dressler@ncsu.edu. For more information and to register, please visit the Event Brite Website.  Since Google doesn't seem to like direct links to this site, please copy and paste this into your browser:  wncnaturallyevents.eventbrite.com 

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