Friday, May 23, 2014

Our Video on Growing Bloodroot

Bloodroot is in demand and we are getting many questions on how to grow it. Last fall my employees Margaret and Alison produced this very practical educational video on how to grow bloodroot. They titled it as for home use, but these methods work for commercial growers, too. Hope you enjoy it.
Bloodroot Video

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Temporary full-time position with NCSU: near Asheville-working on hops, broccoli, stevia, medicinal herbs...

My staff planting broccoli on May 14.

I have a Research Assistant position open in my program based out of the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC which is about 20 miles south of Asheville and 250 miles west of Raleigh.  The position will report to Dr. Jeanine Davis; see my website for more information on my program. This position will supply general field and office support to a number of projects.  Most of the time will be spent in the field working with medicinal herbs, stevia, broccoli, hops, truffles, and cucurbits. Tasks will include weeding, pruning, training, harvesting, grading, data collection, and general assistance with all aspects of the program. Both organic and conventional crops will be included.  This position is a temporary growing season position that will run from approximately early June through October.
Work Schedule – Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm

A high school degree, or its equivalent, is required. Some experience working on a commercial farm, assisting with field research, and knowledge of medicinal and native plants would be very useful. The ability and desire to do hard manual labor outdoors for long periods of time in all kinds of weather is needed.  Individual must be detail oriented for reliable data collection.  Individual should be comfortable talking with people at field days and grower meetings.  Good photography skills are a plus. Individual will be expected to drive a full-size state pickup truck with manual transmission.   Some use of a personal vehicle will be expected, with reimbursement for mileage. Office duties will include electronic filing of photographs, entering data into Excel spreadsheets, preparing materials for displays and meetings, and interacting with cooperators via phone and email.  Must have a good driving record. Must be a self-starter, reliable, prompt, able to make independent decisions, and work as part of a team.
Anticipated Hiring Range:  $8.50 to $10.50 per hour based on experience.

Proposed Hire Date – June 1, 2015
If you are interested in applying for this position, you must submit your application through the NCSU system. Please do not call or email with questions or send a resume directly to me because we need to treat each applicant and application fairly.
This position can be viewed and applied for HERE or by going to the North Carolina State University Jobs site and looking for position number 11ASO260.




Friday, May 2, 2014

Internships Available for Wild Herb Weekend in July-My Favorite Event!

Every year the North Carolina Herb Association sponsors student interns to help run Wild Herb Weekend. Interns receive full tuition in exchange for designated work assignments.

Who can apply: Students who are enrolled in an herbal studies or a horticultural science program may be given preference; however, anyone who is interested is encouraged to apply.

What interns do: Interns need to arrive at the conference site on Friday afternoon (July 25) at 1:00 p.m. and stay until Sunday afternoon (July 27) when dismissed by the coordinator (approximately 3:00 p.m.). During this time they will:
  • Set up and operate the student raffle. (The raffle pays for the internship program!)
  • Help with conference registration
  • Assist vendors set up and take down of their displays
  • Support speakers with their presentations: (take attendance, help with demos, etc)
  • Help with conference clean-up
What interns receive:
  • Full tuition, including lodging and meals from Friday supper – Sunday lunch (a $275 value)
  • The opportunity to attend some classes during the conference
  • Lunch with the Conference keynote speaker
  • Time for networking, learning from herbal professionals, making new friends, and having fun!
How to apply: Submit a 500-word essay describing why you would like to be an intern. Include details such as your interest in herbs and any experience you might have growing and using herbs (culinary or medicinal). If you are interested in a career as an herbalist or horticulturalist, tell us how the internship will benefit your education. Please include your address and phone number with this application.

Deadline for submitting entries: May 15, 2014. Recipients will be notified via e-mail by May 31, 2014.  Submit Application essays to: