Monday, November 23, 2015

Have you registered for the Ginseng Conference in Asheville on Dec. 4-5, 2015?


The International Ginseng Expo:
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ginseng and More
December 4-5, 2015 in Asheville, NC
ON-LINE REGISTRATION ENDS NOVEMBER 30!!!!

Join us for the Second International American Ginseng Expo on December 4th and 5th in Asheville, NC. If you are involved with or interested in ginseng, this is THE event to attend. On Friday you can register for an afternoon intensive session on growing ginseng taught by ginseng gurus Scott Persons and Bob Beyfuss OR you can participate in roundtable discussions with speakers and other experts in the ginseng industry. Afterwards, there will be a hands-on session making ginseng products and a reception. Saturday is a full day of sessions on topics related to the ginseng industry and other forest botanicals. Sponsors and vendors will be set up and there will be academic posters on display and a book signing.  *welcome any and everyone interested in the ginseng industry to attend!

Check out this impressive list of our confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order):
·       *Hyonho Baek, PhD, Bent Creek Institute, Vice President, Business Development.
·       *Bob Beyfuss, Ginseng Expert, Retired Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County, NY and the statewide American Ginseng Specialist for Cornell Coop Extension.
·        *Eric Burkhart, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Faculty Instructor, Ecosystem Science and Management Department and Plant Science Program Director, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center.
·        *Chip Carroll, United Plant Savers, Botanical Sanctuary Manager and Ginseng Grower.
·        * Jeanine Davis, PhD, NC State University, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Horticultural Science, and co-author of the book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals.
·        * Jeannie Dunn, Owner of Red Moon Herbs, NCNPA President.
·        *Pat Ford, Botanist, US Fish & Wildlife Service.
·        *Ed Fletcher, COO, Strategic Sourcing and Herbal Ingenuity.
·       *Melissa Fryar, Herbalist and Bulk Herb/Herb & Body Manager at French Broad Food Co-Op.
·        *Joe Hollis, Herbalist and Founder of Mountain Gardens.
·        * Gary Kauffman, Botanist, US Forest Service.
·        *Phyllis D. Light, MA, Traditional Appalachian Herbalist and Founder of Appalachian Ctr for Natural Health.
·        * Joe-Ann McCoy, PhD, Director of the NC Arboretum Germplasm Repository.
·        *W. Scott Persons,  Owner of Green Gold Enterprises, Grower, and co-author of the book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals.
·        *Jen Rhode-Ward, PhD, UNCA, Associate Professor Department of Biology.
·        *Wallace Souther, Owner of Hoopers Creek Botanicals, Grower.
·        *Barry Thorne, Owner of Golden Needle Acupuncture, Herbal & Medical Supply.
·        *David Welch, NC Plant Conservation Program Administrator, NC Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
·        *Marc Williams, MA, Ethnobotanist and Executive Director of Plants & Healers International.

We have also invited “Junkyard Sam” from the Appalachian Outlaws “reality” TV show.  He will talk about digging in the mountains, why he hates poaching, why he decided to be on the show, and his practices to promote future crops.

This two day event will be held on the campus of the University of NC in Asheville.  It starts at 1:00 pm on Friday and concludes at 5:00 PM on Saturday. There is a special reception on Friday night.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-international-american-ginseng-expo-tickets-18458381516. Tickets can be purchased for one or both days and for the Friday night reception.

There are suggestions for motels to contact on the Eventbrite page, but a block of rooms has not been reserved.

For more info or to inquire about sponsorships or exhibiting, contact Jennifer Flynn at: seal@BlueRidgeNaturally.org

The Ginseng Expo is an event of the NC Natural Products Association.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Join us for the WNC Broccoli Growers Meeting


What’s happening with broccoli in
Western North Carolina?

WNC Broccoli Growers Meeting
December 2, 2015
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759
 
Join the growing community of WNC broccoli growers and stakeholders for an interactive  meeting  and workshop regarding the current state /future possibilities of growing broccoli in the mountains. Contact Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu for more info and to RSVP.
The WNC Broccoli Research Projects that will be discussed at this meeting include:

Eastern Broccoli Project
We have recently concluded a 5-year multi-state, university and industry USDA-SCRI funded project to create a year-round supply of high-quality broccoli from the Eastern United States. This is being accomplished by developing new, heat-resistant varieties and the markets for them. Our 2015 research included two large variety trials with multiple planting dates at the Mountain Research station and on-farm trials in Henderson County.

Participatory Screening of Broccoli Varieties for Organic Systems in Western North Carolina
The Organic Farming  Research Foundation provided funding for this multi-year, participatory study to select summer broccoli varieties for WNC organic growers. Growers selected and helped evaluate varieties grown for two years in the organic unit at the Mountain Research Station. In 2015 we have transitioned to five on-farm trials. The project also evaluated organic practices for insect/disease management, including farmscaping and trap cropping. 



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ginseng Expo-Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ginseng-Register Now!!!

Join us for the second Ginseng Expo in Asheville, NC on December 4 and 5. If you are interested in growing, wild-harvesting, conserving, selling, buying, using, or researching ginseng, this is the event to attend. Presentations will include an intensive on growing wild-simulated ginseng, conservation, regulations and security, export and trade, root preparation, other forest botanicals, and the history of ginseng use and trade in the U.S. Attendees will include those in the industry from diggers to growers to herbalists to brokers and manufacturers. We are excited that Bob Beyfuss and Scott Persons, two of the most knowledgeable people about ginseng in the country, will be offering a full afternoon session on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Growing Ginseng.

And check out this impressive list of our confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order):

Hyonho Baek, PhD, Bent Creek Institute, Vice President, Business Development
Bob Beyfuss, Ginseng Expert, Retired Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County, NY and the statewide American Ginseng Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension
Eric Burkhart, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Faculty Instructor, Ecosystem Science and Management Department and Plant Science Program Director, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
Chip Carroll, United Plant Savers, Botanical Sanctuary Manager and Ginseng Grower
Jeanine Davis, PhD, Author, NCSU, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Horticultural Science, Mills River Research Station Alternative Crops & Organics Program
Jeannie Dunn, Owner of Red Moon Herbs, NCNPA President
Pat Ford, Botanist, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Ed Fletcher, COO, Strategic Sourcing
Melissa Fryar, Herbalist and Bulk Herb/Herb & Body Manager at French Broad Food Co-Op
Joe Hollis, Herbalist and Founder of Mountain Gardens
Gary Kauffman, Botanist, US Forest Service
Phyllis D. Light, MA, Traditional Appalachian Folk Medicine Herbalist and Founder of Appalachian Center for Natural Health
Joe-Ann McCoy, PhD, Director of the NC Arboretum Germplasm Repository
W. Scott Persons, Author and Owner of Tuckaseegee Valley Ginseng, Grower
Jen Rhode-Ward, PhD, UNCA, Associate Professor Department of Biology
Wallace Souther, Owner of Hoopers Creek Botanicals, Grower
Barry Thorne, Owner of Golden Needle Acupuncture, Herbal & Medical Supply
David Welch, NC Plant Conservation Program Administrator, NCDA
Marc Williams, MA, Ethnobotanist and Executive Director of Plants & Healers International

This two day event will be held on the campus of the University of NC in Asheville.  Register by 11:59 pm on October 31 to get the Early Bird Discount. REGISTER HERE.

To inquire about scholarships or sponsorship/exhibiting at the event, please contact Jennifer Flynn seal@BlueRidgeNaturally.org

The Ginseng Expo is an event of the NC Natural Products Association.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Alternative Crops and Organics Research Highlights Tour-August 20

Join us on August 20th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for a tour and discussion of our current organic and specialty crop research projects at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. Map and directions.

What you will see: the certified organic Mountain Organic Research Unit, with studies on breeding organic melons, squash, and cucumbers for organic growers; breeding tomatoes with disease resistance for organic farmers; a participatory study to select summer broccoli varieties for organic farmers; growing tomatoes for testing out organic produce wash solutions; and organic farmscaping and trap cropping. We will visit a study looking at the feasibility of growing stevia on a commercial scale in western NC and our two Black Perigord truffle orchards; The large multi-state, private-public breeding project to develop broccoli varieties specifically for East Coast producers will also be included on the tour. We will transport you around the research station on covered trailers equipped with benches. Let us know if you have special needs so we can make it comfortable for you.

What you will do: You will hear from the researchers about these projects and see the results of the studies designed to help farmers and gardeners in our region. You will have the chance to interact one-on-one with the scientists and their research assistants. Where possible, you will get to taste some of the varieties of tomatoes and cucurbits we are trialing. You will definitely get to taste the stevia!

What to bring: Please dress appropriately for field conditions, including shoes or boots, hats, and umbrellas. Bring a water bottle or snacks for the morning, and feel free to bring your cameras, questions and curiosity! If it rains hard, we will move inside to talk.

This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required but it would help us for planning purposes if you would just drop Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu a quick email to let us know you are coming.

This tour is highlighting the work of the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program run by Dr. Jeanine Davis in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University. You can learn more about her program on her website at http://ncherb.org/ and on her blog at http://ncalternativecropsandorganics.blogspot.com/

Questions should be directed to Margaret_Bloomquist@ncsu.edu

The highlighted projects are funded by grants from the USDA/NIFA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, the Organic Farming Research Foundation, USDA/NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative, and the USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant Program administered through the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Late blight in western North Carolina- the 2015 season begins!




Tomato Late Blight Detected 
in Western North Carolina 
on July 10 2015

— Written By Frank Louws, plant pathologist, NCSU
Late blight was detected in Buncombe County NC in the afternoon of July 10, 2015. This is the first report of late blight on tomato in North Carolina and in the southern region since January. The samples have not been confirmed by the clinic nor registered with the USAblight.org program yet; this will be done first thing next week. However, there is no doubt that it is late blight. The late blight pathogen can travel long distances from one county to another and from one state to another. Therefore, it is critical that growers and industry personnel actively scout their fields. If suspect samples are found they should be sent to the local extension office or contact your local cooperative extension agent for diagnosis through the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic. We will also forward samples to Cornell for typing the genotype. Growers should be prepared to switch fungicide programs to include products such as chlorothalonil in rotation with Revus Top, Presidio or Ranman and according to published recommendations in the North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual page 532 or the 2015 Southeastern U.S. Vegetable Crop Handbook page 228. Organic recommendations are also available. Additional information on identification, management, including organic management, and occurrence of the disease can be found at the USAblight website. For more information about tomato late blight and how to control it see the plant pathology tomato and potato late blight fact sheets. The weather forecast the next few days in Western NC is not highly conducive to late blight but the pathogen can build up rapidly under wet and cooler conditions.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Opportunity to Hear Three Medicinal Plant Experts Speak for Free in SW VA This Weekend!

Appalachian Green to Gold, a free workshop on how to grow and market ginseng, medicinal herbs, and other woodland botanicals will be held on Saturday, July 11, from 1 to  3:30, at the Norton Community Center in Norton, VA.  Sponsored by AppalCeed, a local organization committed to economic development and diversification in SW Virginia, the workshop features three renowned experts in growing wild-simulated ginseng and other medicinal herbs as cash crops. Dr. Jeanine Davis and Steve Persons, coauthors of the authoritative book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals, and David Grimsley, co-director of the Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers Consortium in Floyd County, Virginia, will be the presenters.

Learn the basics on how to grow and sell valuable medicinal herbs and be part of the solution by practicing "conservation through cultivation".  Farmers, backyard gardeners, small business owners, and anyone interested in diversifying the local economy are invited to attend this free workshop.  Seeds and books will be available for purchase. Snacks will be provided.  Space is limited so arrive early. The Norton Community Center is located at  201 East Park Avenue NE adjacent to Norton Elementary and Middle School, just past the new rock wall. Watch for the signs.

(Photo is David washing medicinal herb roots years ago when he worked in my program)