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Free Ginseng Production Workshop, Boone

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 5:00pm – 8:30pm — 4 months ago

Where: Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607 (Map)

Of all the medicinal herbs that can be grown in Western NC, simulated-wild ginseng (i.e.- that which is grown in a natural forest system) has the most consistent demand and highest price. On Thursday, December 12, from 5-8:30 PM, Watauga County Cooperative Extension will host some of the region's top ginseng experts in a workshop designed to give forest landowners the tools and resources they need to get started in or expand their ginseng production.

The first 25 participants who sign up will receive a 'starter kit' of ginseng rootlets and seed to plant in woodlands of their own. And everyone attending will hear from speakers who have worked in the ginseng trade for decades.

5:00-5:05 Welcome and Introductions
5:05-6:30 Ginseng Production, Jeanine Davis – NCSU Medicinal Herbs Program
6:30-6:40 Break (with refreshments)
6:40-7:15 The Buyer's Perspective on Ginseng and forest medicinals (current market trends, considerations, etc), Tony Hayes – Ridge Runner Trading Co.
7:15-7:50 Agroforestry programs/potential at NCA&T, Josh Idassi – NCA&T Cooperative Extension
7:50-8:30pm Questions, discussion, and closing.

To register, call Watauga County Cooperative Extension at 828-264-3061

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