Watauga Extension Offers Ginseng Workshops in September

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If you own mature forestland (or a nice wooded backyard) with good soil and drainage, ginseng may be a viable way to produce income from your underutilized woods. Ginseng is a tricky plant to grow successfully and takes between 7-10 years to reach a size favored by the Asian markets to which it is exported. The market for ginseng has averaged over $800 per dried pound over the last few years.

Cooperative Extension will be hosting a series of classes & field demonstrations on wild-simulated ginseng production in September at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone. Dr. Jim Hamilton from Cooperative Extension will provide an overview of ginseng production and field demonstration on how to successfully plant and cultivate wild-simulated ginseng.

Topics will include:

  • Background on ginseng
  • Site selection, soil fertility requirements, & companion plants
  • Site preparation
  • Planting methods
  • Production issues—(pest mitigation & poaching issues)
  • The market for ginseng

September Ginseng Workshops at the Ag Conference Center:

How to Plant Ginseng: Field Demonstration (choose 1 session)
September 7, 2016 @ 2pm-3:30pm;  20 participants max
September 8, 2016 @ 4pm-5:30pm;  20 participants max

Wild Simulated Ginseng Production: Classroom Presentation
September 29, 2016 @ 6pm-8pm;   40 participants max

Cost to attend field and/or classroom workshop is $75. Participants will receive a starter kit of ½ pound of stratified ginseng seed and a copy of “Growing & Marketing Ginseng and other woodland medicinals”— (a value of over $100). Seed and guidebook supplies are limited to the first 40 total paid registrants.

Registration and payment is required in advance. Please call or come by the Watauga County Extension Office to register for workshop sessions. Checks may be made out to Watauga County CES. It is recommended that you send in a soil sample of the area you are thinking about planting and bring your soil report to the workshop.
Additional seed may be available upon request.

This workshop series is made possible through a grant from the NCDA North Carolina Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and PHARMN (Preserve Heritage Agriculture & Regional Markets Now…www.pharmn.org)

For more information, contact Dr. Jim Hamilton at the Watauga County Cooperative Extension at 264-3061 or at jim_hamilton@ncsu.edu.

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Photo of Dr. Jim HamiltonDr. Jim HamiltonCounty Extension Director (828) 264-3061 (Office) jim_hamilton@ncsu.eduWatauga County, North Carolina
Updated on Sep 5, 2017
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