October Ginseng Workshops Added

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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.

ginseng plant with red berry clusterWatauga Cooperative Extension hosted a series of workshops on ginseng production in September. Due to popular demand, additional ginseng workshops have been added for October. Dr. Jim Hamilton from Cooperative Extension will provide an overview of ginseng production and a field demonstration on how to successfully plant and cultivate wild-simulated ginseng.

The 2-part workshop includes:

1. Field Demonstration: How to Plant Ginseng, Oct. 5th, 2016 2-3pm

2. Classroom Presentation: Wild Simulated Ginseng Production, Oct. 12th, 2016 6-8pm

Cost to attend field and/or classroom workshop is $75. Participants will receive a starter kit of ½ pound of stratified ginseng seed.

Workshops will be held at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center, located at 252 Poplar Grove Rd, Boone (behind our offices). Be prepared for a short walk to the field demonstration site.

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.

Workshop 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

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 or Kirsten Dillman at the Watauga County Cooperative Extension at 828-264-3061 or at jim_hamilton@ncsu.edu.

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Photo of Kirsten Dillman, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKirsten DillmanCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 264-3061 (Office) kirsten_dillman@ncsu.eduWatauga County, North Carolina
Updated on Sep 5, 2017
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