Watauga Ginseng Workshops in September 2018

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Extension agents in ginseng field

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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 $750 per dried pound over the last few years.

In September, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Watauga County will be hosting two workshops on wild-simulated ginseng production.

Workshop Dates:
September 20, 2018 @ 4 p.m.-6 p.m. – 20 participants max
September 27, 2018 @ 4 p.m.-6 p.m. – 20 participants max

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

To register, call or email the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Watauga County Center or Dr. Jim Hamilton at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Watauga County at 828-264-3061 or at jim_hamilton@ncsu.edu. Space is limited.

Cost to attend the workshop is $75. Participants will receive a starter kit of 1/4 pound of stratified ginseng seed. The first 20 registrants will also receive a copy of “Growing & Marketing Ginseng and Other Woodland Medicinals.” Please call or come by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Watauga County Center to register for workshop sessions. Checks may be made out to Watauga County CES.

Additional seed is available upon request.

This workshop series is made possible through a grant from the N.C. A&T State University Innovation Grant Program.