Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a New Supply Chain was a “first of its kind” event that United Plant Savers held in November with support from Mountain Rose Herbs, Penn State, PCO and Virginia Tech.
How much longer can the ecosystem support the constant wild harvest of native woodland botanicals? Do we know who is harvesting and where are forest botanicals are being harvested? The new PCO forest grown verification program encourages "conservation through cultivation' as a solution of sustainability, quality and ethics. The new PCO program that allows woodland farmers of medicinal plants to be verified is perfectly synced with another new project “Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Program: Growing Opportunities Beneath the Canopy”. United Plant Savers is one of several collaborators that will be apart of a 3-year funded USDA program to train future forest farmer in how to become growers of native medicinal plants within the Appalachian region. If you are interested in knowing about future workshops/webinars and getting connected to the new network of forest farmers then please email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those that attended and for those that are interested here are the powerpoints presented from the workshop in PDF format.
(Susan Leopold, Eric Burkhart, Jeanine Davis, Leslie Zuck, Jennifer Gerrity, Joshua Bogart, Jacob Lauch, Tiffany Brown)
The workshop kicked off with Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University who presented Lessons Learned: A Historical Perspective on Buying and Selling Forest Botanicals.
Get the 2015 Lessons Learned PDF (4.6 MB)
Eric Burkhart of Penn State University presented: Native Medicinal Forest Plant Supply Chains in the Eastern United States: Opportunites, Challenges and Third Party Verification.
Get the Native Medicinal Forest Plant Supply Chains PDF (29.8 MB)
Leslie Zuck President of PCO presented on the new ‘Forestgrown’ Producer Verification Program, for further details visit http://www.paorganic.org/forestgrown
For those that are interested to join the program UpS had set up a cost share program to help with enrollment costs. UPS provides Cost Sharing for Ginseng
Mountain Rose Herbs is the first to offer Verified Forest Grown Ginseng, to find out more, get the details here.
The one-day workshop ended with a presentation by Jennifer Gerrity, Executive Director or Operations and Jacob Lauch, from the procurement department of MRH on the Buyer Perspective on a Forest-grown Supply Chain: Needs, Pricing and Expectations.
Folks came from southern Virginia, the mountains of Tennessee, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina to engage, network and discuss how to move towards a more sustainable forest herb supply that encourages stewardship of the region these plants call home. We must address the root of the issue if we are to truly ensure the conservation of these important medicinal plant species.
Here a few pictures of those working hard to support a shift - a new paradigm for Appalachia-one that conserves the forest and the plants while providing quality herbal products. Thank you to all that attended to make this event a success!
United Plant Savers is excited to co-sponsor this event specific for those who are actively engaged in stewardship of forest botanicals. UpS supports the efforts of forest grown botanicals as a critical component of conservation of at-risk native medicinal plants many of which come from the forest regions of Appalachia.
November 13, 2015 in Front Royal, Virginia & November 14, 2015 in Abingdon, Virginia
PurposeForest-based medicinal plant cultivation (i.e., agroforestry), could help forest landowners in the eastern United States generate additional income, improve the health of their woodlot, and contribute to native medicinal plant conservation. It also stands to help the natural products industry address concerns about where their raw plant material comes from and the quality of their products. However, status quo markets favor wild harvesting and make it difficult to profitably farm these plants in the forest. Buyers, manufacturers, and many herbalists have simply not been willing to pay the price required for forest owners to profitably and sustainably raise many slow-growing, habitat-specific medicinal plants in the forest where they often grow best. As a result, plants such as black cohosh, blue cohosh, goldenseal, bloodroot, and American ginseng continue to be wild-harvested or cultivated under artificial shade…
October 1-2, 2015Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio, USAThrough the generous support of New Chapter we are thrilled to be offering this two-day workshop to those who are current Botanical Sanctuary Network members and Sacred Seed Garden members. This is an opportunity for members of these two networks to gather and learn important ETHNOBOTANICAL skills, share stories, and to strengthen ties that revive the concept of the sacred groves. Please join us! Visit the event page for complete details or register here.…
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