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Outdoors ‘Does your forest talk money?’

Workshop on how to make money on forest land Feb. 15

Do you harvest ginseng from private or public lands?

Are you interested in learning how to make money from forest land?

Do you want to grow and sell forest botanicals like shiitake mushrooms and ramps?

Forest landowners, wild crafters and the general public are invited to get the latest info on these topics Feb. 15, 6:30 to 9 p.m., in the Big Room in the Jackson Community Services Building, 538 Scotts Creek Road in Sylva, N.C.

All who register will be entered for a drawing for free ginseng seeds and “Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal & Other Woodland Medicinals” by Persons and Davis.

Featured speakers include Michael Cheek and Brian Schneider, with the NC Division of Forest Resources; Jeanine Davis, Ph.D., and Caroline Edwards, with the Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center; and Alyx Perry, Director of the Southern Forests Network.

Cheek and Schneider will speak on “Smart Investing: How To Manage the Forest to Grow Money.” Davis focuses on opportunities with ginseng, ramps and other valuable botanicals and new regulations related to wild crafting. Edwards will discuss financial activities involving Silvatourism, the Mountain Mushroom Cooperative, and regional value-added kitchens. Perry brings the latest on the “Triple Bottom Line”: green certification, branding, regional markets and networking to grow your forest business.

Call the Jackson County Extension Service at (828) 586-4009 if you will attend, so that handouts will be sufficient.

No registration fee. Light snacks will be provided.

Followup event

Does Your Forest Talk Money? and More: A follow-up event with all of the above sessions along with business classes; plus a shiitake and oyster mushroom workshop is scheduled on Saturday, March 12, at AB Tech-Enka campus in the Haynes Building. Check www.ncherb.org for more information.

Funding for these events provided by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Research Station as part of the Western North Carolina Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project.


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