Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wild-simulated Ginseng Conference on Dec. 7 and 8, 2012

Are you interested in growing wild-simulated ginseng? Do you think production of more wild-simulated ginseng will help conserve wild populations? Do you know the federal and state laws concerning wild-harvesting and growing ginseng? Are you interested in exporting ginseng? Do you know what ginseng is used for?  If these questions are of interest to you, you should plan on attending the International Ginseng Expo/Conference on December 7 and 8 in Mills River, NC (near Asheville). Two of the leading experts on wild-simulated ginseng growing, Scott Persons and Bob Beyfuss, will be featured speakers. There are well-known herbalists, botanists, ecologists, scientists, buyers, growers, and export experts on the program.  This is a small venue conference, so there will be ample opportunities to visit with the speakers and get to know your fellow attendees. For more information and to register visit the NC Natural Products Association website.

PS, the ginseng roots shown above are from some of our research plots. These were growing in the woods, planted in 2006, and harvested in 2012.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Successful Post-Season Hops Grower Meeting

We had a fun and informative post-season hops grower meeting on November 2 at my building in Mills River. We had 33 people in attendance, either in person or on a conference call. That conference call worked fine for some people; not so good for others. So we will fix that for next year. I wrote up my notes from that meeting and sent them to my email list for folks interested in hops growing in the Southeast.  If you want to be on that list, just drop me an email at I also posted the notes on the Southern Appalachian Hops Guild blog. I don't want to post the same information on two blogs, so I'm just going to provide you with a link here: Notes.