Alternative Crops ~ Herbs ~ Organics ~ Specialty Crops ~ Vegetables
April 12-13, 2014
Mother Earth News Fair
Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
This is the first time Mother Earth News is holding one of their fairs in North Carolina and it is going to be quite the event for farmers and gardeners. There is a great line-up of speakers, workshops, and demos taking place. There will also be hundreds of exhibits. Jeanine Davis will be speaking on growing ginseng, goldenseal and other woodland botanicals and also on growing hops. The NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program will have a booth, and in cooperation with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Wildwood Herbal Farm, will be putting on herbal demonstrations all weekend. For a complete program and more information visit http://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/info.aspx#axzz2xwnJUzhV
Tuesday, April 15; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
North Carolina Arboretum
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)is a native to North Carolina where it can be found in forested areas. It produces a white flower and beautiful red rhizomes that produce a reddish orange dye traditionally used in Cherokee basketry. Participants will learn how to identify, propagate, grow, and sustainably harvest bloodroot. Historical and modern uses of bloodroot will be covered as well as discussion of the plant’s conservation and opportunities for wild, simulated production. Students will receive potting mixture and plant material. This class fulfills two hours of elective credit for the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate. $59 Member/$69 Non-member; Limit: 20 students
Instructors: Bloomquist, Margaret and Dressler, Alison. Margaret and Alison are Research Assistants with the Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Fletcher, NC. They have been working in the Alternative Crops and Organics Program studying bloodroot and other woodland botanicals. Margaret holds a degree in sustainable agriculture and rural community development from the University of British Columbia and Makerere University. Alison holds a degree from George Washington University in business management with concentrations in Contemporary Cultures and Societies, and International Development. They are constantly accumulating additional knowledge and continuing education through their research positions and personal interests; including topics in communication, education, plant medicine, marketing, regulations, organic agriculture, and more.
Registration information: http://www.ncarboretumregistration.org/Growing-Bloodroot-041514-P1313.aspx
If you must cancel your registration for a class, your registration fees (minus a 15% processing charge) will be refunded if notice is received at least 8 calendar days before the class begins. No refunds are made less than 8 calendar days before the class starts or after the class has begun. In the event that the Arboretum must cancel a class, you will be notified by phone or email, and you will receive a full refund.
Tuesday, April 15
Introduction to Biodynamic Gardeningrowing Bloodroot
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Treska’s Porch, Highland Lake Cove, 215 Rhett Drive, Flat Rock, NC. Cost: $20 for the workshop. This experiential workshop is designed for people unfamiliar with biodynamics, but interested in learning more. All are welcome. Come prepared to walk and work in the garden and learn about composting! A dinner, hosted by Pat Hart and Kerry Lindsey follows at 6PM. Donations of money for the dinner are appreciated. Please RSVP for the workshop and dinner by April 12: Pat Hart ( email@example.com or 952-334-4510). Payment due at the event. Organized by: Jim Smith ( Earth & Spirit Design) , Pat Hart (Highland Lake Cove) , Jeanine Davis (North Carolina State University), and Harald Hoven (Rudolf Steiner College).
April 16, 2014
Polk County Farmer Educational Breakfast
7 am-8 am
Jeanine Davis will be presenting on “New Crop Trends” with a focus on truffles, medicinal herbs and some specialty vegetable crops. The meeting is held at the 4-H center. Get off the Route 26 Tryon/Columbus exit, turn to Columbus and go through town (HWY 108 or E Mills St., basically the main street). After you see Calverts, a laundry and then a factory on the left, you will see a sign for the 4-H Center on the right. The same road has the Columbus recycling center and the DOT yard. For more information, contact Dawn Jordan, Ag Economic Development Director, Polk County at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Friday, April 18
Biodynamic Farming Principles and Applications
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC. This workshop is focused for farmers and gardeners who have some knowledge of Biodynamics but is open to all who want to attend. Topics to be covered include transitioning from organic to biodynamic, how to handle not having animals on the farm, making compost, biodynamic preparation, and the relationship of the soil to human health and well-being. Interaction with the audience is encouraged and expected. Weather permitting, an outside compost demonstration will be included. Please pre-register on EventBrite ( https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biodynamic-farming-principles-and-applications-tickets-1119995035 ). Cost: $10. Contact Alison Dressler for more information at Alison_Dressler@ncsu.edu or 828-684-3562. Organized by: Jim Smith ( Earth & Spirit Design) , Pat Hart (Highland Lake Cove) , Jeanine Davis (North Carolina State University), and Harald Hoven (Rudolf Steiner College).
Saturday, April 19
Visit a Farm Transitioning from Organic to Biodynamic
10:00 am – 1:00 pm. New Moon Farm, address, Fairview, NC. Gregg Adams is transitioning his long-term organic farm to biodynamics and is currently gathering materials for making a Biodynamic compost. There will be a walk-about and discussion about the transition. To carpool over to the farm, please meet at 9:30 am in the Food Lion parking lot on Hwy 74 (1350 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview, NC), across the street from Fairview Elementary School. RSVP to Jim Smith 864-313-5106 or email@example.com . Organized by: Jim Smith ( Earth & Spirit Design) , Pat Hart (Highland Lake Cove) , Jeanine Davis (North Carolina State University), and Harald Hoven (Rudolf Steiner College).
May 2, 3 and 4, 2014
Asheville Herb Festival
Western North Carolina Farmers Market
9 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday 7 am-8 am
This is the largest herb festival in the region. Come prepared with something to tote all the plants you are sure to buy (little red wagons are common). For more information visit http://www.ashevilleherbfestival.com/ or contact Andy Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org .
July 27-29, 2014
Wild Herb Weekend
Valle Crucis, NC
Join us for this delightful weekend in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina for a weekend devoted to learning how to grow, use, identify, and appreciate herbs. Keynote speaker this year will be Suki Roth, herbalist and founder of Herb Haven. Jeanine Davis will be presenting on growing ginseng, goldenseal and other woodland medicinals and will offer a medicinal herb propagation workshop. For more information, visit http://www.ncherbassociation.org/#!wild-herb-weekend/ca3p
August 12, 2014
Organic Cucurbit Field
Mountain Research Station
Visit our variety trials in the certified organic research unit. We will be testing eight varieties of summer squash, cucumbers, and melons. There will also be an educational program. This is a cooperative project with the Organic Seed Alliance and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and part of a multi-state project http://eorganic.info/cucurbits . More information will be posted as it becomes available.
September 11-13, 2014
Heritage Harvest Festival
Join us for the 8th annual festival at a beautiful location. Dozens of presentations by experts on how to grow all kinds of crops and animals, how to make your own food, and live a more simple life. Jeanine Davis will be speaking on propagating woodland botanicals and growing hops. Visit the website at http://heritageharvestfestival.com/ .
September 12-14, 2014
Mother Earth News Fair
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs, PA
Learn about small-scale agriculture, gardening, green building, renewable energy and more at this family oriented festival. Jeanine Davis will be speaking about growing ginseng, goldenseal, and other woodland medicinals. For more information visit http://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/pennsylvania.aspx#axzz2xwy3pkvv .
November 9-11, 2014
Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Come prepared to be overwhelmed with information, food, and networking opportunities at this event dedicated to organic and sustainable agriculture and local food production. More information will be posted as it becomes available. http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac/
December 2-3, 2014
Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo
Kingston Plantation Embassy Suites
Myrtle Beach, SC
This conference is for commercial vegetable growers in North and South Carolina with an educational program put together by university extension specialists and agents. Good trade show, too. http://www.ncvga.com/
Dr. Jeanine Davis
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759
Phone: 828.684.3562 ~ Fax: 828.684.8715
Maintained by: Bryan A. Konsler
Updated April, 2014 by Jeanine Davis