Alternative Crops ~ Herbs ~ Organics ~ Specialty Crops ~ Vegetables
Upcoming 2015-2016 Event Schedule – Hope to see you there!
November 6-8, 2015
Sustainable Agriculture Conference
This annual event is sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and is the place to be if you are interested in organic and biodynamic farming and local food production. Jeanine Davis and staff will be speaking in the Organic Cucurbit session and will have information available on their organic broccoli studies and stevia research. For more information, visit Carolina Farm Stewardship Association SAC event page.
November 13-14, 2015
Front Royal, VA (Nov. 13) and Abingdon, VA (Nov. 14)
Attendees of these meetings will learn about the complex and little understood forest botanical supply chain and the opportunities and challenges facing forest-based growers (and buyers) of native medicinal plants. Quality-control, profitability, and sustainability will be discussed along with current efforts to address existing market shortcomings by building a new forest botanical supply paradigm based on third-party forest-grown verification. Attendees will learn about how to become involved in building a new ‘forestgrown’ botanical supply chain that features ‘wild-stewarded’ and ‘forest farmed’ products, and discuss with experts and company representatives what is needed to become a supplier in this emerging agroforestry-based industry. Jeanine Davis will be presenting on a historical perspective on woodland botanicals in this region. Space is limited for these events, so people interested commercially growing and wild-harvesting woodland herbs should apply and then they will be notified if they have been accepted. For more information, visit the United Plant Savers page.
November 30-December 2, 2015
Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo
Myrtle Beach, SC
If you are a commercial vegetable or small fruit grower in the Carolinas, this is the event you need to attend to keep current on all aspects of production, food safety, post-harvest handling, and marketing. This event is sponsored by the NC Vegetable Growers Association. More information can be found on their website.
December 4-5, 2015
International American Ginseng Expo
This is the second ginseng expo being put on by the NC Natural Products Association. If you grow, wild-harvest, conserve, sell, buy, or research ginseng, this is the conference to attend. A special treat will be a full afternoon session on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Growing Ginseng by the internationally recognized ginseng experts Scott Persons and Bob Beyfuss. Jeanine Davis will be presenting on Growing Other Woodland Botanicals. For more information and to register visit the Eventbrite page.
February 10-11, 2016
Winter Vegetable Conference
Join us for the annual vegetable conference for western North Carolina. Here regional specific information on growing and marketing commercial vegetables will be presented. Note: the conference will be in a brand new location this year and will be held back-to-back with the NC Apple Conference. jeanine Davis will update growers on growing spring and fall broccoli in western North Carolina. This event is sponsored by the NC Tomato Growers Association with educational programming arranged by the NC Cooperative Extension Service. For more information visit this webpage.
March 4-5, 2016
South Atlantic Hops Conference
Formally known as the NC-VA Hops Conference, our influence is expanding so we changed the name. Join us for a day of hop yard and brewery tours followed by a day packed full of educational sessions on all aspects of growing, processing, and selling hops in this non-traditional region of the country. Check back soon for the link to the Eventbrite page.
March 11-13, 2016
Organic Growers School Spring Event
Mark your calendars now so you won't miss this favorite event for organic gardeners and farmers. Jeanine Davis will be speaking on woodland herb production. Check back to the website often for more information.
July 22-24, 2016
Wild Herb Weekend
Valle Cruis, NC
This is the annual conference for the NC Herb Association. It is a wonderful educational event for commercial growers, herbalist, herb enthusiasts, herbal cooks, and anyone interested in culinary, medicinal, and aromatic herbs. This small conference is held at a beautiful historic conference center the high mountains of western North Carolina. Check the webpage for updates.
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 October 30, 2015 by Jeanine Davis.