My name is Jeanine Davis and I am an associate
professor and extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural
Science at North Carolina State University.
My research and extension programs
are dedicated to the development of sustainable
and organic production systems for herbs, vegetables,
and a wide variety of specialty crops.
The purpose of this website is to provide
access to up-to-date, practical information
on the production and marketing of these crops
and to keep you informed about the current
projects in my program. I encourage you to
visit the other websites and pages I maintain that are
listed at the top of this page and below.
Are you interested in buying or selling North Carolina grown medicinal herbs? Then check out our new beta site to help facilitate that at Herb Connection
Some of the current projects my staff and I are involved in include maintaining a research hop
yard at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River. This is a
old, high trellis yard with ten
We have recently completed an Echinacea research project looking at differences in plant growth and medicinal constituents based on where the seed was
The Echinacea study was replicated at the Piedmont Research Station in Reidsville.
We also have research and demonstration plots on woodland medicinals
and Chinese medicinal
the Mills River
The majority of our research is at the Mountain
Research Station in Waynesville. There
we have a certified organic research unit where we are
involved in multi-state efforts to breed cucumbers, squash, melons, and tomatoes specifically
for organic farmers. We have also just completed a three year organic broccoli variety study with research station and on-farm components. We are also part of a large
multi-state effort to develop broccoli varieties
specifically for the East Coast producers. In
2014 we initiated a stevia project to determine if we can grow stevia on a commercial scale in
western NC. We also have
Black Perigord truffle orchards and a new project working with truffle growers across the state.
We would also like to start a
program to help local growers enter that growing market. In addition to
research, we conduct many educational programs in the form of conferences, workshops, and
field days. We make this information available online through this website, our blog, Facebook,
Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.
And finally, we are part of a multi-organization effort to grow
the natural products industry in western NC.
- Medicinal Herbs and Natural Products Training - Resource materials on growing, wild-harvesting, and manufacturing. These materials were developed for educators and advisors working with people in this industry. Information would be useful for everyone, but the target audience is educators.
- Medicinal Herb Production Guides-Black Cohosh, Bloodroot, Echinacea angustifolia False Unicorn, Goldenseal, more coming soon!
- Medicinal Herb Enterprise Budgets-Black Cohosh, Bloodroot, more coming soon!
- Medicinal Herb Good Agricultural Practices-for NC growers-Leaflet on Suggested Good Agricultural and Collection Practices for Medicinal Herb Growers, Videos from the Spring 2015 Workshop on GAPs for Medicinal Herbs
Links to Our Projects and Other
- Improving North Carolina Black Truffle Production-a three year study to help truffle growers monitor their orchards.
- WNC Farmlink-a program to connect farm seekers with landowners.
- Organic Tomato Improvement Project-a multi-state, federally funded project to develop new tomato varieties for organic producers.
- Organic Cucurbit Project-a multi-state, federally funded project to develop new cucurbit varieties for organic producers.
- Exploring Stevia for Western North Carolina- a two year study is examine the feasibility of commercial stevia production in western North Carolina.
- Echinacea Research Project — Three year (2012-2014) field trials in the southern mountains (Mills River) and upper piedmont (Reidsville) regions of North Carolina.
- Eastern Broccoli Industry Project — Information about this multi-state project to develop this industry on the East Coast.
- NC Hops Project — Information about the hops research project in eastern and western North Carolina led by researchers in Horticulture and Soil Science.
Prosperity Project — Helpful decision making tools, production information, surveys, and presentations pertaining to choosing new crops and farmland protection.
- NC Organic —
An organic agriculture internet resource
for North Carolina farmers.
Specialty Crops — A resource
for farmers, entrepreneurs and consumers
within the specialty crops market.
Herbs for Commerce — Information on growing and selling medicinal
herbs in North Carolina. Includes step-by-step "So you want to grow medicinal herbs" process for you to read through and decide if herbs are right for your situation.
- WNC Forest Producers Marketing Project — Information for local forest products producers (timber and non-timber)and resources for them. Including videos of local businesses and two directories.
- Southeast Organic Training Page —An Advanced Organic Training for agricultural educators and extension agents.
- Bloodroot Project — Information on growing bloodroot at home project for artisans in Cherokee, NC led by researchers in Horticulture Science.
Keep Current By Following Our Blog
We welcome you to follow our activities on the Organic Unit, as well as in other parts of our program, by following us on our NC Alternative Crops and Organics blog.
Donate to Our Program
Thank you for your support - Our program is almost completely funded by
grants and gifts. If you value this program, we would appreciate your
financial support. To become a Friend of the NC Alternative Crops and
Organics Program, you can donate on-line here
or print out this form and mail it in with your check.
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The presentation on hops production given at the Virginia Hops Workshop in Afton, VA on February 11, 2014 (this is large and takes a little time to download)
Videos of the 2015 NC-VA Hops Conference in Winston-Salem, NC
Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for Medicinal Herbs Training Videos
How to Grow Bloodroot Video
Broccoli Harvest and Post-harvesting Handling Tutorial Video
Goodies from Your Woods Webinar
Hops are in the News
Link to Survey on China Consumer Demand for USA Grown Chinese Medicinal Herbs by Galen University Business Students
From the Western NC Forest Products Marketing Project:
YouTube Videos of the businesses we worked with!
WNC Forestry Success Stories: Change for the Better
an Ebook highlighting the successes of the project.
This section includes general production information
and resources as well as information
on specific topics.
- Specialty Crops
- NC State and National Resources
- Jeanine's Book List
Current Financial Support and Grant Funding Provided by
- USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program via NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- USDA Organic Research & Extension Initative Grant Program
- USDA Specialty Crop Research & Extension Initiative Grant Program
- USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program
- USDA 1890 Capacity Building Grant
- USDA Rural Jobs Accelerator Program
- NCSU Internal Grant
Friends of the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program
Thank you for all your support!
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
- Golden Needle Acupuncture Supply
- Jeannie Dunn, Red Moon Herbs
- David Kendall
- John McEvoy
- Pangaea Plants LLC
- Ms. Mary Wallace
- Mr. Frank H. McDowell
- Ms. E. Rubenstein Chelmis
- Transylvania County Master Gardeners
- Travis Long
- Nancy Long
- Herb Society of America-NC Unit
- Michelle Lewis, Riverwood Farm
- Stan Driver, Hoot'n Holler Hops
- Mark and Terry Willis
- David Hofshi
- Janell Kapoor, Ashevillage Institute
- Steve Propst
- Trent Gilland
- Curtis Meissner
- Kenneth Spadola
- Bob Bero, B-Hoppy Candy
- Thomas G. Miller
- Judith Rybicki
- Howard Covington
- Rita Pelczar & John Wright
- Susan Coleman Fedor
- Nan Covert
- Laura Kaderabek
- Dave Slater