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 I maintain that are listed below. Also visit NC Medicinal Herbs which is a collaborative site with the University of NC-Chapel Hill.
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 four year old, high trellis yard with ten varieties. We are completing an Echinacea research project there looking at differences in plant growth and medicinal constituents based on where the seed was sourced from. The Echinacea study is replicated at the Piedmont Research Station in Reidsville. We also have research and demonstration plots on woodland medicinals and Chinese medicinal herbs at the Mills River research station . 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 also have an organic broccoli variety trial. 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 two Black Perigord truffle orchards. We would also like to start a biodynamic research 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.
This project was funded by the GoldenLEAF Foundation and administered by AdvantageWest.
Links to Our Projects and Other Web Sites
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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.
— Due to budget cuts, I have had to get creative to keep my program funded and maintain the level of research and extension activity that we had in the past. If you would like to help and become a Friend of the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program, please print out this form and mail it in or go to my blog page for more information.
Thank you for your continuing support!
You will need the free Adobe Reader program to view Adobe PDF formatted publications.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)
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.
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Dr. Jeanine Davis
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