My name is Jeanine Davis and I am an associate professor 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 working on a regional Chinese medicinal herb production project in which we are overseeing the on-farm test sites. One of those test sites is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River. We established the Mountain Organic Research and Extension (M.O.R.E.) unit at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. We are conducting participatory broccoli variety trials there in a project funded by the Organic Farming Research Foundation. We also have a truffle demonstration orchard at the Waynesville station. We collaborate with our colleagues in Soil Science on the NC Hops Research Project. With funds from the NCDA&CS/USDA Specialty Block Grant Program we built a high trellis system and are conducting a hop variety trial in Mills River. We are cooperating on a Southern SARE funded project led by Tuskegee University, to train extension agents and other agricultural professionals in organic agriculture. We are also cooperators on a five year, multi-state project funded by USDA/SCRI to develop an east coast broccoli industry. And we continue to grow a large number of woodland botanicals and ramps in the woods at our Mills River location. We are also conducting Echinacea field trials in the southern mountains (Mills River) and upper piedmont (Reidsville) regions of North Carolina.
Medicinal Herb Production Leaflets, Enterprise Budgets, and Other Grower Resources-from the WNC Natural Products Project
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
|Updated March, 2014 by Lijing Zhou, Jeanine Davis|