The objective of my program is to increase the environmental and economical sustainability of agriculture by optimizing organic production systems and introducing and developing new crops.


  • 20% research and 80% extension with emphasis on organic agriculture in western North Carolina, culinary and medicinal herbs, non-timber forest products, mushrooms, and specialty crops
  • North Carolina Specialty Crops Program, manager of western activities

Curriculum Vita

Program Support Personnel

  • Margaret Bloomquist, Organic Broccoli and Medicinal Herb Projects, Research Assistant.

  • Alison Dressler, WNC Natural Products and Medicinal Herb Projects, Research Assistant.

  • Kelly Gaskill, Hops and Eastern Broccoli Projects, Research Assistant.

  • Luping Qu, Ph.D., Research Associate.

  • Lijing Zhou, Ph.D., Echinacea Research Project, Postdoc.



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Due to budget cuts, I'm having to get creative to keep my program funded and maintain the level of activity that we've had for the past ten years. If you would like to help, please go to my blog page for more information. Thank you for your continuing support!