Production of Chinese Medicinal Herbs
Some crops take on value to buyers as a group, not singly — particularly Chinese medicinal herbs. The movement toward producing these herbs in the U.S. has slowly gained ground over the past two decades. An effective production and marketing model involves close cooperation between licensed herbal practitioners and groups of farmers. Using a blend of current concepts — cooperatives, food hubs, CSA — the model is being developed here in New York, thanks to startup funding from the New York Farm Viability Institute. Jean Giblette of High Falls Gardens will give a presentation on this emerging market for farmers and growers.
Jean will also train participants in perennial propagation techniques. This is hands-on in the sense of showing equipment (types of flats and pots used), greenhouse conditions for over-wintering pots and flats, discussion of schedules, techniques such as hot-water scarification and soaking of seeds). This will be followed by a demonstration of planting seeds, using equipment and methods we have found to be useful for perennial plants. At the end of the training each family/farm will be able to take home a flat of planted seeds. Due to this popular hands-on component, registration will be limited to 30 farms, so please register early.