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American Ginseng Forest Farming

Establishing or "farming" American ginseng on Pennsylvania forestlands is a fascinating and potentially profitable activity that can contribute to both plant and forestland conservation.

Interested in native plants? Enjoy spending time in the woods? Looking for a way to diversify farm income or help cover annual forestland ownership costs? Establishing or "farming" American ginseng on Pennsylvania forestlands is a fascinating and potentially profitable activity that can contribute to both plant and forestland conservation. In this workshop, participants are introduced to one of Pennsylvania's most valuable crops, American ginseng. The botany, biology, ecology, markets, growing options, propagation techniques, and management issues (pests, theft, regulations) are covered.

Speakers

Eric Burkhart, Instructor and Program Director, Plant Science, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center