This annual family oriented harvest festival is held at Jefferson's beautiful Monticello estate just outside of Charlottesville, VA. It is well worth the drive to spend the weekend sampling heirloom tomatoes, learning homesteading skills, meeting your favorite gardening authors, and sampling the bounty from the summer's harvests. If you plan on staying in the area, make your hotel reservations early, because this event helps fill all the rooms. More information can be found on the website at: www.heritageharvestfestival.com/
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Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
9:30am - 11:30am
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759
NC Highway Patrol Workshop to answer all your questions on equipment, securing loads and hauling your agriculture products.
Open to everyone
Lunch following the program, provided by Farm Bureau of Henderson, Buncombe, and Transylvania Counties.
Focused on assessing potential opportunities fordeveloping the United States’ industrial hemp industry, the first AnnualIndustrial Hemp Summit is a partnership effort between Halifax CountyAgricultural Development Office (HCAD) and the Institute for Advanced Learningand Research (IALR). A specific focus of the summit will be building the supplychain for this emerging industry and developing markets for industrial hempfiber and food. The summit willhighlight current innovation in the industry, as well as explore solutions forresolving resource and infrastructure needs to move the industry forward. The summit will explore legislative andregulatory changes that are needed to allow the hemp industry to flourish.
The United States is the world’s largest market for hempproducts with estimated sales of $688 million in 2016, according to Vote Hempmarket research. Most hemp products soldin the U.S. have been imported. Withpotential changes in legislation, the U.S. hemp industry has acceleratedfollowing the inclusion of a key provision in the 2014 Farm Bill, whichauthorized state regulated hemp pilot programs and research. The summit seeksto serve as a catalyst to help the hemp industry grow and create jobs andeconomic development in rural communities.
The summit will start on Monday evening with a networking reception followed by a full day summit with experts on Tuesday. More information can be found at
This presentation is being hosted by the Asheville Science Tavern, a meet up for people interested in science. Their mission is to humanize science and scientists - sharing the work of science in a way that is warm, engaging, often funny, inspiring, even beautiful. It's free to join the group, and their events are free except where there is a fee charged by one of our partners. They often pass the Erlenmeyer flask to collect a few bucks to offset our expenses, but it's optional to chip in. For more information about the group and the presentation on April 14, go to: www.meetup.com/Asheville-Science-Tavern/
About the presentation:
Many farmers are interested in trying new crops, but that can be a risky and expensive endeavor. That’s where NCSU researcher and extension specialist, Jeanine Davis steps in. In this presentation she will tell us about her research on new and emerging crops focusing on industrial hemp, truffles, and hops. Learn how new crops are developed, what the field studies look like, and how growers and industry reps become engaged in these efforts. To learn a little about her program beforehand, check out her website at ncherb.org.
We will mingle at WCQS studios from 6 - 6:30pm. The presentation begins at 6:30, followed by discussion and mingling. BYOB and bring any finger food nibbles you want to share.
The Forest Farming Grower-Industry Expo and Training event on May 19 in Kingsport, TN will bring together herb companies, apothecaries, and herbal product makers with experienced and aspiring forest farmers for a day of networking and learning. Panel discussions with forest farmers and buyers will share valuable experiences and advice, and technical training sessions will be offered for all skill and experience levels. Topics will include herb cultivation and propagation techniques, plant conservation, certification, value-added production and more. Vendors are encouraged to attend, with a limited number of tables available at no charge.
On May 20th, a Forest Farmer Field Day will be held in Duffield, VA. It will start with a tour of the Appalachian Harvest herb hub and a discussion on the economics of cultivating forest-grown medicinal herbs. After a catered lunch, attendees will tour forest farmer Ryan Huish’s farm, learning about his plans for cultivating forest herbs, along with plant identification and information on site selection and more. The tour will include a mildly strenuous hike through diverse forest ecosystems.
Registration will open in February at www.regonline.com/asd-2018. Participants can choose to attend either or both days. These events are sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Development and partners in the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition; additional sponsorships are welcome. NC State University is a partner on this project.
On May 20th, a Forest Farmer Field Day will be held inDuffield, VA. It will start with a tour of the Appalachian Harvest herb hub anda discussion on the economics of cultivating forest-grown medicinal herbs.After a catered lunch, attendees will tour forest farmer Ryan Huish’s farm,learning about his plans for cultivating forest herbs, along with plantidentification and information on site selection and more. The tour willinclude a mildly strenuous hike through diverse forest ecosystems.
The day before (May 19), the Forest Farming Grower-IndustryExpo and Training Event in Kingsport, TN will bring together herb companies,apothecaries, and herbal product makers with experienced and aspiring forest farmersfor a day of networking and learning. Panel discussions with forest farmers andbuyers will share valuable experiences and advice, and technical trainingsessions will be offered for all skill and experience levels. Topics willinclude herb cultivation and propagation techniques, plant conservation, certification,value-added production and more. Vendors are encouraged to attend, with alimited number of tables available at no charge.
Registration will open in February atwww.regonline.com/asd-2018. Participants can choose to attend either or bothdays. These events are sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Development andpartners in the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition; additional sponsorshipsare welcome. NC State University is a partner on this project.