Medicinal Herb Grower Education Workshop: Harvesting, Washing, Drying, & Packaging
Jeanine Davis of NC Alternative Crops & Organics, Harald Hoven of Rudolf Steiner College, Jim Smith of Earth & Spirit Design, and Pat Hart of Highland Lake Cove
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Mills River, NC
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Thank you for your interest, and we hope to have more workshops like this in the future.
In collaboration with Gaia Herbs, Red Moon Herbs, and Strategic Sourcing, we are hosting a workshop to address a problem that we see many herb farmers face: proper post-harvest handling (washing, drying, cutting/sifting, packaging, and labeling). Many sales are lost because well-grown medicinal herbs are not properly washed, dried, or packaged. This workshop will be led by three local medicinal herb buyers and Jeanine Davis and her staff at NC State University who have been conducting research on growing medicinal herbs and educating herb growers for over 25 years.
The agenda is flexible and intended to encourage as much discussion as possible. Bring all your questions, such as: Why did your herbs get moldy after drying? Why did a buyer reject the roots you tried to sell? Why are you spending half a day washing the harvest of one herb? We will also discuss GAPs, cGMPs, and how FSMA may affect your medicinal herb business. (If you don’t know what those acronyms stand for, you really need to be there!) Please bring samples and pictures to share, stories of success, and what challenges you face.
Pre-registration is $20 which includes lunch (plus a $2.09 Eventbrite fee). Registration at the door is $30 and lunch is not guaranteed. The event will be held at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC. There are limited spaces available so please register early.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event or having an exhibit table, please contact Alison Dressler at email@example.com or call 828-684-3562 x150.
Directions: The Google map is not up to date. There has been a recent road name change a traffic circle added. This affects people coming from 1-26 (the airport direction). Here are the updated directions: From I-26, take Exit #40 (the Asheville Regional Airport exit). At the top of the exit ramp, turn onto Airport Rd. toward the airport and follow Airport Rd./Boylston Hwy./Highway 280 for 1.3 miles. Immediately after the end of the Airport Rnway, turn right on Ferncliff Park Drive (shown on maps as Old Fanning Bridge Rd.). At the new traffic circle, take the third spoke, go about another mile and turn right into our facility at the top of the hill on Research Drive.
9:00 Registration and coffee
10:00 Harvesting and Washing
1:00 Drying and Packaging
3:00 Discussion and sharing experiences of challenges
*PLEASE NOTE: If there is inclement weather, we will keep updated information on the Eventbrite page. If we have to postpone it, we will try to do so the day before.