Medicinal herb seed and seedling rootlet production

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2007: $7,115.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
Project Leader:


  • Additional Plants: herbs


  • Crop Production: agroforestry, organic fertilizers, conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, workshop, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: marketing management
  • Pest Management: mulching - vegetative
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil analysis
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, public participation, employment opportunities

    Proposal summary:

    Rural Appalachia is characterized by small farms with shallow, rocky soils and steep topography. Yet many farms have woodlots with areas that are suitable for production of native woodland plants. The project will investigate soil fertility levels and cultural practices to maximize seed and seedling rootlet production of Virginia snakeroot and false unicorn, two native plants in demand by the medicinal herb trade. Outreach will be through presentations at a symposium, production of a booklet, and a print and electronic newsletter article.

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