Forest Grown Medicinal Plants to Increase Woodlot Income

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1998: $1,545.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1998
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $2,050.00
Region: Northeast
State: New Hampshire
Project Leader:


  • Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals


  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Small woodland owners derive little regular income from their properties while providing many benefits to the region: watershed protection, recreation, wildlife habitat and more. If these often family owned parcels are to continue to provide open space for surrounding communities it's important that some regular income- aside from infrequent logging- sources be developed. Our goal is to experiment with trial plantings of three high value medicinal herbs -St. Johnswart, Goldenseal and Ginseng. All three plants are compatible with mixed environments found at a typical Northern New England woodlot.

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