Dr. Jeanine Davis, lead author of "Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals," will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18, at BrightRidge Power Company auditorium in Johnson City.
Davis will show how to successfully cultivate shade-loving medicinal herbs in a forest garden for personal use or as small-scale cash crops. Sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), the program is free and the public is invited.
Davis is an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. She works out of the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension near Asheville.
For over 30 years, her program has helped farmers improve the profitability of their farms by growing new crops, transitioning to organic agriculture, and adopting more sustainable practices. Subjects of her current research include ginseng, ramps, hops, truffles, medicinal herbs, organic vegetables and hemp. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications.
Davis is also a frequent and popular public speaker on medicinal herbs, specialty crops, and sustainable living, and has given over 500 invited presentations in the United States, Canada and Chile. She is the lead author on the book "Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals," which has become the go-to resource for anyone interested in growing the medicinal species native to the forests of eastern North America.
She is a founding board member of the Organic Growers School and the North Carolina Natural Products Association and an advisor to the North Carolina Herb Association and the North Carolina Tomato Growers Association. She and her family operate Our Tiny Farm where they raise popcorn, honey and herbs, board donkeys and horses, and strive to practice what she preaches about sustainable living.
BrightRidge Power Company is the former Johnson City Power Board, located at 2600 Boones Creek Road (Hwy. 354). For more information about the program or SAPS, call (423) 348-6572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.