Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition
The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition (ABFFC) is a network of forestland owners, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations that share a common goal of improving agroforestry production opportunities and farming capabilities among forest farmers. Our collective aim is to increase awareness of forest-grown medicinal plants through education and relationship building, and support conservation efforts through stewardship of existing plant populations and forest farming of these native botanicals.
By becoming a member of the ABFFC, you will gain access to a variety of resources, including:
- Trainings hosted across the region, led by experienced forest farmers, researchers, and other experts in the non-timber forest product sector
- Multimedia forest farming resources
- Opportunities for networking with stakeholders from across all areas of the supply chain including natural supplement industry buyers and distributors
- “Ask an Expert” feature giving you direct access to some of the foremost experts on a range of Appalchian forest farming topics
- Access to the Coalition forums
In September 2016 Rural Action hosted its first event in collaboration with the ABFFC, a two-day forest farming conference at United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary. The conference covered site selection, planting methods, cultivation, harvest, post-harvest handling and value-added production for a variety of forest herb species, and included both indoor and outdoor instruction.
Participants at the UpS Goldenseal Sanctuary learn from Chip Carroll of UpS and Eric Burkhart of Penn State University
To stay updated on future events from Rural Action and the ABFFC, and for more information on the resources available through the coalition, visit: http://www.appalachianforestfarmers.org/. We encourage you to join (it’s free)!
- United Plant Savers
- Appalachian Sustainable Development
- Blue Ridge Woodland Growers
- Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC)
- Virginia Tech University
- Penn State University
- North Carolina State University
- USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture