Forest farming is enjoying a resurgence thanks to the work of Rural Action and other organizations in Appalachia, according to a recent article in Whetstone Magazine.

“Something that’s really important to us and our partners is the sustainability of plants and helping to reduce pressure on wild populations,” Rural Action Director of Sustainable Forestry Tanner Filyaw told Whetstone. “We want to create income opportunities for landowners, but also help to preserve and protect forest cover. What we offer is an alternative forest management strategy.”

The article also notes that certification programs like United Plant Savers’ Forest Grown Verified initiative encourage sustainability, help capture premium prices, and increase the viability and profitability of forest farming.

Read more about Forest Farming in the Whetstone article.