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[CANCELLED] Veterans in Ag: Ginseng Production in Your Woods

Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10:00am to 3:00pm

Equicenter Inc. ​3247 Rush Mendon Road Honeoye Fall, NY 14472

The Cornell Small Farms Program's Farm Ops project is working with the Canandaigua VA Medical Center's Whole Health Program to provide 1-day focused trainings at no cost to New York state veterans who are enrolled at a VA facility. This program is also open to spouses of NYS veterans.

Training Topic: Ginseng Production in Your Woods

Join us on Saturday, April 25th to learn about opportunities in your woods. Tracey Testo, Environment and Natural Resource Program Coordinator from Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Agroforestry Resource Center will lead the day to teach participants how to recognize ginseng habitat and how to start up your own ginseng production. This day will include a hands-on, outdoor component so please dress appropriately.

 During this event, students will be introduced to:

  • An overview of the American Ginseng plant

  • Woodland plant identification (including trees and wildflowers)

  • Startup steps toward a successful ginseng operation.

Instructor Bio:

Tracey graduated from SUNY Cobleskill’s Plant Science and Horticulture Bachelor program, has worked on many farms including the world’s largest wild-simulated ginseng farm, and currently manages her own small farm with a focus on shiitake mushroom production. Her employment at CCE is multi-faceted, including her role as coordinator of the NYC Watershed Trained Logger Certification Program, co-chair of the NYS Agroforestry Program Work Team, and educator of general forestry and agroforestry topics such as deer browse, mushroom cultivation, ginseng production, and foraging classes. 

This workshop will be held at the EquiCenter Farm, and lunch is provided. It is recommended that participants arrive 15-20 minutes prior to get coffee, tea, and snacks and get checked-in and settled.

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