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April 15, 2008   Email to Friend 

MEDICINAL PLANTS, MUSHROOM WORKSHOP SET
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
April 15, 2008

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A workshop to introduce farmers and woodland owners to forest medicinal plants and mushrooms that can be easily cultivated or grown as understructures is set May 2-3, 8 a.m., at the Environmental Training Center in the North Shelby Library on Cahaba Valley Road.

Producers and researchers experienced in production, product development, marketing and herbal medicine will offer guidance on cropping systems, species selection (including best sellers), cultivation practices, harvesting, drying and preparation, value-added products, and marketing of forest medicinal plants and mushrooms.

The workshop will conclude on Saturday with a guided walk through the woods at nearby Oak Mountain State Park. The ethnobotanists and herbal practitioners leading the walk will explain how to identify medicinal plants in their natural ecosystems and discuss their medicinal properties and usage.

Attendees are also invited to stay in the afternoon for a workshop on organic certification, focusing on requirements for certified organic production and the process of becoming certified.

The workshop is sponsored by Alabama A&M University, Auburn University, Tennessee State University, the National Agrofrorestry Center and the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network.

For more information and registration, call (256) 372-4250 or (256) 751-3925, email info@asanonline.org or visit asanonline.org.




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