Forest Farming: Saving At-Risk Forest Botanicals

The Grassroots Cause – Be a Part of the Solution
In Appalachia, wild populations of forest botanicals, like ginseng and goldenseal, are disappearing every day due to overharvesting and habitat loss. Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)  is leading efforts to support conservation through cultivation with forest “farmers,” who are sustainably growing and managing these cherished native plants rather than wild harvesting.  But we need YOUR help to ensure these plants are here for generations to come! Donate today, and help local forest farmers earn income by growing and selling Appalachian medicinals to emerging markets!
38275426_1559661732456581_r.jpegASD is a non-profit that has been serving Appalachia since 1995. Since its inception, ASD’s work has focused on building resilience in Appalachia by providing ecologically sound economic opportunities. In 2017, ASD founded the Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub to create a sustainable herbal economy in Appalachia, where conservation of at-risk medicinal plants is achieved through profitable cultivation. Your donations help us provide the following services to small scale forest farmers:

1) Seed to sale training: plant propagation, sustainable harvest, and more
2) Cost-share funding: offsets start-up costs (i.e. planting stock, certification)
3) Shared-use commercial processing equipment: increases herb quality, reduces labor costs
4) Aggregation and marketing: helps forest farmers meet volume minimums and access emerging markets that pay equitable prices for sustainably verified and ethically sourced supply

When YOU donate, you’re helping Appalachian farmers like Michelle finally make a profit forest farming, while also conserving at-risk medicinal plants. Your donation, no matter the size, makes a big difference for the people, plants and future of Appalachia.
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Donate today, and join us in planting for the future of at-risk forest botanicals!

Donation Levels
Seed ($50)
Seedling ($100)
Bud ($150) -- Receive one postcard: Bloodroot or American Ginseng
Flower ($250) --  Receive two postcards: Bloodroot & American Ginseng
Fruit ($500) -- Receive one print & one postcard: Bloodroot or American Ginseng
Germinate ($1,000) -- Receive two prints & two postcards: Bloodroot & American Ginseng
Conserve ($1,500) -- Receive two signed prints & two postcards: Bloodroot  & American Ginseng

Forest botanical prints by Erin Fitz – A thank you for your generosity!

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Katie Elene 
Raised $550 from 8 donations
Abingdon, VA
Appalachian Sustainable Development (Asd) 
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Erin Fitz 
Team member
Raised $140 from 2 donations
Chelsea Lee 
Team member
Raised $80 from 2 donations
Erin Smith 
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