Want to grow medicinal herbs in NC?
Plants have been used by humans and animals for medicine for many hundreds of years. Not surprisingly, many medicinal plants have a rich folklore associated with them. This cultural history is an important part of many communities in NC. In addition to their cultural significance, medicinal plants are also important economically. Due to North Carolina’s unique topography and climate, growers here have the potential to profit from the cultivation of many medicinal plant species.
To find out about the medicinal herb industry in North Carolina, go to the “Medicinal Herbs for Commerce” site at http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/specialty_crops//medherbs.
At the site, click on “Want to grow medicinal herbs in NC?” You will be led through 5 steps that growers should consider when making the decision about whether to get involved in producing medicinal plants, such as: what type of land, and how much land you have, what soil type you have, what grows well in your soil, what other resources you have available (i.e., greenhouse, tractor). Also on the site are enterprise budgets for organic and conventional production of popular medicinal plants such as ginseng, black cohosh, bloodroot, goldenseal, ramps, and echinacea.
If you don’t have access to the internet, stop by the Yancey Extension Office and the staff will assist you in a printed copy of this information.