“A Marvelous Herb” Glen Facemire on the Value of Ramp Cultivation

Ramps, sometimes called wild leeks, are a plant native to the mountains here in central Appalachia, and there is a long history of harvesting them for food.  With their powerful garlic-like smell and a taste similar to onions, ramps are a staple in some traditional Appalachian recipes, and ramp festivals are held throughout the region to celebrate this unique plant.  At an event highlighting income opportunities from non-timber forest products hosted by Appalachian Sustainable Development and Rural Action on Oct. 14 in Bristol, TN, Glen Facemire of Richwood, WV,  shared his extensive expertise on all things ramps.

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