Farming opportunities are plentiful in the Appalachian mountains if you look to the herbs and edible plants found in our abundant forests. Appalachian Harvest, a rural food hub run by Appalachian Sustainable Development, recently launched an Herb Hub in Duffield, VA, designed to help forest farmers earn more money on their herbs, which could foster more economic development in the region. The Hub offers equipment for processing herbs and will help farmers connect to national markets where they can receive higher pay for their product. WMMT’s Rachel Garringer visited the Hub soon after it opened in October and has this report. Photo by Ryan Huish of his daughter harvesting cohosh root.
November 13, 2017