How to Get Started Growing and Selling Medicinal Herbs

Number one: Don’t cut down your trees. Whatever the logger is going to give you is
not worth what you can get from the medicinals underneath, especially on the north-facing
side. So a typical cove, with a stream down the
middle, one quarter of that land in that cove is suitable for ginseng. So there’s certain places where, when you
plant ginseng it’s not a hardship to get it to grow because that’s where it likes and
you just have to find that space that it likes and then it will just grow like it normally
does. An example of how humans can help the ginseng
plant is that a plant by itself will produce a one percent rate of progeny and part of
that’s because it has to go through an 18 month cycle and in the warm part of that cycle
it tends to dry out and die. So if you put it in stratification which is
from fall to fall and then you plant it in the fall where it goes over the winter, the
germination factor is in like the 80s and 90s. Even if you were to come across a plant in
the forest and you were to take out the pulp and put in the seed 2 centimeters into the
ground, at it’s desired distance, it still has 18 months to come up and the chances of
it growing even if you put it into the ground is only about 16 percent. So stratification is the way that we as human
beings can help this plant. I think it’s really important to have a business
plan. If you don’t know where you’re going to sell
and you don’t know how many you’re going to sell, then you really shouldn’t get into this. Anybody can grow a plant. Anybody can put it into a pot but being able
to sell that plant in the pot is the trick and that’s called marketing, and to help you
along in that way, you really need a business plan to know all of the costs that are associated
with a business. First of all, the amount of money to come
in is small, but you’re always going to have almost double value by selling a plant versus
selling a root. If you take that root and you put it into
a process to create a new product out of it, then you can charge that extra price that
would be equal to the plant or sometimes even greater. We sell a lot through the internet. A lot of it is finished products. You know dried roots we can sell all year
round, capsules we can sell all year round. So those kinds of things that are not as time
constrained as plants in the spring or roots and seeds in the fall. It gives you a little more of a business opportunity
to spread out through the year at least into three seasons. I prefer, I actually like the lifestyle where
in the winter time everybody goes to sleep and the farmer can go off traveling and not
have to work. Number one, people want to get rid of black
plastic pots. They don’t want to put them in the landfill. A very small advertisement will usually – free
– will get you lots of pots. Having compost, they put leaves on the sides
of the road in no man’s land every fall that you could take and help the city so that they
don’t have to pick it up by creating compost. So you’re going to get dirt, good forest dirt
out of leaves and you got the pots. Then you have a plant rescue where you can
get plants free by getting in front of the bulldozer and getting stuff done. And then you just sit at a farmer’s market
on a Saturday…of course Asheville is wonderful in that it has like 28 farmer’s markets in
our area where you can sit and sell these plants and make a living, you know. After a while you become known for the plants
and the trees and people will come to you and it takes a while to do that, but as a
business, it doesn’t take a lot of money and number two, it’s a great lifestyle because
you’re with plants. They don’t talk back to you like people do.

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