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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