November 2, 2013

WNC Specialty Crop Institute Class Nov. 2

Chinese Herbal Medicines Workshop

With an expanding public interest for alternative health care, domestic production of Chinese medicinal herbs offers a new and untapped market to Nevada farmers.

The Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute offers a workshop, “The Business of Chinese Herbal Medicines,” Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m." 3 p.m., at the WNC Carson Campus, 2201 W. College Parkway, Carson City.

Cost is $45 for those registering by October 25, $55 afterward. Registration includes a copy of "The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production."
Lunch is included. Seating is limited, and registration is required.

The workshop is a primer for commercial growers interested in diversifying farm operations with an Asian medicinal herb farming and/or plant nursery component. It will explore the opportunities and risks of this market for Nevada producers. Topics will include marketing and sales; production, harvesting and post-harvest handling; top 50 crops for Northern Nevada and more.

Featured speaker Peg Schafer is owner of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm outside Petaluma, Calif. The primarily educational and research farm has grown more than 250 different Chinese herb crops over the past 15 years. Schafer is the author of The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production."

Her focus is on growing the highest quality and most efficacious Chinese herbs possible. She has lectured and taught across the United States.

The WNC Specialty Crop Institute is an innovative program that teaches alternative farming methods for local growers. Funding is provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Information/registration: Ann Louhela -775-423-7565 Ext. 2260 or ann.louhela@wnc.edu

Press Release: October 1, 2013

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu


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