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Ginseng Cultivation & Stewardship

June 14, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 12:00 pm

American ginseng is a native, high-value medicinal crop that can be grown on your farm or homestead’s woodlands.

Eric Burkhart from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will be sharing his extensive knowledge of ginseng and his research into cultivation and stewardship of wild populations.

Topics will include:

  • identification and biology;
  • forest-based approaches to cultivation;
  • marketing and profitability; and
  • stewardship of existing crops or wild populations.

The day will be divided between an indoor presentations and outdoor field excursions to nearby forestlands.


Dr. Eric Burkhart is a botanist who specializes in ethnobotany, non-timber forest products, and plant conservation in his teaching, research, and educational outreach endeavors. He holds degrees in Economic Botany, Horticulture, and Forest Resources. He is currently the plant science program director for Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and a faculty instructor for the Penn State Ecosystem Science and Management Department. His research program in Pennsylvania is focused on developing sustainable wild crop management and production systems for American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), ramps (Allium tricoccum) and other native forest plants through the use of agroforestry cultivation and plant husbandry.

Additional information

  • Registration includes lunch.
  • This event qualifies for two SmartStart credits through AgChoice Farm Credit. SmartStart allows young and beginning farmers to earn credits toward a reduced interest rate on a new AgChoice loan by attending educational events.


Take a look at our frequently asked questions about our workshops and events. Otherwise, please contact this event’s coordinator, Clay Chiles, by email at clay@pasafarming.org or by phone at (814) 349-9856 x700.


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Date: Fri, June 14, 2019

Time: 6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
3400 Discovery Rd
Petersburg, PA 16669

Cost: Member | $10 Non-member | $15

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Event Category: PASA Events