UNC Asheville to host International American Ginseng Expo Dec. 4-5


On December 4th and 5th, 2015, the North Carolina Natural Products Association will host an all-star gathering of ginseng experts at the second International American Ginseng Expo to discuss the impact of wild and wild-simulated American Ginseng on the economy, health, and culture of Western North Carolina, Appalachia, and the nation. (Tickets here for International American Ginseng Expo.)

The Expo on the “king of herbs” is open to the public and tickets for one or both days are available in advance, and if space allows, at the door on the days of the event. The event will be hosted at UNC-Asheville’s Highsmith Union and includes vending and poster presentations from the scientific and research community.

Local and national celebrity, “Junkyard” Sam, area resident and one of the stars of the History Channel’s Appalachian Outlaws, will be attending to talk about his family’s tradition of digging, why he joined the show, why he hates poachers as much as anyone, and what he is doing to preserve the plant in the wild for future generations.


To register and for more information, go to 2015 International American Ginseng Expo.

Confirmed Speakers

Hyonho Baek, PhD, Bent Creek Institute, Vice President, Business Development

Bob Beyfuss, Ginseng Expert, Retired Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County, NY and the statewide American Ginseng Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension

Eric Burkhart, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Faculty Instructor, Ecosystem Science and Management Department and Plant Science Program Director, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

Chip Carroll, United Plant Savers, Botanical Sanctuary Manager and Ginseng Grower

Jeanine Davis, PhD, Author, NCSU, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Horticultural Science, Mills River Research Station Alternative Crops & Organics Program

Jeannie Dunn, Owner of Red Moon Herbs, NCNPA President

Pat Ford, Botanist, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Ed Fletcher, COO, Strategic Sourcing

Melissa Fryar, Herbalist and Bulk Herb/Herb & Body Manager at French Broad Food Co-Op

Joe Hollis, Herbalist and Founder of Mountain Gardens

Gary Kauffman, Botanist, US Forest Service

Phyllis D. Light, MA, Traditional Appalachian Folk Medicine Herbalist and Founder of Appalachian Center for Natural Health

Joe-Ann McCoy, PhD, Director of the NC Arboretum Germplasm Repository

W. Scott Persons, Author and Owner of Tuckaseegee Valley Ginseng, Grower

Jen Rhode-Ward, PhD, UNCA, Associate Professor Department of Biology

Wallace Souther, Owner of Hoopers Creek Botanicals, Grower

Barry Thorne, Owner of Golden Needle Acupuncture, Herbal & Medical Supply

David Welch, NC Plant Conservation Program Administrator, NCDA

Marc Williams, MA, Ethnobotanist and Executive Director of Plants & Healers International

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