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Farmers head into the woods: Agroforestry growing as a way to diversify farms

Growing for Market

Growing for Market

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At Windy Hill Farm in Elk Creek, Virginia, Michelle Pridgen’s main crops are winter and spring high tunnel greens, along with tomatoes, peppers and flowers. Years ago, she went into the woods on the property to move some black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) into an ornamental perennial border but never considered it a cash crop. Then, a Virginia Tech doctoral student persuaded her to participate in a trial to prove certified sustainable forest crops fetch much higher prices than wild harvested plants like cohosh that are losing habitat and are over harvested.


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