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General Ginseng Discussion / Last days for the ginseng seed sale...
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:13:32 PM »
Earlybird sales ends Monday at midnight folks.....after that the price is going up $20/lb.

General Ginseng Discussion / Site Makeover
« on: January 16, 2017, 10:33:04 PM »
Hey everyone.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.

I've been working on the new website for a couple months now and its finally live.  Be sure to check around and let me know what you think. 


That's right, we are now officially taking advanced seed orders for fall 2016 delivery and planting.

Cut off for orders will be August 10, 2016.  If I have seed on hand after that, expect the price to be noticeably higher.

Other Herbs / Turkey Tail Mushroom Extract
« on: April 09, 2016, 01:36:31 PM »
Hey all,

Lets start a conversation about Turkey Tail Mushrooms  (Trametes versicolor).

I have double extracts available if anyone needs any.

Here a couple links with the news about the FDA approval of Turkey tail for  use in cancer treatment.

General Ginseng Discussion / Seeder Sale
« on: March 02, 2016, 03:39:08 PM »
Hey Everyone,

If you have been thinking to get an ECF Seeder for yourself, now is your chance to do so at a discount.  This month only (March 2016) I'm taking orders for ECF Seeders at $150 each (plush S&H).  The normal price is $169.95...while that price holds.  So don't wait!  Use the Paypal button on the home page to get these instant savings.


General Ginseng Discussion / Pictures from season past
« on: January 27, 2016, 04:31:32 PM »
Just ran across this set of pictures online.  They were taken several years ago by Laura Watilo Blake.

Market / 2015 Wild buying season.
« on: August 23, 2015, 10:43:32 AM »
Hey everyone.

I wish there was good news, but there isn't.  I'll not be digging anything that I have ready in the ground this year.  As it stands at this point - 8 days before the season opener- I don't expect to see anyone opening higher than about $400/dry pound with very little interest in fresh root from dealers.  My understanding that the economic unrest in China coupled with the high prices of the last few years (not as high last year) is primarily the reason.

Those of you who have patches of wild sim in the advice is unless you have a private contract, to leave them go another year and see what the market brings us then.

I found some interesting info last night while researching something different. When I try to find studies on ginseng, the literature is pretty much limited to the work being done in relation to its health benefits.  In that area, there is a large volume of work being done.  I just happened to run across this study by Yan, Zhang, Zheng, Shen and Chen (2014) which deals with the effects of one of the ginsenosides –the active ingredients in ginseng- Rg1. 

Ginseng is considered an adaptogen meaning it provides the body what the body needs and is particularly helpful in dealing with stress.  What the researchers found is that Rg1 supplements over time, helped with the synaptic plasticity in the Hippocampus of the brain and thereby helped to avoid age-related cognitive issues. 

Here is a paragraph from the study:
“In conclusion, during normal aging, age-related cognitive decline is accompanied by downregulation of mTOR signaling in the hippocampus. Long-term Rg1 treatment can greatly improve cognitive performance by enhancing the activation of mTOR signaling and upregulating synaptic plasticity-related protein synthesis. These findings suggest ginsenoside Rg1 can serve as a candidate for alleviating age-related cognitive decline.”

This is noteworthy!  This shows that long-term ginseng supplements can physically affect our biology in a positive way which helps to avoid negative behaviors brought on by natural aging –particularly in the area of memory loss.

Yang, L., Zhang, J., Zheng, K., Shen, H., & Chen, X. (2014). Long-term Ginsenoside Rg1 Supplementation Improves Age-Related Cognitive Decline by Promoting Synaptic Plasticity Associated Protein Expression in C57BL/6J Mice. Journals Of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences & Medical Sciences, 69(3), 282-294. doi:10.1093/gerona/glt091

Many have been asking when I would start taking orders for seed....well the time has come!

Don't wait until the last minute.


General Ginseng Discussion / 80% Lower receivers?
« on: January 17, 2015, 12:51:43 AM »
Has anyone worked with these or the jigs?  Is there interest in them?

Wild Ginseng / Buying trip
« on: September 06, 2014, 04:20:46 AM »
Hey everyone.  I'll be heading to southeastern Ohio to buy for the first time next Tuesday September 9th.  I''ll be at Woodland Outdoor between Freeport and Tippecanoe near Clendening Lake between 4 and 6 pm.  Stop by and say hi, and check out the neat place the folks at Woodland Outdoor have here.

Here is the link to the Google map.,+Tippecanoe,+Ohio+44699&hl=en&sll=40.738483,-82.766282&sspn=0.082072,0.208569&hnear=79550+Freeport+Tippecanoe+Rd,+Tippecanoe,+Ohio+44699&t=m&z=16

General Ginseng Discussion / 2014 Ginseng Fungicide Report
« on: March 31, 2014, 02:23:46 AM »
Hey Everyone,

The 2014 Ginseng Fungicide Report is finally finished.  I"ve spent the past few weeks researching available information and have identified 45 fungicides which are currently labeled for use on ginseng.  58 pages, indexes, links, and calculated application rates for 1000 square feet or one gallon all in one place.

Check it out and order your copy here

General Ginseng Discussion / Any ideas?
« on: March 28, 2014, 05:54:13 PM »
Hey all, I need some help.

I've just recently completed the first annual Ginseng Fungicide Report from Emerald Castle Farms.  I wanted to have it available by the end of the month, but it might be a wee bit late. 

I wanted to provide souces for the fungicides in small quantifies with the report.

Anyway, I am still having issues finding companies who are willing to source fungicides in small quantities to small growers like most of us.  A bag of Aliette will last most of us at least a couple years.  And, when I do find a place that is willing to order in small quantities, they seldom have more than a few options available.

So, if any of you have a supplier who might like a little more business (no idea how much if any of course) and would be willing to let me know, I'll give them a call and see if they can help us out.

Thanks gaing!


General Ginseng Discussion / Genetic Diversity of Wild Ginseng
« on: March 07, 2014, 03:18:14 AM »
So, it is the one issue that seems to be opposite from other plants...the idea that we should not plant seed from certain areas or that we should not plant seed from commercial sources into the woods.  I’ve been doing some research, and found some interesting studies on the subject. 

I’ve also found some answers to issues that have come up time and again when we talk about ginseng.  First, we all thought that deer would move ginseng seed from one place to another by eating the berries.  No true.  A study showed that a seed that goes through a deer will not germinate.  Turkeys?  The studies suggest my opinion was correct.  Seeds eaten by turkeys where there is fine gravel or other grit available will be crushed in the turkeys' craws.

Before we go on about what else I’ve found, how about you all let me hear your opinions.  Most plants need genetic diversity to remain healthy to some extent.  However, one of the arguments against planting ginseng is that we will dilute the wild genes of the plants, forever changing them.

What do you all think?

General Ginseng Discussion / Fox New article on ginseng
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:44:38 PM »

This is a copy paste of a Fox New article from the above link

As ginseng prices soar, diggers take to the backcountry

MADISON, WIS. –  They slink through the woods in camouflage and face paint, armed with tire irons, screwdrivers and hoes, seeking a plant that looks like a cross between a Virginia creeper and poison ivy.

They're the new breed of ginseng diggers, a rough and tumble lot looking to parlay rising Asian demand for the increasingly rare plant's roots into a fast buck.

Amid a sluggish economy, police say, more diggers are pushing into the backcountry from the upper Mississippi River to the Smoky Mountains in search of wild ginseng, eschewing harvest permits, ripping up even the smallest plants and ignoring property lines.

Their slash-and-burn tactics have left property owners enraged and biologists worried about the slow-growing plant's long-term survival. In Ohio prosecutors charged one landowner with gunning down a man he believed was stealing ginseng.

"We're not finding big, healthy populations. It was there, and a lot of it has been taken," said Nora Murdock, an ecologist with the National Park Service who monitors plant populations in four parks across the southeastern U.S. "It's like taking bricks out of a building. You might not feel the first brick ... but sooner or later you're going to pull out too many."

Ginseng, a long-stemmed plant with five leaves and distinctive red berries, long has been coveted in many Asian cultures because the plant's gnarly, multipronged root is believed to have medicinal properties that help improve everything from memory to erectile dysfunction. And the wild roots are believed to be more potent than cultivated roots.

The plant takes years to mature, and it has been harvested to the edge of extinction in China. Ginseng buyers have turned to North America, where the plant can be found from northeastern Canada through the eastern U.S.

Conscious of the harvesting pressure, the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora imposed restrictions on exports in 1975. Under those terms, states certify ginseng has been harvested legally and exporters must obtain a federal permit. Most states have restricted ginseng harvest to a few months in the fall and require diggers to obtain permits during that period. It's illegal to harvest ginseng from any national park and most national forests in the southeast.

The price of wild ginseng roots has climbed in the last decade. Now domestic buyers pay $500 to $600 per pound compared with about $50 per pound of cultivated roots. Law enforcement officials say the prices have pushed people looking for quick money into the woods.

"It's lucrative to spend a day in the woods and walk out with $500 of ginseng in a bag when you don't have a job," said Wisconsin conservation warden Ed McCann. "Every one of these plants is like looking at a $5 or $10 bill."

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