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Com/ Medicinals/Botanicals W. Scott Persons. Green Gold (ginseng) Scott Persons and Jeanine M. Davis. jsp Steven Foster Group, Inc. com/ Success Stories Jim Day Nashville, Tennessee Jim Day built a hoop house to grow mushrooms year-round. Jim Day wanted to grow shiitake (Lentinula edodes) mushrooms. This gourmet mushroom, originally from Japan, has become a mainstream mushroom in the United States over the past 30 years, and gets a good price in the marketplace. Starting in 2000, Jim inoculated a few logs, grew really nice mushrooms and established a marketing relationship with some restaurants in the Nashville, Tennessee area over the next year and a half.

Get advice from neighbors or your extension office on how many hives to start with and what kinds of bees have been most successful in your area. Check your hives at least once a week for disease or loss of bees. Make sure they have water and if the weather gets dry, make sure they have sugar water. Always leave enough honey in the hive for the bees to feed on over the winter. Other beekeepers can help you with this. Materials and Equipment You will need bees, a beekeeping suit, gloves, hat and veil, hive boxes, supers, smoker, and hive tools.

In year 5 (the first harvest year), the farmer recovers 85% of the out-of-pocket expenses incurred in years 1 through 4. The price per pound received by OrganiPharm growers is roughly 3 times the bulk market price. Costs of production are based on actual information produced through the SBIR awards. The system is sustainable, with the planting stock cost of the first four years becoming a capital investment which doesn’t have to be repeated. This system gives individuals thinking about starting a forest farming project an opportunity to develop a reliable income stream on a parttime basis before going full time.

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