A Round Table Discussion on the Future of Goldenseal
Sponsored by The North Carolina Ginseng Association, Living Web Farms, and United Plant Savers –
The North Carolina Ginseng Association, United Plant Savers, and Living Web Farms put together an online event to capture the opinions and recommendations of a broad cross-section of experts and producers of Goldenseal. The virtual event took place on April 22, 2020. There were round table discussions that were recorded and edited by Living Web Farms. The areas of discussion included Government/legislation, product manufacturers, existing goldenseal farmers, Universities and agricultural extensions, herb schools, non-profit plant organizations.
The impetus for the Summit is that goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is in trouble. Its continued presence in our forests is becoming threatened by both habitat loss and wild harvesting to meet the demand of domestic and international trade. According to the United Plant Savers organization, there is a high demand in the marketplace for organic Goldenseal. Wild-harvested roots are becoming increasingly harder to find, and the roots that do exist tend to be smaller than in years past. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently published the status of Goldenseal as “vulnerable” due to unregulated wild harvesting compounded by a loss of habitat. United Plant Savers launched the “Hope for Hydrastis” Project is to inspire a new generation of Goldenseal farmers.
Topics addressed in this goldenseal summit include:
- How to restrict wildcrafting of goldenseal
- How to provide forest growers with the necessary tools to increase the production of Goldenseal
- How to get a fair price for farm-grown Goldenseal products
- Requesting that the US Government and the Bureau of Land Management fund Goldenseal as an agricultural project
- Providing herbal school students with information on the threat to wild Goldenseal and educating them on alternative herbs
- Encouraging universities and agricultural extensions to produce more documents for the toolbox for goldenseal growers.
Additional Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) Resources
- UpS Species At-Risk List: Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
- “Hope for Hydrastis“ video by United Plant Savers
- Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition
- Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
- Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and other Woodland Medicinals
by Jeanine Davis and W. Scott Persons
The most extensive book on the topic.
- NC Cooperative Extension
- VT Tech / The Root Report
- IUCN Red List status of goldenseal as vulnerable
IUCN: Unregulated wild collection and habitat loss lead to Vulnerable status for medicinal Goldenseal
- Herbalgram article: Investing in Forest Communities
- The Future of Ginseng & Forest Botanicals Symposium Proceedings
by United Plant Savers’
Available in paperback on Amazon.com or download a free PDF on our website.
- The Forest Farmers Handbook recently produced with Rural Action can be purchased on Amazon.com