Welcome to 100 Days of Ginseng: Stewardship Countdown 2022
Thank you to all who helped make 2020 a year of education and stewardship!
Please be on the lookout for some big announcements this year!
Though ginseng season starts on September 1st, in most states,
there are many ways to have an impact all year round!
Please share and help to plant the seeds of ginseng education and stewardship!
If you interact with ginseng plants, learn more about becoming a good steward and plant every seed!
If you dig ginseng, learn about minimizing impact of your harvest by using the principles of good stewardship and ethical harvest. As a harvester, you are where this important process begins.
If you don't harvest ginseng (or know what it looks like:), you can still help by supporting businesses who sustainably source slow growing, at-risk botanicals like ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh and blue cohosh.
You can also support groups who educate folks about stewardship, promote ethical harvest and support forest farmers who sustainably grow and forest farm American Ginseng.
Please note: this educational campaign is written for the purpose of helping to conserve wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.), and it's remaining populations. When mentioning wild American ginseng, this refers to populations in the wild, that are naturally occurring and not introduced from commercially available seeds and plants. The need to cultivate American ginseng to meet market demand over the years has changed the makeup of this native species, and sometimes it's important to make the distinction between cultivated and wild ginseng. Conservation through cultivation is an important part of a broad strategy to preserve wild American ginseng for future generations.