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OPPORTUNITIES IN OZARKS WILD ORGANICS. www.wildcrops.com. Rural Possibilities Income from native plants. Conserserving Biodiversity with Certified Wild Crops. Goods From The Woods WILDCROPS.com. Safe Cosmetics and personal care

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rural possibilities income from native plants
Rural Possibilities Income

from native plants

Conserserving Biodiversity with Certified Wild Crops

Goods From The Woods


the green movement

Safe Cosmetics and personal care

Natural and organic personal care growth rate of 22% $5 billion. (2005)

Nationwide herbal and botanical supplement sales totaled $4.8 billion in 2007, when the recession began, up 4.3 percent over 2006

The Green Movement
what happened to increase demand for organic certified botanicals growth

studies came out about toxic chemcials personal care products, especially as those products also used for children.

Chemical scares with lead and contimanated imported foods and toys.

People want safer products and the word “organic” sales on any consumer good.

People lost health insurance and started treating themselves, and now we have a major health concern. (Immediate demands for elderberry, skullcap and St. Johnswort)

What Happened to increase demand for Organic Certified botanicals growth
natural health and beauty growth

The Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) reports: that retail sales within the U.S. consumer packaged goods health and wellness industry reached $79 billion in 2005

Natural/organic personal care also showed a notable growth rate of 22%, growing $5 billion.

Natural Health and BeautyGrowth
new pressures

Functional/Fortified Foods & Beverages: $29.4 billion (26% growth)Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal & Dietary Supplements: $19.6 billion (3% growth)Organic Foods/Beverages: $12.8 billion (17% growth)Natural Foods/Beverages: $12.4 billion (11% growthNatural/Organic Personal Care: $4.9 billion (22% growth)

New Pressures
Growth in Certified Manufactures and Handlers

70 to 80% of the material is not coming from growers, but from whole sellers

American Land Certifie For Organic Production
dramatic decline in certified herbal production

1995 there were 90,295 certified for organic herbal production

2004 there were 5,250

95% reduction in certified U.S. Acrage for herbal Production


changes in national organic program

Policy confusion about whether or not herbal supplements, herbal products and health / beauty were "agricultural products”

Said ingredients could be certified but that regulations or enforcement applied only to agricultural products, which did not include FDA types of product.

Huge pressures for some US agency to regulate certification enforcement, will most likely be USDA.

Changes in National Organic Program
problems in organic botanical production

Dealers are not willing to pay for certified production:

Some recent pricing:

.05 Mullin Leaf

$1.00 Dried Witch Hazel Leaf

$.50 Witch Hazel Bark

$1.00 Echinacea

Problems in Organic BotanicalProduction


Supplier Chains

Lack of Science!!

Organic Processing Facilities

Need to work cooperatively with other certified

wild producers due to harvest limitations


and AUDITS, Training of Inspecters for wild crops

wild crop usda national organic
WILD CROPUSDA National Organic

What is a “WILD CROP”

Any plant or portion of a plant that is collected or harvested from a site that is not maintained under cultivation or other agricultural management.

management of wild crops 205 207 wild crop harvesting practice standard

(a) A wild crop that is intended to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic must be harvested from a designated area that has had no prohibited substance, as set forth in § 205.105, applied to it for a period of 3 years immediately preceding the harvest of the wild crop.

(b) A wild crop must be harvested in a manner that ensures that such harvesting or gathering will not be destructive to the environment and will sustain the growth and production of the wild crop.

Management of Wild Crops. 205.207 Wild-crop harvesting practice standard.

International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants [ISSC-MAP]).

1. The plant population would not decrease because of the collection.

2. Neither methods of collection nor the quantities harvested impair the plant species’ ability to regenerate. 3. Sustainability of a certain harvest quantity was determined by an independent expert. (We hired a restoration ecologist to assist with our yield per acre targets.)

4. For each plant/part of plant a detailed description of the collecting methods was included – used for witch hazel and expanded to St. John's Wort.

5. For each plant/part of plant there is the need to define how much of each plant/of the whole population can be collected without endangering the whole plant population.

6. The collection does not damage other plants nor encourage erosion.

our wild harvest plan
Our Wild Harvest Plan
  • Before and after harvest photos GPS coordinates for daily harvest records
  • Log of daily man hours per harvest area (because people can only harvest so much per man hour)
  • Hired a restoration ecologist to determine sustainable harvest yields projected of plant species, impacts on water shed and other species in the habitation.
certified 200 species
Listed everything we

Thought might be reasonable to harvest.

Then develop the harvest plan and be accountable during audits.

Certified 200+ Species
sare assistance

For 2008, we targeted 500 lbs per acre This target ended up being highly conservative and four times that material could have been removed without compromising the sustainability.

647 wet lbs of Witch Hazel

20 man hours from 3 acres of certified organic forest, for an average of 32 lbs per man hour.

8 lbs per gallon and was used to create a total of 60 gallons of witch hazel hydrodsol.

SARE Assistance
witch hazel used than any other botanical ingredient in the world
Suntan Lotions


Skin Refreshers

Soothing Foot Soaks


Antiperspirant Foot Sprays

Sun-Blocks (Sunscreens)

Germicidal Skin Cleansers

Acne Care Products

Skin Protectants

Personal Cleansing Pads Mouthwashes / Toothgels Antiperspirant Sprays &

Witch Hazel Used Than Any Other Botanical Ingredient In The World
  • Bath Splashes Conditioning Bath Gels
  • Foaming Skin Cleansers
  • Clear Bar Soaps
  • Hand Lotions & Creams
  • Silicone Barrier Creams
  • Shaving Creams
  • -
  • Analgesic Creams, Lotions & Gels
  • Psoriasis Creams
  • Insect Bite Relief Products
  • Topical Antibacterials


Had to make our own equiptment and modify

for Organic certification

  • Mailing Liquids
  • Organic quailty
  • Customer Expectations
  • Setback with HDP
Calls ever week, 1,000 gallons plus requested

Want 50 lb plus lots of botanicals

Not capable of working in at this scale

Cannot Meet Demands of mid to large manufactures
small businesss start ups wanting to produce certified organic product

Private Lable Natural Health and Beauty

Bath & Body Care

Baby Care


Handmade Soaps

Herbal balms and salves

Herbal Home Pet Care

Small BusinesssStart ups wanting to produce certified organic product
other partners and harvests

Wild Harvested Yarrow Floral Water 220 wet lbs of yarrow flowers were harvested over the course of 30 man hours from approximately 1 1/2 acre of uncertified land for an average of 7.33 lbs per man hour. This raw material was distilled at a rate of 8 lbs per gallon and was used to create a total of 4 gallons of yarrow hydrodsol and 1 oz of essential oil.

Man hours associated with value-added production included processing raw material for distillation, loading the unit, monitoring quality, decanting, clean up and record keeping. This would account for approximately 4 hours per run and a yield of 4 gallons of floral water and 45 mils of essential oil in the distillation. This floral water was offered in 1 pint containers at $12.50 ($800.00) and the essential oil was sold in 1 mil vials for $5.00 per vial. Approximately 1/2 ($100.00) of the essential oil was sold with the remainder going for personal use and free samples to potential clients. Total gross value $900.00, 7 man hours. This product was popular and certification was not paramount to selling the material. The value of the harvest was purchased from the farm at $1.50 per pound. Approximately 198 lbs of material was frozen and has not been distilled

Other Partners and Harvests
other farms and findings
Other Farms and Findings

Yarrow Flowers

Hickory Nuts

Mondarda Fistulosa


Excellent Profit, but unless there is either 20 plus acres of easily collected material or other wildcrops populations w/ the farm plan, certification is not that important.

This is a “potentially worth while certified property.”

hickory nuts
Hickory Nuts
  • Hickory Nuts 12 man hours were spent collecting 327 lbs of shagbark hickory nuts on approximately 3 acres. From these nuts, approximately 35 lbs of hickory nut meats were produced and sold for $12.00 per pound. The nut meats were obtained in the course of watching football on Saturday and Sunday. It took approximately 2 hours to shell one lb of nut meats. These nut meats were sold at $12.00 lb for a gain. However, not all the nuts were processed into nut meats and the ratio of raw nuts to nut meats runs about 3.5 lbs to 1.
wild foods as a supplemental income

Farmer's Markets


Very Happy to get wild foods

Certification not important as face to face sales were the key

Berries Mushrooms Nuts and Spring Greens

Wild Foods as a supplemental Income
monarda fistulosa
Monarda Fistulosa
  • Monarda fistulosa 63 lb of flower heads were harvested over 8 man hours. Distillation has not been completed. The material has been frozen for future work.
mondarda fistulosa
Mondarda Fistulosa
  • Anti bacterial
  • Anti Fungal
  • Anti Virous
  • Floor and Carpets
  • Cleaning Products
criteria for wild crop certification

Economy of Scale

Must have labor

Must have cental wild product on land

Processing facitity a must

Shared facility

Value Added Product

No Wholesale to botanical buyers

Criteria For Wild Crop Certification
certification for group processing
Certification for GROUP Processing
  • Central Processing Facility to serve all wild crop farms.
  • Not feasible for each farm to develop their own processing when starting.
  • GFTW Cert was on-farm only and to start, other certs too costly.
U- Pick

Herbal Tours and Native Plant Education

Core group of friends working to develop products and using private lable agreements

People pick from certified property
advantages to farmers

NO INPUTS!!!!!!!!!

Dried or fresh product can be stored(frozen)

Easy shipping

Distillation can be done year round


Many Choices for value added materials

Expanding market

Advantages to Farmers
community benefits of wild organic
Community benefits of Wild Organic
  • .
  • Land use: industrialized vrs. Sustainable
  • Protecting Habitat through reconnecting small farmers to native plant species.
  • Connection between human's economic needs and development
our favorite
Our Favorite!!
  • http://www.ifcae.org/cgi-bin/ntfp/db/dbsql/db.cgi?db=prod&uid=default

Washington, D.C. May 5, 2009 ?* USDA today announced a special

three-week sign-up for farmers in the process of converting to organic farming to receive technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a move applauded by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and its grassroots member organizations across the country.

Monday, May 11 and goes through Friday, May 29. Six core conservation practices (conservation crop rotation, cover cropping, integrated pest management, nutrient management, rotational grazing, and forage harvest management) are being made available to transitioning organic

farmers on a nationwide basis.

our present production still
Our present production still
  • food grade stainless steel