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
from native plantsConserserving Biodiversity with Certified Wild Crops
Goods From The Woods
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
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
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
2004 there were 5,250
95% reduction in certified U.S. Acrage for herbal Production
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/OrganicHandlers/Procurement.aspxDRAMATIC DECLINE IN CERTIFIED HERBAL PRODUCTION
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
Some recent pricing:
.05 Mullin Leaf
$1.00 Dried Witch Hazel Leaf
$.50 Witch Hazel Bark
$1.00 EchinaceaProblems in Organic BotanicalProduction
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.
(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.
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.
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
Soothing Foot Soaks
Antiperspirant Foot Sprays
Germicidal Skin Cleansers
Acne Care Products
Personal Cleansing Pads Mouthwashes / Toothgels Antiperspirant Sprays &Witch Hazel Used Than Any Other Botanical Ingredient In The World
Had to make our own equiptment and modify
for Organic certification
Bath & Body Care
Herbal balms and salves
Herbal Home Pet CareSmall BusinesssStart ups wanting to produce certified organic product
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 distilledOther Partners and Harvests
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.”Yarrow
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.