Cultivating Native Plants In Appalachia As Source Of Enrichment, Income, Food


On this West Virginia Morning, we take a long walk through the woods to learn a few things about the medicinal plants growing all around us. Also, in this show, we bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week, “Shotgun Down the Avalanche” brought to us by singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin and co-producer John Levanthal.

This weekend’s episode of Inside Appalachia features stories about exploring the forests throughout Appalachia. The West Virginia Forest Farming Initiative is teaching residents how to raise native plants – like ginseng, cohosh and wild ramps – on their own forested land as a source of income and as a way to preserve the forests. One of our Inside Appalachia folkways reporters Heather Niday set out to learn more.

Renowned singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin marked the 30th anniversary of her landmark album Steady On with acoustic treatments of the songs when she joined Mountain Stage last September. Our Song of the Week, “Shotgun Down the Avalanche,” is one of several songs from Steady On that was written by Colvin and the album’s co-producer, John Levanthal.

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Our Appalachia Health News project is made possible with support from CAMC and Marshall Health.

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Andrea Billups is our news director. Glynis Board produced and hosted this show.

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