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Of ginseng seeds Planting labor (160 hrs. ) Harvest labor (270 hrs. ) Drying labor (16 hrs. ) Gypsum (16 - 50 lb. bags at $4/bag) $800 $960 $1,620 $96 $64 Materials and Equipment The costs of growing wild-simulated medicinal plants are different for each plant type. An example of the cost of growing half an acre of wildsimulated ginseng is as follows: Root yield 50 lbs. 75 lbs. 100 lbs. Gross income $13,000 $19,500 $26,000 Net income $9,232 $15,732 $22,232 Profitable Farms and Woodlands 33 The amount of money you may be able to get for growing half an acre of wild-simulated ginseng depends upon the yield of ginseng roots and future prices.

On the other hand, options like crafts materials and native fruits and nuts may not require any out-of-pocket costs other than containers to sell the products in. Products like maple syrup, some medicinal plants, mushrooms Profitable Farms and Woodlands 21 and honey are high-value products and will bring a quick return on investment, while crafts, jams and jellies may make money in volume rather than in per unit value. A variety of options and references are outlined in this chapter to help you look at forest farming further.

26 Gwendolyn D. L. Boyd, Colmore S. Christian, Rory E. Fraser et al. Materials and Equipment There are no special materials or equipment needed for growing and harvesting native fruits and nuts. You may want to buy collecting baskets or bags to make collection easier in the fall, but you can also use buckets and baskets that you may already own. If you decide to make value-added products, then you would need whatever materials and equipment that are necessary. You may need large pots, canning jars and lids for jams and jellies, and fermenting equipment, bottles and caps for wines.

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