Lead Investigators

Carol A. Teator, Trees Forever

Project ID

2004-M8

Abstract

Non-timber specialty forest products show potential for farmers hoping to diversify their operations. This project and survey evaluated the interest in and obstacles to the production and marketing of these crops.

Key Question

Is there a viable market for specialty forest products in Iowa?

Findings

Yes. Nut producers have been successfully marketing to restaurants and health food stores or directly to consumers for several years. Producers of other specialty forest products, such as berries or woody decorative florals, currently tend to sell their products to retail florists or directly to consumers through on-farm sales or at farmers markets. These are definitely niche crops, but for producers willing to invest time in marketing, there seems to be plenty of demand in the market place.

Principal Investigator(s)

Carole Teaster

Year of Grant Completion

2005

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