Non-traditional agriculture is a multi-phased approach to the production of farm crops, and their marketing. Here we refer only to plant crops, not animal. There are parallel approaches required to insure maximum possibility of a successful and continuing program. Rather than being compartmentalized, techniques required include information on production possibilities, market needs, packing and grading standards, shipment to markets and subsequent sales. Best results usually follow from using a crop somewhat familiar in cultural requirements to those grown by local farmers, and one for which there is an existing market. Packaging and grading must be uniform and are often best served by being done at one central point. One of the promising areas of production is the harvesting of marketable forest understory plants concurrently with planting of small plots of the same plant to produce a marketable volume.


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