Compatible Economic Development in the Rocky Mountain Region: Diversifying Agricultural Income with Cultivation Techniques for Osha

Period of Performance: 01/01/2003 - 12/31/2003

$75K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Healing Planet Herbs, Inc.
P. O. Box 774972
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Rural communities throughout the Rocky Mountain region are in need of diversified, value-added crops to bolster a declining agricultural sector. Osha (Ligusticum porteri) is an excellent candidate. A native medicinal plant adapted to high-altitude, semi-arid ecosystems, osha currently commands a premium wholesale price for dried root. Yet a key factor limiting use is a lack of successful cultivation techniques. Healing Planet Herbs proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of innovative cultivation systems for this botanical, based on the firm's 20 years research experience. Our firm is well-positioned to make a quantum leap toward commercial deployment throughout the Rockies. Phase I success will lead to a larger Phase II demonstration/validation project focused on showing that a sustainable supply of osha can be produced profitably by growers in the Rocky Mountain region. The species benefits from ecologically sound production and conservation practices. Producers and communities benefit from a diversified value-added crop system that can be duplicated across the region. The herbal industry benefits from the availability of a valued botanical with untapped potentials. And consumers benefit from a guaranteed supply of products based on high-quality standards.