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The FSU Appalachian Festival, which takes place on the Frostburg State University campus and inside the Palace Theatre Friday-Saturday, September 18-19, 2009, is truly a community-based endeavor. At its heart, Frostburg State University’s Appalachian Festival is a celebration of regionalism. It is a celebration of the region’s natural landscape, history, culture, food, musical and artistic traditions—all of those aspects that make this section of Appalachia unique. The cultural traditions demonstrated at the FSU Appalachian Festival are living traditions that continue to be practiced here. Many traditions have been passed down from one generation to the next for three generations or more. Despite the changes introduced through new technology, what remains stable in these artist expressions is their connection to community, culture, and place.
Research on medicinal herb cultivation is taking place in nearby Mount Savage, MD
Ethnobotany students took a recent field trip to the Honest Tea Company. Students were provided an excellent first hand view of how one man’s dream became a successful while providing a model green business model that other companies can build from.
Ethnobotany class field trip to Harding's Ginseng Farm located in Friendsville, MD. Mr. Larry Harding owns and operates over one hundred acres of cultivated, woods cultivated, and wild simulated American Ginseng, Panax quinquefolius L. He produces products such as ginseng berry juice, ginseng wine, powdered capsules, and soaps. His unique practice originated from a family history of wild crafting ginseng, preserving the wild diversity needed for wild simulated cultivation.
Ethnobotany class field trip. They propagate native plants from local seed sources, construct habitat boxes, and provide nature programs and maintain a demonstration wildlife habitat garden. Their mission is to help preserve and enhance the biodiversity of the Allegheny Plateu. Students were able to observe wild grown, rare, medicinal plants.
Students participated in the installation of a rain garden at a local Church in Cumberland, MD. The rain garden reduces the runoff of rain water to the Potomac river. The impermeable surfaces prohibit water from entering the soil and is the cause of excessive runoff.
Springs Folk Festival