You’ll find my schedule of already planned events on this page, and any new events that come up.
Hi, I’m Madison Woods and I’m available to give presentations (to writing groups as well as ginseng/nature enthusiasts), lead herb walks, nature journaling or sketching hikes. Oh, and don’t forget about Forest Folk Workshops!
Email me to inquire about booking: ([email protected]).
Keep an eye on the calendar at the top of this page to know where and when Wild Ozark will be throughout the year. It is interactive, so you can scroll through the months.
November 14, Henderson Texas Syrup Festival, Look for the Burnt Kettle/Wild Ozark tent!
October– War Eagle (Sharps Show)- tentative vendor
Sunday, May 6 Pot 10 Get 1 Free
I’ll be holding my annual ginseng potting day again. Come out to Wild Ozark and learn how to transplant ginseng seedlings. For every 10 you pot up, you’ll take 1 home with you free. No charge, but I will send a liability waver for you to sign and when it’s closer to time, I’ll send my address and directions to get here, with phone number for contact.
April 14- Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud Festival, #1 Stadium Dr. Little Rock, AR 72205
March 31- Fayetteville Farmers Market (we should be there with fairy gardens, forest folk, keepsake boxes, ginseng rootlets and maybe some seeds.
March 10– Free Writer’s Conference, at the Ozarks Electric conference room, 3641 North Wedington Drive, Fayetteville
Jan 13, Carroll County Master Gardener’s meeting, Berryville @ 10:00- Ginseng Habitat
I’ll be presenting a slide show and bringing a sampling from the Wild Ozark shop to the monthly meeting for the Carroll County Master Gardeners. I’ll have books, ginseng seeds, rootlets, and a selection of arts and crafts. We’ll talk about where ginseng likes to grow and how to identify or build a habitat.
December 16 – Ozark Folkways, Winslow AR, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
We’re having a Forest Folk Workshop! Do you want to join me & make your own Forest Folk? It’s a wonderful way to connect with nature and tap into your imagination. More information at the Ozark Folkways site: Forest Folk Workshop.
Nov. 4 – WINTER HOURS at the Downtown Rogers Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
I’ll have the Burnt Kettle shagbark hickory syrup, ginseng jelly, a couple of fairy gardens and a couple of Forest Folk. Not sure how it’ll go with the new hours or if anyone knows about the winter market, but I’ll be there for the next few weekends to see if it works out.
Oct 28 – Downtown Rogers Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We’ll have the Acorn Folk, Fairy Gardens, a few bottles of syrup, Amazing Sting Oil, and Rob’s keepsake boxes. I might even have some ginseng jelly and herbal candies made before then!
Beginning in November, the market hours will change to 10-2, and we’ll go throughout winter market unless there are enough buyers showing up to make it affordable to go.
NOTICE: We will NOT be at the Rogers market on Oct. 21
Oct 7 – Downtown Rogers Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We held the giveaway Sunday night and will get the keepsake box into the winner’s hands this weekend. We’ll have books, art, woodworking, possibly fairy gardens, our Amazing Sting Oil, Lip Balm, and the Shagbark Hickory Syrup. I may also have ginseng rootlets for planting.
Sept 16 – Downtown Rogers Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aug 26 – Downtown Rogers Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We may have some new boxes from Rob this weekend if he gets them finished in time. These, while still every bit as beautiful and fine workmanship, will be less expensive than the first ones he made. The first ones had some intricate joinery whereas these will be more simple, and therefore more affordable. I’ll have fairy gardens and burlap/sackbag cuties, signs for indoor plants, and I’ll be taking orders for fresh ginseng root. Rob will also have more of his tasty shagbark hickory syrup.
We’ve been at the Rogers market every Sat, I just forget to update this itinerary.
Aug 5 – Downtown Rogers Farmers Market
I’ll have ginseng seedlings, shagbark hickory syrup, fairy gardens, our new little burlap gardens (so cute!), nature art note cards, a few books, and the keepsake boxes.
Jul 11 – Huntsville (AR) Farmers Market
We’ll have fresh roasted coffee, shagbark hickory syrup, fairy gardens, ginseng seedlings, keepsake boxes, and a few books.
July 8 – Downtown Rogers Farmers Market
We’re out of shagbark hickory syrup and ginseng jams, but I’ll have fairy gardens, ginseng seedlings and companion plants, books, and my new “Water Priestess” prints and note cards.
July 4- rained out
June 27- rained out
June 24- Downtown Rogers Farmers market
We should be back in stock of the shagbark hickory syrup by this market date. We usually sell out of this quickly. Order and pay ahead for yours if you want to make sure there’s some left. You can pick it up at Rogers or Huntsville. I’ll refund the shipping cost added once the sale goes through if you’ll be picking it up. Otherwise I can ship.
June 20- Huntsville Farmer’s Market
June 17- Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market
Saturday June 10 – Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market
We’ll have ginseng seedlings, ginseng information and books, Rob’s beautiful keepsake boxes, ginseng candy (hopefully!) and our delicious shagbark hickory syrup (free with a purchase of hickory chips for your smoker). Also we’ll have some of the ginseng companion plants and my nature art.
Saturday June 3 – Downtown Rogers Farmer’s Market
Located at 101 Cherry St. in downtown Rogers. This is an “outdoor” market under the cover of an old auto-mechanic garage. Live music, hot food, lots of interesting vendors. Every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm. Let me know if you’re coming for something specific and I’ll set it aside for you.
Tuesday May 30 – Huntsville Farmer’s Market
We’ll have the Wild Ozark booth on the square in downtown Huntsville. This will be the last appearance at this market, but we will be at the Roger’s Downtown Farmer’s market every Saturday instead.
Saturday May 13 – Kingston Fair on the Square
Come out and pass a good time in the quaint little town of Kingston for our annual Fair on the Square.
Friday May 5 – The Valley Cafe, Hindsville (AR)
Arts and Crafts festival out in front of the Valley Cafe in downtown (old) Hindsville.
Saturday, April 22 – The Artist Retreat Center in Bella Vista (AR)
Join me for an herb walk at the Artist Retreat Center in Bella Vista, AR. I’ll have my books, plants, and artwork to sell.
Tuesdays from April 11 to October 2017- Huntsville Farmers Market (AR)
The Wild Ozark booth will be set up in the town square of Huntsville, AR every Tuesday from 7 to 11 am. I’ll have ginseng seedlings beginning in May, but in the meantime I’ll have my nature art cards, books, ginseng jams, and whatever else I can come up with to take up space on the table.
January 26, Columbia MO – 8th Annual Agroforestry Symposium
I’ll be participating on the panel discussion between medicinal plant growers and entrepreneurs, and will have a Wild Ozark booth with information and possibly books.
That’s all for 2016! If you’d like to book an event for your group, email [email protected] to inquire 🙂
Show notes and transcript from the FPL Try It: American Ginseng – Wild Treasure in the Ozarks
- Slideshow: https://www.slideshare.net/MadisonWoods/american-ginseng-wild-treasure-in-the-ozarks
- Transcript: Notes for Ginseng Habitat talk
Feb 6, at the Kimberling City Library
I’ll be giving a 10-minute talk at 11:10 a.m. titled “What’s the big deal about ginseng”. I’ll also be there all day with books to sell and autograph. There will be many other authors presenting and talking, too, so there’s bound to be something you’ll like to see and hear about.
- Free, Kimberling City Library Author Event
March 3, at the LDS church in Huntsville, AR
- Local Kingston foraging expert Lou Ann Nolan and I will talk to a ladies group about edible and medicinal plants of our area. This is a private event, I think.
May 14 at the Ozark Folkways Center in Winslow, AR
All-Day Ginseng Workshop with Field Hike, bagged lunch and door prize – details still pending. It may end up being a half-day workshop instead.
Here’s an outline of the various ginseng workshops available, including the all-day one.
June 4, Nature Journaling at the Place on the Square in Kingston, AR
Still in the planning stages, but here’s a tentative flyer. Click on it to enlarge or print.
June 8, “Try-it” at the Fayetteville Public Library: American Ginseng: Wild Treasure in the Ozark Hills
- Learn about American ginseng & how to find or recreate an American ginseng habitat on your own property. Details still being nailed down.
- 6 – 7 pm
- ginseng seedling to bring home.
Nov. 22, 2015 Nature Writing and Journaling Workshop (1pm to 4pm) at Hobbs State Park, AR
Sponsored by the Village Writing School of Eureka Springs. I’ll be teaching a workshop on nature writing/journaling. Bring pencils, camera, notebook if you can or want to do some hands-on writing, drawing and photography. That same link is useful if you’re trying to decide if this is a workshop that will fit your group. I can also tailor it to the audience.
Oct. 26, 2015 (noon, 7 pm) KUAF’s Ozarks at Large
Our local NPR station interviewed me and Luke Davis (Compton Garden Manager) about the Ginseng Sanctuary project. You can hear the replay here: http://kuaf.com/post/ozarks-large-monday-october-26-2015.
Oct. 23, 2015 Interview for CivilEats.com: Ginseng Gold: The Hidden World of the American Ginseng Root
Monica Johnson, freelance journalist and founder of Sacred Seeds, interviewed me and some of the other local ginseng experts for an article on ginseng at CivilEats.com.
Sept, 18 (11 am – 12) Compton Gardens: “A Ginseng Habitat”
I’ll be giving a talk at the Compton Gardens in Bentonville, AR about the sorts of places that ginseng prefers to grow – companion plants, lighting, soil, slope, types of trees in the over- and middle-story, etc.
This is part of the Compton Gardens “10 for 10” free lecture series and it’s open to the public. Compton Gardens Conference Center 312 N Main St, Bentonville, AR 72704
Here’s a link to Wild Ozark and Compton Garden’s Ginseng Sanctuary project: A Ginseng Sanctuary in Bentonville
Oct 10 (6pm-8pm) Author Reading & Presentation on my work followed by Open Mic
I usually get between 300-500 unique visits to my website each day, most of it organic traffic from search engine queries. Visitors visit between 2-5 pages and spend more than 30 seconds on average. Many of them click my links to go to Amazon or my online shop listings. My mailing list is 436 members strong, but it took two years to get there. Why do these things matter to me as a writer trying to make a business of writing? That’s what I’ll talk about during this presentation and I’ll share the first biggest mistake I made when I first started thinking of myself as an authorpreneur, with books to sell, rather than just a blogger or just a writer with dreams. I’m not traditionally published, and don’t have a marketing team to help get my books noticed (most trad only does so for their best authors, although some of the big 6 might still do a lot). I don’t want to blast my friends with “buy my book” tweets and posts often (I do it sometimes, and so far they still talk to me, lol). I’m also not making a ton of money or sales yet, but I’m pulling at least enough to give me hope of doing better in the future and I’m laying groundwork to make sure that can happen more easily. I employ tools to help me see the progress I’m making with my attempt to attract attention to my website, where pretty much all of my marketing takes place.
Presented by the Northwest Arkansas Artist Retreat Center & Bella Vista Library. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll be doing the open mic, or whether that’s something the other writers present will be doing, or perhaps both. I’ll talk about my process of self-publishing, how important having a blog has been to my business as a creator, my biggest mistake and how I’ve (attempted to) correct it, and some tips on what have been the most valuable tools I’ve found so far. I’ll bring some copies of my books. The earlier two will be a clear illustration of my progress on this learning journey. If I’m also doing some open mic reading, I’ll read from the opening scene of my novel-in-progress, Bounty Hunter.
The Artist Retreat Center
Their FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/artistretreatcenter/