Smoky Mountain Native Plants Association members actively participate in the North Carolina State University’s Specialty Crops Program by promoting the propagation, culivation and sustainable harvest practices for Appalachian native plants.
Smoky Mountain Native Plants Association provides both adult and youth programs. Ongoing seminars, workshops and speakers offer native plant education and small business education. Current educational offerings are listed on the Calendar.
Members planted and maintain the Stecoah Valley Center Native Garden and the Graham County Courthouse Native Garden. A festive Community Dinner is held annually. SMNPA fosters other groups.
Smoky Mountain Native Plants Association supports economic development in far western North Carolina in various ways, including the following.
- The Spring Plant Sale runs from April through June at the United Community Bank Parking lot 132 Rodney Orr Bypass, Robbinsville North Carolina 28871.
- The Graham County Farmers Market runs from July through October at the United Community Bank Parking lot 132 Rodney Orr Bypass, Robbinsville North Carolina 28871.
- The Value Added Project provides jobs and training on how to produce USDA Certified food products for retail sales. Products are made from sustainably harvested, fresh Southern Appalachian RAMPS, which are wild leaks. They are cleaned and processed at the USDA Certified Stecoah Valley Food Ventures Kitchen where SMNPA members produce several quality Smoky Mountain Heritage Products:“Stone Ground Cornmeal”, “Stone Ground Cornmeal with Ramps”, “Ramp Salt”, “Ramp Flakes”, “Ramp Seasoning”, and “Ramp Dip Mix”!