— Non-Timber Forest Products —
Canada is home to over 4,000 plant species – both native
and naturalized. At least 1,700 of them can be found in or near forests — and
many of them can be used in some way.
Merging Plant Science & Business Ideas
We introduce entrepreneurs to the commercial potential of non-traditional
forest products & services for small businesses and micro-enterprises.
P & M Technologies specializes in identifying commercial prospects for these
species within an ecologically sustainable framework. We are equally active in research on the physiology
and resilience of Canadian plants for alternative product uses.
Our Research Director, Dr. Gina Mohammed, synthesized and published the first
comprehensive report on NTFPs for Ontario, while she was a Research Scientist with the
Ontario Forest Research Institute (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources).
[ Read it HERE ]
Since then, she has worked with governments and businesses to advance NTFP opportunities in North America.
Transforming Plant Science Into Business Ideas
NTFPs include foods, health products, environmental products, landscape & garden products, and
arts & craft items. In addition, there are many
non-timber-related forest services, such as forest ecotourism,
seminars & workshops, analytical services, and processing services.
- Product or service ideas for botanical enterprises
- Information on product manufacturing techniques
- Ideas for a particular plant species or product of interest
- Advice on ecological aspects, sustainability concerns, alternative approaches
"The Canadian NTFP Business Companion: Ideas, Techniques and Resources
for Small Businesses in Non-Timber Forest Products & Services"
By Gina Mohammed, PhD.
ISBN: 978-0-9731097-2-6 (CD-ROM)
June 2011. 867 Pages.
"The Canadian NTFP Business Companion" provides an overview of ideas,
species uses, start-up information, and other resources for NTFP enterprises in
Canada and the northern United States. This first-of-its-kind guide
in convenient PDF format offers a wealth of business ideas and practical information on
non-timber forest products & services, distilled from our research into the uses of over
1,700 forest species.
(Available on CD/DVD and USB Flash Drive.)
Click here to read more about
the NTFP Business Companion
Click here to read the Press Release by Candlenut Books
Click here to hear one of Gina's NTFP Interviews on CBC Radio
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