How did South Hill Forest Products Start?
Check out our History page!

Where can I buy South Hill Forest Products?

  • Through this website

  • Ithaca College Campus, Center for Natural Sciences building room 282

  • Our open house taking place on April 27th, 2019 at the Sugar Bush in the Ithaca College Natural Lands.

What is a Non-Timber Forest Product?
Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are ethically and renewably harvested forest goods sold for commercial value. The variety of these products are endless: fruiting bodies, resins and oils, roots, leaves, bark, needles, and more. The phrase “Non-Timber Forest Products” is used internationally, and is synonymous with other well-known terms such as agroforestry, secondary forest products, and wildcrafting/foraging. These terms do not represent an ecological category, but rather an economic group that encompasses forest resources that are often overlooked as legitimate sources of income.

The most common non-timber forest products can be separated into the three major categories: culinary (nuts, fruits, berries, syrups), medicinal (plants for medical or supplemental purposes), and decorative (crafted forest objects including wood carving or floral arrangements).

How does the harvesting of these products affect the environment?

Unlike timber products, NTFPs typically do not degrade or exhaust the forest ecosystem. In fact, the responsible management of NTFPs can actually promote forest health and biodiversity.

How involved are the students in South Hill Forest Products?
Completely! South Hill Forest Products is entirely run by students. Students at Ithaca College enroll in the Non-Timber Forest Products class and are responsible for running the company. This year, however, the business is operating as a club for any interested students rather than a class due to Professor Jason Hamilton’s sabbatical leave.