Priya Jaishanker

Videographer and Producer

Priya Jaishanker, an award-winning videographer and producer at Virginia Tech, has worked on video projects for the past six years. After graduating with a broadcast news degree from The University of South Florida, she moved to North Carolina to join AmeriCorps Project Conserve. She used multimedia to tell the story of the land trusts’ work in preserving the forested mountains and farms of Western North Carolina while assisting in environmental restoration initiatives. Priya now uses videography and social media to engage the public in forest farming, forest certification, and urban forestry. She creates educational videos covering a vast array of non-timber forest product cultivation and has traveled throughout the Eastern United States and into Canada to interview forest farmers and eXtension experts in order to document proven forest farming practices and gain useful insights to share through video production. She's excited to use videography to promote sustainable and holistic methods of farming and forest management. Priya recently went to Cameroon to film agroforestry and innovative techniques used to increase crop yields, improve soil health, provide clean drinking water, and promote forest health.

The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition is a network of forestland owners, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations that share a common goal of improving agroforestry production opportunities and farming capabilities among forest farmers. Our collective aim is to increase awareness of forest-grown medicinal plants through education and relationship building, and support conservation efforts through stewardship of existing plant populations and forest farming of these native botanicals. Priya has produced many videos on both forest farming of medicinal herbs and the value-added production that follows the harvest of these botanicals. The goal is to provide landowners with a visual reference of how these plants are grown, harvested, handled, and processed into medications, salves, tinctures, oils, and other natural products.

More than 170 videos on intentional production of forest grown edibles, medicinals, and decoratives are found on the Forest Farming YouTube channel. Covering the Eastern United States, Eastern Canada, and parts of Cameroon, these videos offer insights and proven techniques from forest farmers and eXtension experts.

The Trees for Energy Conservation video channel was created to provide educational content for those interested and practicing urban forestry.