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spring seeds 2020 white sage

2020 Spring Seeds & Sticker Sale for Members

This year we have decided to challenge our members to grow white sage (Salvia apiana) in an effort to combat the trends of overharvesting and illegal harvesting on public lands. To read more about this issue click here. Common sage can also be used in place of white sage to burn and it’s a wonderful culinary and medicinal herb. We thought it would be good to offer two hefty packets of both white sage and …
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Ethnobotanists Rafael Ocampo and Luis POveda

Sacred Seeds at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge

Ethnobotanists Rafael Ocampo and Luis Poveda in the Sacred Seeds Sanctuary I’m convinced the place is a magnet, attracting us to it. What other explanation can there be? Consider this: about ten years ago, Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, a respected therapist, teacher, and author, visited Finca Luna Nueva. My wife Terry and I met her at breakfast one morning and we asked her why she decided to visit our ecolodge. That’s a question we delight in …
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We Did It!

We EXCEEDED our goal for the Hope for Hydrastis Project!

THANK YOU – What a way to start the decade! Thanks to an overwhelming response from our wonderful community of plant lovers (350 of you, in fact), we EXCEEDED our goal for the Hope for Hydrastis Project! The anonymous donor who generously offered to match your gifts up to $25,000 was so in awe of your support that he has agreed to match the full amount of $30,376. That means together we’ve raised $60,752 to …
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Leaf People skincare giveaway

Matching $ from Leaf People to Support the Sandalwood Project

Help support the Sandalwood Project! Leaf People Skincare is generously offering a dollar-for-dollar match campaign to generate funds for the Hawaiian Sandalwood Project. This project focuses on the reforestation of indigenous Sandalwood on the Big Island in Hawaii, which has been ravaged by overharvesting and is recognized as an at-risk species by UpS. To learn more about the conservation issues surround sandalwood, read the in-depth article from HerbalGram here. MAKE A DONATION …
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Canceled: Ramp Cultivation Workshop

Canceled: Ramp Cultivation Workshop

Apr 4, 10:00am - Apr 4, 1:00pm

United Plant Savers35703 Loop RoadRutland, OH45775 Map

Rural Action and United Plant Savers are hosting a ramp workshop! If you want to learn about the history, cultivation, and use of this native and edible plant, then this workshop is for you.

The agenda includes a presentation, hands-on planting session, and a cooking demonstration.

Register on Facebook or email for registration or more information.
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55 interested  ·  2 going
Cultivating Kingdom Fungi: Mushrooms for People & the Planet

Cultivating Kingdom Fungi: Mushrooms for People & the Planet

May 2, 10:00am - May 3, 4:00pm

United Plant Savers35703 Loop RoadRutland, OH45775 Map

Go beyond log-plugging! This mushroom cultivation workshop offers more advanced techniques for growing mushrooms at home and propagating native wild species.

Through hands-on activities, participants will learn to cultivate woodland mushrooms, amplify native mycorrhizal fungi, and collect and culture wild mushrooms in the new UpS mycology and microbiology lab. Everyone will take home mushroom cultures and valuable knowledge of fungi to imagine alliances with this seldom seen kingdom.

This two-day workshop will take place at United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio which includes 379 acres of forest, native prairie, pond. There are optional fees for primitive camping and weekend meals for participants. Saturday dinner will be catered by Restaurant Salaam from Athens, Ohio. Continental breakfast and lunch both days will include gluten free and vegan options.


Day 1: Saturday, May 2nd
Breakfast, coffee & tea
Introduction to the fungi
Prepare materials for hands-on cultivation
Lab design and protocols
Hands-on introdution to lab techniques
Inoculate plant material and logs
Daily evaluation and Q&A
Dinner (optional)

Day 2: Sunday, May 3rd
Breakfast, coffee & tea
Amplifying native mycorrrhizae & indigenous microorganisms (IMOs)
Hands-on mycorrhizal cultivation
Lunch break
Identifying and culturing agriculturally important fungi
Continue hands-on inoculation and set up outdoor mushroom growing area
Using fungi for food, medicine, education, and therapy
Workshop evaluation and Q&A
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51 interested  ·  2 going
WV Forest Farming Expo

WV Forest Farming Expo

May 16, 8:00am - May 17, 1:00pm

926 5th Ave, Marlinton, WV 24954-1209, United States Map

Workshops, vendors, forest farm tour, and keynote address by Margaret Bloomquist, research associate at NC State University.

***$20 Early Bird Registration INCLUDES all sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch. Price increases after April 1. Contact us for scholarship information and student/veteran discounts***

Saturday @ the Wellness Center in Marlinton
8:00-9:00 Registration, Coffee, Tea, and Snacks
9:00-9:25 Welcome and Introductions
9:30-10:20 Made in the Shade --Forest Farming 101 with Tanner Filyaw Non-Timber Forest Products Program Manager at Rural Action
10:25- 11:15 Concurrent Sessions
Same Plant, More Money-- Forest Grown Verified with John Stock of United Plant Savers
Woods Medicine Traditions Afrolachian Traditions of Herbs, Heritage Plants, and Cooking with Ruby Daniels of Sprouting Farms and owner of Creasy Jane Herbs.
11:30 – 12: 20 Concurrent Sessions
Mycelial Investment and Fungus Funds --Spawn additional income by adding mushrooms to your forest farming mix. Lacy Davidson Ferguson, Business Development Division - WVDA, and Co-owner of Elmcrest Farm in Wayne, WV.
Tree Saps on the Rise in WV --Tap into emerging opportunities for maple producers and other tree sap products. Luke Taylor-Ide of Future Generations University, WV Maple Producers Association.
12:20 Vendors, Tabling, Lunch (included with registration)
1:15-2:00 Non-Timber Forest Product Policy Round Table with WV Food and Farm Coalition
2:05-2:50 I’m Too Sexy for this Dirt -- Dig up and cash in...Post-Harvest Handling to Sale with Katie Commender, Agroforestry Program Director at Appalachian Sustainable Development
2:55-3:45 Go Forth and Multiply --Propagation techniques--amplify your planting stock to increase yields. Margaret Bloomquist, Research Associate at North Carolina State University
4:00-5:00 Shady Enterprises -- Running a Small Forest Farming Business with Ed and Carole Daniels of Shady Grove Botanicals.
6:00 Dinner (Included with registration)
6:45 Keynote Speaker, Margaret Bloomquist, Research Associate NCSU

Sunday @ the Yew Mountain Center near Hillsboro
9:00-12:00 Field trip to the Yew Mountain Center. Tour the forest farming operation.
12:00 Lunch at the Yew Mountain Center (included in registration)
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