Slider
UpS Founding President Rosemary Gladstar with Ladies Mantle in Herb Pharm’s Botanical Education Garden. photo by Bert de la Cruz

PLANTING THE FUTURE AT HERB PHARM: 2019

By Alexis Durham On June 15, Herb Pharm welcomed over 250 people to our farm in southern Oregon for our Planting the Future conference, a benefit for United Plant Savers. The day was filled with informative workshops and plant walks featuring local and regional instructors as well as current and past UpS Board members. A variety of regional vendors sold bulk herbs, seeds, handmade herbal products, and herbal elixirs, and lunch was accompanied by singer-songwriter …
Read More
UpS INTERNSHIP CREATES OPPORTUNITIES IN APPALACHIAN OHIO

UpS INTERNSHIP CREATES OPPORTUNITIES IN APPALACHIAN OHIO

by Brenna Dobos and Bailey Grenert The UpS internship program, also known as the Medicinal Plant Conservation Certifi cate Program, has played a prominent role in the story of United Plant Savers and the nonprofi t’s lasting impact on the herbal community over the past 25 years. The internship program began in the late 1990s under the guidance of Paul Strauss and continues to inspire plant allies in North America and beyond with two six-week …
Read More
North American Pawpaw Flower & Fruit by Katherine Ziff

FLOWER ESSENCES: INSPIRING PLANT CONSERVATION

By Katherine Ziff Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world – John Muir Where I grow plant spirits may safely play – Asimina triloba What inspires care for Earth’s medicinal plants? How can we encourage a relational connection with nature that might lead to plant conservation? The plants themselves offer this to us in the form of flower essences. I learned this first from Asimina triloba, North American pawpaw. Twelve years …
Read More
blue false indigo

A LANGUAGE FOR GRIEF

Encounters with life and death as a Deep Ecology artist-in-residence at United Plant Savers by Colleen Leonardi It’s a green day in early June with blue sky above and 379 acres of botanical sanctuary below. These Appalachian foothills at the United Plant Savers (UpS) Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio rise and drop with enough horizons to watch storm and sun coexist. The fortitude that brings me here is some brand of the divine commingling with animal …
Read More