Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is excited to announce the transfer of the PCO Forest Grown Verification Program to United Plant Savers

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For Immediate Release Spring Mills, PA (3/18/2019) — Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is excited to announce the transfer of the PCO Forest Grown Verification Program to United Plant Savers (UpS) effective March 15, 2019. UpS’s mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an …

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FORSAKEN ROOTS

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Acme, Pennsylvania Sanctuary Stewards: Sara Shoemaker and Thomas Brown We are Sara Shoemaker and Thomas Brown of Forsaken Roots in Acme, Pennsylvania. Our farm’s name, “Forsaken Roots” comes from the idea of lost or forgotten ways. It applies to us in more ways than one could ever imagine. From our home, to our property, our …

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7 Acre Wood Farm Botanical Sanctuary

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Burnsville, Virginia Sanctuary Stewards: Anne Bryan and Joe Murray This is how a 7-acre botanical sanctuary can help heal a community’s people and soil. Last year was our first year as a member in the Botanical Sanctuary Network. Receiving formal recognition from United Plant Savers and seeing our name listed with the other like-minded conservationists …

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Essential and Carrier Oil-Bearing Plants: Conservation Consciousness

By Kelly Ablard, PhD, MSc, RA, EOT The planet is undergoing the “sixth extinction” whereby species are being lost at a rate that far outruns the origin of new species. According to the IUCN (2018), approximately 970 species/subspecies are extinct, and nearly 7000 land plant species are threatened (i.e. critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable). As …

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Report on a Deep Ecology Artist Fellowship at the United Plant Savers Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary

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by Katherine Ziff “The plants are calling you. They have a rich and diverse vocabulary and speak in many tongues…the plants are calling us now, asking for help. The wild gardens are in trouble, and the precious medicines of the earth are being lost.“ — Rosemary Gladstar, 2000 What inspires stewardship of Earth’s medicinal plants? …

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Shifting the Paradigm: Consciousness in Plant Medicine

by Shantree Kacera In the last decade, especially the previous year or two, the field of herbalism has been shifting—the consciousness of both herbalists and the general public has changed as our climate and landscapes have around the whole world. The shift to looking through the eyes of our ecological selves has come more into …

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Rural America: The New Global Heartland for Traditional Medicinal Plants

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by Dr. Michele Devlin The population of rural America is changing very quickly due to the global economy, new labor needs, and an influx of refugees and immigrants to work in meatpacking, agriculture, and related fields. Nearly 200 languages are now spoken even in small states like Iowa, and some rural towns are quickly becoming …

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Unregulated Wild Collection and Habitat Loss Lead to Vulnerable Status for Medicinal Goldenseal

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Republished with permission of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature The latest update to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ saw Goldenseal classified as “Vulnerable” on The IUCN Red List in a move that highlights concerns about the medicinal plant’s decline. The IUCN Red List (www.iucnredlist.org) now includes 87,967 different wildlife species, of …

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Ancient Saw Palmettos in the Heart of Florida

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Reprinted with permission of Matt Candeias,  In Defense of Plants When we think about long lived plants, our minds tend to fixate on bristlecone pines (Pinus longaeva), coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), or that clonal patch of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) in Utah. What would you say if I told you that we can add a …

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Lessons on Stewardship: Chinquapins, Chiggers, and Indian Pipes

by Ruth Davis Plants are often introduced into my garden by a share from a friend. Sometimes it is only a fond memory shared that sends me on a search for the plant itself. This is the case with the chinquapins. My mother spent her childhood in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and …

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