Call for Articles & Member Contributions to the 2022 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation

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2022 Theme: At-Risk Plants in Trade We will continue to highlight the work of our members in the Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation. We would like to highlight recent books and accomplishments by members. We would like to include creative ways members are sharing plant knowledge via classes, podcasts, zines, poems, art & photography. We …

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The Forest Farmers Handbook (Free Download)

The Forest Farmers Handbook

The Forest Farmers Handbook: A Beginners Guide to Growing and Marketing At-Risk Forest Herbs by United Plant Savers & Rural Action If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in forest farming. And if not, perhaps you should be—forest farming can provide economic opportunities to the forest landowner or land steward while also providing significant environmental …

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It’s Our Nature


By Jesse LoVasco A decade ago or so, while living in Vermont and enjoying all that nature had to offer in hiking mountains and kayaking rivers, I also had to make a living and practiced cosmetology at a local salon in Montpelier. As I worked on clients day after day, cutting and styling hair, I …

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Medicine Woods Sanctuary

medicine woods sanctuary

East Tennessee Sanctuary Steward: Cynthia Johnston Medicine Woods Is a jewel of 5 acres on Tall Poplar Way, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in east Tennessee. It is my home, and I consider myself lucky to be the caretaker of this wonderland in the woods. It is full of medicinal herbs, mosses, hardwood …

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Spirit Canoe Lodge

Ashe County, North Carolina Sanctuary Steward: Kelly Clampitt Spirit Canoe Lodge, a non-profit healing retreat sanctuary, is a 50-acre plot nestled between two ridge lines in the sacred and wild Appalachian Mountains of Ashe County in North Carolina. Its location in the mixed hardwood cove forest at an elevation of 3300 feet in the oldest …

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Blackbird’s Daughter Botanicals


Barrington, NH Sanctuary Stewards: Jessica LaBrie and Steve McPhee By Jessica LaBrie Blackbird’s Daughter Botanicals is a center for Sacred Gaian Herbalism and healing, a dream continually coming true and a passion project that belongs not just to Steve McPhee and Jessica LaBrie, but to everyone whose contributions enrich the land and ensure its stewardship …

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Walker Mountain Botanical Sanctuary


Deerfield, Virginia Sanctuary Steward: Shay Herring Clanton It is the end of January at Walker Mountain Botanical Sanctuary. The black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), and ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) that grow on the northern and eastern slopes of this land are dormant these short winter days and long nights, but as the light …

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Dragonfly Medicinals Sanctuary


Vashon Island, Washington Sanctuary Steward: Michael Laurie and Diane Emerson We are growing small quantities of medicinal plants on a 3 1/2-acre site on Vashon Island, Washington, a short ferry ride from Seattle. We are growing several plants on the at-risk and to-watch lists, including arnica (Arnica spp.), black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), cascara sagrada (Rhamnus …

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Shindagin Hollow Botanical Sanctuary

Willseyville, NY Sanctuary Steward: Suzanne Johnson Here at Shindagin Hollow Botanical Sanctuary it has been a year of discovery on the land and in the forest. Much of our work has been canceled due to the coronavirus, which has allowed much more time for exploring and long woods walks that we haven’t had time for …

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