Sagewood Herb Farm Botanical Sanctuary

2010 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award has been awarded to Kate and Dan Rakosky of Sagewood Botanical Sanctuary in Kingston, Rhode Island When they first bought their historic home in densely populated southern New England, much of their 2 acres was mowed. Slowly Kate and Dan began replanting medicinal species, letting the lovely vernal pool return …

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Sustainable Smudge – Growing White Sage on the Canadian Border

By Michael Pilarski Most of us are familiar with the smell of burning white sage smudge sticks – a Native American tradition which has spread far and wide. What percentage of the smudge sticks are wild crafted and what percentage are from cultivated sources? How many people are growing white sage to relieve pressure on …

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News: Black Cohosh Medicinal Plant Sustainability Study! Volunteers Needed

June 16-19th at Reddish Knob (west of Harrisonburg, VA) and/or July 14-17th at Mount Rogers (near Marion, VA) Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is shade growing herbaceous perennial used to help ameliorate symptoms of menopause. Market interest is growing for many wild-harvested medicinal plants. In 2001 over 92 tons of black cohosh was harvested (USFWS 2002). …

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Botanical Sanctuary Resource Guide

The Resource Guide is a comprehensive collection of articles and listings of supportive publications, organizations and agencies to assist stewards of healing plants. The first part of the Guide features sections on What Sanctuary Means, including examples of different Sanctuaries and sample BSN applications. The next section is devoted to UpS’s Goldenseal Sanctuary in Ohio …

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United Plant Savers At-Risk Assessment Tool

Instructions for Ranking Plants with the At-Risk Assessment Tool Please fill out a separate cover sheet for each species you rank. Please rank each species separately, even when two species share a common or trade name.. Choose the category that best fits the plant and place the value for that category in the “score” column. …

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