Robert Eidus at Eagle Feather Farm in Marshall, NC

Robert Eidus: Ginseng Farmer

Profile for The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage by Kate Farley Robert Eidus is an avid American ginseng grower and educator who owns and operates Eagle Feather Organic Farm. To cultivate the next generation of responsible forest farmers, he also hosts classes, workshops, a radio show, and serves as president of the North Carolina Ginseng Association. “It seems like with the environment, everyone’s up on trees and animals and insects and butterflies. But ...
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Weeds and Weather—Adapting to Climate Change—Advice From Common Plants

Native Earth Teaching Farm, Chilmark, MA Sanctuary Steward: Rebecca Gilbert I live on an island where the tides are always turning, and winds of change are born. The dynamic, elemental interaction between land and sea has always meant lots of weather, and islanders everywhere are known to be a tough lot. But as we continue to alter the ecology of the planet, we know that hurricanes and flooding are getting more erratic and destructive, and ...
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Rising Fawn Gardens Botanical Sanctuary

Lookout Mountain, Georgia Sanctuary Stewards: Steve and Karen Persinger Rising Fawn Gardens is a privately owned six-hundred-acre parcel located between the banks of Lookout Creek and the western slopes of Lookout Mountain in Dade County, Georgia. Stewards Steve and Karen Persinger have owned the land since 2007 and placed it in a Conservation Easement with the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust nearly five years ago. Home to numerous native and rare species, the land includes riparian, bottomland ...
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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 trees, and mushrooms. The Smoky Mountains are a bountiful spot chocked full of many of the herbs we see in ...
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Blackbird’s Daughter Botanicals

Barrington, NH Sanctuary Stewards: Jessica LaBrie and Steve McPhee By Jessica LaBrie Drying rack, garbling, and trails 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 for the next inhabitants. Located in N’dakinna, the ancestral homeland of the Abenaki, Pennacook, and ...
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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 mountains in the world offers a plethora of plant and wildlife diversity. It is also close to the New River ...
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Walker Mountain Botanical Sanctuary

Deerfield, Virginia Sanctuary Steward: Shay Herring Clanton Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) – Walker Mountain 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 increases, day by day, they are preparing once again for spring and new life ...
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