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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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Dragonfly Medicinals Sanctuary

Vashon Island, Washington Sanctuary Steward: Michael Laurie and Diane Emerson Entry road to our property 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 purshiana), echinacea (Echinacea spp.), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum), mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), Oregon ...
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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 in the past. We feel so fortunate to caretake this land and fi nd a silver lining during this pandemic ...
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Young ginseng plants available for sale at Eagle Feather Farm

Eagle Feather Farm

Marshall, NC Sanctuary Steward: Robert Eidus Young ginseng plants available for sale at Eagle Feather Farm “It seems like with the environment, everyone’s up on trees and animals and insects and butterflies. But the plants are just not really defended at all.” Robert Eidus sees his purpose in life as being a defender of Appalachia’s wild woodland medicinal plants— plants like trillium (Trillium spp.), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), and especially American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). At Eagle ...
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