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Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

SHARONDALE FARM

A REPOSITORY OF PLANTS, FUNGI, AND KNOWLEDGE Cismont, Virginia Sanctuary Steward: Mark Jones A short drive east from Charlottesville, Virginia is Sharondale Mushroom Farm, located in Cismont, in the Piedmont and the National Historic District of the Southwest Mountains. The land in this eastern part of Albemarle County is rolling, mixed-use farm and forest with large and small landholdings. Sharondale is about seven acres and has a historic house and outbuilding built by my great-great-grandfather, ...
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SACRED ROOTS HERBAL SANCTUARY

Shepherdstown, West Virginia Sanctuary Stewards: Hillary Banachowski and Keir Knoll Entrance, Sacred Roots Herbal Sanctuary We’ve just surpassed a major milestone this year—that of a third growing season under our belts. To be honest, I could never have imagined this day would come because I was so overwhelmed by the immensity of the work that lay ahead. My husband Keir and I have had our hands and hearts completely immersed in the all-consuming, exhausting, but ...
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7 ACRE WOOD FARM

Our Second Year as a Botanical Sanctuary Burnsville, Virginia Sanctuary Stewards: Joe and Anne Murray Native grasses and wildflowers replace areas of turfgrass between the swales. We’re writing this summary, comfortable in our little cottage, while the land around us is experiencing the polar vortex, gripping much of the nation this January (2019). While we’re concerned about the health of our plants, we take comfort in knowing our work to improve soil health improves the ...
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HERB MOUNTAIN FARM LEARNING AND LODGING CENTER AND BOTANICAL SANCTUARY

Weaverville, North Carolina Stewards: Hart and Mary Morgaine Squire Back in 1962, in Connecticut, Hart Squire led his first plant walk in the woods. He had been observing and tending the native plants behind his house—the trilliums (Trillium spp.), skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule), and partridge berry (Mitchella repens). He wanted to share the unique beauty and medicine of these plants with others, so he gathered a group together and pointed all ...
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FROM PASTURE TO SANCTUARY IN 10 YEARS

AN INTRODUCTION TO FARM CENTER’S WORK, TRANSFORMING THE WORLD ONE WATERSHED AT A TIME! By Sophia Bowart and Neil Logan Multi-strata agroforest at FARM Center. Photo: N. Logan, 2018. The story of Hawaii’s current ecological predicament is similar to other colonized tropical islands. In short, the indigenous populations were subdued and relieved of their natural resources. This process has left deforested lands across the globe. The vast majority of Hawaiian forests has been logged and ...
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BIODYNAMIC MEDICINAL HERB FARM

FARMER TRAINING COURSE ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION WHILE ENCOURAGING US TO BUY LOCAL by Gabriel Noard “I’m a farmer who grows farmers.” What started as an organic veggie and herb farm 8 years ago is now a thriving Certified Biodynamic® and organic medicinal herb farm and training center, as well as a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary. Founder Gabriel Noard recognized the need to work with his environment, including his community and saw the need for ...
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FORSAKEN ROOTS

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 antique letterpress/block printing studio, to our 1952 Ford F-1 pickup truck, we are immersed in revitalizing what is already here ...
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