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EDEN HYLL SANCTUARY

Natural Bridge, New York Sanctuary Steward: Diane Seufert Tait White Pine Pond at Eden Hyll My sanctuary is in a forest that covers thousands of acres, crossing roads and streams, and comprises state forest, private holdings, and towns. I am twenty miles from the green line of the Adirondack Park, the largest national park in the USA. Over the last three centuries, a complex “woods culture” has developed based on mutually agreed practices. Life can ...
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FARMING IS FOR THE BIRDS

Oat Seed (Avena sativa) Pangaea Plants, Lake Lure, NC Sanctuary Steward: Gabriel Noard When I wake up, it’s still dark out. If the sun is up before I am, I think I am already late. The day has started without me. No matter though, there’s work to be done and songs to be sung. Not that I am good at that or go about merrily singing. But as my intelligence knows, Song and Voice are ...
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DOGWOOD AND BRAMBLES

Iris (Iris spp.) Ontario, Canada Sanctuary Steward: Penelope Beaudrow Deep within my soul I have a love of plants and nature so deep that they are a part of me, not knowing where one begins and the other stops. I have a constant yearning to be out of doors, see the land awaken after a long cold winter, feel the warm winds upon my face, and hear the geese flying overhead and walking with my ...
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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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