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Turtle Mountain Herbs and Botanical Sanctuary

Turtle Mountain Herbs and Botanical Sanctuary

Rockford, TN Sanctuary Steward: Crystal Wilson Turtle Mountain Herbs began as a dream, twenty plus years ago. I was privileged to grow up in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia in the shadow of Mount Rogers. My earliest memories are of being toted all over the Appalachian trail, learning the plants, trees and animals from my Dad. After finally finishing college in 1994, we struck out to find “our” land. Work brought us to Tennessee ...
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Kathy Krezek Larson Tallgrass Prairie

Kathy Krezek Larson Tallgrass Prairie Sanctuary Stewards: Frontier Natural Products Co-op The Frontier prairie, located at the headquarters of Frontier Natural Products Co-op in Norway, Iowa, was dedicated as the Kathy Krezek Larson Tallgrass Prairie upon the retirement of Vice President of Sustainability Kathy Larson after 33 years at Frontier. Kathy championed the prairie and treasured the plants growing there, making the dedication an especially fitting tribute to her Frontier legacy. The prairie, which was ...
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MagMell Farm

MagMell Farm

Landrum, SC Sanctuary Stewards: Alison Strever and Lindsay Caesar MagMell Farm, gently resting at the base of the Appalachian hills,is 57 acres of forest, field, river, and wetlands, and home to an increasing array of native and cultivated plants, over a hundred of which are medicinally used. Gaelic for “Fields of Love”, MagMell is located in historically renowned “Dark Corner”, rich with stories from early America and the colorful prohibition times. Read moreMagMell Farm ...
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Bee Fields Farm, Wilton, NH

Bee Fields Farm, Wilton, NH

Bee Fields Farm, Wilton, NH Sanctuary Stewards: Loir and Elad Sadeh and Family Bee Fields Farm is a home for plants and animals in Southern NH. The farm sits on the north western slope of Abbot Hill and consists of 13 acres of woods, wetland, and gardens. “The Hill” is home to two other biodynamic farms, High Mowing School Farm and the Temple Wilton Community farm. We feel lucky to be in a community that ...
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Fire Om Earth Retreat Center

Fire Om Earth Retreat Center

Eureka Springs, AR Sanctuary Sterwards: Lorna and Craig Trigg Fire Om Earth Retreat Center & Botanical Sanctuary – Eureka we found it! In 2001 my husband Craig and I set out from suburban Buffalo, NY to find the perfect place to live. Although we had created a Sanctuary in suburbia, with organic food and medicinal plant gardens we felt the need to find a community of like minded people., and some acreage. We are both ...
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The Trillium Center and BLD Farm

The Trillium Center and BLD Farm

Conneaut, OH Sanctuary Stewards: Leah Wolfe and Charles Schiavone On a ridge three miles south of Lake Erie in the quiet city of Conneaut, Ohio, there is a small family farm, BLD farm, where seeds are being sowed. They aren’t just the seeds one would expect. Yes, there are carrots, tomatoes, and cabbage. But we’ve also planted less common things like high bush cranberries, northern pecans, and oaks that produce low acid acorns. Stranger still, ...
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MoonMaid Botanicals Native Plant Sanctuary

MoonMaid Botanicals Native Plant Sanctuary

Cosby, TN Sanctuary Steward: Cynthia Johnston I moved to the Smoky Mountains in 2003 to explore my dream of living closer to the land. I knew there was ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) here but had no idea how many other endangered native species existed and were abundant here. These include black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), trillium (Trillium erectum), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), as well as wild yam (Dioscorea villosa), an herb I use in my ...
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