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Buck Mountain Ranch

Miles City, MT Sanctuary Stewards: Terrence Fox & Family Our family owns, or has under contract and operates about 20,000 acres of plains, hills and mountainous semi-arid land in southeast Montana between the Yellowstone and Powder Rivers. We call this land Buck Mountain Ranch. This beautiful country ranges from an elevation of 2,500 to 3,400 feet. The upper elevations, above 2,800 feet, support large stands of yellow pine and juniper. This high plains paradise was ...
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Laughing Rock Farm

Woodstock, NY Sanctuary Steward: Susun S. Weed The realtors couldn’t believe their eyes. I wasn’t interested in how many baths the house had, or how recently the kitchen had been remodeled (though I did give the views a glance) during my search for land in 1977-78. Instead, I was checking out the plants. When realtors took me places, I looked outside first, then inside; I wanted to walk in the woods and the fields, not ...
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Mockingbird Meadows

Marysville, OH Sanctuary Steward: Dawn Combs Over the past two years while I was birthing my children it seemed that our work with the land had stalled. This spring I found that that assumption was very wrong. I have meant to sit and write about our sanctuary a thousand times, and it seemsthat only now is it really the right time to do so. Just before my first child came into our lives, we had ...
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Tai Sophia Institute

Laurel, MD Sanctuary Steward: Kathleen Bennet When arriving at Tai Sophia Institute for the first time, you may wonder about the juxtaposition of a school of holistic healing in a business park. But walk through the doors – and especially the lush garden – and you notice right away that something different is happening there. Often considered a place of “great energy,” Tai Sophia is a haven for the holistic healing education, including acupuncture, herbal ...
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Eden Hyll

Natural Bridge, NY Sanctuary Steward: Diane Seufert Tait After years of checking real estate pages wherever I went, looking for that perfect piece of land and cabin, it was hard to believe the hunt was over when I purchased Eden Hyll in 2007. It comprises a solar-powered cabin and almost five acres of Precambrian shield overlooking an eight acre pond. My intent was to enjoy a getaway, a haven, a relaxing oasis far from the ...
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The Herb Crib

Blairsville, GA Sanctuary Steward: Karin Rutishauser Our land, consisting of both open and wooded acres, is nestled in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains just a few miles from North Carolina. Here, we started the Herb Crib in 2000, built a small retail shop and cleared land for an organic herb garden. Over the years the business has grown and so has my interest in native medicinal plants and the land. As I learned more about ...
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The Manitou Project

Williamsville, Vermont Sanctuary Stewards: The Manitou Project staff “The Manitou Project celebrates the sacred interdependence of humans and nature. Through experiential education and mindful land conservation, Manitou integrates spiritual and practical ecological awareness. Manitou seeks to awaken its members to new ways of being in relationship with the land, its inhabitants, each other, and the wider community.” The Manitou Project is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1993 by Pamela Mayer to steward and ...
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