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Native Earth Teaching Farm

Chilmark, MA Sanctuary Steward: Rebecca Gilbert Native Earth Teaching Farm is located in Chilmark on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. My grandmother bought this farm in the 1920’s from the estate of a whaling captain’s wife. One hundred fifty years ago Read moreNative Earth Teaching Farm ...
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Cherokee Medicine Woods

Bloomington Springs, TN Sanctuary Steward: Lisa Bedner, RN, AHG My heart is full that these 23 acres have been added to the UpS Botanical Sanctuary Network. Many Native American Nations once shared this area of Middle Tennessee near Cookeville as a source of plant medicines. The elders have told me that when the Cherokee and others were forced to move further north and east, that there were many medicine plants they could no longer find ...
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Soulflower Botanical Sanctuary

Leicester, NC Sanctuary Stewards: Ceara and Faye Foley As a child I spent all of my “free” time in Nature developing relationships with plants rather than people. I truly feel that these plants had aided my evolution more than any other beings. So, naturally when I decided to officially devote my life to becoming an herbalist, I wanted to study with them rather than study them with someone else. I am deeply blessed to have ...
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Sagewood Botanical Sanctuary

West Kingston, RI Sanctuary Stewards: Kate and Dan Rakosky We live in a tiny pre-revolution era village called Usquepaug, Rhode Island located in rural South County. Thirteen years ago it was our great blessing to become stewards of this land. The two-acre parcel we affectionately call Sagewood was once part of a nearly 300-year-old farm. The house is still intact, retaining the charm of a simpler time. The old stone barn foundation and surrounding stonewalls ...
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Singing Brook Farm

Worthington, MA Sanctuary Steward: Mariam Massaro Singing Brook Farm is land richly endowed with native species including: Black Cohosh, Bloodroot, Partridge Berry, Ladies Slipper, Goldthread, Maidenhair Fern, Spikenard as well as others on the UpS “At Risk” and “To Watch” lists. Open to the public one day per week in the summer months for tours, the farm also offers workshops, classes and ceremonial events, water garden tours, apprenticeships for Wise Ways Herbals, organic planting and ...
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Cedar Spring Herb Farm

Harwich, MA Sanctuary Steward: Donna Wood Eaton This 7 acre farm, bounded by town-owned “Greenspace” and privately owned undeveloped woodlands is the home of Cedar Spring Herb Farm. Comprised of 4 acres of wooded uplands with 1 ½ acres vernal pool and 1 ½ acres cedar swamp, many wild plants thrive in this specific habitat: pink ladies slipper, pipsissewa, wintergreen, high and lowbush blueberries, sweet fern, cedar, pine, oak and poke root. Mosses, ferns, lichens ...
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Eagle Feather Farm

Marshall, NC Sanctuary Steward: Robert Eidus We have been very busy at Eagle Feather Farm this year, especially on the local level. We were one of six farms on the Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc 1999 Mountain Farm Tour where over 150 people visited and attended workshops on preparing a fall ginseng bed and spraying with goldenseal spray as well as tours of the center. We have also been contracted to provide 22 pounds of ginseng ...
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