Farmers Head Into the Woods by Jane Tanner

Here’s a great article by Jane Turner discussing agroforestry growing as a way to diversify farms. She includes many examples of farmers who have begun incorporating and benefiting from its practice — taking pressure off wild populations at the same time. Download PDF Here Originally published in Growing for Market, Vol. 29 / Issue 9.

TAKE A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SENSES OF YOUR ELEMENTS AT OCEAN FOREST’S ETHNOBOTANICAL AND PERMACULTURE GARDENS ON THE OSA PENINSULA IN COSTA RICA

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by Jonathon Miller Weisberger Now reaching into 20 years, the extensive gardens at Ocean Forest Ecolodge harbor hundreds of species of native and rare ethnobotanical treasures from Central and South America as well as the Asian Tropics. These include fruit trees that guests enjoy seasonally, aromatic herbs, medicinal and sacramental plants, detox bitters, emollients, and …

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THE SACRED SEEDS ETHNOBOTANICAL TRAIL AT BASTYR UNIVERSITY: LESSONS LEARNED IN DECOLONIZING AN ESTABLISHED NATIVE PLANT GARDEN

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Kenmore, Washington Sanctuary Steward: Katie Vincent At Bastyr University we teach integrative medicine— where the best of western medicine and natural healing modalities come together to create an approach to health and wellness that is more holistic and representative of the complex, collaborative ecosystems we are a part of. The gardens at Bastyr are an …

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GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT TO HEALTHY WILD-SIMULATED GINSENG CULTIVATION

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by Justin Wexler and Anna Plattner American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) loves shade but not too much shade. After seven years of direct observation of hundreds of acres of wild-simulated and wild ginseng, we’ve noticed a pattern. Old wild ginseng plants growing in deep shade grow extremely slowly. Likewise, in full shade, the wild-simulated seedlings of …

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WATERSHED FOREST FARM

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Madison County, North Carolina Sanctuary Stewards: Michelle Dixon and Peter Waskiewicz Our Botanical Sanctuary story began Thanksgiving 2016 when we stood with the Lakota Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock and became avowed water protectors for life! On the long road back to North Carolina we hatched our first action plan and long-time dream: find a …

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WALKER MOUNTAIN BOTANICAL SANCTUARY

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Deerfield, Virginia Sanctuary Stewards: Shay and Kim Clanton and family Walker Mountain Botanical Sanctuary lies in a hollow between two mountains—Walker Mountain and Sideling Hill. Clayton Mill Creek, a rushing rocky mountain stream, flows the length of the hollow. At the base of the north slope on Sideling Hill there is a small, nearly hidden …

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GREEN COMFORT BOTANICAL SANCTUARY

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Sperryville, Virginia Sanctuary Steward: Teresa Boardwine The Green Comfort Botanical Sanctuary has been growing for 15 years on an acre near the Shenandoah National Park, in Sperryville, Virginia. The land that surrounds us is naturalized and undeveloped, providing opportunity for plant walks through adjoining properties in woods, to a sandy river basin, out to pavement …

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