Making Plant Medicine Sustainable: From Wildcrafting to Organic Cultivation

Author: Ingrid Bauer. Five Flavors Herbs was founded with a vision to improve the health of people, the planet, and our communities by trusting the wisdom of nature. When we first began making herbal extracts 20 years ago, our audience was small, and we grew or wildcrafted many of the plants we used. We traveled …

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In the News: Ecological and Ethical Problems of ‘Smudging’

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Sage advice: The ecological and ethical problems of ‘smudging’ Published on October 1, 2020 article by Taylar Dawn Stagner, provides important perspective on the wild sage harvest in California. Taylar Stagner is from the Wind River Indian Reservation and is currently getting her masters in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. Stagner is …

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UpS INTERNSHIP CREATES OPPORTUNITIES IN APPALACHIAN OHIO

by Brenna Dobos and Bailey Grenert The UpS internship program, also known as the Medicinal Plant Conservation Certifi cate Program, has played a prominent role in the story of United Plant Savers and the nonprofi t’s lasting impact on the herbal community over the past 25 years. The internship program began in the late 1990s …

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The Forest Farmers Handbook by Rural Action and UpS – Free PDF Now Available

The Forest Farmers Handbook

A Beginners Guide to Growing and Marketing At-Risk Forest Herbs If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in forest farming. And if not, perhaps you should be—forest farming can provide economic opportunities to the forest landowner or land steward while also providing significant environmental benefits, such as preserving forest cover and enhancing biodiversity through the …

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COMPENDIUM: Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation – Free PDFs Now Available

This is United Plant Savers’ complete collection of The Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation. In honor of the organization’s 25th anniversary, we have published all twenty issues together in two volumes. Click below to order individual volumes in paperback on Amazon.com UpS Journal Compendium 2000-2019 – Volume 1 (paperback) UpS Journal Compendium 2000-2019 – Volume …

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UNITED PLANT SAVERS’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND GRAND OPENING

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by Bailey Grenert and Brenna Dobos United Plant Savers’ 25th Anniversary was celebrated on the Fall Equinox, September 21-22, 2019 at the UpS Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio. The occasion also marked the Grand Opening of the Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation, a momentous achievement for UpS in our 25th year. We are grateful to …

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Sacred Seeds at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge

Ethnobotanists Rafael Ocampo and Luis POveda

I’m convinced the place is a magnet, attracting us to it. What other explanation can there be? Consider this: about ten years ago, Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, a respected therapist, teacher, and author, visited Finca Luna Nueva. My wife Terry and I met her at breakfast one morning and we asked her why she decided to …

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Matching $ from Leaf People to Support the Sandalwood Project

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  Help support the Sandalwood Project! Leaf People Skincare is generously offering a dollar-for-dollar match campaign to generate funds for the Hawaiian Sandalwood Project. This project focuses on the reforestation of indigenous Sandalwood on the Big Island in Hawaii, which has been ravaged by overharvesting and is recognized as an at-risk species by UpS. To …

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