Introducing the Forest Grown Verification Program

Forest Grown Verification Program

The PCO Forest Grown Verification Program was established in 2014 with the purpose of creating a voluntary, third-party verification for non-timber forest grown products that are produced and harvested in a sustainable and legal manner. This program benefits producers by building consumer confidence, demand, and premium pricing; protecting forest “crop” in the event of theft, …

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New pics and sneak peek video from an amazing day!

Our 25th celebration and grand opening of the Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation was a day filled with sunlight, friends, theatre, art, music, and PLANTS! Here is a sneak peek at our short video highlighting the event! A big shout out to all our supporters who helped us build the building! Here are a few …

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Announcing: Hope for Hydrastis — Make a donation this Giving Tuesday and your gift will be doubled!

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We’re launching our most ambitious project to date and we need your help. 

There is high demand in the marketplace for organic goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). Wild-harvested roots are becoming increasingly harder to find, and the roots that do exist tend to be smaller than in years past. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently published the status of goldenseal as “vulnerable” due to unregulated wild-harvesting compounded by a loss of habitat. This is alarming for plant lovers like us.

Call for Articles: 2020 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation

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Dear Friends and Members of the IUCN Medicinal Plant Specialist Group, The time has come to collect new articles for United Plant Savers’ annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, joining with the MPSG’s Medicinal Plant Conservation newsletter, to be published in Spring 2020. We invite all members of the IUCN MPSG to tell their stories …

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Ohio Event DETAILS, Grand Opening of the Center and 25th Celebration!

Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation Grand Opening September 21-22, 2019 | Rutland, OH We can’t wait to celebrate with our members the monumental accomplishment that is the completion of the new Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation. Please join us! HERB WALKS • ART • MUSIC Dinner included and provided by Purple Chopstix Steven Foster will …

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Help Us Grow Our Membership for Our 25th – Ways to Engage

We hope you will join us in our effort to spread the mission of United Plant Savers! Calling all Voices for the Plants, Biz Members, Education Members, Partners in Education, and Botanical Sanctuaries: This is an opportunity to share the work of UpS with friends, co-workers, and constituents of your herbal community with the goal …

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What is going on with White Sage?

White Sage

by Susan Leopold   This year it was evident due to the social media reaction that people were expressing anger and concern over the increase in commercialization of white sage (Salvia apiana) and the cultural appropriation and offensive marketing that overlooks ethics and ecological, cultural awareness of a deeply sacred and spiritual plant. The rumblings …

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2019 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award

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2019 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award — Recipient — JULIET BLANKESPOOR by Emily Ruff “Gathering medicine and food from the wild connects us to the natural world, our ancestral heritage, and our wild animal selves. Being involved in our sustenance and healing is boldly empowering and ties us into simple living and the change of the …

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Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is excited to announce the transfer of the PCO Forest Grown Verification Program to United Plant Savers

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For Immediate Release Spring Mills, PA (3/18/2019) — Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is excited to announce the transfer of the PCO Forest Grown Verification Program to United Plant Savers (UpS) effective March 15, 2019. UpS’s mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an …

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Highlights from the 2018 Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program

Spring and Fall UpS Internship Program “My experience at UpS has literally lifted the veil on this beautiful earth! I look at everything so differently and have the feeling of being reborn.”  April Covington, UpS intern Fall 2018 “Since arriving at the sanctuary for the internship I have been smiling ear to ear nonstop. We …

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