Sassafras Camp was full of herbal fun for kids!

Sassafras Camp 2018 was a blast— so much learning, creating, healing, laughing, eating, and bonding! Thank you to all who made this week happen— Molly Jo Stanley, your healing presence, vibrant expression and song, skills in the kitchen, and knowledge of nature, herbalism, and yoga were such a perfect match and true blessing for the camp. Meredith Nicole Bury, you are such a positive bright beautiful spirit and hardworking woman— your help was outstanding, and your kombucha, Ayurveda, ojas balls, mandala nature art, and yoga classes rocked! Rider Stock, you’re simply the best with games—you take scramble and capture the flag to the next level! Your help in the kitchen and with the campers was exceptional. Isabella Leopold, what a graceful, present, helpful, intelligent young woman you are— your service was beyond amazing. Lysi Morningstar, your prep work help made the week happen, I simply couldn’t have done it without you—-and once again your blindfolded taste test was such a hit! Thank you for making us all laugh so hard. Paul Strauss, thank you for your wise teachings of life lived on this land, your profound storytelling that transports one back in time, and for once again sharing your Native American arrowhead/artifact collection. A huge thank you to United Plant Savers and Sarah Davidson Ile for providing need-based scholarships— your support made the camp accessible to more campers.
Not pictured: macroinvertebrate and water quality class with Molly Jo, the 5 foot black snake in the outhouse;), wound healing herb walk and salve making (self heal, calendula, yarrow), learning about goldenseal and other UpS At-Risk plants, scramble and capture the flag, improv, yoga classes with molly jo, Lonnie, and meredith, epic dance party, camp out fire and smores, and pond play!

Special thanks to Clif Bar Family Foundation for their generous support!

 

 

Call for Articles: 2019 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation

Dear Friends and Members of United Plant Savers, The time has come to collect new articles for our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, to be published in Spring 2019. We invite all of our members and supporters to tell their stories and share their knowledge and experiences in this upcoming issue. If you have …

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WHEN THE MUSIC GOES SILENT

by Susan Leopold, PhD (From the latest Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation) As of January 2017, all rosewoods (Dalbergia), bubinga (Guibourtia), and kosso (Pterocarpus erinaceus) were added to Appendix II of the CITES list of protected species.1 “Every species has a song”, is a quote from Kathleen Harrison, founder of Botanical Dimensions.2 Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia …

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UpS Featured in Latest HerbalGram

herbalgram oct 2017

“New United Plant Savers Center Seeks to Conserve Medicinal Plants of Appalachia” www.herbalgram.org | 2017 | Issue 116 Construction of the organization’s new Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation will begin soon. The center, which will be about 1,600 square feet and open to the public, will sit at the entrance of the 379-acre UpS Sanctuary …

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Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program Spring & Fall 2018

medicinal plant conservation certificate program

Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate ProgramSpring & Fall 2018 Rutland, Ohio   Spring 2018: Monday, April 30 – Friday, June 8. Fall 2018: Tuesday, Sept. 4 –  Friday, Oct. 12. (Move-in weekend before each.) Hard Working? Motivated to learn about medicinal plants? Want an opportunity to live and work on United Plant Savers’ 360-acre Goldenseal Botanical …

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Conservation Through Cultivation: Forest Grown Verification for the Profitable Production of Medicinal Herbs

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USDA CIG (Conservation Innovation Grant) AWARD for 2017 ANNOUNCES: Rural Action, Inc. in partnership with United Plant Savers proposes to establish a regional Forest Grown Verification (FGV) system for commercially significant forest herbs, using a third-party certification structure and species-specific education to build a network of enrolled forest farmers.

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