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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We EXCEEDED our goal for the Hope for Hydrastis Project!

We Did It!

THANK YOU – What a way to start the decade! Thanks to an overwhelming response from our wonderful community of plant lovers (350 of you, in fact), we EXCEEDED our goal for the Hope for Hydrastis Project! The anonymous donor who generously offered to match your gifts up to $25,000 was so in awe of …

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Matching $ from Leaf People to Support the Sandalwood Project

Leaf People skincare giveaway

  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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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 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.