UpS announces 2011 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award

Celle Rikwerda, of Stark Natural Herb Farm, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Celle Rikwerda this past summer at her herb farm and nursery, which became the first UpS Botanical Sanctuary in British Columbia. I was so impressed with Celle’s passion for herbs and her desire togrow her small …

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Revised Nursery Bulk Herb Directory Now Available

Updated 2012 (click “read more” below to download a PDF version of the Directory today!) UNITED PLANT SAVERS ~ ACTIVELY PLANTING THE FUTURE Many of our members are interested in growing medicinal plants, both individually and commercially with the focus on restoring those on the UpS “At-Risk” and “To-Watch” lists. Since 1996 we have been …

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A Penny a Mile for the United Plant Savers

Goldenseal Sanctuary spring intern Ted Martello (aka TMello) is hiking the Appalachian trail as a fundraiser for United Plant Savers. TMello is proposing a penny for each mile he walks southbound from the beginning of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. His goal is to reach the trail’s end by November or December, a total of …

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News: Tree Planting Completed

Exciting news at the Goldenseal Sanctuary, riparian restoration has begun with the planting of 5,232 seedlings consisting of 1,000 Sugar Maples, 1,000 Black Walnut, 1,000 Red Oak, 940 Persimmon, 400 Black Cherry, 367 Sweet Gum, 175 Red Osier Dogwood, 175 Red Bud, and 175 Sassafras. Tree planting was done by Williams Forestry and Associates as …

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News: Black Cohosh Medicinal Plant Sustainability Study! Volunteers Needed

June 16-19th at Reddish Knob (west of Harrisonburg, VA) and/or July 14-17th at Mount Rogers (near Marion, VA) Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is shade growing herbaceous perennial used to help ameliorate symptoms of menopause. Market interest is growing for many wild-harvested medicinal plants. In 2001 over 92 tons of black cohosh was harvested (USFWS 2002). …

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News: Spring Seed Give-Away 2011

[PRBREAK]Spring Seed Giveaway 2011! Grow historical herbs that are still important medicines today! This year’s spring seed giveaway consists of 1 packet each of Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum frutescens), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Lobelia (Lobelia inflata) and Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis). Seeds are all grown by Horizon Herbs. Planting instructions will be included with your order.[/PRBREAK] To order …

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News: Tennessee Purple Coneflower Proposed for Delisting

[PRBREAK]The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing the Tennessee purple coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis) from the list of threatened and endangered species, marking the success of a decades-long cooperative conservation effort under the Endangered Species Act.[/PRBREAK] “More than 30 years of protecting and expanding Tennessee purple coneflower colonies finally brought success to the Service …

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