FLOWER ESSENCES: INSPIRING PLANT CONSERVATION

North American Pawpaw Flower & Fruit by Katherine Ziff

By Katherine Ziff Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world – John Muir Where I grow plant spirits may safely play – Asimina triloba What inspires care for Earth’s medicinal plants? How can we encourage a relational connection with nature that might lead to plant conservation? The plants themselves offer this …

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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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WILDCRAFTING IN A WARMING WORLD: TOWARDS REGENERATIVE PRACTICES FOR LIFE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

nuphar lake 2017

by Scott Kloos It’s a clear, somewhat chilly September morning in the high desert mountains of southeastern Oregon. I am here with a small group of people facilitating a plant teacher immersion trip. The day previous we came to this same place to commune with Aspen (Populus tremuloides); today we will ceremonially connect with Yellow …

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IT’S ALL ABOUT TECHNIQUE: IN VITRO METHODS FOR STORING MEDICINAL PLANT GERMPLASM

By Rustin A. Rohani, MA, BSc Despite the arrival of pharmaceutical drugs, humans have historically used plants to treat illnesses (Ganie et al., 2015). Even today, there are about 30 essential drugs directly sourced from plants (Veeresham, 2012). There are almost 18,000 documented medicinal plants in the world with many of them threatened from climate …

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GINSENG AND THE FATE OF THE COMMONS: A LESSON FROM HISTORY

by Luke Manget, PhD By the turn of the twentieth century, the imminent extinction of ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) was one of the common topics of conversation around the country stores. Ginseng had been a lucrative commodity in the United States since the 1730s when European and colonial traders realized the value of a common woodland …

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