We must act on a worldwide basis to ensure resilience and health for future generations.
For countless communities around the world, the presence of medicinal plants and the traditional knowledge of their properties and uses are crucial factors for ensuring health and prosperity.
Sacred Seeds is a global non-profit creating and supporting plant sanctuaries that address the rapid loss of biodiversity and cultural knowledge through living gardens, containing locally important plants focused on medicinals but including those of ceremonial, food, and craft use.
Sacred Seeds became part of United Plant Savers in 2015. Sacred Seeds is a global network of botanical sanctuaries preserving biodiversity and plant knowledge through living gardens, containing locally important plants focused on medicinals but including those of ceremonial, food, and craft use.
The Sacred Seeds network started with the medicinal plant garden located at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge in Costa Rica, similar to how United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary in Ohio became the vision for the Botanical Sanctuary Network. Uniting the work of UpS and the Sacred Seeds foundational gardens of which there are currently 31, we intend to grow our Botanical Sanctuary Network and the Foundation Gardens in an effort to safeguard traditional plant knowledge and the native habitats in which these sacred plants thrive
Sacred Seeds got its start being managed at the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden by ethnobotanist Ashley Glenn, in collaboration with New Chapter.
United Plant Savers would like to honor New Chapter for its continued support towards plant conservation and Sacred Seeds founders and advisors Tom Newmark, Dr. Michael Balick, Dr. Rainer Bussmann, and Steven Farrell.
Sacred Seeds leader, Rafael Ocampo speaking about his passion for Medicinal Plants and his work with the Luna Nueva garden.
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In 1994, Paul Schulick, founder of the herb and dietary supplement company New Chapter (Brattleboro, VT), established Finca Luna Nueva, an organic farm, in the volcanic rainforest of northern Costa Rica. Its mission is the organic production of tropical plants …
Garden scientists in 36 nations around the globe discover over 200 new plants per year! Every single one – from the tiniest orchid to the largest tree – helps fill gaps in our knowledge about the history of the earth …
For two decades, the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) has actively promoted and supported the inextricable linkages between biological and cultural diversity and the vital role of Indigenous and local peoples in stewardship of biological diversity and cultural heritage, which …