Species At Risk

Cultivation Demonstration Videos

Cultivation Demonstration Videos

These videos will walk you through the lifecycle, site selection, planting techniques and maintenance of ramps, ginseng and goldenseal as outlined in The Forest Farmers Handbook. The book is available for sale in the shop or for free as a pdf download. Ramps UpS Plant Propagation Manager Tanner Filyaw discusses cultivating ramps and demonstrates how to plant ramp seeds using the wild-simulated method. American Ginseng UpS Plant Propagation Manager Tanner Filyaw discusses cultivating American Ginseng ...
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Forest Farming Wild Simulated Ginseng Workshop

Forest Farming Wild Simulated Ginseng Workshop

Join the United Plant Savers plant propagation team on Saturday, October 1 to learn how to sustainably cultivate, manage, and market ginseng roots using the wild-simulated method. American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), also commonly known as “sang,” has been harvested in southeast Ohio for generations, and the broader Appalachian region, since the mid-1700’s. A long history of overharvesting, coupled with a loss of suitable forest habitats, has resulted in significant declines among wild populations, and has ...
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Wild American Ginseng

Introducing the NEW WildAmericanGinseng.org Website

We are pleased to announce the new website: WildAmericanGinseng.org! Created in collaboration with United Plant Savers and the Wild American Ginseng Conservation Collaborative, WildAmericanGinseng.org is improved and updated from the original McGraw Labs website. For many years, the previous website was the main source of conservation science, research and data regarding wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) through the work of Dr. Jim McGraw and students. Now, this important foundational website has been greatly expanded to ...
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Robert Eidus at Eagle Feather Farm in Marshall, NC

Robert Eidus: Ginseng Farmer

Profile for The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage by Kate Farley Robert Eidus is an avid American ginseng grower and educator who owns and operates Eagle Feather Organic Farm. To cultivate the next generation of responsible forest farmers, he also hosts classes, workshops, a radio show, and serves as president of the North Carolina Ginseng Association. “It seems like with the environment, everyone’s up on trees and animals and insects and butterflies. But ...
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Jennifer Gerrity and Blake at the Herb Pharm Goldenseal forest plots. Photo by Susan Leopold, 2021.

Goldenseal Cultivation

By Jennifer Gerrity Herb Pharm expanded a planting of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) roots from nursery stock this fall on private land in SW Virginia. The land is owned by Blake, a multigeneration ginseng producer who embarked on goldenseal cultivation after noticing wild stands naturalized around his 60 acres of forested land. “Once I saw the goldenseal stands around the ginseng and how they grow together, I thought that it might make sense to grow more ...
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American Ginseng - Panax quinquefolius, photo by Steven Foster

Substitutes for Select At-Risk Northeastern Woodland Species

By Herbal Academy, international school of herbal arts and sciences Introduction Many of the plants on the United Plant Savers’ Species “At- Risk” List have a long history of herbal use, and a good deal of them are still used in herbal practice, so it is common to come across herbal texts, articles, or recipes that suggest the use of these at-risk species. Herbalists concerned about sustainability often wonder what other, more common herbs they ...
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Ramp Cultivation Workshop

Ramp Cultivation Workshop

Join us at the Goldenseal Sanctuary on Saturday, March 19th to help us kick off our 2022 Forest Farming Workshop Series! This event will feature ramps (Allium tricoccum), the iconic springtime herb of Appalachia. Learn how to cultivate, manage, and market ramps using basic forest farming practices. This workshop will also include a value added products demonstration where participants will have the opportunity to sample a freshly made ramp pesto, as well as take home ...
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