Species At Risk

Young ginseng plants available for sale at Eagle Feather Farm

Eagle Feather Farm

Marshall, NC Sanctuary Steward: Robert Eidus Young ginseng plants available for sale at Eagle Feather Farm “It seems like with the environment, everyone’s up on trees and animals and insects and butterflies. But the plants are just not really defended at all.” Robert Eidus sees his purpose in life as being a defender of Appalachia’s wild woodland medicinal plants— plants like trillium (Trillium spp.), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), and especially American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). At Eagle ...
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Cultivation & Conservation Classes

Cultivation & Conservation Classes

A Grower's Track and Cultivation & Conservation Track were presented at the 2017 and 2019 International Herb Symposium. Both have been made available here with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Select a track title below to read the class descriptions and listen to the audio recordings. Grower’s Track (IHS 2017) Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP | Steven Yeager This hands-on workshop will provide a comprehensive orientation of botanical, ...
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Restoring the Midwest Oak Savanna Ecosystem

Restoring the Midwest Oak Savanna Ecosystem

Utilizing sustainable forest herb farming to save a disappearing Iowa biome By Wendy M. Welder Abstract The Midwest oak savanna is a rare ecosystem disappearing rapidly from North America. Once covering millions of acres, the long ribbon of oak trees running from Mississippi to Canada is disappearing due to deforestation, overgrazing and wildfire suppression. The Midwest oak savanna is a transition point between mountains and plains and named for the predominantly occurring tree, the oak ...
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Goldenseal Summit 2020 - Full Replay

Goldenseal Summit 2020 – Full Replay

A Round Table Discussion on the Future of Goldenseal Sponsored by The North Carolina Ginseng Association, Living Web Farms, and United Plant Savers The North Carolina Ginseng Association, United Plant Savers, and Living Web Farms put together an online event to capture the opinions and recommendations of a broad cross-section of experts and producers of Goldenseal. The virtual event took place on April 22, 2020. There were round table discussions that were recorded and edited ...
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Ingrid With Plants

Making Plant Medicine Sustainable: From Wildcrafting to Organic Cultivation

Author: Ingrid Bauer. Ingrid With Plants Five Flavors Herbs was founded with a vision to improve the health of people, the planet, and our communities by trusting the wisdom of nature. When we first began making herbal extracts 20 years ago, our audience was small, and we grew or wildcrafted many of the plants we used. We traveled up and down the West Coast to the same stands of wild plants each year: St. John’s ...
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wild simulated ginseng

Giving The Green Light To Healthy Wild-simulated Ginseng Cultivation

by Justin Wexler and Anna Plattner Wild-simulated ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) plants growing amongst native companion plants at American Ginseng Pharm in the Catskill Mountains. American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) loves shade but not too much shade. After seven years of direct observation of hundreds of acres of wild-simulated and wild ginseng, we’ve noticed a pattern. Old wild ginseng plants growing in deep shade grow extremely slowly. Likewise, in full shade, the wild-simulated seedlings of our ginseng ...
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american ginseng walker

Walker Mountain Botanical Sanctuary

Deerfield, Virginia Sanctuary Stewards: Shay and Kim Clanton and family American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) Walker Mountain Botanical Sanctuary lies in a hollow between two mountains—Walker Mountain and Sideling Hill. Clayton Mill Creek, a rushing rocky mountain stream, flows the length of the hollow. At the base of the north slope on Sideling Hill there is a small, nearly hidden spring. The mossy hollow above this spring is where the ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) grows. Some of ...
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