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United Plant Savers and Sacred Seeds join forces to expand mission of medicinal plant conservation

Susan Leopold, Executive Director, United Plant Savers

United Plant Savers is thrilled to announce our merger with Sacred Seeds. Sacred Seeds is a global network of 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. Sacred Seeds formed from the vision of its founding garden at New Chapter’s partner farm Finca Luna Nueva 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 the effort to safeguard traditional plant knowledge and the native habitats in which these sacred plants thrive. Sacred Seeds has been managed at the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden by ethnobotanist Ashley Glenn, in collaboration with New Chapter. United Plant Savers will continue to collaborate with the Missouri Botanical Garden as we move forward with the common vision of working with local communities to keep the flame of knowledge alive. United Plant Savers would especially like to honor New Chapter for its continued support towards plant conservation. Sara Newmark, Director of Sustainability of New Chapter will remain active in the project and New Chapter will be continuing its generous and foundational support of the Sacred Seeds project. Sacred Seeds founders and advisors Tom Newmark, Dr. Michael Balick, Dr. Rainer Bussmann, and Steven Farrell will continue to be engaged as supporters of the UpS/Sacred Seeds collaboration.

“New Chapter is proud to see where Sacred Seeds has evolved to over these last years and excited to take it to the next level with the partnership with UpS. As the users of sacred herbs, we believe networks of living seed gardens will help ensure our herbal treasures will endure.” - Sara Newmark, Director of Sustainability of New Chapter

For more information about Sacred Seeds:http://www.sacredseedssanctuary.org

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