• Goldenseal
  • Black Cohosh
  • Laddy Slipper Orchid
  • Trillium
 

Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a New Supply Chain was a “first of its kind” event that United Plant Savers held in November with support from Mountain Rose Herbs, Penn State, PCO and Virginia Tech.

How much longer can the ecosystem support the constant wild harvest of native woodland botanicals? Do we know who is harvesting and where are forest botanicals are being harvested? The new PCO forest grown verification program encourages "conservation through cultivation' as a solution of sustainability, quality and ethics. The new PCO program that allows woodland farmers of medicinal plants to be verified is perfectly synced with another new project “Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Program: Growing Opportunities Beneath the Canopy”. United Plant Savers is one of several collaborators that will be apart of a 3-year funded USDA program to train future forest farmer in how to become growers of native medicinal plants within the Appalachian region. If you are interested in knowing about future workshops/webinars and getting connected to the new network of forest farmers then please email your information to hollykc@vt.edu. For those that attended and for those that are interested here are the powerpoints presented from the workshop in PDF format.

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(Susan Leopold, Eric Burkhart, Jeanine Davis, Leslie Zuck, Jennifer Gerrity, Joshua Bogart, Jacob Lauch, Tiffany Brown)

The workshop kicked off with Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University who presented Lessons Learned: A Historical Perspective on Buying and Selling Forest Botanicals.
Get the 2015 Lessons Learned PDF (4.6 MB)

Eric Burkhart of Penn State University presented: Native Medicinal Forest Plant Supply Chains in the Eastern United States: Opportunites, Challenges and Third Party Verification.
Get the Native Medicinal Forest Plant Supply Chains PDF (29.8 MB)

Leslie Zuck President of PCO presented on the new ‘Forestgrown’ Producer Verification Program, for further details visit http://www.paorganic.org/forestgrown

For those that are interested to join the program UpS had set up a cost share program to help with enrollment costs. UPS provides Cost Sharing for Ginseng

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Mountain Rose Herbs is the first to offer Verified Forest Grown Ginseng, to find out more, get the details here.

The one-day workshop ended with a presentation by Jennifer Gerrity, Executive Director or Operations and Jacob Lauch, from the procurement department of MRH on the Buyer Perspective on a Forest-grown Supply Chain: Needs, Pricing and Expectations.

Folks came from southern Virginia, the mountains of Tennessee, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina to engage, network and discuss how to move towards a more sustainable forest herb supply that encourages stewardship of the region  these plants call home. We must address the root of the issue if we are to truly ensure the conservation of these important medicinal plant species.

Here a few pictures of those working hard to support a shift - a new paradigm for Appalachia-one that conserves the forest and the plants while providing quality herbal products. Thank you to all that attended to make this event a success!

UpS Helps Send Kids to Summer Sassafras CampSassafras Camp adjacent to the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary is an outdoor nature and arts camp focused on environmental and ecological education, theater, yoga, art, music, games, and play. 2015 highlights were studying macroinvertebrates and water quality, medicinal plant study and salve making, arrowhead class, Native American storytelling and theater performances, basket making with Japanese Honeysuckle, daily yoga and meditation, fresh pasta making and healthy food education, many art projects including mask making and costume design, and cooperative games that encouraged the bonding of the entire camp family. 

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International raises record donations for United Plant Savers and honors Rosemary Gladstar for making it all come together…This year the international Herb Symposium raised nearly 18,000 dollars for United Plant Savers. It was a plant healers gathering like no other with passionate teachers from around the world sharing among a network of caring participants ready to then disperse and germinate seeds of knowledge to their local communities. A few highlights: Paul Staments fungi medicine and how mushrooms are saving the bees, Diane Miller's talk on health freedom for our sanity, Rosemary's passion for safe guarding our traditions and the importance of restoring the healing forest and planetary biodiversity!  Here are a few pics:           Guadalupe Uribina is a singer song writer and artist from Costa Rica who traveled to the International Herb Symposium to perform. I have been in love with her music for many years and had planted the seed that she come to the IHS after she sang for the first Medicines from the Edge Conference in Costa Rica. Guadalupe's voice truly encapsulates the madre de la tierra and below is a video clip of one of my favorite songs. This song highlights the Rinco de la Vieja which is a dormant volcano central to the magical region of Guanacaste that is very dry

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Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a New Supply Chain

United Plant Savers is excited to co-sponsor this event specific for those who are actively engaged in stewardship of forest botanicals. UpS supports the efforts of forest grown botanicals as a critical component of conservation of at-risk native medicinal plants many of which come from the forest regions of Appalachia.  

November 13, 2015 in Front Royal, Virginia & November 14, 2015 in Abingdon, Virginia

Purpose

Forest-based medicinal plant cultivation (i.e., agroforestry), could help forest landowners in the eastern United States generate additional income, improve the health of their woodlot, and contribute to native medicinal plant conservation. It also stands to help the natural products industry address concerns about where their raw plant material comes from and the quality of their products. However, status quo markets favor wild harvesting and make it difficult to profitably farm these plants in the forest. Buyers, manufacturers, and many herbalists have simply not been willing to pay the price required for forest owners to profitably and sustainably raise many slow-growing, habitat-specific medicinal plants in the forest where they often grow best. As a result, plants such as black cohosh, blue cohosh, goldenseal, bloodroot, and American ginseng continue to be wild-harvested or cultivated under artificial shade

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Nurturing Your Botanical Sanctuary Workshop

October 1-2, 2015Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio, USA

Through the generous support of New Chapter we are thrilled to be offering this two-day workshop to those who are current Botanical Sanctuary Network members and Sacred Seed Garden members. This is an opportunity for members of these two networks to gather and learn important ETHNOBOTANICAL skills, share stories, and to strengthen ties that revive the concept of the sacred groves. Please join us! Visit the event page for complete details or register here.

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Mountain Rose Herbs A wonderful arrangement that formed from our summit: Mountain Rose is the first company to now sell Forest Verified ginseng with 5% of the proceeds being donated to United Plant Savers   Why is this root so special? We are proud to offer the first Certified Forest Grown American Ginseng in partnership with the United Plant Savers. This new project brings us organically grown ginseng roots that are cultivated in their native ecosystem. The roots are sustainably harvested from private forests that are stewarded by farmers dedicated to preserving this important medicinal plant for the future. Each tin contains 6 grams of this valued botanical. These roots have been cared for in their natural environment for at least 7 years before they were harvested. They are much smaller than the organic farm cultivated roots that are on the market. Mountain Rose Herbs will donate 5% from every sale of this precious ginseng root to the United Plant Savers. We believe that supporting this effort can change the culture of ginseng throughout Appalachia, transforming the epidemic of black market poaching into a stewarded forest crop with sustainability as the guiding force. We thank you for supporting conservation

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UpS Provides Cost Sharing for Ginsengby Lee Rinehart, Director of Education & Outreach, Pennsylvania Certified Organic Sustainable harvesting of wild-grown medicinal plants is becoming a major concern to reduce the threat to forest plant biodiversity. Wild ecologies can be fragile, and given the demand for medicinal plants, the industry is looking for ways to verify the conscientious production and harvest of wild-grown products. In response to this demand Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) has established a voluntary Forest Grown Verification Program for forest grown products that are sustainably and legally produced and harvested. The program currently focuses on American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) products from private land, and PCO is currently working to add several other forest products to the list including black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), false unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum), slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), forest-farmed mushrooms, and forest farmed leeks. The program standards for ginseng were developed by PCO through research of federal and state regulations, consultations with industry professionals and PCO members, and information from scientific publications. Getting more forest grown producers on board is the principle focus of UpS and PCO, evidenced by a new program designed to incentivize verification by reducing the costs to producers. The Forest Grown Cost Share

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Call for Articles: 2016 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation Dear Friends and Members of United Plant Savers, 

The time has come to collect new articles for our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, to be published in Spring 2016. We invite all of our members and supporters to tell their stories and share their knowledge and experiences in this upcoming issue. If you have participated in research or have stories or news of interest about “At-Risk” or native medicinal plants, please share with our membership. Theme: 
Understanding the Supply Chain for At-Risk Plants and the challenges to sustainable harvesting of forest botanicals The theme for the Spring 2016 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation is ‘Understanding the supply Chain for At-Risk Plants’. How do we balance between demand and limited supply of slow-growing wild harvested plants, what about the quality of these plants at time of harvest and the ethics in how we harvest? How do we bring ceremony into our harvesting practices and how do we make choices when buying herbs that we know are endangered. We welcome your submission and we do have a selective process so not all submission will be published but we will try and share them through emails and social media when possible. Submission

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Planting the Future: Stewardship of Sanctuary, October 4, 2014 at the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio.OCTOBER 4, 2014 RUTLAND, OH The weather was literally 20 degrees warmer with full sun the day before our big event at the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio. We were still in set up mode the evening before as the grumpy cumulus clouds moved in and hoarded the sky vowing cold, hard rain. But all hope was not lost on the incumbent weather, for when the temperature and rain both began to plummet, interspersing promises of sunshine were also breaking through, highlighting the autumnal mosaic like flecks of gold in stone and lifting our sense of hope with arching rainbows across the hollow. The morning of the event brought our first hail of the season, but that was no match for the steadfast queue of visitors lining up at the registration table. One can only apologize for the weather so much, until it becomes clear that weather has never really stopped those who want to learn from the fields and forests (albeit it can be quite the deterrent).

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United Plant Savers will be in Ashville at the North Carolina Ginseng Association, 2017 Ginseng Market Place

November 11th, 2017

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