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This May UpS co-sponsored a one-day workshop on invasive plants along with the Sacha Runa Foundation, Piedmont Environmental Council, and Virginia Working Landscapes. Invasive plants are a real threat to local biodiversity, and prevention, as in medicine, is the best cure to protect your native landscape and the medicines that grow in the woodlands and meadows. Invasive plants that were addressed as case studies were garlic mustard, autumn olive, fescue, and tree of heaven. Most revealing was Dr. Ann Alerding’s study that looked at how garlic mustard emits a toxin that kills mycorrhizae in the soil that eliminates natives and helps garlic mustard spread. If you click on the read more you can read a summaries of the case-studies in PEC’s newsletter and below you can view the power point presentations.





Thank You to Those Events That Support UpS!Our recent Planting the Future conferences were a huge success! To read more about these Oregon and Ohio events CLICK HERE. Every little bit helps a small organization like United Plant Savers, and conferences that raise contributions to support UpS, a unique non-profit dedicated to the conservation of the plants, are a win for all involved. Herb Pharm has been a wonderful host to many of UpS’s Planting the Future events, and this year's event raised nearly 15,000 dollars for UpS. Rosemary Gladstar has used her herbal gatherings as a strong voice for UpS. The International Herb Symposium and the Women’s New England gathering provide critical support, both financially and spiritually to the day to day efforts of UpS. This model was important to Rosemary’s former student Emily Ruff in planning the first Florida Herbal gathering event that raised over $1,000 for UpS. UpS would like to thank Emily for our organization, and we would like to encourage other herbal gatherings to consider ways to engage with us (http://www.holisticlivingschool.org/). UpS would also like to take a moment and thank a very special new member, Steph Zabel who has a wonderful business, www.flowerfolkherbs.comin Cambridge, MA. Steph helped organize


by Susan Leopold, Executive Director It's hard to untangle the work that UpS carries out on a day-to-day basis because it is an interconnected Web in which one program feeds another, and the strength of the silk is based on you, the membership. At the Economic Botany's annual meeting Michelle Baumflek from Cornell University brought the concept of health sovereignty to my attention. She presented the case study of the Mi'kamaq and Maliseet communities of northern Maine and the use of Acorus americanus (sweet flag/muskrat root). As I sat listening to this presentation, I started to think how critical UpS is to health sovereignty here in the U.S. and Canada. It is easy for many in nations with some degree of primary health care unassociated with medicinal plants to overlook this link between traditional knowledge and community health sovereignty. This concept was first presented in the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Sadly indigenous people are often stuck between two worlds—one in which they are losing land critical to sourcing medicinal plants, along with the knowledge of how to use those plants; and secondly, they also lack adequate access to primary healthcare. But this is not just an issue


Sacred Groves…Activism and Conservation of Healing Plants By Susan Leopold, PhD United Plant Savers as an activist organization must consistently be asking what are the threats to the plants we all love and how do we act in a conscious effort to protect them. There is no easy answer to this question, but if you look at the literature that discusses healing plants and conservation among indigenous communities, there are wonderful models of how humans have done so for generations. One such example is well illustrated in a study conducted in Sierra Leone among the Kpaa Mende tribes. This study documents a cultural example of how a functioning system, rich in ethnobotanical use, results in the conservation of sacred groves through a dynamic human/plant relationship (Lebbie and Freudenberger, 1995). The Kpaa Mende have secret societies consisting of herbalists, who maintain the sacred groves for the purpose of initiation ceremonies, spiritual rites, adolescent education, training ground for herbalists, and sources of medicinal plants. Cultural sanctions and taboos provide limits to over-exploitation of these sacred groves in a proactive way. As is often the case and demonstrated in this study of the Kpaa Mende’s sacred groves, individuals using plant resources rooted in a


OHIO MAGAZINE - Botanical Wonders! Read an amazing feature article hot off the press with beautiful picture of UpS's Goldenseal Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio. http://www.ohiomagazine.com/Main/Articles/Botanical_Wonders_4537.aspx


Celle Rikwerda, of Stark Natural Herb Farm, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. www.starknaturalherbs.ca I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Celle Rikwerda this past summer at her herb farm and nursery, which became the first UpS Botanical Sanctuary in British Columbia. I was so impressed with Celle’s passion for herbs and her desire togrow her small business, while simultaneously raising her four young children. Celle is following in her mother’s footsteps going to school to become a chartered herbalist and being passionate about the ethnobotany of plants found in the Northwest. Celle is helping spread the mission of UpS through her blog, community outreach to her children’s school, and local garden club with her farm tours. She recently wrote an article about Lobelia inflate for the Canadian Herbalist Association of British Columbia and has also contributed articles to the UpS Journal. Celle goes out of her way to educate visitors to her farm about plants on the “At-Risk” and “To-Watch” lists through her herb garden and plant nursery. As a young mother, Celle finds time to make herbal remedies and work towards making her small homestead as self–sufficient as possible. Celle says, “We try to stock as many


Updated 2012 (click "read more" below to download a PDF version of the Directory today!) UNITED PLANT SAVERS ~ ACTIVELY PLANTING THE FUTURE Many of our members are interested in growing medicinal plants, both individually and commercially with the focus on restoring those on the UpS “At-Risk” and “To-Watch” lists. Since 1996 we have been compiling names of individuals, nurseries and farms that supply these plants. Our intention is to not only provide members with resources of where to obtain these plants, but to make the ethical business of medicinal plant propagation more profitable than the practice of wild collection of “At-Risk” plants. Generally the wild collection of seed for resale purposes is considered ethical as long as the regenerative potential of wild plant colonies is not jeopardized. The resources listed in this catalogue have been contacted directly by UpS and have filled out a statement form that states they are selling nursery-propagated stock. When ordering seeds/plants/herbs from any of these companies, let them know that you saw their listing in the UpS Nursery and Bulk Herb Directory. This is an ongoing project and we continually update the Directory. If you know of other resources that should be included


UpS adds 6 species of Native Hawaiian Sandalwood to its 'At-Risk' list The 'At-Risk' list has been used since UpS was established as a way to bring awareness to the vulnerability of overharvesting of native medicinal plants. The criteria that UpS considers in adding a new species takes into account the morphology of how the species grows and reproduces, the distribution range of the species, and the market demand for the species relative to the species population. Native Hawaiian Sandalwood is extremely vulnerable to overharvesting and risk of extinction due to the fact that it takes more that 40 years to mature, and harvesting involves taking the entire tree. Furthermore the sandalwood tree is a hemi-parasite species meaning that it needs to grow along with certain host plants making it a very tricky species to reforest successfully. Sandalwood’s extraordinary fragrance, versatility, and medicinal properties have put it in high demand for centuries, all over the world. This is why Hawaii’s native sandalwood population was almost completely decimated during the infamous sandalwood trade that took place during 1815-1825. Despite this terrible time in Hawaii’s history, Hawaii still remains the only region in the world where sandalwood is being commercially harvested with


Goldenseal Sanctuary spring intern Ted Martello (aka TMello) is hiking the Appalachian trail as a fundraiser for United Plant Savers. TMello is proposing a penny for each mile he walks southbound from the beginning of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. His goal is to reach the trail's end by November or December, a total of 2175 miles (for a total of $21.75). Read TMello's blog at http://sobo2ga.blogspot.com/ Suggested donation amounts: One penny for each mile = 21.75 Five cents for each mile =108.75 Ten cents for each mile =217.50


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