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  • Trillium
 

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 of these plants on the ‘To-Watch’ and ‘At-Risk’ Lists as possible to help with the preservation of the species and to educate people on the fact that these plants can indeed disappear if we don’t step in. Locating plants from a nursery that cultivates them, instead of taking them from the wild, in addition to seed saving, I feel is doing my part in helping this cause. I always let people know which plants these are and why they are special. Lots of people who come by the nursery have never even seen these plants other than on the shelf in tincture form, so it is pretty exciting having them for sale, as well as on display!”

Thanks Celle for all the work you do to share about at-risk plants in your local community, Susan Leopold...

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

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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

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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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