• Goldenseal
  • Black Cohosh
  • Laddy Slipper Orchid
  • Trillium

Warwick, Massachusetts
Sanctuary Steward: Carol Joyce & Marty Vogt

My husband Marty and I have been actively involved in conservation and organic farming all of our lives. I grew up on a 100-acre pony farm in Byfield and Marty spent every summer at his grandparents’ 450-acre dairy farm in Michigan. We both have very strong beliefs in the preservation and conservation of land, living as close to the Earth as we can. We lived the past 12 years on our 12-acre mini-farm in New Salem. Since we moved there in 1988, we have been organically farming that land, quietly raising animals, plants and carefully managing our 7 acre diversified woodlot. We have just purchased 123.9 conservation restricted woodland acres in Warwick, MA. We worked together with the Mt. Grace Conservation Land Trust to craft a perpetual conservation restriction that details the future sanctuary aspects of this land. We live in the Tully River watershed area, have two streams and multiple springs on the property that flow into the Tully River. We belong to the NE Organic Farmers Association, and the NE Herbal Association, teaching others about medicinal, culinary, and endangered herb each year.

We have been actively replanting our old land with endangered and “at- risk” native plants and herbs for many years now, establishing small stands of Panax quinquefolius, Hydrastis canadensis, etc. in our woodland. We plan to include the community (students, scouts, and elders) in ‘plant-ins’ on the new land throughout the next several years. I have run a part-time herbal business for six years from our home, growing, selling and using
mostly native New England herbs to create herbal products which I sell through White Buffalo Herbs. We are devoted to principled farming, using permaculture and sustainable, organic agriculture as the means. We submit that we are now and would be in the future, honorable, scrupulous stewards of the Earth, caretaking and improving this beautiful property. We created a legal document that places a conservation restriction on the land, allowing only our one family farm/herbal retreat center to be built.

Our lifestyle and herbal business promotes meditation, solitude, and appreciation for the quiet, natural woodland beauty. Our ‘green’ enterprise White Buffalo Herbs is growing and we plan to incorporate the lovely gifts that Mother Nature is providing us into future workshops and educational weekends. We plan to promote the replanting of endangered and at-risk plants, teach about the outdoors and the green wealth around us.

Franktown, Colorado Sanctuary Steward: Gary Schroeder Wild Wind Ranch is a 50-acre horse ranch located in Douglas County, CO, at the northern-most edge of the Black Forest bioregion at an elevation of approximately 6,400 feet. We purchased the land about 10 years ago, before


Richmond, VA Sanctuary Stewards: David & Lena Welker We acquired the land that was to become Wildcroft Hollow Botanical Sanctuary in June of 2004. We had both been wishing and dreaming such a place for years. I was looking for a place to take care of, a place where I could build my home for myself, and the woman I love, a place where we would belong. Lena was looking for the same things ~ a garden, a cabin, and, I think, a man who could help her build those things. Shortly after closing on the land, we were married there. Wildcroft Hollow comprises 71 acres of Appalachian cove forest on the eastern side of Buffalo Ridge in Amherst, VA. After buying the land we made a deal with each other, and with the land itself, that we would spend a year only working on smaller projects and find out what the land needed, or wanted us to do. It has turned out to be a year well spent. We have identified every plant we have come across and have made lists of all of the plant life to be found in the hollow. We have kept lists of all of


Thornton, New Hampshire Sanctuary Stewards: Joann, Emmy, Hannah and Rick Vollmer Our twenty-acre wilderness forest land in Thornton, New Hampshire, bordering the White Mountain National Forest is mountainous land consisting of areas of both mixed hardwood and evergreen and is home to black bear, deer and moose. Plants already growing here include: sarsaparilla, goldthread, partridgeberry, pipsissewa, lady’s slipper, yellow violets and trillium. In October 6, 2001, we invited a few members of the community to join us in our first planting of native at-risk medicinals. Together we planted about 300 Goldenseal, American Ginsing, Black Cohosh, and Bloodroot. We will continue planting more of these and other at-risk medicinals each year that will provide a sanctuary for plant rescues. In order to share this experience and teaching with the community we offer herb classes at our home and at our business, Wise Way Wellness Center, where we cultivate many other medicinal plants.


Glenmont, OH Sanctuary Steward: Dr. Bruce A. Buren Woodland Farms has been in our family since the early 1820’s. At the time of my father’s death I was a licensed professional living and working in the city. Estate matters required me to make weekly trips to the “farm”. As time passed, I began to look forward to the weekend trips and I began spending more time there. I took long walks, I listened to the silence and found it full of wonderful, delightful sounds. Ultimately, the spiritual sensibility I felt from being in intimate contact with nature caused my paved road to crack and life to pour out. I chose a lesser traveled road. Woodland Farms is the outgrowth of my re-discovery of the essential value of nature. I wanted to share with others a part of what I had found to be a part of us all. Woodland Farms’ greatest attribute is its pristine native soil. Located in the upland region of eastern Ohio on the highest mount in the area, this site is protected from the actions of others. The land has been an organic operation since the early 1820’s. There are nearly 55 acres of woodland and 25


Union, Illinois Sanctuary Steward: Cindy Bloom The Cherokee people say there is a place in the Smokey Mountains where the animals go to be healed. The Creator warned the people not to follow the wounded animals to this magical lake or the wild game would vanish forever. The animals guard this place and keep it invisible to the human eye. It is said that if we continue to respect and protect the animals as the Creator has asked, that we, too, one day may be able to see these healing waters. This story is ancient but its lesson is consciously modern. Our Creation stories, culture and world view are based on our inter-relationship with all life. Our behavior is dictated by Natural Laws. This way of life is reinforced by the Creator’s message in the story. Being of Cherokee heritage, this story has a special place in my heart. A2.5 acre lake/pond abounding with plants and wildlife is the center of 50 acres of woods, wetlands, and prairie. It is this "Place", (the pond) that is central to all the teaching that take place here. A private road leads you through a wooded area where wild geranium, trillium, yarrow,


Kenmore, WA Sanctuary Steward: Jenny Perez As the long days and short nights of summer approach equidistance, I reflect on another season in the Bastyr Garden. Over the five years that I have been involved with the garden, the focus of Bastyr’s student gardener team has been to harness the potential energy ever-present in our herb garden, shaping it to display the beauty of medicinal plants. These plants are our teachers who quietly share their wisdom to those who take time to enter into relationship with them. The Bastyr University Herb Garden was started in 1997 when Bastyr University moved to the campus of St. Thomas in Kenmore, Washington; adjacent to St. Edward’s State Park. Dedicated students, supported by the botanical medicine department, built the garden through volunteer hours. Beginning with only 65 key herb species, the garden is now home to over 350 species of medicinal herbs and plant foods. Over a decade has passed and the Bastyr garden has expanded in design and evolved in utility to become an extension of the classroom – a living, breathing resource engaging students fully in exploring the beauty and importance of plants. The garden is arranged into many sections, which


Chateaugay, NY Sanctuary Steward: Jane Desotelle Determined to continue to live and work in the woods, I turned a hobby of collecting wild herb teas into a business in 1979. Without ever using the word sanctuary that is how I have used my land. My herb business was able to grow without using wild medicinal roots. The wild food walks I’ve held over the years have developed into plant appreciation walks with all class fees going towards plant protection. Living on dirt roads I have dug up many plants needing protection from roadside ditches and moved them to a safe place whether on my land or deeper into the woods. As more people move into the area the need to protect plants increases. I am so glad United Plant Savers has started the sanctuary program. It can make my “rescue missions” more official as I need to reach out for others to help. As I only own an acre, the main future project is to expand the sanctuary. Room for a research project on rare plant propagation and an educational center is needed.


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