• Goldenseal
  • Black Cohosh
  • Laddy Slipper Orchid
  • Trillium
 

Williams, OR
Sanctuary Stewards: Sara Katz & Ed Smith

In 1993 Sara Katz and Ed Smith, founders and owners of Herb Parm, purchased a lovely 85 acre farm in southern Oregon. While the lay of the land was beautiful to behold, this farmland had been over-grazed by sheep and cattle for the prior 20 years, so the job before us was (and is) to restore the fertility to the land that had captured our hearts and vision.

For the last six years, under the stewardship of the original Land Manager, Tim Blakley, and current Land Manager, Alan Braun, this land is once again becoming fertile and abundant in a diverse assortment of herbs. Native medicinal herbs pre-existing on the land include Trillium, Lomatium, Oregon Grape, Spikenard Wild Ginger, Elder and others. Through replanting of native shrubs and trees we are working to restore the riparian zone around two creeks to reduce erosion and help renew salmon habitat in the watershed as well as creating new shade beds for establishing native medicinal woodsgrown herbs.

Working steadily over the last five years to wean ourselves from harvesting plants from the wild for our herbal products, we are currently growing about 80 different herbal crops to use in making our herbal extracts. The development and maintenance of this farm requires an immense amount of work. Besides a dedicated staff of 10, we also offer a Work-Study Program from March through June taught by the Herb Pharm staff, herbalists and farmers of southern Oregon.

We invite all UpS members, if you are traveling in the northwest, to stop by and visit our farm, wander in the gardens, and enjoy the beauty and scents and vibration of this herbal sanctuary.

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East Barre, VT Sanctuary Steward: Rosemary Gladstar We currently own six hundred acres, 550 plus in wilderness forest, and 50 in fields with two homes and a retreat center. This land has a long history of

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East Meredith, NY Sanctuary Stewards: Steven Bower and Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower In January 2007, we walked and intuited what is now our 12 acres of hillside, woodland, wetland and open pasture for the building of our new home—and the dream I'd been waiting for, a UpS At-Risk medicinal plant sanctuary. What attracted us to this land was its feel. We sensed a solid grounding force and light loving connection. It is untouched by civilized man and perhaps only walked on in the days when natives passed through for food. It didn't take us long to realize why we were being pulled here, as we realized that finding where we would build and garden would be a great challenge. Much of the land has a 15% land slope and required some shifting of soil. It was hawthorn that dotted the landscape throughout and pulled our hearts to stay here. Preparing the hillside took time, patience and a lot of planning and re-planning. We wanted to ensure that pasture was left open for our neighboring goat farmers and the wetlands, woodlands and open hillside for wild and cultivated medicinal plant cultivation. I put the thought out that this would make a perfect plant sanctuary

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Willseyville, NY Sanctuary Stewards: Suzanne Johnson and Jeff Joseph It was our good fortune to become land stewards in 2003, when after a long search we purchased 33 acres of forestland in south-central New York State. We are both Biointensive gardeners and naturalists and have also studied primitive skills with Tom Brown’s Tracker School. I have herbal certificates from Donna D’Terra’s Yerba Woman program in Willits, CA and from The Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. Jeff is a woodworker, New York State Master Forest Owner and member of the New York Forest Owners Association. Our intention was to find a location we could caretake to bring the forest back to health while learning to grow and provide our own food, medicine, heat and shelter. The property is part of the central Allegheny Plateau, at about 1100 ft. elevation, and lies at the northernmost edge of the Susquehanna River watershed. The entire region was covered by a shallow sea in the Paleozoic Era (+/- 370 million years ago); aquatic fossils are common in the sedimentary bedrock. The soils are glacial till left behind after the last glaciation, and on our property is a fertile, silty loam. Most of the region was cleared

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Applegate, OR Sanctury Steward: Barbara Hughey We moved to SW Oregon two and half years ago. When we first saw what would be our new home we marveled at the different kinds of environments that were here. Forested hillsides, gave way to bright sunny open fields, and from south to north there is a lovely creek, overhung with big trees. Alders, oaks and ash form the canopy. The creek is very beautiful. The sound of the water, and the wonderful plants, animals, birds and insects that are sustained by it creates a peaceful sanctuary. We were enchanted. However, we realized right away that this place needed some attention. A “hands off” attitude towards nature had led this magic spot to be overrun by an invasive plant tangle of Himalayan Blackberry. I should mention that we were able to get started with this work with the help of our local Watershed Council. There are about eighty of them in Oregon. The WC’s do on the ground restoration projects all over the state to foster biodiversity and habitat enhancement. Through this wonderful organization, we were able to secure a grant to employ some expert help to get us on our way with a

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