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Canon City, CO
Sanctuary Stewards: Chris and Tammi Hartung

Desert Canyon Farm is owned by Chris and Tammi Hartung. It is a USDA certified organic wholesale farm in southern Colorado. The farm specializes in growing potted herbs (more than 350 different varieties of all types) and potted heritage heirloom and ethnic food plants (nearly 175 different varieties), which are wholesaled to garden centers throughout Colorado and northern New Mexico. In addition, they field grow perennial flower and grass seed crops for a German seed company. In addition to being a UpS Botanical Sanctuary, the farm is also a certified Nature Preserve. The farm's gardens include many native medicinal plants, including Yerba Mansa, several species of Echinacea, and White Sage to name a few. Chris and Tammi have discovered that the combination of native plants intermixed with non-natives, and a protected place for wildlife and domesticated honey bees to exist is a perfect marriage.

The farm is teaming with life from the natural world and makes a wonderful environment to offer education both formally and by our lifestyle example. Each spring the farm invites folks to visit on one of the Open Farm Days, which are weekends in May. In addition, the farm hosts groups, especially school children, for tours during much of the year. School children visit the farm to learn about all sorts of topics from seeds to native plants to pollinators...even greenhouse herb cooking classes for 8th graders, and 5th graders come each year to learn about solar energy which supports the farm's electrical needs. The diversity of what the Desert Canyon Farm offers is as broad as the diversity of plants and animals that live here. Tammi speaks nationally at conferences about all things herbal and heritage food plant related. She is an herbalist and organic grower. She has authored Growing 101 Herbs That Heal, and her new book just out, titled Homegrown Herbs. Chris is a horticulturalist and botanical researcher by training, and managed the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield for 9 years prior to Desert Canyon Farm. Both Tammi and Chris are farmers at heart, living a simple lifestyle. Desert Canyon Farm was created with that in mind, along with a desire to earn a right livelihood. You can follow life on their farm, along with accessing loads of plant-related information, through Tammi's blog at desertcanyonfarmgreenthoughts.wordpress.com. You can also contact the farm by snail mail at Desert Canyon Farm, 1270 Field Ave., Canon City, CO 81212.

Keene, NH Sanctuary Steward: Katy Locke In August of 2009, two dreams were born in my life that are now becoming one: first, I attended a slideshow presentation by Kate Rakosky on her United Plant Savers (UpS) Botanical Sanctuary Garden - how to establish, maintain, and delight in, such an endeavor


Cottage Grove, OR Sanctuary Stewards: Devon Bonady and Brian Basor Fern Hill Nursery and Botanical Sanctuary is nestled in the Southern Willamette Valley of Oregon, between the Coast and Cascade mountain ranges. The land ranges 500 ft in elevation, encompassing 52 acres of diverse native forestland. Stands of native medicinals have grown wild on the land for many generations including: woods Oregon grape, tall Oregon grape, cascara sagrada, red root, trillium, and yerba buena. We have also introduced many medicinals to our forest and cultivated gardens including: yerba mansa, white sage, goldthread, coneflower, nettles, and black cohosh. We are beginning to develop native “nurse” beds in the forests and meadows according to the needs of specific natives. We hope to divide and propagate by seed from these individual beds. Our intention is to spread the plants throughout our sanctuary more effectively and also have extra to share with fellow native medicinal plant enthusiasts. We are increasing the biodiversity of our land by using non-toxic, non-mechanized management techniques. We propagate plants like Oregon grape into patchy forests, yampah under oak groves, balsamroot onto exposed slopes, large camas and mule’s ear into wet meadows. We found that by smothering the competitive and exotic


Rockport, ME Garden Stewards: Deb Soule, Denise DeSpirito, Kate Miller, Anna Goff Avena Botanicals three-acre medicinal herb garden is situated on 32 acres of field and forest that borders 6000 acres of undeveloped woods and wetlands. We are on a south-facing slope, 400 feet above sea level, only 4 miles from the ocean. Being in a rural area, we are blessed with a diverse bird population, and on occasion we see deer, moose and signs of coyote and fox. Adjacent to the garden is an old 1800's farmhouse in which Avena Botanicals herbal apothecary creates various medicinal remedies. Nearly 70% of the herbs used in our products are grown in our organic and biodynamic gardens or wild-harvested in nearby fields or islands. All of our work, from the planting of seeds, to the tending and harvesting of our herbs, to the making of our remedies is done by hand. We strive to live and do business in a way that honors and respects the natural world, traditional plant knowledge and our community at large. We offer a variety of herbal classes, plant walks and workshops year round through our Herbal Classroom. Over 150 types of medicinal herbs and flowers grow in


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