• Goldenseal
  • Black Cohosh
  • Laddy Slipper Orchid
  • Trillium

Marshall, NC
Sanctuary Steward: Robert Eidus

We have been very busy at Eagle Feather Farm this year, especially on the local level. We were one of six farms on the Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc 1999 Mountain Farm Tour where over 150 people visited and attended workshops on preparing a fall ginseng bed and spraying with goldenseal spray as well as tours of the center. We have also been contracted to provide 22 pounds of ginseng seed to two NC Mountain county Extension offices. That should produce about 80,000 baby plants in the spring!

This year we harvested, for the first time, 1 and 2 yr old certified organic ginseng plants ~ about 550 plants for replanting in their new homes. We also planted twenty seven 15 yr or older ginseng plants for future seed stock. Also in the works is research with Linn Stillwell on alternative herbal fungicides for ginseng.
We continue to be present at herbal conferences, local herbal events and farmers markets selling our organic cultivated plants and educating by giving workshops, tours and lectures.


Natural Bridge, NY Sanctuary Steward: Diane Seufert Tait After years of checking real estate pages wherever I went, looking for that perfect piece of land and cabin, it was hard to believe the hunt was over when I purchased Eden Hyll in 2007. It comprises a solar-powered cabin and almost five acres of Precambrian shield overlooking an eight acre pond. My intent was to enjoy a getaway, a haven, a relaxing oasis far from the Toronto area where I live. The land had another agenda. I had bought my special place in early April, so I had no idea what I would find when the season’s growth began. In that first June as I walked through my woods of white pine, Eastern hemlock, cedar, young oak, maple, cherry, yellow birch, elder and beech, I became aware of some wonderful plant residents. Spread before me as a feast to my eyes were partridge berry, goldthread, clintonia, wild sarsaparilla, pink lady’s slipper and other smaller orchids, three kinds of St. John’s wort and blue flag iris, to name a few. The pond itself has a healthy population of frogs and fish, a wealth of wildlife, including a family of minks along my shoreline


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


Decorah, IA Sanctuary Stewards: Liz Rog & Daniel Rotto Fern Hollow lies on an 18-acre woodland in the Driftless Region of NE Iowa. It is a magical place, rich in all seasons with native plant and animal life. We have lived here for 31 years. For 15 years our family of four lived in the rustic and beautiful log cabin that was built by my great-great-great grandparents, which is now a B&B enjoyed by people from around the nation. We have found that there is an abundance of people who are glad to stay in the woods in a cabin with cold running water, a composting toilet, and limited electricity made by solar panels. Throughout our 31 years we have nurtured relationships not only with the land and the plants, but with the neighborhood and wider community through the regular hosting of events and tours which bring people onto this land. Some examples include: We host plant walks and foraging events. (Let me know if you’d like to lead one next year!)
  • I am the coordinator for a local intergenerational education organization, and for 20 years have hosted annual events that bring children and adults into these woods. These include May
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Eureka Springs, AR Sanctuary Sterwards: Lorna and Craig Trigg Fire Om Earth Retreat Center & Botanical Sanctuary - Eureka we found it! In 2001 my husband Craig and I set out from suburban Buffalo, NY to find the perfect place to live. Although we had created a Sanctuary in suburbia, with organic food and medicinal plant gardens we felt the need to find a community of like minded people., and some acreage. We are both artists and create Wind and Percussion instruments, as well as clay art for home and garden. We were drawn to the Ozark Mountains. As we drove down from the plateau of Missouri I immediately felt we were home. The small eclectic town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas lies nestled in between two plateaus composed of intricately intercalated layers of limestone, shale, sandstone. A fifteen acre property with a Historic Lodge and Guest cottage presented itself to us on our first day of home hunting. The property had been neglected for a number of years, overgrown with Wisteria, up 80ΚΌ into the Juniper trees, Honeysuckle vine and Vinca. When we saw the property we both said perfect!, being undaunted by the task that lay ahead of reclaiming


Fulton, MD Sanctuary Stewards: Jim and Peggy Duke "Wintergreen's a breath of spring on the wintry forest floor It makes a body sing when the songs don’t come no more..." Nestled between the hustle bustle of the Baltimore-Washington, DC metropolitan region, where the piedmont meets the coastal plain in the Patuxent River valley, is the Green Farmacy Garden. The Green Farmacy Garden is home to over three-hundred native and non-native plants, red-shouldered hawks, song birds, myriad species of Lepidoptera, cicada killers, water snakes, tree frogs, white-tailed deer and Jim and Peggy Duke. Jim and Peggy have been collecting medicinal plants for over sixty years and in 1997 transformed part of their pasture land into a teaching garden highlighting medicinal plants, many of which are featured in Jim’s book, The Green Pharmacy. On most days, while Peggy is working on botanical illustrations, Jim can be found strolling barefooted through the garden terraces or the forested yin-yang valley in search of plant material to add to his daily soup, greeting visitors, compiling information to add to his USDA database or composing new herbal verses. “Wintergreen, where you been? You’re the prettiest thing I’ve seen. Breath of spring--throughout the year, Summer’s smile--Christmas cheer.” “At-risk”


Green Turtle Botanical SanctuaryNashville, IN Sanctuary Steward: Susan Clearwater, RN Green Turtle Botanical Sanctuary joined the UpS network in 1999, and consists of 5-acres amidst the rolling hills and woodlands of southern Indiana. Woodland gardens are home to goldenseal, bloodroot, blue and black cohosh, American and Chinese yam, trillium, wild ginger, and cranesbill. Sun-loving herbs are cultivated in the field gardens and include Echinacea, pleurisy root, blue vervain, feverfew, wood betony, elecampane, lavender, hyssop, wormwood, astragalus, isatis, motherwort, holy basil, horehound, senna, passion flower, scullcap, and many others. Susan produces a healing salve comprised of 20 herbs in a base of olive oil, and also tinctures many herbs individually and in formulas for different health challenges. She markets these with the “Green Turtle Botanicals” label to local health food stores and uses them in her private holistic nursing practice. Susan has been teaching medicinal herbalism for over 25 years. The newly constructed Sanctuary Room is now the gathering place for several educational opportunities. One-day medicinal herb classes, an apprenticeship program, and internship (for one person or a couple) are offered at the sanctuary from April through September. The focus of the classes are on cultivation (all students are encouraged to develop their own gardens


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


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


Kathy Krezek Larson Tallgrass Prairie Sanctuary Stewards: Frontier Natural Products Co-op The Frontier prairie, located at the headquarters of Frontier Natural Products Co-op in Norway, Iowa, was dedicated as the Kathy Krezek Larson Tallgrass Prairie upon the retirement of Vice President of Sustainability Kathy Larson after 33 years at Frontier. Kathy championed the prairie and treasured the plants growing there, making the dedication an especially fitting tribute to her Frontier legacy. The prairie, which was previously corn and bean fields, was planted in the spring of 1992. Employee volunteers planted 21 acres of tallgrass prairie with an eight-acre border of native hedgerow plants on three sides to provide food and shelter for wildlife. Some of the buffer zone shrubs and a six-acre section of the original prairie planting didn't survive the drought that occurred that year, but they were restored as part of the prairie's 20th year anniversary celebration. Prairie photos and more information are available online at Frontier's prairie webpage and Kathy's blogs of her prairie walks throughout the seasons.


Woodstock, NY Sanctuary Steward: Susun S. Weed The realtors couldn’t believe their eyes. I wasn’t interested in how many baths the house had, or how recently the kitchen had been remodeled (though I did give the views a glance) during my search for land in 1977-78. Instead, I was checking out the plants. When realtors took me places, I looked outside first, then inside; I wanted to walk in the woods and the fields, not see how many closets there were. What was growing there was more important to me than what had been built there. I wanted a woodlot, preferably with a sugar bush. I wanted water, running, if possible, on the land. And, most of all, I wanted to find a place already rich in medicinal herbs. I envisioned a sanctuary for plants and a safe place for women who needed to be wild, to discover and love all parts of themselves. I imagined I could cherish that place and protect it into the future beyond myself. I dreamed of safe space for growing plants and people. I wished to create a place where the plants could nourish people on many levels: physical, psychic, emotional, artistic, sensate, intellectual, historical,


Duluth, MN Steward: Friede Rica The Little Knife Botanical Sanctuary is located in a transition zone, ecologically speaking, between the southern hardwood forests and the boreal evergreen woods of the north. It consists of 19.7 acres situated 1 mile inland from Lake Superior and about 12 miles northeast of Duluth, MN along Hwy 61. We, my father and I, have owned the property for the past 15 years and have recently started to craft our vision of an environmental arts and herbal center. The Little Knife River cuts the property in two sections—the smaller section on the western side is being developed with a small garden, apple orchard and a couple of airstream trailers outfitted with wood-burning stoves. The larger portion is being kept wild with a few small trails for guided tours. What makes this land special, beyond what makes all land and wild spaces special, is that it contains within its relatively small boundaries a diversity of ecological communities including a grove of virgin old growth white pines. This grove of grandfather and grandmother trees is very rare in northern Minnesota where the logging of the 1920s wiped out almost all of the pine forests. There


MagMell FarmLandrum, SC Sanctuary Stewards: Alison Strever and Lindsay Caesar MagMell Farm, gently resting at the base of the Appalachian hills,is 57 acres of forest, field, river, and wetlands, and home to an increasing array of native and cultivated plants, over a hundred of which are medicinally used. Gaelic for "Fields of Love", MagMell is located in historically renowned "Dark Corner", rich with stories from early America and the colorful prohibition times. While clearing acres of junk, old tires, and other debris, we simultaneously discovered the historical relics of a charming pile of old bottles and two stills, complete with axe marks in attempted destruction! Keeping these charming oddities, we planted the land, now with a small orchard, a hundred blueberry plants, and rapidly increasing vegetable and herb gardens. In the more natural areas by the creek, we lightly planted a bit of this and that, planting more of what did well. Naturally growing plants include butterfly weed, partridge berry, pipsissewa, trillium, rattlesnake plantain, passionflower, bunched arrowhead, hawthorne, and Indian cucumber. Successful plantings from the United Plant Savers at-risk and to-watch lists include bloodroot, blue cohosh, goldenseal, Virginia snakeroot, wild yam, mayapple, stone root and wild indigo.Watching these seed and spread


Laytonville, CA Sanctuary Stewards: Tonya Whitedeer & ThreeCrows Cargill We have named our land Medicine Creek, for not only are there wonderful healing plants of the Green Nations everywhere but there is also a sacred feeling of calm and serenity throughout the ten acres. We know that we were shown the way to this wonderful haven to nurture it back to how it once was when our ancestors lived upon this small section of our Mother Earth. There are legends to tell about the ones that walked upon this land ~ the Legend of the Red Tree Spirit that comes from a fallen Redwood Giant that is slowly going back into the Earth is one. This venture is a lifetime dream. Medicine trails have been laid out by listening to the voices of the plants speaking to us, giving direction and guiding this simple two-legged to where each medicine should know a new home. At this time there is wild ginger, spikenard, black cohosh, goldenseal, angelica, and a wild rose garden. Growing in other areas are plants of sacred white sage, tobacco, sweet grass, comfrey and many others. We are in the process of acquiring a nonprofit status in the name


Marysville, OH Sanctuary Steward: Dawn Combs Over the past two years while I was birthing my children it seemed that our work with the land had stalled. This spring I found that that assumption was very wrong. I have meant to sit and write about our sanctuary a thousand times, and it seemsthat only now is it really the right time to do so. Just before my first child came into our lives, we had been encouraged to take the business focus in a different direction. When I began working with the land many years ago, I had a vision one day while seeking guidance and, I guess, collusion from the spirits that reside here. What I got was a resounding “YES!”, and I began working toward a center that supported women’s balancing and couples’ fertility work through the plants. At that time we decided to name our farm “Mockingbird Meadows” after the mockingbirds that came every year to nest and raise little ones. They seemed to be giving us their blessing that first year by nesting above our very first bee hives. When it came time for my son Aidan to be born, we were changing our focus to the


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