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UpS Helps Send Kids to Summer Sassafras Camp

24-08-2015 Latest News


Sassafras Camp adjacent to the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary is an outdoor nature and arts camp focused on environmental and ecological education, theater, yoga, art, music, games, and play. 2015 highlights were studying macroinvertebrates and water quality, medicinal plant study and salve making, arrowhead class, Native...

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Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a N…

29-07-2015 Latest News

Forest Botanicals

PRINT OUT EVENT FLYER United Plant Savers is excited to co-sponsor this event specific for those who are actively engaged in stewardship of forest botanicals. UpS supports the efforts of forest grown botanicals as a critical component of conservation of at-risk native medicinal plants many of...

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Nurturing Your Botanical Sanctuary Workshop

16-07-2015 Latest News

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October 1-2, 2015Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio, USA Through the generous support of New Chapter we are thrilled to be offering this two-day workshop to those who are current Botanical Sanctuary Network members and Sacred Seed Garden members. This is an opportunity for members of these two networks...

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International raises record donations for United…

13-07-2015 Latest News

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This year the international Herb Symposium raised nearly 18,000 dollars for United Plant Savers. It was a plant healers gathering like no other with passionate teachers from around the world sharing among a network of caring participants ready to then disperse and germinate seeds of...

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Mountain Rose Herbs

01-05-2015 Latest News

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A wonderful arrangement that formed from our summit: Mountain Rose is the first company to now sell Forest Verified ginseng with 5% of the proceeds being donated to United Plant Savers   Why is this root so special? We are proud to offer the first Certified Forest...

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UpS Provides Cost Sharing for Ginseng

30-04-2015 Latest News

Forest Grown

by Lee Rinehart, Director of Education & Outreach, Pennsylvania Certified Organic Sustainable harvesting of wild-grown medicinal plants is becoming a major concern to reduce the threat to forest plant biodiversity. Wild ecologies can be fragile, and given the demand for medicinal plants, the industry is looking...

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Call for Articles: 2016 Journal of Medicinal Pla…

06-11-2014 Latest News

2015 Journal Spring Call

Dear Friends and Members of United Plant Savers, 

The time has come to collect new articles for our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, to be published in Spring 2016. We invite all of our members and supporters to tell their stories and share their...

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Planting the Future: Stewardship of Sanctuary, O…

05-11-2014 Latest News

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OCTOBER 4, 2014 RUTLAND, OH The weather was literally 20 degrees warmer with full sun the day before our big event at the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio. We were still in set up mode the evening before as the grumpy cumulus clouds...

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United Plant Savers and Sacred Seeds join forces…

29-10-2014 Latest News

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OCTOBER 2014, FRONT ROYAL, VA Susan Leopold, Executive Director, United Plant Savers United Plant Savers is thrilled to announce our merger with Sacred Seeds. Sacred Seeds is a global network of sanctuaries preserving biodiversity and plant knowledge through living gardens, containing locally important plants focused...

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Spring 2012 Internship Program Update

Spring 2012 Internship Program Update

The spring 2012 program started off with 4 interns arriving in early May and work began in earnest to bring the Sanctuary out of its winter hibernation in preparation for the busy season. Interns worked diligently with staff to prepare for our Mother's Day "Love Your Mother" event at the Sanctuary. Despite the day long downpour about 50 people showed up on Mother's Day to hike and attend classes in the rain.

Besides the many hours of weeding and reclaiming the landscape, the first group of spring interns also worked hard to help improve and maintain the Sanctuary's trail system by cleaning up and clearing all of the winter's downed and storm damaged trees that seem to always fall right across the trails; botanizing all along the way. Along with the day-to-day work that is required to try to maintain a 360-acre piece of property, the buildings, landscape, herb beds, gardens and trails, interns participated in a wide variety of classes presented by local teachers and entrepreneurs in the community. Classes ranged from the basics of medicine making & percolations to Tom Brown styled woods awareness exercises and the business of herbs. Several Hazelnuts and an American Plum tree were also planted at the Sanctuary in honor of this spring's internship session.

The 2nd group of spring interns arrived in early June. Interns this spring came in from New York, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. One of our interns rode her bicycle up from outside of Louisville, Kentucky in 90 degree weather and made it here in less than 2-days!

Grubbing out multi-flora rose from near the trails was a good warm up to moving the 300+ lb bridge by hand 1-mile through the woods to its new location at the creek crossing for the Lost Holler Trail. The UpS Interns worked hard to play hard. At the end of most days it is common that the interns will be found in the Heart Pond doing “water botany” or at least that’s what they say they are doing as they enjoy the cool crispness of a spring pond.

Interns also had the opportunity to help harvest and process mullein flowers for Equinox Botanical's Garlic Mullein Ear Oil. Seeing the process all the way through from harvesting to bottling the final product really helps to give perspective on the great care and effort it takes to make a high quality herbal medicine.

Once the interns settle into their new Sanctuary environment they quickly mesh into the larger community, getting eggs, milk and butter from the Amish farm that adjoins the Sanctuary and harvesting herbs from neighbors’ fields. Besides carrying the lion's share of necessary work that must be done on the Sanctuary and providing UpS with the ability to accomplish this, the interns bring a much appreciated outside perspective to the Sanctuary and the larger community. They share ideas and visions with us and perhaps more importantly they carry our mission and the work we do back out into the “real world” with them when they leave. (Spring Crew from left to Right are Annie, Jenn, Liana, Morgan, and Kenton)
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