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Mountain Rose Herbs

01-05-2015 Latest News

Mountain Rose Herbs

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

UpS Provides Cost Sharing for Ginseng

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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2015 Spring Seeds for Members: Ramps & Cohos…

02-03-2015 Latest News

2015 Spring Seeds for Members: Ramps & Cohosh

Don’t Miss Out On Our Annual Seed Opportunity For Members One of the many perks of maintaining your membership with United Plant Savers is being able to participate in our annual SEED and ROOT programs. For this 2015 Spring Seeds for Members, we have chosen Cohosh...

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Planting the Future: Stewardship of Sanctuary, O…

05-11-2014 Latest News

Planting the Future: Stewardship of Sanctuary, October 4, 2014 at the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio.

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

United Plant Savers and Sacred Seeds join forces to expand mission of medicinal plant conservation

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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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) in Collabora…

28-10-2014 Latest News

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) in Collaboration with United Plant Savers (UpS) Embarks on  Osha Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® August 15, 2014 The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), in collaboration with United Plant Savers (UpS) as well as noted research botanist Kelly Kindscher of the University of Kansas and other acknowledged experts, is in the process of developing an AHP Monograph and...

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Ginseng Reality TV: Cultivating Conservation or …

20-10-2014 Latest News

Ginseng Reality TV: Cultivating Conservation or Encouraging Extinction?

By Glynis Board of West Virginia Broadcasting For original publication and audio segment click here. OCT 9, 2014 A new reality TV show that features ginseng hunting premiered this week. Smoky Mountain Gold pits four teams against each other to see who can collect the most wild-ginseng...

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A new chapter in the story of Hawaii's sandalwoo…

01-08-2014 Latest News

A new chapter in the story of Hawaii's sandalwood trees has begun, Hana Hou Magazine JULY 2014

JULY 2014 During the Spring of 2014, our Executive Director, Susan Leopold travels to Hawaii to investigate the ongoing sustainability issues regarding the harvest of native Hawaiian Sandalwood and the various mapping, replanting, and conservation projects taking place on the Big Island. During her...

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Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness: United Plant …

31-07-2014 Latest News

Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness: United Plant Savers 2014 Community Grants cycle closes having supported a spectacular season of projects.

JULY 31, 2014 (RUTLAND, OH) Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness: United Plant Savers 2014 Community Grants cycle closes having supported a spectacular season of projects. This was a popular year for United Plant Savers Community Grants program. This program, only available to our...

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

June 12-14
International Herb Symposium
Discount for UpS Members
Norton, MA

August 28-30
New England Women’s Herbal Conference
Discount for UpS Members
Newfound Lake, NH

May 1-3
Gaia Gathering for Women
Charlottesville, VA

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Email: office@UnitedPlantSavers.org

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