• Goldenseal
  • Black Cohosh
  • Laddy Slipper Orchid
  • Trillium
 

Madison County, NC
Sanctuary Steward: Robert Eidus

 

2016 was a great year for Eagle Feather Organic Farm.

1041 1 1Our farm is nestled in a rare hardwoods cove, northwest of Asheville, far enough from Asheville for people to think it’s really isolated and close enough to occasionally go into the big city.

What a year!

We were blessed with a producing spring during the bad drought while springs to the north and south dried out. Our talked to and prayed over main spring’s reservoirs were full, and our rain barrels were extensively used. The rain barrels were a backup for plants — we even had one rain barrel left over! Yes, we had a lot more Japanese beetles on the raspberries and the beechnut tree, but this is permaculture, and we just pick them off in the morning. We were remarkably protected from the drought around us and also protected from the fires.

Shaw Black FarmNorthern KentuckySanctuary Stewards:Terry Black & Courtney Shaw   Shaw Black Farm ginseng patchShaw Black Farm is a family-owned Botanical Sanctuary located in Northern Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Run by Terry Black and Courtney Shaw, we grow wild-simulated ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) on our property, along with several other threatened native medicinal plants, such as black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), and trillium (Trilium spp.).

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Endangered Plants Thrive in Unlikely Zone in Support of HealingALBERTA, CANADASanctuary Steward: Samantha Orthlieb   Tucked into a quiet 10 acres northwest of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, four at-risk species of medicinal plants have found a place to call home. Senses of the Soul Botanical Sanctuary and Farm specializes in propagating at-risk medicinal plants and herbs to educate and facilitate healing on all levels. This year, goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), stoneroot (Collinsonia canadensis), black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), and blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) decided to make an appearance—a timely appearance, in fact, when one considers their medicinal properties and the needs of the collective consciousness at this time: a shift into a more fluid, compassionate, and co-creative way of being.

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Herb PharmWilliams, OR Sanctuary Stewards: Sara Katz and Ed Smith   The UpS mindset changes everything. It all starts simply enough. And since you’re reading this journal, you know what we mean. One day, you make a straightforward statement like, “I want to grow and source plants ethically.” And the next day, you’re making a hundred choices about how to make that happen. At Herb Pharm, we’ve been tackling these issues for almost 40 years. What started in the soil with sustainable growing practices has spread all over the farm. Because once you’ve decided to preserve valuable plant species for generations to come, it’s natural to look at the rest of your ecosystem with the same point of view.

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Wasabi Springs  Botanical SanctuaryBarnardsville, NCSanctuary Stewards: Jennifer Bass and Jon Hampton   Wasabi SpringsFour years ago in the evening’s darkness, we ascended a frighteningly steep driveway on the search for land and home to buy. Our truck’s headlights skimmed across magnificent white umbels, and I declared to my husband, Jon, “There’s angelica growing all along the driveway! This house might be the one!” Indeed it was. Later we would find a dense patch of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) just five feet off the driveway and a couple of four prong ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) plants growing out of gravel just a foot from the pavement. We would discover next spring that the bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) unfurls and flowers through the gravel that sits alongside our paved driveway, extending up our north facing mountain throughout the rich, wet, shady coves. These plants called us here to help them flourish, to spend days hiking all over the mountain, filling our pockets with juicy red ginseng berries to eat, stratify, and plant. We enjoy harvesting the above ground parts of the sang after the berries have ripened to hide the plants from poachers and to enjoy the leaves and stem as tea. Our plan is to never dig the roots of our preexisting or planted sang, but to instead enjoy the above ground medicine. The multitude of gifts our forest sanctuary provides is the center of our daily tasks. It is a tremendous journey to share together a lifetime of enhancing, caretaking, and learning from our land. Four years in, I have never felt so content with the way my life unfolds each day.

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Deep Ecology Artist Fellowship ProgramLeft to right: Meredith Bury, Reagan Hooton, Chip Carroll, John Stock, Lindsay Knecht, Paul Strauss, Bailey Grenert - Spring 2016.We are seeking artists looking to spend time at the sanctuary to explore their artistic perspective in regards to the role of native medicinal plants in the ecosystem through photography, writing, and mixed media. We will accept applications throughout the year on a rolling admission basis. Applicants can apply for up to four weeks. We will provide free lodging to those who are accepted. To apply please submit a one-page description of what your interest is in applying for the fellowship and an example of your art work along with a CV.

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