United Plant Savers announces grant awarded for the market analysis and development of Forest Grown ginseng and Appalachian botanicals to address conservation concerns for sustainable sourcing in the supply chain of wild harvested herbs.
Rutland, Ohio (November, 2016)
Founded in 1994, United Plant Savers has been the leading voice in conservation of At-Risk Native Plants, as our mission states to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for the future.
United Plant Savers is collaborating with American Herbalists Guild, Mountain Rose Herbs, Appalachian Beginning Forest Farming Coalition Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and the Herbal Academy to distribute a market survey forthcoming in March of 2017. We are at a crossroads and this is a vital time to engage in an important discussion. Along with our survey we will be doing a video series and educational materials on key topics related to the future of forest botanicals and the Forest Grown program. This project will culminate with a three-day symposium in Morgantown West Virginia, July 12-14th, that will feature a research, herbalists and growers tract. We are currently accepting abstracts for the symposium with a deadline of December 15, 2016. To find out more details for symposium visit www.unitedplantsavers.org.
Conservation through cultivation has been United Plant Savers mantra and we look forward to engaging the broader herb community and most important we seek to support the growers and stewards of forest botanicals as we chart the pathway forward.
"The American Herbalists Guild values the relationship between individual and environmental health and is dedicated to promoting plant sustainability. We look to our friends at United Plants Savers for the most informed dialogue and action on these issues. Native medicinal plants in Appalachia weave a story rich with cultural heritage and healing tradition. Plants that have been used for generations for their medicinal abilities today face modern day challenges in the face of over-harvesting and loss of habitat. We support United Plant Savers in their work to bring these concerns to light by providing the forum, the knowledge and the tools for new relationships with land and herbal accessibility through their dedicated work on Conservation through Cultivation.”
- Mimi Hernandez, Executive Director, American Herbalists Guild
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Our team overseeing the grant market analysis:
Erika G Galentin, MNIMH Medical Herbalist,
Alison Ormsby, PhD faculty UNC Ashville,
Susan Leopold PhD, Director United Plant Savers.
The theme for the Spring 2018 Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservationis consciousness in herbalism.WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY TO SPREAD CONSCIOUSNESS FOR PLANT CONSERVATION? This year we have seen goldenseal listed on the IUCN redlist, the Young Living case with the illegal logging of rosewood, how do we bring consciousnes into herbalism. How do we heal our selves and the planet? How can herbalism inspire stewardship instead of resource extraction of our precious at-risk medicinal plants? We welcome your submission and we do have a selective process so not all submission will be published but we will try and share them through emails and social media when possible.
Submission Deadline: January 10, 2018
Save the Date!In 2013, United Plant Savers had an amazing event at the beautiful 8,569 acre Kickapoo Valley Reserve located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin. Join us again in 2017, we will be back at Kickapoo with an amazing day of sharing plant knowledge and strengthening the herbal ties of the Driftless region. We have an amazing line-up of teachers and will be announcing class titles and schedule in the coming months.
Mark your summer calendar and tell your friends!August 12, 2017…
Do you have someone or an organization in mind that you would like to nominate for the Medicinal Plant Conservation Award? If so send an email and tell us why. Nominations should be emailed to email@example.com
2019 DATES ANNOUNCED
United Plant Savers Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program
Fall 2018: Tuesday, Sept. 4 - Friday, Oct. 12.
Spring 2019: April 29 - June 7.
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