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HerbStalk 2014 raises $1000 for United Plant Savers

JUNE 24, 2014, BOSTON, MA
Steph Zabel

The purpose of creating the first Herbstalk in 2012 was simple: herbalist Steph Zabel wanted to make a fun and accessible community gathering where people could learn more about using herbs in everyday life. The vibrant city of Somerville seemed to be the perfect setting for such an endeavor, being home to many open-minded folks who enjoy new ways of creating community with one another.



No one ever expected such a large and diverse mix of people to show up from across MA and beyond, causing attendance to swell to almost 1,500 people in its first year. Beginning herbal students, seasoned herbalists, local families, and individuals curious about this local, quirky event all mingled together, enjoying a day of classes, workshops, and plant walks.

In only its second year, Herbstalk had grown into a two-day event featuring beginner to advanced level classes, along with music, food, fun, children’s activities and vendors from across the Northeast.

Our third annual Herbstalk took place on June 7th and 8th in Somerville, MA. We offered herbal classes for beginner and advanced herbal learners, city plant walks, and a wonderful marketplace of handcrafted herbal products. For the past three years we have also run a raffle prize drawing and have donated all of the funds raised through raffle ticket sales to United Plant Savers. We feel it is so vital to support the work and mission of UPS, especially at a time when there is an increasing awareness about and utilization of medicinal plants. Through our 2014 event this year we were able to surpass our previous raffle fundraisers and raised a total of $1,000 for UPS. We look forward to supporting such a wonderful organization for many years to come!

For more information about HerbStalk check out their website: http://herbstalk.org
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Check out photos from the event on Instagram: HerbStalk on Instagram

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism receives United Plant Savers Community Grant for Clinic Garden

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism receives United Plant Savers Community Grant for Clinic GardenJune 20, 2014, ATHENS, OH - United Plant Savers is delighted to announce its newest grantee, the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) is a non-profit herbal school and sliding-scale herbal clinic located in Montpelier, Vermont. This summer, VCIH is creating a medicinal herb display garden at the entrance to their clinic. The garden will serve as an outdoor classroom for students, a sanctuary for at-risk medicinals, and an educational tool for VCIH herbal clinic clients and their community. VCIH’s garden design will highlight Vermont natives, including many plants on the UpS “at*-risk” and “to*-watch” lists. The garden will be highly visible and accessible, greeting each person that walks through the door. The herb garden will also contain an informational plaque detailing the importance of protecting native medicinal plant species and their habitat. VCIH’s herbal display garden will consist of two twenty-five-foot by six-foot garden beds. Because a large portion of the garden will be shaded, shade-loving species such as blue cohosh, trillium, wild ginger, maidenhair fern, partridge berry, mayapple and Oregon grape will be included. Student and client volunteers will help prepare the beds and plant and maintain the garden each season. With

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