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Grant Recipient SignMany United Plant Savers members do not realize that not only do we seek out grants, donations, and other forms of funding, but we are also the source of funding for several community replanting projects each year in the form of The United Plant Savers Community Grants. 

In order to qualify, grant proposals must come from a current UpS member, be community oriented, educational in nature, and there must be some return to United Plant Savers and our mission.  This can be in the form of seeds, research results, or reporting of the project that could be of value to UpS and our members.  For more specific guidelines please visit our Community Grant page.

This spring we are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 United Plants Savers Community Grants...

Funds Available for Community Planting Project United Plant Savers has a fund designated for community replanting projects. UpS guidelines require that the project have educational merit and that the land proposed for replanting be protected either by individual ownership, or be a part of a school or park system. Applications for 2015 are no longer being accepted. All grants have been awarded. Any additional applications we receive this year will be considered for 2016 grants.


Lisa Castle is the UpS MPCA 2014 recipient! Past MPCA Recipients:


Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve's Medicinal Trail Projectby Rachael Griffith Making Medicinal Plant Knowledge Accessible Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is a 120-acre nature reserve on the Delaware River just south of New Hope in Bucks County, PA that features nearly 1000 species of native wildflowers, trees and shrubs. Two-and-a-half miles of trails wind through its woodlands and meadows, offering a wonderful opportunity to learn about a diversity of plant communities and their importance to a healthy ecosystem. Since its reconstruction in 2007, the Medicinal Trail at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve has been a source of tranquility, inspiration and reflection for visitors of the Preserve. Although relatively short in distance, the trail covers many different ecosystems and vistas, including a stream-side view, Piedmont woodland, and hilly terrain. The trail featured several different types of plants with recognized medicinal qualities that are native to the Delaware Valley region; however, many visitors expressed a desire for a means to identify and learn about the uses of these medicinal plants while on the trail. Naturalists who volunteer their time giving guided wildflower tours at the Preserve also expressed a desire for more medicinal plants species to make it more worth-while to take interested tourists down the somewhat-obscure trail. Under the direction


Grant News This past National Herb Day, Meadowsweet Herbs, in partnership with United Plant Savers, created four demonstration medicinal herb gardens in Missoula, Montana. Located between the herb store and a popular bakery, each garden contains healing plants for a specific body system including the immune, digestive, nervous and integumentary systems. The location is right across the river from downtown Missoula in an area known as the “Hip Strip”. In the summer time, people can eat their muffin or drink their coffee while enjoying these beautiful and educational gardens. The gardens were designed and planted by second year herb students of the Herbal Foundations ROOT Program run by Meadowsweet Herbs. The students gained valuable knowledge about gardening, learned the basics of garden design, learned how to cultivate and grow medicinal plants and researched herbs that are healing for the different body systems. Members of the community can have a self-guided tour of the gardens by reading the signs throughout the garden that identify each body system represented. Signs also identify each plant species, their common and botanical name, as well as several of the herb’s medicinal actions. Some of the herbs in the garden includeGlycyrrhiza glabra, Astragalus membranaceus, Lomatium dissectum, Mahonia repens,


City High School Community Gardenby Jennifer Kinser City High School is in downtown Tucson and a component of the school is to be active in the community and do place-based education. As such the school takes an active role in the school garden, along the Santa Cruz River. It is a seven-acre piece of land that we lease from the city. It is divided into three parts, the front (or most Northern part) is where we garden mostly annuals. The middle is designed to house sports fields and a playground in the future. The furthest side (or most Southern), is slowly being re-vegetated. With the grant from UpS we were able to introduce medicinal plants into the garden. We worked with a local herbalist who suggested what plants would work best on our land and with very little water. We focused mainly on the Northern and Southern parts of the garden. We purchased plants from Desert Survivors, a local nursery. The day before we planted the plants we talked about what we were planting and why. Students had fun trying to say the Latin names of the plants and discussed any knowledge they had about the plants. The students that helped plant were comprised


by Kristine Brown This dream began as my project for the Illinois Master Naturalists program and the need for herbal education in the area in which I live. I’m very passionate about teaching herbs to the community and felt that Willoughby was the perfect place to offer information about medicinal herbs through both formal trail hikes and self guided tours. Willoughby Farm and Conservation Area was just starting to be built up with plans to create a learning center in the farmhouse as well as over 3 miles of hiking trails, several gardens including a vegetable garden, herb garden, rain garden, butterfly garden and prairies. I felt the medicine tree would be a welcome asset for the Farm and Conservation Area. The trail began in the late spring of 2009. The entire farm and conservation area was covered with invasives such as Japanese Honeysuckle, Autumn Olive and Tree of Heaven. The first year was spent mostly ripping out honeysuckle and identifying the existing plants. In the last year I have identified Stinging Nettle, Yellow Violets, Greenbriar, Mayapple, Elder, Red Buds, Roughleaf Dogwood, St. John’s Wort (H. hypericoides), Tall Bellflower, Slippery Elm, Mulberry, Jewelweed and Black Walnut. As a member of


By Vicki Motz We used our UpS grant to establish our second medicinal herb garden on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH. This second garden is in the form of a path through a patch of woodland and is an exciting step toward our goal of one garden project per year to raise awareness of medicinal herbalism and enhance the teaching of medicinal herbs and herbal practices. We hope our gardens will influence both our pharmacy students and the ONU community as a whole to develop an appreciation for the value of medicinal plants. The committee assigned to revamping our core curricula in biology is planning on including a tour of the medicinal gardens for all students in the first year course. We plan to create a center of medicinal herbal learning, which will be open to the college, the greater Ada community, and herb folks around the state and the country. We started the quarter by hosting a booth at the Ada Harvest and Herb Festival. We made a poster about medicinal herbalism, displayed examples of medicinal plants and distributed UpS informational materials. The plot of land we chose was heavily infested with poison ivy. As


Jeanine Davis of NC www.ncherbs.org is the UpS MPCA 2012 recipient!
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