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The mission of United Plant Savers is to preserve, conserve and restore native medicinal plants and their habitats of the USA and Canada, while ensuring their abundant, renewable supply for future generations. To this end, United Plant Savers established one of our most important projects: the Botanical Sanctuary Network. As we became more deeply involved in the complexities of medicinal plant conservation, we realized that one must first preserve and protect the habitat in which our native plant communities thrive. What better way than to create a network of sanctuaries dedicated to restoring and preserving habitat for wildlife, both plants and animals.

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    • Bluebird Botanical Plant Sanctuary - 2878 CR 102, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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    • Bean Tree Farm - Tucson, Arizona, USA Website
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      • Sierra Institute of Herbal Studies - P.O. Box 426, Big Oak Flat, CA 95305 - Website
      • Motherland - P.O. Box 382, Willits, CA 95490 Website 
      • Herb Lore - P.O. Box 1998, Nevada City, CA 95959 - Website
      • Medicine Creek - P.O. Box 215, Laytonville, CA 95454
      • Knowlton Farms - 5250 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472 Website
      • Five Winds Mountain Education Center - P.O. Box 231, Burnt Ranch, CA 95527
      • Philo Pharm - 2400 Hwy 128, Philo, CA 95466 - Website
      • Sudarshan Farm - 2036 Nevada City Hwy, Grass Valley, CA 95945
      • California School of Herbal Studies - PO Box 39, Forestville, CA 95436 - Website
      • Dandelion Herb Center - 4803 Greenwood Heights Drive, Kneeland CA 95549 - Website
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      • Morning Star Ranch - PO Box 253, Westcliffe, CO 81252
      • Three Leaf Farm- 445 S.


By Christopher Hobbs L.Ac., RH (AHG) and Rosemary GladstarThe world is changing at an accelerating rate. The Internet, jet travel, and satellite links have helped facilitate this change with increasing fervor. Growing up in southern California in the 1950s, I am used to the kind of change that is quickly reshaping the surface of the earth. I watched chaparral-covered hillsides at the foot of the Sierra Padre Mountains plowed and planted with vast orange and lemon groves, only to be cut and plowed 20 years later for tract housing and strip malls. When I was 15, we moved to a 5-acre piece of land that was full of quail, deer, coyotes, aromatic shrubs and huge 200-year live oaks. I used to roam this land smelling, touching everything, feeling very much a part of the wild animals and plants that called this place home. Several years later, preparations were made to put a major freeway through our backyard; the small country lane that wound peacefully along the front of our house was widened and became a four-lane freeway for frantic travelers. The native habitat with its trees and plants were paved over, buried beneath layers of concrete. But despite


Chateaugay, NY Sanctuary Steward: Jane Desotelle Determined to continue to live and work in the woods, I turned a hobby of collecting wild herb teas into a business in 1979. Without ever using the word sanctuary that is how I have used my land. My herb business was able to grow without using wild medicinal roots. The wild food walks I’ve held over the years have developed into plant appreciation walks with all class fees going towards plant protection. Living on dirt roads I have dug up many plants needing protection from roadside ditches and moved them to a safe place whether on my land or deeper into the woods. As more people move into the area the need to protect plants increases. I am so glad United Plant Savers has started the sanctuary program. It can make my “rescue missions” more official as I need to reach out for others to help. As I only own an acre, the main future project is to expand the sanctuary. Room for a research project on rare plant propagation and an educational center is needed.


Union, Illinois Sanctuary Steward: Cindy Bloom The Cherokee people say there is a place in the Smokey Mountains where the animals go to be healed. The Creator warned the people not to follow the wounded animals to this magical lake or the wild game would vanish forever. The animals guard this place and keep it invisible to the human eye. It is said that if we continue to respect and protect the animals as the Creator has asked, that we, too, one day may be able to see these healing waters. This story is ancient but its lesson is consciously modern. Our Creation stories, culture and world view are based on our inter-relationship with all life. Our behavior is dictated by Natural Laws. This way of life is reinforced by the Creator’s message in the story. Being of Cherokee heritage, this story has a special place in my heart. A2.5 acre lake/pond abounding with plants and wildlife is the center of 50 acres of woods, wetlands, and prairie. It is this "Place", (the pond) that is central to all the teaching that take place here. A private road leads you through a wooded area where wild geranium, trillium, yarrow,


Rockport, ME Garden Stewards: Deb Soule, Denise DeSpirito, Kate Miller, Anna Goff Avena Botanicals three-acre medicinal herb garden is situated on 32 acres of field and forest that borders 6000 acres of undeveloped woods and wetlands. We are on a south-facing slope, 400 feet above sea level, only 4 miles from the ocean. Being in a rural area, we are blessed with a diverse bird population, and on occasion we see deer, moose and signs of coyote and fox. Adjacent to the garden is an old 1800's farmhouse in which Avena Botanicals herbal apothecary creates various medicinal remedies. Nearly 70% of the herbs used in our products are grown in our organic and biodynamic gardens or wild-harvested in nearby fields or islands. All of our work, from the planting of seeds, to the tending and harvesting of our herbs, to the making of our remedies is done by hand. We strive to live and do business in a way that honors and respects the natural world, traditional plant knowledge and our community at large. We offer a variety of herbal classes, plant walks and workshops year round through our Herbal Classroom. Over 150 types of medicinal herbs and flowers grow in


Kenmore, WA Sanctuary Steward: Jenny Perez As the long days and short nights of summer approach equidistance, I reflect on another season in the Bastyr Garden. Over the five years that I have been involved with the garden, the focus of Bastyr’s student gardener team has been to harness the potential energy ever-present in our herb garden, shaping it to display the beauty of medicinal plants. These plants are our teachers who quietly share their wisdom to those who take time to enter into relationship with them. The Bastyr University Herb Garden was started in 1997 when Bastyr University moved to the campus of St. Thomas in Kenmore, Washington; adjacent to St. Edward’s State Park. Dedicated students, supported by the botanical medicine department, built the garden through volunteer hours. Beginning with only 65 key herb species, the garden is now home to over 350 species of medicinal herbs and plant foods. Over a decade has passed and the Bastyr garden has expanded in design and evolved in utility to become an extension of the classroom – a living, breathing resource engaging students fully in exploring the beauty and importance of plants. The garden is arranged into many sections, which


Bee Fields Farm, Wilton, NH Sanctuary Stewards: Loir and Elad Sadeh and Family Bee Fields Farm is a home for plants and animals in Southern NH. The farm sits on the north western slope of Abbot Hill and consists of 13 acres of woods, wetland, and gardens. “The Hill” is home to two other biodynamic farms, High Mowing School Farm and the Temple Wilton Community farm. We feel lucky to be in a community that shares our values and supports our work. Our family, Elad, Lior and our three children live in a beautiful 1760 cape that sits in the midst of the garden. We are blessed to share our lives with bees, three goats, 90 chickens and the occasional visits from deer, wild turkeys, a bear, an owl who loves the black birch and many other wild animals. During the past three years since we arrived, we have been busy observing and cleaning the land, making beds, seeding, transplanting and bringing back plants such as the black and blue Cohosh, Solomon seal and lady's slippers that once were the dwellers of the woods and meadow of New Hampshire. Our vision is to create a place where plants, animals and human


Miles City, MT Sanctuary Stewards: Terrence Fox & Family Our family owns, or has under contract and operates about 20,000 acres of plains, hills and mountainous semi-arid land in southeast Montana between the Yellowstone and Powder Rivers. We call this land Buck Mountain Ranch. This beautiful country ranges from an elevation of 2,500 to 3,400 feet. The upper elevations, above 2,800 feet, support large stands of yellow pine and juniper. This high plains paradise was used as range land. Now the pristine wilderness is managed for the benefit of the abundant flora and fauna found thereon. According to the geologic record, Buck Mountain has been in place for about 55 million years. It will be here in ever-changing form for many million more years. It is “privately owned”, but to discuss ownership is silly since, at best, our family is a short-term caretaker of this wonderful scape of life. Since the initial land purchase in early 1994, we have labored to return the land to its native flora and fauna. In the process we have spread native seeds each year and planted thousands of trees and shrubs. We have repaired and expanded dozens of ponds, dams, and dikes to retain water


Trent, TX Sanctuary Stewards: Cyndi Hughs and Mike Morrison Our place is called Cedar Ridge and it is 14 acres. We have about 4-5 acres in a vegetable garden, 90 foot medicine wheel with plantings and various other gardens. In these areas we struggle with the heat, poor soil and lack of water. The remaining area is not cultivated or planted by us-Nature has her way here! We have many native bushes, plants and trees such as: Mormon tea, ajerita, Texas scullcap, juniper, mesquite, immortale, milkwort, yucca, cactus, etc. We are stewarding an area that has been very badly impacted by oil production in the heyday of the White Flat field-a big, very productive and lucrative oil field in it's day. (Story here: we didn't own this land until 1999 but my great, great grandmother raised her family 1/4 mile from here and refused to allow oil production. She said you can always depend on the land but oil is here today and gone tomorrow and she wouldn't stake her family's future on it nor destroy the land to get it out of the ground). Anyway, there are big pipes just appearing out of the ground and going no where and


Harwich, MA Sanctuary Steward: Donna Wood Eaton This 7 acre farm, bounded by town-owned “Greenspace” and privately owned undeveloped woodlands is the home of Cedar Spring Herb Farm. Comprised of 4 acres of wooded uplands with 1 ½ acres vernal pool and 1 ½ acres cedar swamp, many wild plants thrive in this specific habitat: pink ladies slipper, pipsissewa, wintergreen, high and lowbush blueberries, sweet fern, cedar, pine, oak and poke root. Mosses, ferns, lichens and fungi abound. Under cultivation are black and blue cohoshes, bloodroot, solomon’s seal and many other medicinal herbs as well. Programs at the farm include all levels of herbology, earth-centered spirituality, personal development and organic gardening as well as programs about United Plant Savers. Trails exist around the cedar swamp and vernal pool for identification walks in wild habitats making opportunities for community involvement in the sanctuary as well as eco-tourism on Cape Cod. Website


Bloomington Springs, TN Sanctuary Steward: Lisa Bedner, RN, AHG My heart is full that these 23 acres have been added to the UpS Botanical Sanctuary Network. Many Native American Nations once shared this area of Middle Tennessee near Cookeville as a source of plant medicines. The elders have told me that when the Cherokee and others were forced to move further north and east, that there were many medicine plants they could no longer find in the mountains. Medicine women traveled with gathering parties to this area to find the needed plants. As a member of one of the Native American nomadic tribes, the Teehahnahmah, I was taught that our healers knew to come here for the medicine plants. The uneven terrain makes the wonderful gifts of this land even greater. The land is covered with natural woods, steep inclines, heavy clay soils and very rocky ground. This has prevented developers from clearing and building here in rugged Jackson County. As a result of this, and the natural geological protection of being located just inside the dip of the highland rim, the natural flora has been essentially untouched for generations. There are only about seven acres cleared for hay


Cedarville, MI Sanctuary Steward: Wendy Wagoner Creekside Herbs & Art is a family owned/run business, which is located off the beaten path, set back amongst ancient white pines and a meandering creek, in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Creekside is situated on 25 acres of white pines, balsam, spruce and cedar. The herb farm, 36’ dome (glass blowing studio), and garden shop are based on spiritual thinking from many sources, largely based on my Native American heritage. At Creekside, our goal is to promote a sense of connection and integration throughout our community. We believe that our well-being is closely tied to that of our surroundings. Our intent is to live and do business in a way that demonstrates our priorities in a tangible way. The nature trails, sculpture garden, traditional herbal garden, medicine wheel garden and children’s area help visitors relax, play and experience new levels of connection. Some of the native plants along the trails are nodding trilliums, blue flag iris, red baneberry, marsh marigolds, many diff e rent ferns, columbines, bunchberries, joe-pye-weed, club moss, pink jewelweed, goldthread, Canada anemone and starflowers. In the sculpture garden we are restoring native habitat and have planted; blue vervain, wild bergamot,


Canon City, CO Sanctuary Stewards: Chris and Tammi Hartung Desert Canyon Farm is owned by Chris and Tammi Hartung. It is a USDA certified organic wholesale farm in southern Colorado. The farm specializes in growing potted herbs (more than 350 different varieties of all types) and potted heritage heirloom and ethnic food plants (nearly 175 different varieties), which are wholesaled to garden centers throughout Colorado and northern New Mexico. In addition, they field grow perennial flower and grass seed crops for a German seed company. In addition to being a UpS Botanical Sanctuary, the farm is also a certified Nature Preserve. The farm's gardens include many native medicinal plants, including Yerba Mansa, several species of Echinacea, and White Sage to name a few. Chris and Tammi have discovered that the combination of native plants intermixed with non-natives, and a protected place for wildlife and domesticated honey bees to exist is a perfect marriage. The farm is teaming with life from the natural world and makes a wonderful environment to offer education both formally and by our lifestyle example. Each spring the farm invites folks to visit on one of the Open Farm Days, which are weekends in May. In


Vashon Island, WA Sanctuary Steward: Michael Laurie Dragonfly Medicinals is located on 3.5 acres on Vashon Island in Washington State, a short ferry ride away from Seattle. I have lived on Vashon Island for 6 years and in Washington State for 29 years. 20 months ago, I purchased the home/office and 3.5 acres where I am currently growing medicinal herbs. While I have been making and selling medicinal herb tinctures and oils for over 6 years, I have spent the last 20 months planting herbs and working on other sustainability projects here. I now have small numbers of over 140 species of medicinal herbs growing here. Plants I have established on the site that are on the UpS at risk or to watch lists are: American ginseng, arnica, black cohosh, bloodroot, echinacea, gentian, goldenseal, lobelia, maidenhair fern, Oregon grape, wild yam, and yerba mansa. I hope to establish more at risk and to watch plants in the future. Now that I have many well- established medicinal herbs on the site I have started saving seeds and plan to grow medicinal herb starts for sale next spring at the Vashon Farmer’s Market. The educational guide I developed has one page


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