In the rolling foothills of Appalachian Ohio sits a barn, a yurt, a reclaimed strip mine, and a visitors center, on 360 acres. Collectively, this is the United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary.
Dedicated to the propagation and preservation of at-risk medicinal plants, the United Plant Savers is unique in encouraging the responsible use and stewardship of disappearing Appalachian medicinals. This spring, we took a Wooden Spoon field trip to visit the HQ, and woodland oasis, of our friends at UPS.
Their vision is for medicinal plants to be readily available, harvested and cultivated with practices that protect native plants, fungi, and their habitats and that embody the principles of reciprocity, right livelihood, and biocultural diversity.
Wooden Spoon Herbs donates 1% of our revenue to the United Plant Savers, which was founded in part by seminal herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. You help ensure populations of ginseng, goldenseal, bloodroot, false unicorn's root, and many more plant species.
“I once had a dream of when the earth was forming, how it all came out of star dust in the cosmos, I could see the gardens actually being formed, watching these creatures evolve and how they became the gardeners and then over time how they always come back in force, whenever the gardens are in danger. And one of the things I see right now is that there is a strong plant community of herbalists and botanists and scientists and healers, from all over, shamans, native medicine people, who are all uniting right now. And I think it’s because the gardens are calling out, calling us back to life, maybe from the stars again or wherever it is that energy rests, calling us back to take care of what we love.” - Rosemary Gladstar
The work of United Plant Savers involves research, education, and conservation of native medicinal plants and their habitats. We hope that you will join us in supporting their worthwhile and important mission. UpS is a 501 (C)3 non-profit organization.
Check out the At-Risk plant list here: https://unitedplantsavers.org/species-at-risk-list. To learn more, visit www.unitedplantsavers.org.