United Plant Savers - Medicinal Plant Conservation EPISODE08
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In EPISODE08 I speak with John Stock - Outreach Coordinator for United Plant Savers. John shares with us The Center For Medicinal Plant Conversation’s grand opening as well as their 25th Anniversary. You can purchase tickets directly on the website. We talk further about all the wonderful programs offered right on the land, including The Deep Ecology Artist Fellowship and Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Programs.
John enlightens us on Forest Grown Verification (FGV) system put in place to further protect plant medicines in the market place. “The Forest Grown Program for the Profitable Production of Medicinal Herbs project aims to improve market conditions for forest farmers and herbal product manufacturers and to relieve pressure on native plant populations.” from the UPS website
We discuss the details and origin of the “Species At-Risk Assessment Tool” - the ranking tool created for medicinal plants at risk of being over-harvested in the wild.
Conservation of plants goes hand in hand with medicine making. Our conversation is full of insight and much more on the wonderful work these folks do for the wild. I have a deep respect for their involvement and encourage you to become a member if you’re not already. This year’s Journal of Medicinal Plant Conversation comes out in June featuring none other than our beloved White Sage.
I think what I love most about this interview are the birds singing in the background picked up on John’s microphone. For all you plant and herb lovers out there, this episode is not to be missed, Enjoy!