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Conservation
  • Agribusiness in Sustainability Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP)
    ASNAPP's overall aim is to build capacity for the development of sustainable natural plant product businesses in a socially and environmentally sensitive manner. The project was initiated in 1999 to help develop the natural products sector in Africa by promoting income-generating activities for rural entrepreneurs in such a way that improves the livelihoods of rural communities. This site is a good resource for links to sourcing and product development training and networking opportunities in essential oils, medicinals and aromatic plants.
  • Center for Biological Diversity
    At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.
  • Center for Plant Conservation
    The mission of the Center for Plant Conservation is to conserve and restore the rare native plants of the United States. The Center's goal is to protect the most imperiled U.S. plants from extinction and restore them to secure habitats in cooperation with multiple conservation agencies and organizations.
  • East Asia and Pacific Environmental Initiative (EAPEI)
    The East Asia and Pacific Environmental Initiative (EAPEI) addresses critical environmental challenges and opportunities in East Asia and the Pacific in the areas of forest resources management and coastal and marine resources management. They offer links to a list of resources to increase partner effectiveness in their "Partner Tool Shed".
  • Federal Native Plant Conservation Committee
    This site lists over 200 conservation, natural resource, wildflower and environmental organizations and government agencies. Great site for networking!
  • Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
    FAO is the UN agency that deals with medicinal and aromatic plants as part of their non-wood forest products program. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy.
  • Forest Trends
    The mission of Forest Trends emphasizes promoting incentives and accelerating the evolution of economic systems that will result in the maintenance and restoration of forest ecosystems. It also identifies three goals: new commerce for ecosystem services, market recognition for sustainable management, and equitable distribution of benefits from commerce returned to local communities.
  • Global Restoration Network
    A free, online hub for comprehensive information on ecological restoration at GlobalRestorationNetwork.org. A unique resource, the interactive website is rich with data, information, expertise and the latest techniques and innovations in restoration. Freely accessible to anyone in the world who has an Internet connection, users can now find the exact information they need to research, implement and improve their ecological restoration projects.
  • Green Belt Movement International
    The mission of the Green Belt Movement International is to empower individuals worldwide to protect the environment and to promote good governance and cultures of peace.
  • IUCN - The World Conservation Union
    IUCN draws on an international network of volunteers - over 450 - working together to understand the contextual factors that influence sustainable use. Several regional networks have been established within the IUCN SSC Sustainable Use Specialist Group (SUSG) which generate case studies of sustainable projects, compile inventories of relevant actors, policies, projects, and approaches, and provide valuable overviews of the activities and challenges in their regions.
  • Medicinal Plant Working Group
    MPWG networks with other plant-related groups to organize a variety of medicinal plant conservation projects. If you would like to be involved, visit this site!
  • Nashville Natives
    Nursery grown Tennessee native plants. Trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses and ferns. All plants are of original TN genetic origin.
  • National Network of Forest Practitioners
    The National Network of Forest Practitioners is an alliance of rural people working on the ground to build a forest economy that is ecologically sound and socially just. We are a clearinghouse for information and technical assistance, and a place for people to meet, learn, and make their voices heard.
  • National Wildlife Federation
    National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. Learn about the four basic elements that wildlife need and how you can create a Certified Wildlife Habitat right in your own back yard. Also Ideas and resources for educators on how to incorporate gardening for wildlife into activities with kids.
  • Native Forest Council
    The Native Forest Council remains one of the ever-fewer organizations refusing to compromise away our birthright of wild lands and waters, but we can't do it without your help. For as little as $35, you can join us in our simple and principled stand to keep our national forests and public lands Forever Wild and Free. Just go to http://www.forestcouncil.org/join/. As a member, you'll receive the Forest Voice, our quarterly publication that exposes the truth about our nation's threatened public lands and how you can do something that matters. Native Forest Council, PO Box 2190 Eugene, OR 97402
  • Non-wood news
    Established in 1991 in the Forest Products Division (now the Forest Products and Economics Division), the program "Promotion and Development of Non-wood Forest Products (NWFP)" is one of the priority areas of FAO's Forestry Department. Our mission is to improve the sustainable utilization of NWFP in order to contribute to the wise management of the world's forests, to conserve their biodiversity, and to improve income-generation and food security.
  • People and Plants
    People and Plants International (PPI) is a non-profit organization of ethnoecologists devoted to conservation and the sustainable use of plant resources around the world.
  • Plant Conservation Alliance and Medicinal Plants Working Group (MPWG)
    The PCA is a consortium of ten federal government Member agencies and over 225 non-federal Cooperators representing various disciplines within the conservation field. PCA Members and Cooperators work collectively to solve the problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration, ensuring the preservation of our ecosystem.
  • Rainforest Alliance
    The mission of the Rainforest Alliance is to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that depend on them by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Companies, cooperatives and landowners that participate in our programs meet rigorous standards that conserve biodiversity and provide sustainable livelihoods.
  • Society for Ecological Restoration
    These folks are having a great conference this summer on Ecological Restoration. Classes include: Restoration of Garry Oaks Ecosystems, Green Infrastructure, Restoration of Invasive Plant Infestations, Riparian Restoration, etc. Sounds like they're doing great work, check out their site!
  • Vermont Fish and Wildlife
    Vermont Fish and Wildlife's mission is "Conserving Vermont's fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont." One of the programs they co-ordinate is identification and mapping of natural community types. They have over 70 projects involving non-game species, for example finding and monitoring endangered plant species. According to the latest newsletter, a new population of goldenseal was reported by volunteers. A great site to find out about local plant conservation efforts!
Education
  • Australasian College of Health Sciences
    Australasian College of Health Sciences (ACHS.edu), based in Portland, Oregon, specializes in accredited online holistic health education. Degrees offered are a masters or associates in degrees complementary alternative medicine, aromatherapy, holistic health practitioner and more. ACHS.eu is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council and Approved by the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization. 5940 SW Hood Ave, Portland, OR 97239 phone 503-244-0726 ext 18
  • David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies
    One of the premier herbal medicine training programs in the United States. Founded by David Winston, RH (AHG), this two-year program focuses on Cherokee, Chinese, and Western herbal medicine, materia medica, and clinical skills.
  • Flora Delaterre
    Flora Delaterre/Plant Detective radio show. Since 1996, Flora Delaterre, plant detective, has been teaching public and community radio listeners about one medicinal plant per program. You can hear shows in the website archive and find other info about phytomedicinals on the site too.
  • Green Health Care Online Program
    An 8-week leadership course in sustainable medicine which provides education, tools and resources to help health practitioners integrate environmentally sound strategies into their practice. To learn more about the course visit www.greenhealthcare.org.
  • Green Pharmacy Program
    A pilot program in the San Francisco Bay Area providing communities with safe disposal for unwanted medicines while educating the public about the effects of pharmaceutical pollution in our environment. For more information visit www.teleosis.org/greenpharmacy.
  • Herbal and Aromatherapy Education Programs
    Herbal and Aromatherapy Education programs year round. Offering small intimate classes, hands on learning and community building. Also offering a variety of at home and workshop education programs.
  • Learning Herbs
    Herbal medicine made simple. Herbal Medicine Making Kit gets people started simply. The free course that comes with it teaches ethical wildcrafting and many other skills. A percent of "Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game" sales benefits UpS. Lots of free courses and articles.
  • Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains
    Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains: Herbal Intensive February through August 2004 Seven weekend program emphasizes the medicinal uses of over forty five native medicinals. Includes field botany, ethical harvesting, plant propagation, hiking and traditional healing systems information. Taught by Patricia Kyritsi Howell, AHG. Program held in the mountains of NE Georgia. Details at www.botanologos.com or 706-746-5485
  • Mountain Gardens
    Mountain Gardens offers both traditional apprenticeship programs and a wonderful variety of workshops, including gardening, medicine making, wild food, history of herbal medicine.
  • Sage Mountain
    Sage Mountain. Founded 17 years ago by Rosemary Gladstar and Karl Slick, Sage Mountain Retreat Center & Native Plant Preserve has become one of New England\'s foremost learning centers for herbs and earth awareness. Located on 500 pristine acres in central Vermont, this beautiful piece of Earth Mother is a natural sanctuary and teaching site. There is an incredible assortment of wild herbs and flowers growing in habitats that vary from meadows, forest to swamp. Our wild neighbors include deer, bear, moose, beavers, otters, fox and a wonderful variety of feathered folk that honor us with their presence. It is with a special feeling in our heart that we invite others to share in the bounty and teachings of this land with us.
  • Tai Sophia Institute
    Tai Sophia Institute 7750 Montpelier Rd; Laurel, MD 20723, www.tai.edu offers graduate degrees in three areas of study; Acupuncture, Applied Healing Arts and Botanical Healing. The Botanical Healing program is directed by renowned herbalist Simon Mills. The program is strongly focused in clinical practice, training graduates to be practitioners, researchers, teachers, and business owners. Call the Office of Graduate Admissions for more information and to receive a detailed course catalog (800) 735-2968 x6647.
  • The Botanical Society of America
    The Botanical Society of America exists to promote botany, the field of basic science dealing with the study and inquiry into the form, function, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere. To accomplish this mission, the objectives of The Society are to: sustain and provide improved formal and informal education about plants; encourage basic plant research; provide expertise, direction, and position statements concerning plants and ecosystems; and foster communication within the professional botanical community, and between botanists and the rest of humankind through publications, meetings, and committees.
  • The California School of Herbal Studies
    Under the leadership of owners Rebecca Maxfield and Jason Miller and program coordinator Autumn Summers. CSHS continues in the spirit in which it was formed by offering a multi-perspective approach to Earth-centered botanical studies.
Herbal Resources
  • Botanical Liaisons
    Botanical Liaisons is a consulting firm supporting sustainable development of botanical ingredients. Their mission is to establish a successful value-based business supporting biological and cultural diversity by effectively adapting traditional intellectual property into socially sound projects which are mutually beneficial to native communities and creative entrepreneurs in the natural products marketplace.
  • Botanical Medicine Information Resources
    Botanical Medicine sites on the WWW are exceptionally informative and often beautifully illustrated. The following is a categorized listing of most of the main sites. It is not intended to be fully comprehensive. Many sites provide hyperlinks to other related sites so that from just a few key sites, it is possible to access many hundreds more.
  • Developing Forest Stewardship Standards - A Survival Guide
    This guide is a practical handbook intended for all stakeholders involved in the development of FSC standards worldwide. It aims at describing in simple terms the various steps, which underlie the whole process. It includes sections on national initiatives, FSC working groups, funding, drafting of the standard, consultation, field-testing and regional harmonization. A special chapter is devoted to potential problems that may be encountered during the standard-setting process and tips to avoid them. The guide draws on the past experience of various FSC working groups in 13 different countries. Boxes and case studies from all around the world illustrate some of the concrete challenges working groups have had and the ways they have dealt with them, in the hope that it will help new working groups plan their activities and anticipate and avoid some of the problems experienced by working groups that have completed a national FSC standard.
  • EarthScan
    Earthscan is one of the leading publishers in Sustainable Development. Their authoritative books, magazines and journals provide valuable references.
  • ENDS Environmental Daily
    Discover why Environment Daily is Europe's leading environmental news service: Reliable, accurate, concise Environment Daily reports the news that matters - accurately and with political independence. Our readers agree. Written by our editorial team in Brussels and London, the service is published by the UK's leading professional environmental publisher, Environmental Data Services Ltd (ENDS). The latest news directly to your inbox! We send the news direct to you, wherever you are. Updates are published every business day and delivered straight to your e-mail address. Each issue is also posted on our subscriber-only web pages, where you can also search back issues for the information you need.
  • Herb Research Foundation
    The Herb Research Foundation is a source of accurate, science-based information on the health benefits and safety of herbs---and expertise in sustainable botanical resource development.
  • HerbMed
    HerbMed - an interactive, electronic herbal database - provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public.
  • Herbnet
    A link and informational resource database
  • International Forestry Review
    The International Forestry Review is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes papers, comments and book reviews covering forest science, policy, management and conservation.
  • PhytoAfrica
    PhytoTrade Africa's Mission Statement is to facilitate the development of a viable and enduring natural products industry in southern Africa, engaged in both domestic and export trade and based on resources accessible to poor rural communities. PhytoTrade Africa's work is based on marketing services - linking overseas buyers with rural African producers. Products from PhytoTrade members are available either directly from source, through the individual members themselves, or through PhytoTrade's own marketing agents.
  • Plant Corner
    A valuable plant information resource website.
  • Sonoma County Herb Association
    Welcome to the SCHA website. We are an eclectic group of herbalists: herb growers, medicine makers, educators, practitioners, gardeners and students.
  • Virginia Tech
    The Virginia Tech Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and the Top of the Ozarks RC&D in Missouri, through the initial support of the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Economic Action Programs, are collaborating to develop and operate this first web site devoted to gathering information on products and markets. We seek to provide information in simple formats and serve as a national clearing house that is useful by non-timber forest products (NTFPs) harvesters and growers, marketers, processors, and end-users.
  • WHO/IUCN/WWF Guidelines on the Conservation of Medicinal Plants
    The aim of these Guidelines is to provide a framework for the conservation and sustainable use of plants in medicine. To do this, the Guidelines describe the various tasks that should be carried out to ensure that medicinal plants are conserved effectively for the future and that where medicinal plants are taken from the wild, they are taken on a basis that is sustainable.
Herbal Product Suppliers
  • Alchemical Solutions
    Alchemical Solutions is a certified organic micro-distillery founded on principles of sustainability and holistic living. We produce 190 Proof, Certified Organic, USP Neutral Grain or Grape Alcohol. Our products are available in 1, 5 and 55 gallon sizes. Our Spirits are double distilled in stainless steel and double filtered to assure our customers the highest level of purity. We specialize in serving community-based holistic health practioners and companies.
  • Blessed Maine Herb Farm
    Blessed Maine Herb Farm offers medicinal herb products of impeccable quality made with Certified Organic and Wildgathered Herbs - Tinctures and Compound Formulas in Organic Grape Alcohol - Books by Gail Faith Edwards - Herbal Apprenticeships, Consultations, Herbal Study Vacations
  • Crimson Sage Nursery
    Crimson Sage Nursery (specializing in organically grown Medicinal Herb Plants), is a small family operated nursery that sprang from a life long interest and fascination with Medicinal Herbs. We are located in Orleans, CA.
  • Dandy Blend
    Delicious Dandy Blend Instant Dandelion Beverage will donate to UpS 10% of sales it makes to UpS members or friends. Just order Dandy Blend at www.dandyblend.com, by phone at 800-697-4858 or by mail and refer to Code # 4UpS when you order to receive a 10% discount on your initial purchase. UpS will receive 10% of that purchase and all Dandy Blend you purchase in the future. But don't forget the code 4UpS!
  • Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary
    Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary and Clinic offers an exclusive range of over 280 organic or wild crafted dried herbs, over 200 single herbal tinctures and a wide array of therapeutic tincture and tea blends that can be ordered in any quantity. Other remedies include creams and ointments, a full selection of practitioner grade essential oils, syrups, liniments and other herbal formulas. We supply cosmetic ingredients, massage oils, vitamins, minerals, and health supplements. We carry a range of books on natural medicine and self care, natural pet care products, herbal and aromatherapy gift items and so much more!
  • Herb Pharm
    Since 1979, we at Herb Pharm have integrated traditional herbal knowledge with modern herbal science to produce superior quality herb products. We are the best selling liquid herbal extract line in America's natural product stores. This is a result of our in-house scientific research and development of our herbal products, our meticulous quality control, our dedication to educating customers on the safe and effective use of herbs, our commitment to organic agriculture and environmental issues, and our attention to customer service. We procure most of our cultivated herbs from our own 85-acre certified organic herb farm. We have control of our extract from the living plant growing in the field to the finished extract shipped directly to our customers. We do primary herbal research and quality control in our in-house laboratory. Herb Pharm is a company rooted in traditional herbal medicine. We have dedicated herbalists responsible for overseeing each critical stage in the making of our herbal extracts. Herb Pharm recognizes that people cannot be healed at the expense of the environment.
  • Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc.
    Founded in 1982 by David Winston, Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. is one of the highest quality herb product companies in the United States with over 300 products including tinctures, glycerites, teas, capsules, solid extracts, and ointments, as well as David's books and tapes.
  • MoonBranch Botanicals
    At MoonBranch Botanicals, our philosophy centers on the belief that plants produced in their native habitats consistently yield a higher quality product. Through our sustainable sourcing methods involving the responsible cultivation and wild harvesting of botanicals within these habitats, we strive to consistently supply our customer with the highest quality botanicals available. This is the foundation of our approach to satisfying and exceeding expectations relevant to consistency, potency, and proper species identification.
  • Mountain Gardens
    Mountain Gardens is a botanical garden featuring the largest collection of native Appalachian and Chinese medicinal herbs in the Eastern US, organically grown and wildcrafted at the foot of the Black Mountains, in Western North Carolina. Our specialties include: native (S. Appalachian) and oriental medicinal herbs, wild foods, craft plants and other ethno botanicals. We offer for sale seeds, plants, fresh and dried herb material and tinctures and other preparations. We present useful information regarding the cultivation and uses of these species, as well as our philosophy of Paradise Gardening.
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
    Providing the nations largest line of certified organic bulk medicinal herbs, including Black Cohosh, Slippery Elm Bark, Calamus, and many more! Request free 64 page catalog or shop online. Since 1987
  • Starwest Botanicals, Inc.
    Starwest offers you over 550 botanicals – certified organic herbs and spices, wild-crafted, medicinal, culinary, and Chinese traditional herbs – all at wholesale prices. We stock one of the largest selections of bulk organic herbs and bulk organic spices in the world. You can also choose from our specially formulated organic seasoning blends, or our complete line of herb capsules, herbal extracts, or natural body care products.
  • Traditional Medicinals
    Medicinal herbal tea manufacturer; premier quality.
  • Tree Frog Farm, Inc.
    Tree Frog Farm is a state certified backyard wildlife sanctuary, native and medicinal plant nursery and center for the production and sales of flower essence products. Our vision is to create a healing environment that respects all of life in an ecological sustainable business.
  • Weed Farm Herbs
    Weed Farm is located on the side of one of the Green Mountains in Vermont where the clear mountain air, the sparkling water of our brook and the rich soil created by many years of organic farming help us to grow the highest quality culinary and medicinal herbs for northern gardeners and homesteaders. We offer certified organic herb seeds and plants by mail-order through our catalog and website, classes in Herb Gardening and Preparation, and Garden Magic summer day camps for kids.
 
Miscellaneous
  • Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
    BSR has helped companies of all sizes and sectors to achieve success in ways that demonstrate respect for ethical values, people, communities and the environment. A leading global resource for the business community and thought leaders around the world, BSR equips its member companies with the expertise to design and implement successful, socially responsible business policies, practices and processes.
  • DirPedia
    DirPedia.com - combining a dictionary, an encyclopedia and a web directory
  • Earthjustice
    Earthjustice is the nonprofit law firm for the environment, representing--without charge--hundreds of public interest clients, large and small. Earthjustice works through the courts to safeguard public lands, national forests, parks, and wilderness areas; to reduce air and water pollution; to prevent toxic contamination; to preserve endangered species and wildlife habitat; and to achieve environmental justice
  • ForFarmers.com
    ForFarmers.com is a marketplace for buying and selling medicinal herb, plants, garden, seeds, crops, vegetables, oil, flowers and a wide range of services including job opportunities.
  • Global Development Alliance - USAID
    USAID's Global Development Alliance (GDA) works to enhance development impact by mobilizing the ideas, efforts and resources of the public sector with those of the private sector and non-governmental organizations. The Global Development Alliance (GDA) is USAID's commitment to change the way we implement our assistance mandate. GDA mobilizes the ideas, efforts and resources of governments, businesses and civil society by forging public-private alliances to stimulate economic growth, develop businesses and workforces, address health and environmental issues, and expand access to education and technology.
  • International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO)
    IUFRO is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists. Its objective is to promote international cooperation in forestry and forest products research.
  • JColvard
    A web developer & CMS provider.
  • Marine Aquarium Council
    The Marine Aquarium Council works to conserve coral reefs and other marine ecosystems by creating standards and certification for parties engaged in the collection and care of ornamental marine life from reef to aquarium.
  • MoveOn
    What is MoveOn all about? MoveOn is working to bring ordinary people back into politics. With a system that today revolves around big money and big media, most citizens are left out. When it becomes clear that our "representatives" don't represent the public, the foundations of democracy are in peril. MoveOn is a catalyst for a new kind of grassroots involvement, supporting busy but concerned citizens in finding their political voice. Our nationwide network of more than 600,000 online activists is one of the most effective and responsive outlets for democratic participation available today.
  • Organic Consumers Association
    The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers. 6101 Cliff Estate Rd., Little Marais, MN 55614 phone 218-226-4164
  • TRAFFIC
    TRAFFIC is the wildlife trade monitoring network, which works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. This link is to an article on medicinal and aromatic plants in the Balkans. The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), WWF Germany and TRAFFIC Europe, call for action to fix and implement measures to avert the further depletion of medicinal and aromatic plant populations in the Balkan countries.
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development
    The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) brings together some 180 international companies in a shared commitment to sustainable development through economic growth, ecological balance and social progress. Our members are drawn from more than 30 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. We also benefit from a global network of 50+ national and regional business councils and partner organizations. Our mission is to provide business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development, and to support the business license to operate, innovate and grow in a world increasingly shaped by sustainable development issues.
Sister Organizations
  • American Herb Association
    The American Herb Association promotes the understanding and ecological use of medicinal herbs and aromatherapy. Membership is open to anyone interested in herbalism and includes a 20-page quarterly newsletter written by well-known, professional herbalists.
  • American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
    The Mission of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia® (AHP) is to promote the responsible use of herbal medicines and insure they are used with the highest degree of safety and efficacy as is achievable. Our primary way to accomplish this is through the development of standards of identity, purity, and analysis for botanicals, as well as to critically review traditional and scientific data regarding their efficacy and safety. These works will be disseminated through a variety of AHP publications such as monographs, textbooks, and other educational materials; workshops and conferences; electronic media, and other avenues of distribution as are appropriate.
  • American Herbal Products Association
    The American Herbal Products Association exists to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products.
  • Bioneers
    Bioneers is a forum for connecting the environment, health, social justice, and spirit within a broad progressive framework.
  • Herbalists Without Borders
    Herbalists Without Borders is an international network of herbalists and members of the herbal products business community, traditional healers, students, farmers and farming organizations, consultants, health care workers, and others interested in the role of plants in primary health care, trade, and ecological restoration. Recognizing that a majority of people in the world today live in poverty and do not have access to conventional medical care, we are particularly interested in how information and access to plant medicines can be made more broadly available. Our organization operates through local chapters in both developed and developing nations, whereby the sharing of resources and cross-cultural exchange of information, volunteer service, new ideas, and opportunities for development and support of fair trade in botanical materials and herbal products may be facilitated in new and dynamic ways. We believe in the protection of traditional healers' intellectual property rights, in the preservation of traditional knowledge, and in the fundamental human right to be healed by natural means and by common sense. We invite you to join us as we come together to seek common ground and to bring healing to those who are in need.
  • Northeast Herbal Association
    An exciting organization dedicated to merging the ancient tradition of Herbalism with the needs and developments of the modern day Herbalist.
  • The American Botanical Council (ABC)
    The ABC is the leading nonprofit education and research organization offering science-based information to promote the safe and effective use of medicinal plants and phyto-medicines.
  • The American Herbalists Guild
    The American Herbalists Guild was founded in 1989 as a non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists. It is the only peer-review organization in the United States for professional herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants. AHG membership consists of professionals, general members (including students) and benefactors.
  • The Teleosis Institute
    The Teleosis Institute is devoted to developing effective, sustainable healthcare provided by professionals who serve as environmental stewards. The Institute has three major goals: 1. To educate health professionals about the principles and practices of Ecologically Sustainable Medicine (ESM) 2. To build a community-based network for professionals providing sustainable health services 3. To provide access to high quality, cost-effective, sustainable medical services benefiting underserved populations and the environment in which we live
  • Virginia Plant Savers
    At the present time we are mostly focusing on building sanctuaries on the lands of individual members, and expanding the educational role of our website at www.virginiaplantsavers.org. We also discussed building a medicinal plant trail for educational purposes at a local elementary school, so we will be pursuing the feasibility of this. We will be meeting four times a year to assess our progress and develop our mission.
Gardening
  • Garden Talk
    Gardening is great. Learn how to do it better with this free guide.
  • How To Do Things.com
    Library of expert articles on home and garden topics. Also articles on gardening with children, etc.
  • The Gardeners Resource
    Everything for the gardener! Resources, information, directories, tools, calculators, products, articles, photos, video, community, web specials and more.
  • WebGardenGuide.com - Your garden adviser
    Information on gardening, growing plants, herbs, flowers and vegetables
  • Wikigardens
    Wikigardens (www.wikigardens.com) is a new website for the landscape architect, the practiced gardener, the amateur plant nerd and anyone who falls between the three. It is primarily a site for plant research. The site features a 50,000 plant encyclopedia, a garden showcase, a forum, a members' journal, seasonal topics of interest, and listings of local garden groups.

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