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Herbal Radio

Apr 1, 2022

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, sustainability is the only business we know. In addition to sustainability, organic agriculture and ethical harvesting practices have always been at the forefront of our decision-making. As many plants are increasingly under pressure from climate change, habitat loss, over harvesting, and more, we look to shed more light on the topic of Endangered Plants. Susan Leopold’s lecture on The Work of the United Plant Savers: Why Sustainable Herb Sourcing Matters comes from our Free Herbalism Project archive. It was recorded live in Eugene, Oregon on October 9, 2016. Although years have passed since this lecture, the topic remains vitally relevant.

Susan Leopold, PhD, is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. Prior to working at United Plant Savers, she was a librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is an advisory board member of American Botanical Council. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children’s book Isabella’s Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia’s botanical history. She lives on and manages a productive farm, the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary, with her three children in Virginia. There she raises goats, peacocks, and herbs. She is an avid recreational tree climber, in love with the canopy just as much as the herbs of the forest floor.

Click here to learn more about United Plant Savers!

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