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The Sustainable Herbs Program Podcast

The Sustainable Herbs Program Podcast

By Ann Armbrecht

The American Botanical Council's Sustainable Herbs Program (SHP) has hosted a series of conversations around sustainability and the botanical industry with leaders in the botanical community. SHP has also hosted a series of conversations around ethnobotany. Find unedited audio recordings of both series here.

To watch the webinars themselves, go to the Sustainable Herbs Program webinar page: sustainableherbsprogram.org/webinar/
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TOOLKIT SERIES: The Carbon Footprint of Tea: A Conversation with Jane Franch and Kayalin Akens-Irby
TOOLKIT SERIES: The Carbon Footprint of Tea: A Conversation with Jane Franch and Kayalin Akens-Irby
In this webinar, Jane Franch of Numi Organic Tea and Kayalin Akens-Irby of Planet FWD discuss the importance of getting accurate data on carbon emissions as a foundation for taking action to reduce those emissions. They discuss available tools, what the tools do and do not measure, and what to look out for as both a company and a customer trying to decide what claims about carbon impacts to trust.
59:04
July 15, 2022
TOOLKIT SERIES: Introducing the WildCheck Report: Assessing Risk & Opportunities of Trade in Wild Plant Ingredients
TOOLKIT SERIES: Introducing the WildCheck Report: Assessing Risk & Opportunities of Trade in Wild Plant Ingredients
This session introduces a ground-breaking new report by TRAFFIC, FAO, and IUCN SSC Medicinal Plant Specialist Group, entitled WildCheck: Assessing risks and opportunities of trade in wild plant ingredients. The report aims to inspire and support responsible sourcing of the hidden wild-harvested plant ingredients found in everyday beauty, health, and food products, such as shea butter, baobab, Brazil nuts, and licorice. The discussion explores various aspects of the report through discussions with stakeholders who interact with wild plant ingredients in different ways. What is the demand for these ingredients and how has it changed in recent years? Why is urgent action needed towards responsible sourcing, and who is responsible? What are the key risks to look out for, and the opportunities for businesses to seize? These topics are further illustrated with real-world examples from frankincense supply chains.
59:22
June 16, 2022
TOOLKIT SERIES: Agroforestry for medicinal and aromatic plants in India
TOOLKIT SERIES: Agroforestry for medicinal and aromatic plants in India
A conversation with Arko Chatterjee, Founder and CEO of NaturaYuva, about his company’s work to source high quality natural ingredients from regenerative agroforestry small holder farms. We will talk about what Chatterjee observed on his recent trip in rural India meeting with farmers who supply raw materials for NaturYuva and his vision for, as he says, “disrupting the natural ingredients market” for the benefit of people, plants, and the planet.
58:24
June 16, 2022
TOOLKIT SERIES: What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health
TOOLKIT SERIES: What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health
Are you really what you eat? David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé take us far beyond this well-worn adage to deliver a new truth: the roots of good health start on farms. What Your Food Ate marshals evidence from recent and forgotten science to illustrate how the health of the soil ripples through to crops, livestock, and ultimately all of us. David Montgomery and Anne Biklé speak about their research into the relationships among soil health, crop health, and human health that form the basis of their book, What Your Food Ate. This book is the third in a series of books they have written about soil health, microbiomes, and agriculture, including Dirt, The Hidden Half of Nature, Growing a Revolution, and most recently, What Your Food Ate. For What Your Food Ate, Montgomery and Biklé selected 10 paired farms across the US, a conventional farm compared with a regenerative farm in the same region growing the same crop in the same year. They measured soil health and conducted microbial tests in the soil and then compared the ratios of minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals. We will talk about the research and what they found, and about the implications for agriculture in general and for growing botanicals in particular.
58:15
June 15, 2022
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Ginseng Diggers: A History of Root and Herb Gathering in Appalachia
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Ginseng Diggers: A History of Root and Herb Gathering in Appalachia
Luke Manget, assistant professor of history at Dalton State College, comes from a family of root diggers and herb gatherers in eastern Kentucky. In this webinar we will talk his recently published book: Ginseng Diggers: A History of Root and Herb Gathering in Appalachia, which is based on extensive research into the business records of mountain entrepreneurs, country stores, and pharmaceutical companies.As the production of patent medicines and botanical pharmaceutical products escalated in the mid-to-late-nineteenth century, southern Appalachia emerged as the United States’ most prolific supplier of many species of medicinal plants. We talk about this history and the unique relationship between Appalachia and the global trade of medicinal plants.
57:42
June 15, 2022
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: From the Garden to the Research Lab: A Conversation with Nadja Cech
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: From the Garden to the Research Lab: A Conversation with Nadja Cech
Ethnobotany webinar: "From the Garden to the Research Lab: A Conversation with Nadja Cech", Feb. 17, 2022. Sustainable Herbs Program Director, Ann Armbrecht speaks with Nadja Cech about Dr. Cech's research on medicinally useful plants. Dr. Cech grew up off-grid in a counter-culture community in Williams, Oregon, where herbal medicine was a primary form of healthcare. She talks about her journey to becoming a research chemist, and how her different perspectives of plants (as an illustrator, chemist, gardener, nature lover) inform the research that she does. What is the role of science in understanding how plants work as medicine? What do we learn from scientific study, what do we miss when it comes to understanding the wholeness of plants?
57:10
February 22, 2022
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Cross-Cultural Understandings of Traditional Herbal Knowledge
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Cross-Cultural Understandings of Traditional Herbal Knowledge
Ruyu Yao, PhD, discusses the value chains of goji berries sourced from China and the implications of this research for understanding links between medicinal plant quality and place. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, China. January 20, 2022.
54:17
February 15, 2022
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Partnerships in Sourcing Australian Sandalwood: Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Partnerships in Sourcing Australian Sandalwood: Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils
A Conversation with Clinton Farmer, current Chairman of Kutkabbuba Aboriginal Corporation and Keith Drage, Managing Director of WA Sandalwood Plantations. January 6, 2022.
01:05:10
February 08, 2022
PLANT SERIES: Saw Palmetto: A Conversation on Sustainability, Quality, and Authentication
PLANT SERIES: Saw Palmetto: A Conversation on Sustainability, Quality, and Authentication
PLANT SERIES. Saw Palmetto: A Conversation on Sustainability, Quality, and Authentication (October 8, 2020) Saw Palmetto: A Conversation on Sustainability, Quality, and Authentication with ABC Board Member Steven Foster, ABC’s Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, Umasudhan Pal., CEO at Valensa International, and Edward Fletcher, President & COO at Native Botanicals, Inc.
01:00:19
December 15, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Wild Plants are Our Business
HIGHLIGHTS: Wild Plants are Our Business
An excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Wild Plants are Our Business" with Erin Smith, MSc, CCH, Director of Herbal Science & Research at Banyan Botanicals, and Board Member and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) (June 21, 2021) To see the complete webinar go to: vimeo.com/565736304. This webinar was co-organized by TRAFFIC, the FairWild Foundation, and the American Botanical Council’s Sustainable Herbs Program to kick off FairWild Week 2021 with a practical discussion on why wild plants are everyone’s business. From shea butter to liquorice, the speakers discuss specific examples of responsible sourcing challenges and opportunities, emphasizing how important wild plants are to our everyday lives and why responsible sourcing needs to occur. Speakers include: Erin Smith, MSc, CCH, Director of Herbal Science & Research at Banyan Botanicals, and Board Member and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Susan Curtis, Director and Brand Ambassador at Neal’s Yard Remedies Andrea Rommeler, Sustainable Wild Collection Manager at Martin Bauer Marin Anastasov, Head of Procurement at Pukka Herbs Giulia Muir, Non-Wood Forest Product Specialist at FAO The session provides practical advice to businesses trading in wild plant ingredients, with an opportunity for Q&A with the speakers, as well as increasing consumer awareness of these prolific yet hidden ingredients by sharing stories around the origins of specific ingredients.
02:37
December 08, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Ensuring Long Term Sustainability
HIGHLIGHTS: Ensuring Long Term Sustainability
An excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Wild Plants are Our Business" with Andrea Rommeler, Sustainable Wild Collection Manager at Martin Bauer (June 21, 2021) To see the complete webinar go to: vimeo.com/565736304. This webinar was co-organized by TRAFFIC, the FairWild Foundation, and the American Botanical Council’s Sustainable Herbs Program to kick off FairWild Week 2021 with a practical discussion on why wild plants are everyone’s business. From shea butter to liquorice, the speakers discuss specific examples of responsible sourcing challenges and opportunities, emphasizing how important wild plants are to our everyday lives and why responsible sourcing needs to occur. Speakers include: Erin Smith, MSc, CCH, Director of Herbal Science & Research at Banyan Botanicals, and Board Member and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Susan Curtis, Director and Brand Ambassador at Neal’s Yard Remedies Andrea Rommeler, Sustainable Wild Collection Manager at Martin Bauer Marin Anastasov, Head of Procurement at Pukka Herbs Giulia Muir, Non-Wood Forest Product Specialist at FAO The session provides practical advice to businesses trading in wild plant ingredients, with an opportunity for Q&A with the speakers, as well as increasing consumer awareness of these prolific yet hidden ingredients by sharing stories around the origins of specific ingredients.
03:09
December 08, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: The Wild Dozen: Flagship Herbs for Sustainability
HIGHLIGHTS: The Wild Dozen: Flagship Herbs for Sustainability
An excerpt from the webinar "Wild Plants are Our Business" with Caitlin Schindler, Project Officer - Wild at Home, TRAFFIC & Giulia Muir, Non-Wood Forest Product Specialist at FAO (June 21, 2021) To see the complete webinar go to: vimeo.com/565736304. This webinar was co-organized by TRAFFIC, the FairWild Foundation, and the American Botanical Council’s Sustainable Herbs Program to kick off FairWild Week 2021 with a practical discussion on why wild plants are everyone’s business. From shea butter to liquorice, the speakers discuss specific examples of responsible sourcing challenges and opportunities, emphasizing how important wild plants are to our everyday lives and why responsible sourcing needs to occur. Speakers include: Erin Smith, MSc, CCH, Director of Herbal Science & Research at Banyan Botanicals, and Board Member and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Susan Curtis, Director and Brand Ambassador at Neal’s Yard Remedies Andrea Rommeler, Sustainable Wild Collection Manager at Martin Bauer Marin Anastasov, Head of Procurement at Pukka Herbs Giulia Muir, Non-Wood Forest Product Specialist at FAO The session provides practical advice to businesses trading in wild plant ingredients, with an opportunity for Q&A with the speakers, as well as increasing consumer awareness of these prolific yet hidden ingredients by sharing stories around the origins of specific ingredients.
01:45
December 08, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: The Importance of Visiting Suppliers
HIGHLIGHTS: The Importance of Visiting Suppliers
An excerpt from the webinar "Wild Plants are Our Business" with Susan Curtis, Director and Brand Ambassador at Neal’s Yard Remedies (June 21, 2021) To see the complete webinar go to: vimeo.com/565736304. This webinar was co-organized by TRAFFIC, the FairWild Foundation, and the American Botanical Council’s Sustainable Herbs Program to kick off FairWild Week 2021 with a practical discussion on why wild plants are everyone’s business. From shea butter to liquorice, the speakers discuss specific examples of responsible sourcing challenges and opportunities, emphasizing how important wild plants are to our everyday lives and why responsible sourcing needs to occur. Speakers of the webinar include: Erin Smith, MSc, CCH, Director of Herbal Science & Research at Banyan Botanicals, and Board Member and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Susan Curtis, Director and Brand Ambassador at Neal’s Yard Remedies Andrea Rommeler, Sustainable Wild Collection Manager at Martin Bauer Marin Anastasov, Head of Procurement at Pukka Herbs Giulia Muir, Non-Wood Forest Product Specialist at FAO The session provides practical advice to businesses trading in wild plant ingredients, with an opportunity for Q&A with the speakers, as well as increasing consumer awareness of these prolific yet hidden ingredients by sharing stories around the origins of specific ingredients.
01:37
December 08, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: FairWild Week Webinar: Wild Plants are Our Business
TOOLKIT SERIES: FairWild Week Webinar: Wild Plants are Our Business
TOOLKIT SERIES. FairWild Week Webinar: Wild Plants are Our Business (June 21, 2021) This webinar was co-organized by TRAFFIC, the FairWild Foundation, and the American Botanical Council’s Sustainable Herbs Program to kick off FairWild Week 2021 with a practical discussion on why wild plants are everyone’s business. From shea butter to liquorice, the speakers discuss specific examples of responsible sourcing challenges and opportunities, emphasizing how important wild plants are to our everyday lives and why responsible sourcing needs to occur. Speakers include: Erin Smith, MSc, CCH, Director of Herbal Science & Research at Banyan Botanicals, and Board Member and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Susan Curtis, Director and Brand Ambassador at Neal’s Yard Remedies Andrea Rommeler, Sustainable Wild Collection Manager at Martin Bauer Marin Anastasov, Head of Procurement at Pukka Herbs Giulia Muir, Non-Wood Forest Product Specialist at FAO The session provides practical advice to businesses trading in wild plant ingredients, with an opportunity for Q&A with the speakers, as well as increasing consumer awareness of these prolific yet hidden ingredients by sharing stories around the origins of specific ingredients.
01:05:14
December 08, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Making FairWild Fair
HIGHLIGHTS: Making FairWild Fair
Bryony Morgan, Executive Officer of the FairWild Foundation, talks about what it means to make FairWild fair. (May 20, 2021) This clip is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Equity and Wild-Harvested Plants: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships," jointly held by the Sustainable Herbs Program and the FairWild Foundation. The webinar discusses what it takes to create and maintain mutually beneficial long term trade relations among those wild-harvesting plants for the global supply network. See the complete recording here: sustainableherbsprogram.org/webinar/toolkit-webinar/
02:00
December 03, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Protecting Cultural Values in the Botanical Industry
HIGHLIGHTS: Protecting Cultural Values in the Botanical Industry
Speaker Jayant Sarnaik, Founder Member and Joint Director of the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF), speaks about protecting cultural values with the FairWild Standard. (May 20, 2021) This clip is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Equity and Wild-Harvested Plants: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships," jointly held by the Sustainable Herbs Program and the FairWild Foundation. Thewebinar discusses what it takes to create and maintain mutually beneficial long term trade relations among those wild-harvesting plants for the global supply network. See the complete recording here: sustainableherbsprogram.org/webinar/toolkit-webinar/
01:20
December 03, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: What Does Sustainability Mean in FairWild?
HIGHLIGHTS: What Does Sustainability Mean in FairWild?
Speaker Marin Anastasov, Head of Procurement of Pukka Herbs, talks about what sustainability means. This clip is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Equity and Wild-Harvested Plants: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships," jointly held by the Sustainable Herbs Program and the FairWild Foundation. Thewebinar discusses what it takes to create and maintain mutually beneficial long term trade relations among those wild-harvesting plants for the global supply network. See the complete recording here: sustainableherbsprogram.org/webinar/toolkit-webinar/
01:36
December 03, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Finding the Sweet Spot in FairWild Trade
HIGHLIGHTS: Finding the Sweet Spot in FairWild Trade
Speaker Marin Anastasov, Head of Procurement of Pukka Herbs, talks about finding balance in the herbal industry. This clip is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Equity and Wild-Harvested Plants: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships," jointly held by the Sustainable Herbs Program and the FairWild Foundation. Thewebinar discusses what it takes to create and maintain mutually beneficial long term trade relations among those wild-harvesting plants for the global supply network. (May 20, 2021) See the complete recording here: sustainableherbsprogram.org/webinar/toolkit-webinar/
01:05
December 03, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Endangered Species and the FairWild Standard
HIGHLIGHTS: Endangered Species and the FairWild Standard
Speaker Peter Rangus, Business Development Manager of Arxfarm, talks about monitoring endangered species.  This clip is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Equity and Wild-Harvested Plants: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships," jointly held by the Sustainable Herbs Program and the FairWild Foundation. The webinar discusses what it takes to create and maintain mutually beneficial long term trade relations among those wild-harvesting plants for the global supply network. (May 20, 2021) See the complete recording here: sustainableherbsprogram.org/webinar/toolkit-webinar/
00:57
December 03, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Six Steps to Sustainability
HIGHLIGHTS: Six Steps to Sustainability
Jan von Enden, Head of Group Sustainability - Supply Chains, Martin Bauer Group, talks about six key guidelines to implement sustainability. This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Certification as a Path to Sustainability?" To watch the complete conversation go to: vimeo.com/540314958.
02:41
December 01, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Sustainability is Key
HIGHLIGHTS: Sustainability is Key
Jan Von Enden discusses the business and ethical cases for paying attention to sustainability. The excerpt is from the the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Certification as a Path to Sustainability?" To watch the complete conversation go to: vimeo.com/540314958
01:18
December 01, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: The Benefits of Certification
HIGHLIGHTS: The Benefits of Certification
Kevin Casey from Banyan Botanicals speaks about the benefits of certifications in sourcing botanicals. This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Certification as a Path to Sustainability?" To watch the complete conversation go to: vimeo.com/540314958
01:16
December 01, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: Certifications as a Path to Sustainability?
TOOLKIT SERIES: Certifications as a Path to Sustainability?
TOOLKIT SERIES: Certifications as a Path to Sustainability? (April 22, 2021) This webinar focuses on the social and economic dimensions of growing and harvesting botanical raw materials for the global market. With speakers Jan Von Enden, Martin Bauer Group; Kevin Casey, Banyan Botanicals; and Yuca Waarts, Wageningen University.
58:46
December 01, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Consumer Awareness
HIGHLIGHTS: Consumer Awareness
Gocha Dzneladze, CEO of Geoflower Ltd, speaks about the importance of consumer awareness in the path towards sustainability. This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Herbal Tea Sourcing with Respect," co-hosted with the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT). (February 18, 2021).
00:59
November 24, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Informal Supply Chains
HIGHLIGHTS: Informal Supply Chains
Rik Kutsch Lojenga, Executive Director of UEBT, talks about the complexity of informal supply chains in the herbal industry. This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Herbal Tea Sourcing with Respect," co-hosted with the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT). (February 18, 2021).
01:40
November 24, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: What is UEBT?
HIGHLIGHTS: What is UEBT?
Rik Kutsch Lojenga, Executive Director of UEBT, explains what UEBT is. This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Herbal Tea Sourcing with Respect," co-hosted with the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT). (February 18, 2021).
01:17
November 24, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Fair Pricing
HIGHLIGHTS: Fair Pricing
Gocha Dzneladze, CEO of Geoflower Ltd, speaks about fair pricing for collectors. This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Herbal Tea Sourcing with Respect," co-hosted with the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT). (February 18, 2021).
01:45
November 24, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: Herbal Tea Sourcing with Respect
TOOLKIT SERIES: Herbal Tea Sourcing with Respect
TOOLKIT SERIES. Herbal Tea Sourcing with Respect (February 18, 2021) Sourcing botanicals for herbal teas is a complicated process. Most herbal teas are a blend of different ingredients, typically from small-scale producers, including as many as 300 different ingredients in herbal teas, originating in more than 100 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Challenges to sourcing include threats to biodiversity, overuse of pesticides, minimal quality control, and over-harvesting of wild botanical species. This webinar discusses some of the challenges in sourcing herbal tea ingredients with respect to social equity and biodiversity, with particular attention to how to improve conditions on small farms. Sustainable Herbs Program Director Ann Armbrecht spoke with Gocha Dzneladze, COO of GeoFlower, Georgia, which provides FairWild certified licorice, among other products, to the global market, Diana Bartolić Director for quality, purchase and general affairs for the Spider Group, a producing company in Croatia that provides UEBT (Union for Ethical BioTrade) certified chamomile and other ingredients, and Rik Kutsch Lojenga, Executive Director of UEBT.
56:51
November 24, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Small Farmers as Entrepreneurs
HIGHLIGHTS: Small Farmers as Entrepreneurs
Cee Stanley, CEO/President of Green Heffa Farms talks about small farmers as entrepreneurs. (April 1, 2021) This is an excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms. To view the complete recording go here: vimeo.com/531997080
01:23
November 17, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Are Your Herbs Really Domestically Grown?
HIGHLIGHTS: Are Your Herbs Really Domestically Grown?
Jordan Pratt, Farm Director of Kauai Organic Farms, talks about whether herbs are truly domestically grown. This is an excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms. To view the complete recording go here: vimeo.com/531997080
00:55
November 17, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Supporting Small Herb Growers
HIGHLIGHTS: Supporting Small Herb Growers
Jeff and Melanie Carpenter, Owners/Operators of Zach Woods Herb Farms, speak about how big companies can support small herb growers. (April 1, 2021) This is an excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms. To view the complete recording go here: vimeo.com/531997080
01:19
November 17, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Plants Are Not Commodities
HIGHLIGHTS: Plants Are Not Commodities
Melanie Carpenter, Owner/Operator of Zach Woods Herb Farms, speak about how plants are not commodities. (April 1, 2021) This is an excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms. To view the complete recording go here: vimeo.com/531997080
00:43
November 17, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Supporting Biodiversity at Oshala Farms
HIGHLIGHTS: Supporting Biodiversity at Oshala Farms
Jeff Higley, Founder of Oshala Farms, speaks about biodiversity. This is an excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms. To view the complete recording go here: vimeo.com/531997080
01:34
November 17, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: The Quality of Herbs
HIGHLIGHTS: The Quality of Herbs
Jeff Carpenter, Owner/Operator of Zach Woods Herb Farms, speak about the quality of herbs. (April 1, 2021) This is an excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms. To view the complete recording go here: vimeo.com/531997080
02:04
November 17, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Challenges of Growing Botanicals
HIGHLIGHTS: Challenges of Growing Botanicals
Elise and Jeff Higley, Founders of Oshala Farms, speak about the challenges of growing botanicals. This is an excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms. To view the complete recording go here: vimeo.com/531997080
01:57
November 17, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Paperwork vs. Farm Visits
HIGHLIGHTS: Paperwork vs. Farm Visits
Elise and Jeff Higley, Founders of Oshala Farms, speak about the impacts of additional certifications on farmers. From the Sustainable Herbs Program toolkit webinar: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms. For the complete webinar go: vimeo.com/531997080
00:40
November 17, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Pilot Project on Carbon Sequestration at Kauai Organic Farm
HIGHLIGHTS: Pilot Project on Carbon Sequestration at Kauai Organic Farm
With Jordan Pratt, Farm Director. (April 1, 2021) This is an excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms. To view the complete recording go here: vimeo.com/531997080
02:47
November 17, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Diversity in the Botanical Industry?
HIGHLIGHTS: Diversity in the Botanical Industry?
Cee Stanley, CEO/President of Green Heffa Farms talks about diversity in the botanical and natural products industry. (April 1, 2021) This is an excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem 2: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms. To view the complete recording go here: vimeo.com/531997080
01:11
November 17, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms
TOOLKIT SERIES: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms
TOOLKIT SERIES: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Family-Owned Farms (April 1, 2021) More people and companies are interested in sourcing high quality, certified organic botanicals from US grown farms. And family farmers who do grow botanicals do so because they see this as a way to change the world, a way to care for the soil, to produce healthy herbal medicine for their community, to provide good jobs, and to support biodiversity. In this webinar SHP Director, Ann Armbrecht, speaks with four farms growing medicinal plants in different regions of the US (North Carolina, Vermont, Oregon, and Hawaii) about their vision for farming, some specific practices they follow, and the unique challenges they face. We talk about what is needed to shift towards a more equitable system, create more resilient models and the responsibilities of botanical companies and buyers of herbal products.   Speakers: Jordan Pratt, Farmer Director, Kauai Organic Farms; Cee Stanley, from Green Heffa Farms, Inc.; Mel and Jeff Carpenter from Zack Woods Herb Farm; and Jeff and Elise Higley from Oshala Farm.
01:28:25
November 17, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Soil Biodiversity
HIGHLIGHTS: Soil Biodiversity
Jacopo Gabriele Orlando, Impact and Sustainability Manager of ABOCA, talks about how they maintain soil biodiversity. This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Corporate-Owned Farms." (March 18, 2021)
01:21
November 12, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Sustainability on the Farm
HIGHLIGHTS: Sustainability on the Farm
Christine Mason, Farm Manager of Standard Process, talks about what sustainability means to them. This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Corporate-Owned Farms." (March 18, 2021)
02:09
November 12, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Vertical Integration
HIGHLIGHTS: Vertical Integration
Christine Mason, Farm Manager of Standard Process, talks about the benefit of being vertically integrated. This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Corporate-Owned Farms." (March 18, 2021)
00:28
November 12, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Value Creation
HIGHLIGHTS: Value Creation
Jacopo Gabriele Orlando, Impact and Sustainability Manager of ABOCA, talks about creating value. This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Corporate-Owned Farms." (March 18, 2021)
01:02
November 12, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Soil Health
HIGHLIGHTS: Soil Health
Danielle Kruse, Farm Manager of Trout Lake Farm, talks about the how soil health is the foundation to healthy farm and crops.  This excerpt is from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Corporate-Owned Farms" (March 18, 2021).
01:01
November 12, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Corporate-Owned Farms
TOOLKIT SERIES: Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Corporate-Owned Farms
TOOLKIT SERIES. Caring for the Whole Ecosystem: Regenerative Practices on Corporate-Owned Farms (March 18, 2021) In this webinar, SHP Director Ann Armbrecht speaks with the managers of three certified organic farms leading the way in practicing methods that care for the health of the soil and biodiversity as a whole. In the botanical industry, botanicals are often distinguished between those that are wild harvested and those that are cultivated. Yet, there is a tremendous variation in the types of cultivation, from large monocrops grown with pesticides and fertilizers to farms that focus on the health of the whole ecosystem as a way to ensure the health of the particular botanicals and other crops that they grow.  In this webinar, SHP Director Ann Armbrecht speaks with the managers of three certified organic farms leading the way in practicing methods that care for the health of the soil and biodiversity as a whole.   Speakers: Danielle Kruse, Farm Manager for Trout Lake Farm, the source of much of the certified organic echinacea in the world, Christine Mason, farm manager of Standard Process, a multi-generational, family-owned and operated, nutritional supplement company for over 90 years, and Jacopo Gabriele Orlando, Impact and Sustainability Manager from ABOCA, an Italian company that cultivates 80 species of medicinal plants on over 1,400 hectares of land in Tuscany and Umbria, using organic farming methods.
59:35
November 12, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: Sourcing Botanicals and Quality Control: A Conversation with Michael Heinrich and Anthony Booker
TOOLKIT SERIES: Sourcing Botanicals and Quality Control: A Conversation with Michael Heinrich and Anthony Booker
TOOLKIT SERIES: Sourcing Botanicals and Quality Control: A Conversation with Michael Heinrich and Anthony Booker (November 4, 2021). In this webinar, SHP Director Ann Armbrecht speaks with renowned medicinal plant researchers Prof. Michael Heinrich, PhD, and Anthony Booker, PhD, about their research investigating the quality of botanical ingredients and herbal medicinal products along diverse value chains. The two guests explore the relationship between how herbs are grown, handled, and processed and its impact on the quality of a selected number of finished herbal products. This conversation brings together the themes of sustainability and botanical ingredient authenticity as Heinrich and Booker discuss the importance of investing in value chains in order to ensure the quality of the finished herbal products. In particular they discuss their research into the value chains of turmeric (Curcuma longa), rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) and St John’s wort products (Hypericum perforatum L.).
55:56
November 11, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Quality Control through Certifications
HIGHLIGHTS: Quality Control through Certifications
Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs, talks about the role that certifications play in helping a company stay true to its values. Excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Leadership and Mission: Creating a Culture of Regeneration and Sustainability" (November 19, 2020). To view the complete webinar go to: sustainableherbsprogram.org/webinar/toolkit-webinar/
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November 10, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: The Business Case for Responsible Sourcing
HIGHLIGHTS: The Business Case for Responsible Sourcing
Sebastian Pole, Co-founder of Pukka Herbs, talks about why it is crucial for botanical companies to address responsible sourcing. Excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Leadership and Mission: Creating a Culture of Regeneration and Sustainability" (November 19, 2020). To view the complete webinar go to: sustainableherbsprogram.org/webinar/toolkit-webinar/
01:24
November 10, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Advice to Leaders
HIGHLIGHTS: Advice to Leaders
Tal Johnson, CEO of Herb Pharm, offers several key points of advice to new leaders. Excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Leadership and Mission: Creating a Culture of Regeneration and Sustainability" (November 19, 2020). From the SHP webinar: sustainableherbsprogram.org/webinar/toolkit-webinar/
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November 10, 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Beware the Highest Bidder
HIGHLIGHTS: Beware the Highest Bidder
Tal Johnson, CEO of Herb Pharm, offers advice on accepting investors in mission-driven companies. Excerpt from the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Webinar "Leadership and Mission: Creating a Culture of Regeneration and Sustainability" (November 19, 2020). From the SHP Toolkit webinar series: sustainableherbsprogram.org/webinar/toolkit-webinar
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November 10, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: Leadership & Mission: Creating a Culture of Sustainability and Regeneration
TOOLKIT SERIES: Leadership & Mission: Creating a Culture of Sustainability and Regeneration
TOOLKIT SERIES. Leadership & Mission: Creating a Culture of Sustainability and Regeneration (November 19, 2020) What does it take to create and nurture a culture of sustainability and regeneration within a company? What is the role of leadership? A strong and clear mission? How do certifications fit in? In this conversation, Tal Johnson, CEO of Herb Pharm, and Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs, will discuss the responsibilities and challenges of bringing values into a business and maintaining those values, specific practices they have found to support individual and team creativity and growth, and the balance of staying true to the mission of a company and also evolve to continually meet changing circumstances. They will reflect on the lessons they have learned and the urgency of taking action.
56:06
November 10, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: Three Paths to Regenerative Farming in the Botanical Industry with Gaia Herbs, Herb Pharm, and MegaFood
TOOLKIT SERIES: Three Paths to Regenerative Farming in the Botanical Industry with Gaia Herbs, Herb Pharm, and MegaFood
TOOLKIT SERIES. Three Paths to Regenerative Farming in the Botanical Industry with Gaia Herbs, Herb Pharm, and MegaFood (December 3, 2020) In this webinar, Thomas Leonard of Gaia Herbs, Matt Dybala of Herb Pharm, and Bethany Davis of MegaFood, showcase three models of how companies are approaching and implementing regenerative agricultural practices, discuss how other companies can apply these or similar practices, and highlight strategies that can work for the industry as a whole. Viewers will walk away with ideas and tools about where to start and/or continue programs in regenerative farming for their own companies and supply network.
01:40:08
November 03, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: The Business Case for Sustainability
TOOLKIT SERIES: The Business Case for Sustainability
TOOLKIT SERIES: The Business Case for Sustainability (October 1, 2020) Botanical ingredients suppliers are often the main connection between product brands and producers of raw materials. These companies have direct information on how making investments in sustainability and regenerative practices impact quality, as elaborated in the SHP Sustainable & Regenerative Practices Toolkit. In this webinar, SHP Director Ann Armbrecht will speak with Brian Zapp, Creative Director at Applied Food Sciences, and Andrea Zangara, Scientific Marketing Manager at Euromed, two companies that are Inaugural Underwriters of SHP, about why investing in sustainability is essential to sourcing high quality botanicals.
01:01:04
November 03, 2021
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: The Plant Hunter: A Conversation with Cassandra Quave
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: The Plant Hunter: A Conversation with Cassandra Quave
Ethnobotany Series: The Plant Hunter: A Conversation with Cassandra Quave, October 14, 2021. SHP Director, Ann Armbrecht, speaks with medical ethnobotanist Dr Cassandra Quave who’s book, The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines, has just been published by Viking Press. The Plant Hunter weaves together Dr. Quave’s personal experiences in and with medicine, infection, her personal experiences with disability, and scientific discovery with a fascinating and accessible description of how plants and microbes interact, how antibiotic resistance evolves, and how Dr. Quave is working to figure out how we may be able to overcome it by taking the focus away from synthetic compounds.
59:06
November 02, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: Botanical Supply Sustainability in the Time of COVID
TOOLKIT SERIES: Botanical Supply Sustainability in the Time of COVID
TOOLKIT SERIES. Botanical Supply Sustainability in the Time of COVID (September 3, 2020) A conversation with Loren Israelsen, President, United Natural Products Alliance; Angela McElwee, President and CEO of Gaia Herbs; and Ajay Patel, Founder and CEO of Verdure Sciences. In this conversation, industry leaders will discuss the challenges the botanical industry is facing in terms of supply and sourcing and steps companies can take to ensure sustainability practices are not compromised.
01:01:57
October 27, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: Personal and Community Wellness for Young Adults in the Time of COVID
TOOLKIT SERIES: Personal and Community Wellness for Young Adults in the Time of COVID
TOOLKIT SERIES: Personal and Community Wellness for Young Adults in the Time of COVID (9/2/20) A conversation with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog. As a mother of a high school and college age student, SHP Director Ann Armbrecht wanted to begin this webinar series with a conversation about what young people can do to care for themselves and their communities, physically and emotionally, during this time.
57:06
October 27, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: COVID and the Botanical Industry: Perspectives from the Field
TOOLKIT SERIES: COVID and the Botanical Industry: Perspectives from the Field
TOOLKIT SERIES. COVID and the Botanical Industry: Perspectives from the Field (January 21, 2021) In this webinar, SHP Director, Ann Armbrecht speaks with Puspa Ghimire, from ANSAB, Nepal; Tarun Prajapati from Cultivator Natural Products, India; and Paulo Barriga from Pebani, Peru about the challenges of the past year in producing and supplying high quality, sustainable, and fairly traded botanicals to the global market.
01:01:31
October 27, 2021
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Science and Psychadelics: A Conversation with Dennis McKenna
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Science and Psychadelics: A Conversation with Dennis McKenna
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES. Science and Psychadelics: A Conversation with Dennis McKenna (April 8, 2021) Dennis McKenna, Ph.D is an iconic ethnopharmacologist exploring the world’s visible and unseen biosphere as they intersect with human consciousness. His remarkable memoir, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss (2012), reveals the interconnectedness of all that is perceived as creation intersecting with the fraught lens of being human. Experiences in Amazonia with his late brother, Terrence McKenna, led Dennis to explore new worlds discovered within academic pursuits in the field of ethnopharmacology. Exploring time and space outside of their physical limitations, he seeks to understand and share his experience of the natural world inside out, based on a profound understanding of the duality of experiential knowledge and science. Maybe he’ll help us answer the age-old question “What is reality?” Or, maybe he’ll help us to understand what is not reality. Join us on this ethnobotanical journey.
01:11:35
October 27, 2021
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Rapid Change in Himalayan Ethnobotany
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Rapid Change in Himalayan Ethnobotany
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES. Rapid Change in Himalayan Ethnobotany (March 4, 2021) Sustainable Herbs Program Director, Ann Armbrecht speaks with ethnobotanists Jan Salick, PhD, and Robbie Hart, PhD, about their research on the impacts of climate change on alpine plants in the Himalayas. The Arctic is the only place that is warming faster than the Himalayas. We will talk about how this warming affects plant elevational ranges and phenology and how those changes have the potential to disrupt plant populations, ecological interactions like pollination, and rural livelihoods, including harvesting medicinal plants.
01:04:32
October 27, 2021
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: The Development of Crofelemer
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: The Development of Crofelemer
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: The Development of Crofelemer: Connecting Ethnobotany, Conservation, Biocultural Diversity, Indigenous Knowledge, and Global Public Health (February 4, 2021) In this webinar, ethnobotanist, Steven King, PhD will discuss his work creating a sustainable harvesting program for Croton lechleri, (the source of Crofelemer) for use in Crofelemer, the first oral botanical drug approved by the US FDA. King in particular will talk about his work with international partners and indigenous and local communities on conserving biological diversity, recognizing intellectual property rights, and and meeting global human health care needs.
56:22
October 20, 2021
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: From Peru to Pompeii: What everyone needs to know about the Amazon
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: From Peru to Pompeii: What everyone needs to know about the Amazon
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES Episode 3: From Peru to Pompeii: What everyone needs to know about the Amazon (November 12, 2020) In this webinar, ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin talks about his groundbreaking work with the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) working with indigenous colleagues to protect nature and culture in the Amazon. To date, ACT has partnered with over 55 tribes to map and improve management and protection of over 80 million acres of ancestral lands. Activities range from ethnographic mapping to creating Shamans’ Apprentice clinics to establishing an Indigenous park guard force to sustainable harvesting and marketing of non-timber forest products. Dr. Plotkin will also talks about how local knowledge and biological diversity continue to impact the 21st century, from the rainforest to the vineyard.
01:10:44
October 20, 2021
TOOLKIT SERIES: Equity and Wild Harvested Plants
TOOLKIT SERIES: Equity and Wild Harvested Plants
TOOLKIT SERIES, Episode 11. Equity and Wild Harvested Plants (May 20, 2021) This webinar discusses what it takes to create and maintain mutually beneficial long term trade relations among those wild-harvesting plants for the global supply network. For reflections on this conversation and video excerpts, see the Sustainable Herbs Program blog post, How Fair is Fair Trade?
01:30:47
August 26, 2021
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Plants, People, and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Plants, People, and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Plants, People, and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany (September 17, 2020) In this conversation with Michael J. Balick and Paul Alan Cox, two of the world’s leading ethnobotanists, speak about their newly released book, Plants, People & Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany; share stories of their fieldwork in remote villages around the world; and discuss the ways our past and our future are deeply intertwined with plants. Please note - this webinar was interrupted because of connection problems and it is in three sections. Please listen to them in the order they appear. Thank you!
55:58
August 25, 2021
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Our Plant Relatives: How Indigenous Plant Knowledge is Contributing to Cultural Renewal
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Our Plant Relatives: How Indigenous Plant Knowledge is Contributing to Cultural Renewal
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES, Episode 4: Our Plant Relatives: How Indigenous Plant Knowledge is Contributing to Cultural Renewal (December 10, 2020) In this conversation ethnobotanists Nancy Turner and Leigh Joseph (Squamish First Nation) discuss the role of values in Indigenous knowledge systems and how these values guide cultural interrelationships with medicinal plants. To read Ann Armbrecht's reflections on this episode, visit "Ethnobotany as Reciprocity." And to watch the webinar, visit "Our Plant Relatives" on Vimeo.
01:01:04
August 25, 2021
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Ethnobotany and the Secret Life of Plants
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Ethnobotany and the Secret Life of Plants
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES. Ethnobotany and the Secret Life of Plants (October 15, 2020) In this conversation, ethnobotanist Claudia Ford, PhD speaks about her research into the uses of cotton and black haw to control pregnancy by African slaves and plantation owners in the American South during the 1800s. She talks about how traditional ecological knowledge is carried as its knowledge holders are forced to leave their homelands and why knowing this history matters. Through stories she uncovered, Claudia explores themes about traditional ecological knowledge and migration, a sense of the sacred, the impact of politics, economics and colonization in ethnobotanical history, and much more. In her research, Claudia found that it was difficult to find original authors who weren't white men. She tried, as she described it, "to interpret the silence in the archive," to ask what was missing from those stories. And now, in her writing, teaching and public speaking, she works to lift up the voices and lives of the people whose stories weren't told. Some of the questions we discuss in this webinar include: Where did Claudia discover these stories and how did the plants lead her on that journey? Why is knowing this history important? What is the role of stories in creating a space for missing or silent voices? What do these stories about medicinal plant uses by midwives on plantations show us both about crossing boundaries and the limits of crossing boundaries? Additional Work by Claudia Ford Biodynamics, Indigeneity, and Social Justice, 2018 Biodynamic Conference Claudia J. Ford's keynote presentation during "Biodynamics, Indigeneity, and Social Justice" at the 2018 North American Biodynamic Conference. "Sharing Knowledge of Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh): Ethnobotany, Race, and Women’s Reproductive Health in American History," Journal American Herbalist Guild, Volume 18/Number 1/Spring 2020 (Volume 18, Number 1). This article is available for free as a sample download from the JAHG site. Ford, C. 2020. Watering the Gardens of the Grandmother of Plants. TEA: The Ethnobotanical Assembly, 6. Note The indigenous elder whom Claudia refers to in our conversation who spoke of changing language from "using" plants is Duncan Grady Duncan Grady’s professional experience includes over 20 years of post secondary education and 36 years of psychotherapy in addictions, trauma, death and dying. He has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate of Ministry. He is an elder of the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society, West Kootenays, BC. He currently co-leads retreats, works with communities impacted by lateral violence and provides training and consultation using western and non-western approaches to health, well-being, spirituality, trauma, dying and death. During the past year he has gone to communities in BC and Alberta to assist health care teams experiencing the overwhelm of working with suicide, fentanyl overdose and death. This work has primarily been with care providers who provide services, but has also included community presentations as well.
57:38
August 25, 2021
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Cultural and Biological Diversity with Wade Davis
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES: Cultural and Biological Diversity with Wade Davis
ETHNOBOTANY SERIES, Episode 5: Cultural and Biological Diversity with Wade Davis (January 7, 2021) Drawing on stories from almost forty years traveling the world as an anthropologist and ethnobotanist, Wade Davis talks about the importance of culture in understanding ethnobotany. He speaks about the links between cultural and biological diversity and what is at stake for us all with the erosion of this diversity.
01:06:27
August 18, 2021