The Latest News
The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: Book Release
March 1, 2021
Yerba Mansa Project Founder Dara Saville’s new book, The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest, has been released by University of New Mexico Press. Order your copy here and attend free live-streamed events.
Watch: Dr. Cheo Torres interviewing Dara via Bookworks discussing The Ecology of Herbal Medicine, the Yerba Mansa Project, and more.
International Herb Symposium
June 10-13, 2021 (Online)
Join Dara at this year’s virtual conference for 2 sessions:
- Organizing & Implementing Native Medicinal Plant Restoration on Public Lands
- Anemopsis californica: A Plant’s Ecological, Cultural, and Medicinal Importance
Find out more here.
Good Medicine Confluence
July 16-18, 2021
Dara will be at this year’s virtual Plant Healer conference teaching 3 sessions. Join her for:
- Shrubs: The Medicine of our Times
- Tales from the Land: Medicinal Plant Landscapes
- A Medicinal Plant Walk in the Rio Grande Bosque
Find out more here.
Land and Water Summit: An Evolving Climate
Presentation & Panel Discusion: February 24-26, 2021
Attend this year’s virtual Land and Water Summit and hear Dara’s presentation Native Edible and Medicinal Shrubs for Landscape Resiliency: Keepers of Our Biological and Cultural Heritage. She will also be a panelist for a discussion on Plants and Pollinators for a Changing Climate. Find out more here.
Ground Shots: May 2020
Yerba Mansa Project Director Dara Saville discusses yerba mansa, invasive species, restoring plant communities and land connection along the Rio Grande on the Ground Shots Podcast with Kelly Moody: Take a listen here.
Growing Forward: December 2019
Dara Saville, YMP Director, shares her philosophy, work, and what motivates her on the Growing Forward Podcast with Bethany Aviv Latham: Take a listen here!
Interview with Dara Saville
How are plants part of a systems or landscape approach and how do they work as medicines inside of us? What is herbal health and vitality? How does place inform health? Basmati.com sat down with Herbalist Dara Saville to talk about love of nature, natural healing and herbalism. Listen here!
Interview with Dara Saville
Interview with Samantha Ann Carrillo for Elbow Room NM
Samantha interviewed Dara in August 2017 to discuss the Yerba Mansa Project, the Rio Grande Bosque, and high desert herbal remedies. Read the interview on her blog here.
Plant Healer's Champions of the Herbal World Award:
The Yerba Mansa Project is the recipient of the 2017 Plant Healer award for advocacy of medicinal plants and self-empowered community. Thanks to the many people who have volunteered their time, donated money, sponsored educational events, or otherwise supported our work. Thanks also to Plant Healer for recognizing and encouraging conservation and restoration efforts.
United Plant Savers Journal Publication: Spring 2017
The Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation published by United Plant Savers featured an article about The Yerba Mansa Project in the Spring 2017 isssue. Written by Yerba Mansa Project Founder and Director, Dara Saville, the article entitled “The Yerba Mansa Project: Community-Driven Native Plant Restoration in the Rio Grande Bosque” outlines the project’s methodology including how to work on public lands, organize your community, and undertake restoration work. Download and read the article here.
Native Plant Society of New Mexico Grant:
The Native Plant Society of New Mexico awarded The Yerba Mansa Project a 2017 grant through the Jack and Martha Carter Conservation Fund. This grant was used to purchase GIS equipment to enable baseline documentation and long term monitoring at our restoration site. Thank you to the Native Plant Society for supporting our data collection and research.
Museum Exhibit at the Historic Gutierrez-Hubbell House:
The Gutierrez-Hubbell House, a historic Camino Real family property and museum in Albuquerque’s South Valley, hosted the exhibit Folk Healing Traditions of New Mexico: Medicinal Plants of the Middle Rio Grande from November 2016 to April 2017. Co-created by Yerba Mansa Project Director Dara Saville and Herbalist Dianne Rand, the exhibit highlights the local curandera tradition and important medicinal plants from the Rio Grande Bosque, the Chihuahua Desert, the Sandia Mountains, and the agricultural/urban areas around Albuquerque.
Edible Magazine Article
June/July 2016: A Tale of Two Plants by Keiko Ohnuma:
“Yerba Mansa and Osha owe much of their magic to their environments. However, the current fragility of these environments requires humans to intervene–both by cultivation and by managing native habitat–to ensure the plants’ survival.” Read here starting on page 72.