News & Reviews
New Book Release
March 1, 2021
Albuquerque Herbalism Founder and Yerba Mansa Project Director Dara Saville’s new book, The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest, published by University of New Mexico Press, features ecological/botanical story-telling and a detailed materia medica. Order your copy now.
Urban Ecologies Outdoor Eco-Art Exhibit
April 22 to September 22, 2021
Visit this outdoor eco-centric art exhibit with works of relevance to the environment of New Mexico, created through a partnership of the Railyard Park Conservancy and Railyard Art Project. The Rootwalk by Hollis Moore features Yerba Mansa and a contribution from Dara.
Find out more here.
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, & Medicinal Importance
Get the details and register here.
Good Medicine Confluence: July 16-18, 2021 (Online)
Once again, Dara will be at the annual Plant Healer conference. Join her for:
- Medicinal Shrubs: The Medicine of Our Times
- Tales from the Land: Medicinal Plant Landscapes
- Medicinal Plant Walk
Get the details and register here.
Radio Interview: April 6, 2021
Thanks to Georgina Hahn from KSFR 101.1 FM Santa Fe Public Radio for this uplifting piece of journalism. Listen to her interview with Dara in her garden (wearing masks): Earth’s Cycle of Community Fed by Positivity.
Land and Water Summit: An Evolving Climate
Presentation & Panel Discussion: February 24-26, 2021
Dara will be presenting Native Edible and Medicinal Shrubs for Landscape Resiliency: Keepers of Our Biological and Cultural Heritage at this year’s Land and Water Summit. She will also be a panelist for a discussion on Plants and Pollinators for a Changing Climate. Find out more here.
New Podcast Interview
Ground Shots: May 2020
Dara 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.
Interview with Basmati.com
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 Dara in 2017 to talk about love of nature, natural healing and herbalism. Listen here.
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.
Publication: The Yerba Mansa Project
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 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.
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.
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.
Abq The Magazine
Albuquerque The Magazine, Going Green, February 2014:
“Herbalist Dara Saville digs up dirt on some of Albuquerque’s most useful and plentiful herbs.”
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