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Dedicated to Developing Responsible Herbal Practice

Established in 2002 by Susan Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, AHG, DACVN




The 2016 VBMA Annual Herbwalk will take place on Friday, September 9th at 4 PM in conjunction with the AHVMA Annual Conference in Columbus, OH. This year, Chip Carroll of United Plant Savers has graciously offered to lead the walk.  We will be walking from the hotel to the Audubon area of the Scioto Mile, where Chip will conduct a 1 1/2 hour walk describing the medicinal aspects of local plants with reference to the energetics of the plant and the energetics of diseases the plant treats in relation to tissue states. Key notes on the sustainability of the plants discussed and and native plant invasion topics will be included. If you are a birder, bring your books and binoculars.  Chip is not only the head of the  Internship Program and the Sanctuary Steward for United Plant Savers, but he has his own herbal company, Woodlandwise Botanicals, through which he does on-site consulting and education for landowners interested in growing ginseng and other woodland medicinal herbs. Come ready with your ginseng questions! IVAS approved for .75 hours of CE credit!




There is NO CHARGE for VBMA Members to attend the Herbwalk, but donations are welcome...if you'd like to contribute, simply enter the amount where indicated when you're signing up. The fee for Non-Members is $20.00.



Chip graduated from Hocking College in 1998 with an Associate Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management.  From 1999 - 2007 Chip held a number of positions with Rural Action’s Forestry Program and was the Assistant Farm Manager for Frontier Natural Products’; National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs in 2000-2002.  During his time with Rural Action, he helped to form The Roots of Appalachia Growers Association and worked directly with many herb growers throughout the region.  In the summer of 2007 Chip began overseeing the Internship Program and became the Sanctuary Steward for United Plant Savers 360-acre Botanical Sanctuary located in southeast Ohio.


In addition to his continued work with United Plant Savers, Chip operates his own business, Woodlandwise Botanicals. Through this, he does on-site consulting and education for landowners interested in growing ginseng and other woodland medicinal herbs.  Chip’s focus has been to transition wild-harvested species into cultivation regimes in order to take pressure off of native populations of Appalachian medicinal herbs.  This is being accomplished through consumer education, relationships with the natural products industry, and working directly with landowners that wish to grow these herbs.



This 120 acre wildlife oasis occupies the Whittier Peninsula, which for most of Columbus’ history was an industrial area dominated by factories, warehouses and railroad yards. Opening in 2009, the park features wetlands, boat launches, and one of the nation’s largest outdoor climbing walls. It is also home to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, a stopover for thousands of birds that migrate north from Central and South America.





The 2016 VBMA Annual Meeting will held during the AHVMA Annual Conference in Columbus OH on Saturday, September 10th during lunch. Look for the signs that will point you to the correct room. Hope to see you there!


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