Herbal Advocate Sara Katz to Receive American Botanical Council Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award



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Herbal Advocate Sara Katz to Receive American Botanical Council Mark

Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award

AUSTIN, Texas, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nonprofit

American Botanical Council (ABC) announces that herbalist and educator

Sara Katz has been selected as the second-ever recipient of its Mark

Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award. The award is granted to

persons in the herbal medicine community who have played a significant

role in creating a sense of community among herbalists, researchers,

members of the herb and natural products communities, and related

groups who work in the area of medicinal plants. It was created in

2013 and is named after ABC's Founder and Executive Director, Mark

Blumenthal.

Among her many noteworthy accomplishments, Katz is co-founder of the

herbal products company Herb Pharm, a founding member of the American

Herbalists Guild, and board president of United Plant Savers (UpS), a

nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation and sustainable

production of indigenous American medicinal plants. She has served on

numerous local and national boards - including that of the American

Herbal Products Association - and she has organized and co-organized

multiple herbal conferences throughout the United States, notably five

UpS conferences at Herb Pharm between 2000 and 2012, with proceeds

benefiting the conservation nonprofit.

Along with strong support from others in the herbal community, Katz

received a nomination for the honor from the recipient of the

inaugural Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award, celebrated

herbalist, author, and UpS Founder Rosemary Gladstar. "[Sara] is a

driving force in the herbal community and is involved in so many

herbal ventures. In fact, there's very little Sara's not involved in,

or [hasn't] supported in one way or another," said Gladstar. "The

thing is, she does it quietly, often behind the scenes . but she's

always speaking out, doing, helping, being involved in the greater

circle."

"I am so humbled, floored, and surprised. To be in the same teacup as

Mark and Rosemary - I cannot imagine a more meaningful award.. I

couldn't be happier and I am over-the-moon honored," said Katz. "The

herbal community is international, ranging from scientists to

herbalists to farmers," she observed. "There is a spirit and a spark

and an understanding that unites all of us, and that's a lot of

people."

Katz grew up in south Florida without much exposure to herbs or the

natural-living culture. "In my early 20s, I chose to break away, and I

went about as far as I could - to Portland, Oregon," recalled Katz. In

search of a career and drawn to natural healing, Katz enrolled in

Western States Chiropractic College (now the University of Western

States). Though bodywork ultimately was not Katz's calling, her

chiropractic training did connect her with a group of like-minded

individuals endeavoring to establish an herbal medicine-centered

naturopathic college. The start-up funding for what became the Pacific

College of Natural Medicine was raised through conferences Katz

co-organized.

Shortly thereafter, Katz and herbalist Ed Smith chose to diverge from

that path, forging a trail that led to their 1979 co-founding of Herb

Pharm - today an award-winning herbal extract manufacturing business

and certified-organic farm. "We packed up our bags, found a rental,

and moved to Williams, Oregon, where we started making extracts in our

kitchen. Ed traveled the country teaching herb classes, and people

were fascinated by our extracts, so we joined forces and started doing

everything about herbs," said Katz. She added: "It was the most modest

home business that you can imagine, the way it started."

Katz and Smith's "Pharm Farm" in southern Oregon grew simultaneously

with their Herb Pharm Herbaculture Intern Program, which currently

offers three 10-week sessions per year. During that time, the interns

live on site, spending weekdays learning medicinal plant cultivation

and harvest, and evenings and weekends in classes devoted to topics

ranging from plant identification to therapeutic herbalism. Over the

past 35 years, the program has provided training to thousands - many

of whom have gone on to pursue careers in natural medicine. It stands

among Katz's proudest and most passionate efforts, along with her

"completely gratifying" work to conserve and protect indigenous

medicinal plants with UpS.

"What motivates me is working toward purposeful goals with a

dedicated, passionate, intelligent group of people," said Katz. "The

role I find myself in now is as a mentor in the various nonprofit

organizations that I'm involved with. In many cases, the way is being

led by remarkable young women, and I am absolutely thrilled to be able

to help them navigate the world of business and organizations with all

I've learned through the years."

"Herbs lead the way," she continued. "For me, it's a spiritual path;

it's what connects me to the unknown and the world of nature, and I

think it's that way for many of us. When you get that spark of the

medicine plants, it's forever."

"Sara is a truly amazing person, perhaps a proverbial 'force of

nature,'" noted Blumenthal. "I remember, back in the late 1970s or

early 1980s, her working in her home late at night, packing orders for

the line of 'home-made' herbal extracts that she and Ed made, sending

them to herbalists and alternative healthcare practitioners all over

the United States. She was like three people in one - her energy and

enthusiasm seemed boundless. And, she's taken that high level of

energetic commitment beyond the business to educational activities and

organizations across the United States, particularly with her

dedicated volunteer work as president of United Plant Savers."

The ABC Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award will be

presented to Katz at the 9th Annual American Botanical Celebration and

Awards Ceremony on March 6 in Anaheim, California. The ABC event

occurs during the NEXT Innovation Summit (formerly Nutracon)

nutrition, natural products, and dietary supplements conference and

Natural Products Expo West.

The American Botanical Celebration and Awards Ceremony is underwritten

by generous contributions from the following members of the herb,

dietary supplement, and natural products industry (i.e., raw material

suppliers, supplement and tea manufacturers, analytical laboratories,

a law firm, an insurer, a media company, and a trade organization):

Alkemist Labs Amin Talati Christie Communications ChromaDex EuroPharma Grifcon Enterprises Horphag Research Indena USA Martin Bauer Group MegaFood Natural Factors Nutritional Products New Chapter New Hope Natural Media PlusPharma RFI Ingredients Traditional Medicinals United Natural Products Alliance

About the American Botanical Council Founded in 1988, the American

Botanical Council is a leading international nonprofit organization

that addresses research and educational issues regarding botanicals,

teas, medicinal plants, essential oils, other therapeutic

plant-derived materials, and beneficial fungi. ABC's members and

stakeholders include researchers, health professionals, consumers,

nonprofit organizations, libraries, universities, herb and cosmetic

industry members, and others in more than 80 countries. The

organization occupies a historic 2.5-acre site in Austin, Texas, where

it publishes the peer-reviewed quarterly journal HerbalGram, the

monthly e-publication HerbalEGram, the weekly e-newsletter Herbal News

& Events, HerbClips (summaries of scientific and clinical

publications), reference books, and other educational materials. ABC

also hosts HerbMedPro, a powerful herbal database, covering scientific

and clinical publications on more than 250 herbs. ABC also co-produces

the "Herbal Insights" segment for Healing Quest, a television series

on PBS, and manages the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program,

an international consortium of nonprofit and industry trade

organizations, analytical laboratories, industry members, and other

parties committed to increasing educational information on the quality

and authenticity of botanical raw materials, extracts and essential

oils in the global marketplace.

ABC is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

Information: Contact ABC at P.O. Box 144345, Austin, TX 78714-4345,

Phone: 512-926-4900. Website: www.herbalgram.org. Contact: Public

Relations.

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