Grassroots Plant Medicine Projects
Plant-based medicine traditions around the world are treasuries that provide us all with the essential foundation of health rooted in nature. These are the on-going projects that William is involved with and supporting. Consider getting involved!
MAPUCHE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
The Mapuche, whose name means people of the earth, are the largest Indigenous group in Chile. There are several projects underway to preserve and promote their plant medicine tradition and make it available to everyone. Of special interest, the project coordinated through Land is Life, that is constructing a traditional medicine facility that will nurture their traditions at their source and ensure their survival long into the future. More Information HERE and the opportunity to DONATE through Land is Life.
The farmers who grow LAFAZA vanilla use sustainable farming practices that help protect the unique rainforest biodiversity in and around the Mananara-Nord region, on the north-east coast of Madagascar.We are proud to pay our farmers a premium price, invest in their cooperatives, and help build libraries and community centers in the rural forest communities where LAFAZA vanilla is grown. Find out more HERE
KUNA TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE SCHOOL
Guna Yala, an independent indigenous territory in northeastern Panama, is a hotspot of biological and cultural diversity and an important source of global resilience., and home to the Kuna people. They have created a plan for revitalizing and sustaining traditional Kuna knowledge, through the establishment of a bespoke traditional knowledge school. And Thus, the Ibeorgun Traditional Knowledge School of Kuna Yala has come into being. The school is being managed by community members who have developed a culturally-rooted educational program for youth to stem their loss of interest in the traditional knowledge of their people. Support the School HERE
LAND IS LIFE
Land is Life is a global movement on the frontlines of safeguarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples to protect lands, cultures and biodiversity for all of humanity through a coalition of communities, organizations, and activists. Where indigenous people maintain control over their ancestral lands and territories is where we can still find intact ecosystems, clean water and the vast majority of the world’s biodiversity. That they are allowed to continue safeguarding their ways of life is necessary not only for their continued existence as distinct peoples, but also for global peace, health and security. Grassroots indigenous communities are on the frontline fighting for our resources, livelihoods, animals, and plants – for the kind of world we want. Find out more HERE
HEALTHY FOOD HUB/ BLACK OAKS CENTER
Welcome to healthier, affordable eating through collective buying. If healthy food is to be our medicine, a cornerstone to health, there can be no compromises.Rising cost has and will continue to make healthy eating more expensive. Food security for our well being is in our own hands. By banding together to purchase food direct from farmers with healthy, safe food practices, we bring home healthier, fresher, tastier food for less. That is our goal.
The Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living entrusted by its founders, assists communities in reducing their carbon footprint and fossil fuel use. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to education and training.We are committed to community resilience. From our near 40 acre eco-campus on the Black Oak Savanna in Pembroke Illinois to the south and west sides of Chicago, Black Oaks Center is engaged in the implementation of 4 skills building tracts.
Support these projects HERE
MAYA MOUNTAIN CACAO
Agouti Farm is a family owned and operated cacao farm, focusing on organic production of cacao. Here on the farm, you can have a farm experience like no other! Jungle hikes, medicinal plant tours, cacao harvesting and chocolate making. Our entire family helps run this farm, using traditional Mayan techniques and knowledge in our operations. You’re welcome to visit our family anytime! Learn more HERE
OAXACA WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE
A rare flower, used in traditional Aztec and Mayan cacao preparations, is grown only in a small region of Central Mexico. A small Indigenous collective of women safeguard the knowledge of the use of this medicine and the care and cultivation of the beautiful trees that produce it. Each flower is handpicked and can retain it's unique fragrance for decades. Goldthread has created a direct trade partnership with the collective to preserve this precious medicine.