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

(AUSTIN,Texas,March3,2014)ThenonprofitAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC)announcesthatherbalistandeducatorSaraKatzhasbeenselectedasthesecond-everrecipientofitsMarkBlumenthalHerbalCommunityBuilderAward.Theawardisgrantedtopersonsintheherbalmedicinecommunitywhohaveplayedasignificantroleincreatingasenseofcommunityamongherbalists,researchers,membersoftheherbandnaturalproductscommunities,andrelatedgroupswhoworkintheareaofmedicinalplants.Itwascreatedin2013andisnamedafterABC’sFounderandExecutiveDirector,MarkBlumenthal.Amonghermanynoteworthyaccomplishments,Katzisco-founderoftheherbalproductscompanyHerbPharm,afoundingmemberoftheAmericanHerbalistsGuild,andboardpresidentofUnitedPlantSavers(UpS),anonprofitorganizationdedicatedtoconservationandsustainableproductionofindigenous Americanmedicinalplants.Shehasservedonnumerouslocalandnationalboards—includingthatoftheAmericanHerbalProductsAssociation—andshehasorganizedandco-organizedmultipleherbalconferencesthroughouttheUnitedStates,notablyfiveUpSconferencesatHerbPharmbetween2000and2012,withproceedsbenefitingtheconservationnonprofit.Alongwithstrongsupportfromothersintheherbalcommunity,KatzreceivedanominationforthehonorfromtherecipientoftheinauguralMarkBlumenthalHerbalCommunityBuilderAward,celebratedherbalist,author,andUpSFounderRosemaryGladstar.“[Sara]isadrivingforceintheherbalcommunityandisinvolvedinsomanyherbalventures. Infact,there'sverylittleSara'snotinvolvedin,or[hasn’t]supportedinonewayoranother,”saidGladstar.“Thethingis,shedoesitquietly,oftenbehindthescenes…butshe'salwaysspeakingout,doing,helping,beinginvolvedinthegreatercircle.”“Iamsohumbled,floored,andsurprised.TobeinthesameteacupasMarkandRosemary—Icannotimagineamoremeaningfulaward….Icouldn’tbehappierandIamover-the-moonhonored,”saidKatz.“Theherbalcommunityisinternational,rangingfromscientiststoherbaliststofarmers,”sheobserved.“Thereisaspiritandasparkandanunderstandingthatunitesallofus,andthat’salotofpeople.”KatzgrewupinsouthFloridawithoutmuchexposuretoherbsorthenatural-livingculture.“Inmyearly20s,Ichosetobreakaway,andIwentaboutasfarasIcould—toPortland,Oregon,”recalledKatz.Insearchofacareeranddrawntonaturalhealing,KatzenrolledinWesternStatesChiropracticCollege(nowtheUniversityofWesternStates).ThoughbodyworkultimatelywasnotKatz’scalling,herchiropractictrainingdidconnectherwithagroupoflike-mindedindividualsendeavoringtoestablishanherbalmedicine-centerednaturopathiccollege.Thestart-upfundingforwhatbecamethePacificCollegeofNaturalMedicinewasraisedthroughconferencesKatzco-organized.Shortlythereafter,KatzandherbalistEdSmithchosetodivergefromthatpath,forgingatrailthatledtotheir1979co-foundingofHerbPharm—todayanaward-winningherbalextractmanufacturingbusinessandcertified-organicfarm.“Wepackedupourbags,foundarental,andmovedtoWilliams,Oregon,wherewestartedmakingextractsinourkitchen.Edtraveledthecountryteachingherbclasses,andpeoplewerefascinatedbyourextracts,sowejoinedforcesandstarteddoingeverythingaboutherbs,”saidKatz.Sheadded:“Itwasthemostmodesthomebusinessthatyoucanimagine,thewayitstarted.”KatzandSmith’s“PharmFarm”insouthernOregongrewsimultaneouslywiththeirHerbPharmHerbacultureInternProgram,whichcurrentlyoffersthree10-weeksessionsperyear.Duringthattime,theinternsliveonsite,spendingweekdayslearningmedicinalplantcultivationandharvest,andeveningsandweekendsinclassesdevotedtotopicsrangingfromplantidentificationtotherapeuticherbalism.Overthepast35years,theprogramhasprovidedtrainingtothousands—manyofwhomhavegoneontopursuecareersinnaturalmedicine.ItstandsamongKatz’sproudestandmostpassionateefforts,alongwithher“completelygratifying”worktoconserveandprotectindigenousmedicinalplantswithUpS.“Whatmotivatesmeisworkingtowardpurposefulgoalswithadedicated,passionate,intelligentgroupofpeople,”saidKatz.“TheroleIfindmyselfinnowisasamentorinthevariousnonprofitorganizationsthatI’minvolvedwith.Inmanycases,thewayisbeingledbyremarkableyoungwomen,andIamabsolutelythrilledtobeabletohelpthemnavigatetheworldofbusinessandorganizationswithallI’velearnedthroughtheyears.“Herbsleadtheway,”shecontinued.“Forme,it’saspiritualpath;it’swhatconnectsmetotheunknownandtheworldofnature,andIthinkit’sthatwayformanyofus.Whenyougetthatsparkofthemedicineplants,it’sforever.”“Saraisatrulyamazingperson,perhapsaproverbial‘forceofnature,’”notedBlumenthal.“Iremember,backinthelate1970sorearly1980s,herworkinginherhomelateatnight,packingordersforthelineof‘home-made’herbalextractsthatsheandEdmade,sendingthemtoherbalistsandalternativehealthcarepractitionersallovertheUnitedStates.Shewaslikethreepeopleinone—herenergyandenthusiasmseemedboundless.And,she’stakenthathighlevelofenergeticcommitmentbeyondthebusinesstoeducationalactivitiesandorganizationsacrosstheUnitedStates,particularlywithherdedicatedvolunteerworkaspresidentofUnitedPlantSavers.”TheABCMarkBlumenthalHerbalCommunityBuilderAwardwillbepresentedtoKatzatthe9thAnnualAmericanBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyonMarch6inAnaheim,California.TheABCeventoccursduringtheNEXTInnovationSummit(formerlyNutracon)nutrition,naturalproducts,anddietarysupplementsconferenceandNaturalProductsExpoWest.TheAmericanBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyisunderwrittenbygenerouscontributionsfromthefollowingmembersoftheherb,dietarysupplement,andnaturalproductsindustry(i.e.,rawmaterialsuppliers,supplementandteamanufacturers,analyticallaboratories,alawfirm,aninsurer,amediacompany,andatradeorganization):

 

AlkemistLabsAminTalatiChristieCommunicationsChromaDexEuroPharmaGrifconEnterprisesHorphagResearchIndenaUSAMartinBauerGroup

MegaFoodNaturalFactorsNutritionalProductsNewChapterNewHopeNaturalMediaPlusPharmaRFIIngredientsTraditionalMedicinalsUnitedNaturalProductsAlliance