Ethnobotanical Guide to the Common Plants of New England

Connecting people to their natural world by helping them recognize plants as important individuals within our ecosystem is an essential aspect of conservation. However, the general public is unlikely to recognize the importance of plants by solely identifying species. This guide will include information on the uses of the common plants found in found in northern New England through consultations with contemporary herbalists and historical accounts including traditional ecological knowledge. By having a guide available, people will be able not only to effectively identify the plants of the region, but also to realize the significant roles these plants have played for humans.


Mail: 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

In the News:

Plants and People of New England

Garden Club of America Scholarship

Awards and Recognitions:

Garden Club of America, Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany (2011): Support for publication of senior project research. $2000

Global and Civic Engagement Fund, College of the Atlantic (2011): Support for participation in off-campus study. $1,150.

Kathryn Davis International Advanced Studies Award, College of the Atlantic (2009): Support for advanced individual or collaborative work that builds on previous academic interests or that explores new dimensions of a problem or issue in an international context. $1,000.

Permaculture Design Certificate (2009): Lost Valley Education Center, Dexter, OR.

Conference Presentations (Presenter in Bold)

Stark, H. Z. and N. Rajakaruna. 2011. Plants and people of New England: our contemporary reliance on traditional knowledge. Oral presentation at the Northeast Natural History Conference, Albany, NY, April 6-9, 2011.

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