St. Lawrence University

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Jane Desotelle

Jane Desotelle

Jane Desotelle is a TAUNY Heritage Award winner (2007) and owner of Underwood Herbs in Plattsburgh. She also helped start the Adirondack Farmers’ Market Cooperative, Inc. and manages the Plattsburgh Botanical Sanctuary. Since long before the current surge of interest in "eating local," Jane has been working with the edible and medicinal properties of wild plants, advocating for farmers' markets, and building her own business through direct contact with her customers. Jane developed her intense appreciation for wild plants through her childhood in Plattsburgh, where she helped her parents raise and sell flowers and berries from their garden, as well as through visits to her grandmother's large garden in Ohio. As a young woman, Jane set out to learn everything she could about the traditional uses of herbs, and when friends kept asking for her herbal tea mixes, she founded her company, Underwood Herbs, to reach a wider audience. Jane makes all of her products from sustainably-harvested wild plants, and she has also started a botanical sanctuary at her home to protect and nurture such plants.