Wild Herb Weekend-My Favorite Conference of the Year!

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Valle Crucis Conference Center

8/16/2022 – Update. This article was posted over seven years ago, but the event is still my favorite and I encourage you to check the NC Herb Association website in March for information on the coming year’s event. The 2020 and 2021 weekends were cancelled because of COVID-19, but we were back on track in 2022!

6/19/2015 – The North Carolina Herb Association holds an amazing little conference every year. This is one I NEVER miss. I would love to have you join us. The event is held at the Valle Crucis Conference Center in Valle Crucis, NC. This is in the high country near Boone. The conference center is an old mission with historic old buildings sprinkled up. The lodging is very clean but a bit rustic. The old lodge, shown above, has single and double rooms with shared baths. There are several houses with single and double rooms and shared baths. The Annex has double rooms and a few rooms with multiple beds. There is no air conditioning but I think most all rooms have ceiling fans. Those of us in the know also bring extra fans just in case.

conference attendees

We always have an energetic group of interns there to help vendors set-up and break down, to set up classrooms and assist teachers, to run the raffle, and just be all round helpful. As an organization, we love that we are able to help budding herbalists attend this conference and give them an opportunity to mingle with great herbalists.

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There are plant walks and many of the classes are hands-on. There is something for everyone, from the novice, to the herb enthusiast, to the practicing herbalist, and the herb business person.

 herbal food contest entries

There is also a herbal food contest, so put on your apron and set out to impress us. Maybe your recipe will make it into our next cookbook.

cooking with nature book cover

Info will be posted on the NC Herb Association website

three attendees relaxing outside in rocking chairs
Reviewed and updated by Jeanine Davis, NC Alternative Crops & Organics Program, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University.