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Have you registered for Wild HerbWeekend July 22-24 in Valle Crucis? Here's a sampling of the classes that willbe offered (there are many more!):

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: HOW TO HAVEA SUCCESSFUL HERB NURSERY A two-part preconference series taught by Seth Salmonand Darsey Driver of Wildwood Herbal. $30 per participant. Friday, July 22,2022. Part I: 2-2:50 pm; Part II: 4-5:50 pm.

KEYNOTE WITH MIMI HERNANDEZ: BOTANICALSANCTUARY DREAMER: The mission of United Plant Savers is to preserve, conserveand restore native medicinal plants and their habitats in the USA and Canadawhile ensuring an abundant, renewable supply for future generations. To thisend, United Plant Savers established one of their most important projects: TheBotanical Sanctuary Network, a network of sanctuaries dedicated to restoringand preserving habitat for wildlife, both plants, and animals. For the last twoyears, Mimi Hernandez has been taking active steps toward becoming a member ofthe sanctuary network. Join her as she presents her journey as a new landsteward to realize a dream that inspires others in the community to followsuit.

CHOOSING FORAGING INSTEAD: Let'sface it, gardening is a heck of a lot of work! Sometimes it seems like there'smore input than output. What if you could get all your herbs from the wild,with no bed prep, seeds, weeding, or pest control? Take a walk with AbbyArtemesia to see who we see growing wild that we could substitute for herbs wecultivate or buy. We'll learn plant identification skills, sustainableharvesting techniques, along with discussions on processing, storing, andmedicine making.

HERBS FOR HOMESTEADERS: Whetheryou’re a beginning or advanced gardener, homesteader or herbalist, there aresome mainstay herbs that you can’t do without! Abby Artemesia will take whatshe believes to be the top herbs from her book, the Herbal Handbook forHomesteaders, and tell you why you should be growing them and how. From firstaid, to spices, tea, bug repellants, and more, these herbs are essential andeasy to grow. Find out how and why!

WILD HERBS FOR YOUR GARDEN: AbbyArtemesia takes you on a stroll to meet the wild herbs that surround us everyday. We'll learn how to identify them and their benefits for us, our lovedones, and communities. We'll pay special attention to their habitats anddiscuss encouraging or growing them on the land where we live.

MEDICINAL BERRIES AND ANTHOCYANINS:Immerse yourself in the amazing world of medicinal berries in this colorful andengaging workshop taught by our Keynote Speaker, Mimi Hernandez. We willexplore an assortment of different herbal berries and study their healingpotential while learning the latest research about anthocyanins and theirimpressive regenerative and antioxidant properties.

PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS: MEDICINE ANDFOOD: The cactus, renowned in Mexican culture and cuisine, grows wild in NorthCarolina. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about how to harvest,process and use cactus pads and prickly pear fruits in your kitchen. MimiHernandez tells the story of their medicine while sharing kitchen recipes alongwith tips on caring for a cactus stand.

RUE, ROSE AND RESIN: These herbs aresacred and revered in Latin American Folk Healing and beyond and KeynoteSpeaker Mimi Hernandez will share their incredible properties. We will explorethe incense resins of Sangre del Drago (Dragon's Blood) and Copal, theprotection of old world Rue herb, and the healing enchantments of Roseblossoms. Learn the ethnobotany of these healing plants, peoples, andtraditions and come away with new affirmations in healing.

HERBS AND SPICES AND HOW TO USETHEM: Herbalist Brenda Huffman will provide an overview of a variety of herbs andhow to use them in your everyday cooking. Each person attending the class willreceive a free herbal spice jar (that they will make in class with the herbs& spices of their choice) to take home with them. Additionally, they willreceive a herb & spice chart on how to use many herbs in the kitchen. Extraherb & spice jars will be available for purchase for $3.00.

GROWING MEDICINAL HERBS ON A LARGESCALE: Learn from Pangaea Plants founder Gabe Noard practical advice on thebest herbs to grow on a large scale and how to make income with them. Ideasbased on 1-10 acres, including field requirements, varieties, and businessideas.

FOREST FARMING GINSENG: TravisCornett of High Country Ginseng will share experiences, stories, and lessonslearned by a group of local ginseng growers who are building a wild-simulatedginseng industry.

GROWING CHINESE HERBS: NC StateUniversity research associate, Margaret Bloomquist, has been growingdemonstration and research beds of Chinese medicinal herbs for over a decade.She will present popular species, bring samples to show, and share how to growthem in our Southern environment.

OILS AND SALVES: Herbalist, farmer,owner of Green Heart Gardens, and NCHA board member, Lorri Bura, will lead thishands-on workshop on how to make herbal oils and salves.

PROCESSING MEDICINAL HERBS ON ASMALL COMMERCIAL SCALE: Pam and Charles Leonard of Gentle Harmony Farm willshare how they process medicinal herbs on their small, certified organic farmin the piedmont of North Carolina.

SELLING HERBS TO RESTAURANTS ANDCATERERS: Meg Shelton of Shelton Herb Farm has been selling herbs to a widevariety of markets and consumers for decades. In this session, she is going toprovide tips to success for selling to this very demanding, but potentiallylucrative market.

MAKING PLANT VOUCHERS: For positiveidentification purposes for buyers or as an art form, knowing how to make plantvouchers is a skill all herbalists should have. Lorri Bura of Green HeartGardens and Margaret Bloomquist of NC State University will teach this hands-onworkshop and you will go home with a plant voucher!

ORGANIC RECORD KEEPING: Running anorganic medicinal herb business requires LOTS of record keeping, and Charlesand Pam Leonard of Gentle Harmony Farm have worked out a system that they wouldlike to share with you.

GROWING WOODLAND BOTANICALS AT HOME:Having a personal medicinal shade garden filled with black cohosh, blue cohosh,Solomon’s seal, goldenseal, and maybe even a little ginseng can be a reality.NC State University professor, NCHA advisor, and author Jeanine Davis willteach you how and offer a little hands-on propagation experience so you cantake a plant home.

Information and registration: https://www.ncherbassociation.org/wild-herb-weekend-info

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