October Newsletter

Greetings Florida Herb Society members and friends!

Welcome to our 43rd season! We kicked it off with Dennis of D&D Growers. He brought lots of fresh herbs and a whole spread for our culinary table of his famous Rosemary- Cranberry cookies, Cinnamon- Basil Pistachio cookies and herbal infused oils for bread dipping. He even shared his favorite recipes and offered to answer any recipe or growing questions via email. We learned about growing his different basils, culantro (That’s right folks. Not Cilantro but Culantro which tastes just like cilantro, but unlike cilantro it grows well in Florida.) and his other plants. Please check our facebook page for his recipes and a list of plants he is selling if you were not able to make it. I will be posting pictures of the hand outs.

If you were not able to make our election meeting this past June there are a couple of changes to the board. I’d like to officially welcome Dr. Linda Nash Stevenson as our President. Linda has been our resident herbalist for years and also was our program director in years past. She has always worked hard behind the scenes contributing to the success of the Florida Herb Society in all facets. She has already contributed many exciting ideas with her return over the last season, besides choosing and teaching us the “Herb of The Month” and I couldn’t be happier for her to be back. We couldn’t think of anyone more fitting and deserving of this position. Just wait for all she has in store for us this year. I am taking on the position of Vice President to assist her as much as possible. Linda is still our resident herbalist. Amy DiAngelas is our Web tech and Print specialist. We still have Nancy as treasurer, Sharon as secretary, Deb as Program director and membership greeter, and Dennis our horticulture specialist. If anyone is interested in helping out behind the scenes we could still use your help in other areas. Please get in touch with us if you feel called.

Florida Herbal Conference registration is now open for early bird prices. Register now to reserve your spot. Use HERBSOCIETY in the discount code box at check out. If needed you can register now at the early bird price rate and pay later. The Florida School of Holistic Living will contact you closer to the time of conference to collect your payment. You really don’t want to miss this event. There is cabin lodging or tent camping and meal plans available and organic health food trucks which make the most delicious food with vegan options. There is also a bed and breakfast near by if that is more your style. Please ask if you have any questions about the event. The plants are calling to us in desperation to reconnect with them and all of mother nature and to listen and learn from them. This year’s keynote speakers are Deb Soule and Guido Mase. There will be lots of wise and wonderful teachers including our very own president and some of our members and friends from near and far. Go to www.floridaherbconference.com for frequently asked questions and to register. Because of the wonderful success of last year, we have decided to have a booth once again at the herbal market place. So we would love any help from anyone willing to fill in for a bathroom break for us here and there or to contribute plants or herbal products for our raffle. We will be asking for donations a little closer to time. We will once again open up our booth to the opportunity to sell your goods at our booth for a small donation. Last year we sold fresh strawberries and strawberry preserves and the were sold lickity split. Also we sold remedies and flower essences, and herbal body products and those did great. We raffled off two wonderful baskets and we gained lots of new memberships.

Our October meeting, will be our annual hands on Fire cider making gathering. We will provide the ingredients but you will be responsible for bringing a cutting board, a knife, an old cleaned out spaghetti sauce jar and a small square of wax paper to cover the opening of the jar. Florida Herb Society member Renee Crozier Prince will be our speaker. Renee is the Co-Director of the annual Florida Herb Conference, Founder of the Traditions School of Herbal Studies in St. Petersburg, and multiple time winner of the national Firecider competetions. She’ll be teaching us the benefits and history of Fire Cider and about the Traditions not Trademark movement affecting all herbalists.

A big thank you to those who renewed their memberships at the opening meeting. Memberships are valid for one year from the date they are received so not everyone will be renewing at once however we just wanted to thank those that have. Your memberships provide payment for speakers travel expenses, supplies for our hands on meetings and paper supplies like schedules and membership forms. ( Don’t forget to pick up a schedule at the next meeting.) Registered members may set up a small display to sell their natural products at the meeting and advertise your events through our facebook posts.

**********Please go to our FACEBOOK page and “like” and “follow it asap. It is a very active page and is where we can quickly post any updates and reminders as well as member events including local herb walks, herb classes and plant events. Also you can find pictures of the meetings and events we attend. ******************

We can’t wait to see you on Tuesday the 18th!

Peace & Blessings to you all, Anne & Linda


May Meeting Reminder

Greetings Florida Herb Society members and friends,

The 3rd Tuesday of the month is once again upon us, and our speaker will be FHS member and our favorite folk herbalist, Willow LaMonte of Willow Herbal Delight Gardens. She will be sharing with us “Growing Healing Herbs”. Willow is one of our great local herb teachers. If you’ve ever purchased her organic herbs you already know how knowledgeable and generous she is. She will have plants and herb books to sell and has something for everyone.

Thank you so much to our member speaker Cindy Stiles of “The Earth Friendly Nook” sharing Moringa and the Moringa Angels and our speaker from Haynor’s nursery at our last meeting.

Earth day was a wonderful event at Mocassin Lake Nature Park. It was a beautiful day to show case our organization and we had lots of interested attendees stopping by to check us out and ask questions. Thank you to “The Edible Garden” for inviting us and Mocassin Lake Nature Park for hosting this event on their property. Thank you to Sharon Smith our secretary for helping out at our booth and bringing cuttings and dried herbs to share for donation.

The 11th Annual Herb day celebration was wonderful as always. Thank you to Dennis Girouard our Horticulture specialist, for helping out at our booth and sharing info with all the attendees. It was such a beautiful day. Please check out our Facebook page for pictures of these events.Thanks to board member Bob Linde of Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies for inviting and hosting this fundraiser for us. I can never say enough about herb day. If you haven’t yet been to one, I hope you will join us next year!

Please consider bringing a refreshment to share at our culinary table.

Also please consider joining our board as we are in need of a membership/greeter and also of someone to be on culinary. Details of those positions were sent in the last email. We are also occassionally asked for speakers at different local events. If anyone is interested in sharing knowledge on ways they grow or use herbs please let me know so I can connect you. I have personally not been available so it would be great to find someone who is looking for speaking opportunities that would dually representing The Florida Herb Society.

See you Tuesday! Peace & Blessings, Anne and Amy


Herb Day 2016

Greetings members and friends! Tomorrow is the big day! The day we’ve been waiting for. The 11th annual National HERB DAY!

Please join us at Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies 222 2nd street in Downtown St. Petersburg for this fun celebration benefiting our organization.

FREE Event! 10AM this Saturday May 7th

● Herb Tasting- All Day

● Herbal Teas- All Day

● Lectures every 45 mins starting at 10:30am on:

● How to become an Herbalist

● Herb & Drug Interactions

And Much More!

● Spices

● Herbal Skin Care

● Natural Products

● Medicinal & Culinary Plants

Music performed by Urban Gypsies of Florida from 12-2!

Raffle drawings

To benefit West Coast Chapter of the American Herbalist Guild & Florida Herb Society.


Herbal Education, Fun, Food and Music!

Visit with many of the leading herbalist in the around the

Tampa Bay area. Vendor tables will be set up from the

Florida Herb Society, Professional Herbalists Training Program, many Tampa Bay area Herbalists, plant vendors and more.


Schedule for the informative talks:

Here is the class schedule for Saturday! Herb Day 2016

Schedule of Classes

10:15 – 10:45 History & Uses of Kava Kava, Bob Linde, AP, RH, and Sean Simpson, Owner, LowTide Lounge

11:00- 11:30 Herbal First Aid for the Family, Ruth Glass, Amer. Herbalist Guild local Chapter Pres.

11:45 – 12:15 Growing Medicinal Plants in Florida, Willow LaMonte, Herbalist, Willow Herbal Delight Garden

12:30 – 1:00 Flower Essences for Animals, Renee Prince, Clinical Herbalist, Director Traditions School of Herbal Studies

1:15 – 1:45 Herbal Uses of Kratom, Bob Linde, AP, RH – Director Traditions School of Herbal Studies

2:00 – 2:30 5 Herbs for Babies – Renee Prince, Clinical Herbalist, Director Traditions School of Herbal Studies

2:45 – 3:15 Herb/Drug Interactions, Bob Linde, AP, RH – Director Traditions School of Herbal Studies

3:30 – 4pm Becoming an Herbalist, Bob Linde, AP, RH – Director Traditions School of Herbal Studies

Be sure to get your Raffle Tickets ($1 ea)! Proceeds support the Florida Herb Society and the Westcoast Chapter of American Herbalists Guild. Great prizes, Herbal Consults, Month Supply of Whole Foods Multivitamin and much more. Drawings every 30 minutes (must be present to win).


Check out our Vendors:








www.facebook.com/Herbal-Annies www.facebook.com/americanherbalistsguild



Sugar Ray and Gergory will be making some delicious food too!

And more!


Please like our facebook page to keep up with our events.

See you tomorrow!

Peace and Blessings!


April meeting

Greetings Florida Herb Society members and friends,

We hope you have enjoyed your spring break. Ours was much needed to reflect and recharge with mother nature. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to see some fire flies, a full moon, maybe a sunset or sunrise on one of the beautiful beaches, enjoyed a road trip, taken some herb classes or gone for a hike. I enjoyed seeing milk thistle, mullein stalks and plantain, wild violets, dandelion greens, and so many more plant friends in north Florida along with some beautiful Florida Springs and rivers. We truly live in paradise.

Well, Tomorrow is the 3rd Tuesday of the month and that means, it is the time once again where we gather together in our excitement and love of herbs to learn and share with one another.

Member Cindy Stiles from The Earth Friendly Nook will be our speaker on Moringa, all her moringa goodies and the projects she is involved with to help fight malnutrition. Amy Haynor from Haynor’s Nursery will be making a special appearance to share information on how to grow Moringa from seed, to tree, to flower to pod. Cindy will also be sharing some exciting news about The Earth Friendly Nook’s expansion.

This Saturday is the Earth Day celebration at Moccasin Lake from 9:00am-6:00pm. We would love to have any of you stop by and help pass out fliers for a bit before or after you enjoy exploring the park during the daylight hours or to help in cleaning up the park. Member herbalist Renee Prince of Traditions School of Herbal Studies will be doing herb walks around the park identifying edible and medicinal plants. Her walks are very informative and she is a wonderful teacher to learn from with a life time of experience with our Florida plants.There will be info booths of all the other groups that call this park home, workshops, and much more. Please check out the facebook event page on our Florida Herb Society Page for more details.

The Green Thumb festival at Walter Fuller Park in west St. Petersburg is also this weekend and is a renowned two day event. There will be free tree give aways, soil testing, workshops, artwork displays and goodie bags for the kiddos plus lots of friendly faces vending.

HERB DAY is finally here! The 11th annual herb day, sponsored by member and and FHS librarian Dr. Bob Linde, will be May 7th starting at 10am at Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies. This is a fundraising event for our FHS group and for our local chapter of the American Herbalist Guild. Please come by and check out all the herbal vendors, the live music, delicious food, raffles and specials on services. We will have an info booth and if anyone is interested in handing out fliers and sharing info on our group we would greatly appreciate it.

Please remember to “like” our Florida Herb Society FACEBOOK page for herb news, local events and reminders.

One of our members Carol L. Is in search of Anise Hyssop plants to buy or swap and I believe Patty M. is still in search of an original SCOBY or relative of an original that would have come from our dearly departed Dorothy when she taught Kombucha home brewing last year. If you have any of these items to share, please bring to tomorrow night’s meeting and let us know during announcements.

Please feel free to bring a dish, snack, or drink to share at our culinary table and list ingredients on a note card for those with allergies.

Don’t forget our swap table if you have seeds or cuttings to share. Members only may bring plants and herbal products to sell.

We are still in need of a help filling a couple board member positions. We are in need of a membership/greeter. Someone to arrive by 6:10 pm on meeting night to help greet everyone, take new member registration, set out name badges. Also to help keep track of membership and send reminder emails for membership renewal.

We are in need of a culinary person to arrive at 6:10pm on meeting night to help put the table cloth and utensils out and pack up supplies. We’d love if they could take sign ups so that we always have refreshments for our guests and even if they could send a reminder email to members about refreshments.

We appreciate your consideration in volunteering at any of the above events that represent The Florida Herb Society and your consideration joining our board team.

See you tomorrow!

Peace & Blessings , Anne and Amy





Meeting Tuesday, Important Dates, Moringa Recipes and more…..

Greetings Florida Herb Society Members and Friends,

The 3rd Tuesday of the month is upon us and we have a wonderful topic and speaker in store for you. Dr. Linda Nash Stevenson our resident herbalist will be speaking on the topic of “Herbal Remedies to Ease Suffering in Illness & Injuries”.

Here are some upcoming events to mark on your calender.

-Patty Morris invites you all to her farm for beginning botany for herbalists. Diane Willis will be up here at the farm in Lakeland Sunday April 3, 2016 from around 10 – 2 with a couple of hours class, a potluck lunch (I’m making pumpkin soup – just bring something you like to eat) and a plant walk to reinforce what we just learned.

If you are interested please email: PattyMorrisWildMedicinalPlants@gmail.com for directions to the farm.

I suggest closed shoes for the plant walk in case it get muddy or there are fire ants in our way – and the suggested love donation is $15 or just bring what works for you….

Here is the link to the meetup page.

Intro to Botany Class for Herbalogists

Sunday, Apr 3, 2016, 10:00 AM

Location will be emailed to those attending
Lakeland Lakeland, FL

1 Herbalists Attending

Contact me at [masked] and I’ll add you to the list. Schedule – Class 10 – 12 potluck lunch 12 – 1 plantwalk 1-2Wear closed shoes for the plant walk, and there is a suggested $15 donation

Check out this Meetup →

-April 23rd Earth Day Festival at Mocassin Lake 9-5. Check out the park’s website for more info there is a lot going on this day and on into the evening with a fire circle and drumming. As part of our agreement for using this meeting space we will have a booth and ask all members to come help clean up the park and help out at the booth if possible. Thank you in advance.

-April 23rd and 24th is The Green Thumb Festival at Walter Fuller Park in St. Pete. Some of our members will have booths here and this is always such a lovely weekend. Come test your soil and enjoy art made from nature. Kids that enter the plant growing contest recieve free goodie bag and tshirt.

-May 7th is Annual Herb Day festival at Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies. We will have a booth here and the proceeds benefit our organization. (Split 50% – 50% with our local American Herbalist Guild Chapter.) Thanks to Bob Linde for all his support over the years from this event. We are looking for volunteers like usual to split shifts.

-If you haven’t heard from our facebook page (please like and follow us to stay up to date on local events) The Florida Herb Conference was a big success. Not only did we make back the money for the cost of the booth but we made a profit. Pictures of the event are posted on the facebook page as well as thank yous to all our gracious donors. We gained new memberships and I can’t tell you how many people came up to our table and told Linda and I that they had no idea we existed. This is The Florida Herb Society’s 42nd year! I’m so thankful we were able to get the word out. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS FROM CONFERENCE! WE CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO JOIN US!

-Herb Conf. Table income   $382.00  (Cost of the table was $350)

-March balance in the bank  $2,496.98

-Moringa recipes: Please visit earthfriendlynook.com. In the menu you will find a “recipe” section. You will find many awesome recipes for moringa including how to cook it, moringa sauce, moringa soup, cooking the seed pods, making tea, a superfood smoothie and more. Cindy Stiles a recent visitor to our meeting and a new member, owns the Earth Friendly Nook and was one of our most generous donors for the FH Conference. She will also be speaking next month as Emily Ruff has had a scheduling conflict and is unable to come speak at our meeting. (We are going to try to reschedule her for a special event possibly during our summer break so stay tuned) Cindy is doing a lot of work using Moringa to help eliminate malnutrition in America and else where and she has lots to share with us.

-We are currently in need of and looking for someone to take over culinary. The position includes getting to the meeting by 6:15 to set up our refreshments table and getting sign ups for refreshments. It would be great to send a reminder to those signed up a week prior to the meeting to insure we have some tea and lite snacks.

-We are also currently in need of and looking for someone to take over our membership table. That position includes getting here by 6:15 to set up the table, greet people as they walk in and get every one signed in (we are going to have everyone sign in from now on to track attendance) and also to assist with new membership sign ups. This is an important position that we need to have filled as soon as possible so that we avoid confusion and everyone feels welcomed as they walk through the door.

-From now on we are going to be having badges made with out years printed on them, to save cost on reprinting every year and so that we ensure there are badges for everyone that has joined and attends. We will be keeping track of membership dues with out relying on the badge dates and saving trees. Thanks for baring with us on the badges this year as we figure the best way of keeping up with printing them as people join.

See you soon! Peace and Blessings to you all! -Anne and Amy

Final Update before conference

Greetings friends, here are a couple more updates:

– A big thank you to our Resident Herbalist, Dr.Linda Nash Stevenson for her generous donations, for putting our basket together, and managing our booth.

Here is a special message from her:

“Great teamwork FHS herbies! I will be donating a  Lifeforce Herbals Flower Essence and Tincture and the basket. Thanks to everyone for pulling together – we are going to represent!” -Linda Nash Stevenson

-A big thank you to Rebecca and Gail Conroy for their generous donations of raw honey from their hives and natural handmade soap and balm from “Rebecca’s Bees”.

-A big thank you to Yetta Jaworski for her generous donation of Olive leaf extract made from her Olive tree, (Just one of the amazing beauties in her garden), her Tumeric Super Tonic, and her Key Lime Marmalade from “Herbs Spices & Spirits”.

-A big thank you to Willow LaMonte of “Willow Herbal Delight Gardens”, who is putting together a very generous basket for us valued at $50.

-A big thank you to Amy DiAngelus of “Bohemian Trading Company” for their donation of smudge sticks.

– I will be donating elderberry syrup, a nourishing all purpose salve, tumeric paste and a nourishing womb tea from “Herbal Annie’s.”

– A big thank you to all of YOU , our donors, members and friends for coming together to help Florida Herb Society thrive this weekend as we share this wonderful organization with others and invite new friends to join us, as we continue to provide free monthly herbal education to the public.

P.S. Be sure to like and follow our facebook page for pictures and updates from the conference.




Florida Herb Conference Booth

Greetings members,

Regarding The Florida Herb conference:

-We now have plenty of tables thanks to Bob Linde.

-A big thank you to Nancy McClelland for donating a Chinese Yin Yang candle for our raffle basket and some potted nasturtiums and pentas for us to sell.

-A big thank you to Deserie Valloreo of The Holistic Network of Florida who will be donating her “Herbalwise” Tea ceremony dvd and Dream Sleep tea blend for our raffle basket.

-A big thank you to Emily Wenzel of Kapok Pilates and Wellness for donating some of her “Body and Mind Enrichment” Products for our raffle basket.

-A big thank you to a visitor at our last meeting, Cindy Stiles of “The Earth Friendly Nook” in Clearwater, who will be donating some Organic Moringa products for our basket.


We are very grateful for all your help in making this a success. Much peace and many blessings to you all!

Taste of Herbs Review

Our member and Treasurer, Nancy, has used this program and website to further her education.  She would like to share it with the Herb Society, as she has found it very enriching. 

“I took the Taste of Herbs online, and was amazed at the amount of information shared in such a beautiful format. We all can really benefit from John and Rosalee’s generous sharing of herbal knowledge.”  -Nancy M. 



Greetings Florida Herb Society Members, 

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer!

Thank you Rebecca Conroy, for a wonderful presentation on “The Magic of Honey Bees” at our last meeting. We all learned so much about these beautiful, intelligent, and often mis-understood creatures, and our dependence on them for survival.

Our opening meeting will be Tuesday the 15th at 6:30pm @ Moccasin Lake nature park in Clearwater. There is a map and directions on our website for your convenience. (www.floridaherbsociety.com)

We are excited about all the fascinating topics and speakers we have in store for you. Our printed schedules will be available at the meeting and up on the calender on the website next week. 

First up is Renee Crozier Prince. She is a teacher at the Florida school of Holistic Living, helps to put on the Florida Herb Conference, and owns “New Moon Herbal”. On top of that she is the current National winner, 2 years in a row, for her “Fire cider” recipe. That is pretty amazing if you ask us!

The Herb of the month will be ASTRAGALUS.

The topic of the night will be: “Fire Cider: Tradition not Trademark” The importance of keeping PLANT based medicine, ALIVE, FREE and KICKING and the ecological impact of trademarking our plants and medicines. She will also be getting us excited by talking about the Florida Herb Conference, which if you don’t already know, has a new location this year. (Only 2 hours away) 

We would like to welcome our newest board members: Christy K.- Membership/ Greeter

                                                   Dennis G. – Horticulture 
                                                   Deb C.    – Programming

We would also like to thank our previous board members: Barbara Boss, Yetta Jaworski, and Jill Shapiro, for all their help, hard work, and commitment over the years to the Florida Herb Society. We look forward to seeing you at the meetings and events as time and health allow.

Unfortunately as you know Dorothy Hall is no longer with us, she will be surely missed, as she always lent a helping hand at the beginning and end of every meeting and was our very own kombucha expert. I know she will continue to be at each of our meetings in spirit. We will be honoring her at the beginning of our opening meeting. If anyone has special memories with Dorothy, you will be welcomed to share. 
RIP Dear Dorothy and Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to The Florida Herb Society and our herbal medicine community.

Please consider bringing some refreshments to the meeting. Please contact Jill Shapiro to let her know if you’ll be bringing something to share : jill@floridaherbsociety.com

See you in 9 days! Peace & Blessings, Anne & Amy

Work Trade-Florida Herb Conference

Greetings Members, Early bird registration for the conference is open until October. If you are interested in a work trade opportunity to attend the conference in exchange for volunteering, please go to the www.floridaherbconference.com website and look up “work trade” for details. Thanks to Nancy M. For forwarding this info to us to share :



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September 2 at 11:39am


Don’t miss your chance to join the work exchange crew for the 2016 Florida Herbal Conference. Applications will be accepted until September 15th!

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