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