Herbs

March 8 Update on Keynote Talks

We have 6 distinguished keynote speakers on the agenda at our 1st MHG&MC.

We wanted the diversity and perspective of more keynote speakers so none of them have a big block of time. More like a TED talk.

Keynote Speakers:

Ann Armbrecht of the Sustainable Herbs Project and producer of the film Numen will present on “the Sustainable Herbs Project and its relevance to the Conference and the herb movement in general.” Friday Evening plenary. 7:45 – 8:15

Children's Program

There will be a children’s program at MHG&MC to serve ages three to twelve.

The program will run during the main workshop periods:
Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 2:00 to 6:00 pm
Sunday. 8:30 am to 12:00 noon and 2:00 to 6:00 pm

The children's program will include herb related arts and crafts, guided outings to identify and collect herbs, nature games, and herbal snack-making. We also intend to have a set of toys that can be used by various age groups for "free play" indoors or outdoors.

Herbalists Without Borders

Today I got an email from Joanne Bauman of the group Herbalists Without Borders (HWB). Herbalists Without Borders  is a nonprofit, local-to-global network of volunteers devoted to aiding communities and countries in need impacted by natural disasters, violent conflicts, poverty, trauma and other access barriers to health and wellness.
 

NEW TRACK FORMED at MHG&MC - Herbal CSAs – Community supported Herbalism

A CSA farm (community-supported agriculture) is the popular farmer-to-consumer marketing system in which customers pay the farmer upfront for food they receive in weekly boxes (mostly vegetables) during the growing season.  There were two CSA farms in the US in 1986 and thousands in 2015. Herbal CSAs are now beginning to pop up around the nation and are sometimes referred to as CSHs (community supported herbalism). The panel will explore how to create viable businesses based on CSHs.

BRING YOUR HERBAL BOUNTY TO DISPLAY AND SELL!

One of the goals of the conference is to have many herbs on display for educational as well as aesthetical purposes. There will be displays of dry herbs, fresh roots and fresh herbs in vases.  Growers are encouraged to bring samples to display. Herb nurseries are invited to bring plants to sell (this is part of the Trade Show - Folks selling should fill out a Trade Show application).

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