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Fall Herb Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary

September 24, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The West Virginia Herb Association will celebrate its 20th anniversary during the Fall Herb Festival on Sept. 28 and 29 at Jackson's Mill in Weston.

There is no cost to attend, and membership fees for 2013 will be waived. Participants will be responsible for the costs of the their meals and lodging.

The organization plans to honor all former officers and board members during the event. However, contact information for those individuals is needed.

Anyone having information is asked to contact current officers: Anne Romance at 304-783-5271 or,; Myra Bonhage-Hale at 304-269-7681 or; or Laura Yokochi at 304- 695-1523 or

The festival will include a photo contest and dessert competition.

The following is a tentative schedule of events:

Sept. 28

Noon-1 p.m. - Registration and Vendor Setup. Social hour. Weed walk.

1- 2:15 p.m. - Dale Hawkins - CSAs and Farmer's Markets for Herbalists; Deaonna Crowe - Cooking with Roses(Our Herb of the Year)

2:30-3:45 p.m. - Carol Schweiker - Herbal Pathways to our Table; John Porter - A Rose by any other Name."; Carol McCarthy - Plants from Pieces - Starting Plants from Cuttings

4-5:15 p.m. - Heather Tokas - The Gentle Power of Butterflies; Andrea Lay - Sweet and Sour Herbal Medicine- Making Herbal Honeys and Vinegars

6-7 p.m. - Dinner

7-9 p.m. - Ann Nye - All about Cordials - Once Again; Documentary films; Networking

Sept. 29

8 a.m.- Registration and Vendor Set up

8-9 a.m.- Herb Walk; Wreath and Ornament Workshop

9-10:15 a.m. - Sue Cosgrove - Human Shoomin - Learning about and Foraging for Wild Mushrooms; Myra Bonhage Hale and Dot Montgillion-Thyme in the Garden - Mature Herbalists Share Shortcuts to Gardening

10:30 a.m.-noon - Mimi Hernandez - Traditional Edible and Medicinal Plants of Appalachia. Discover the lore, tradition, and science behind Appalachia's most popular and native medicinal plants and edible foods, from the economically exalted roots of the culture like ginseng and black cohosh to the local secret favorites like pawpaw and persimmon and many more! Come away with tidbits on Appalachian culture past, present, and future and its contribution to our herbal materia medica.

Noon-1:30 p.m.- Lunch and Annual Meeting - Election of Officers

1:30-2:45 p.m. - Sue Cosgrove - Mushroom Walk; Anne Romance - Teas and Tinctures - Hands On How To

3-4:15 p.m. - Dave Hawkins - Good Digestion - Healthy Bodies, Restoring Your Gut; Linda Christen

4:30-6 p.m. - Dessert Contest Party honoring former presidents of WVHA

6-7:30 p.m. - Dinner

7:30-9 p.m.- Herb Panel Discussion; Documentaries; Social Hour



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