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May 5 Herb Faire, hosted by the Herb Society of PCHS

May 5, 2013 12:00pm - 5:00pm

2013 Herb of the Year, Elderberry, will be featured at the May 5 Herb Faire, hosted by the Herb Society of PCHS. Sunday May 5, 2013 from 12noon-5pm, Preble County Historical Society, 7693 Swartsel Rd., Eaton, OH (accessible off St. 122, 6 miles SE of Eaton, 1 mile NW of Gratis). The Herb Faire will host the ever popular herb plants sales, herbal related educational programs, relaxing music, and healthy food selections in the Carriage House Cafe!

The Herb Plant Sale is the highlight of the Herb Faire! Herb Society members entice garden enthusiasts to think beyond the ordinary Thyme and Basil plants. Cooks and gardeners alike will be interested in trying new unique flavors and aromas to add a little spice and adventure to recipes and flower beds.  In addition, aromatic scented geraniums will be available, which can be dried for beauty and pleasure long after the last frost. Herb Society members will be on-hand to assist customers in selecting the right herb plants for their gardens. Visitors can sample a variety of tasty herb dips and teas.

Local vendors will offer herbal related products and handcrafted wares. For your music enjoyment, Knotwork Flute Trio will present delightful flute music.

For your dining pleasure, a healthy yet delectable menu is offered at the Carriage House Café: Horseradish Rueben’s, Mushroom Thyme & Herb Vegetable Soups, stuffed Portabella Mushrooms, Spinach Feta Herb Quiche, Chicken Salad Croissants, various side dishes, in addition to the traditional grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, metts & brats, herb tea, soda pop, and homemade desserts to top off your meal!

Adult and children’s educational programs featured:

Children’s Gardening activities offered throughout the afternoon: story times, planting times, and activity times.  Children will hear stories from authors like Make Way for Ducklings, which was written by Robert McCloskey who was born in nearby Hamilton, Ohio.  Activity worksheets like crossword puzzles for the various age groups will be available.  All children will receive a sunflower plant for immediate planting in the garden along with the opportunity to plant seeds in a peat pot to water and watch the plants grow, then plant at home.

1pm: Organic Composting. Do you want to compost, but don’t know how to get started? Betty Hoevel, Adult Education Supervisor at Five Rivers MetroParks will share some basic considerations, address misconceptions, and provide solutions for common problems to get you started on your backyard compost pile.

2pm:Mary Hofacker will present a program about Popular Plantings. Mary, a PCHS Board Trustee and a Member of the Herb Society of PCHS, is an enthusiastic experimental gardener.  Last year she added raised beds to her garden, and this year is establishing an apple tree espalier.  She is also experimenting with organic flower and vegetable companion plantings. Her speech, Popular Plantings, is a “how-to” demonstration on creating personalized terrariums and picture frame gardens.  She will also show you the endless choices available in terrarium and vertical garden containers.  Terrariums will be available for purchase after her demonstration

3pm: Rita Nader Heikenfeld. The Herb Society of PCHS is proud to announce that Rita, CCP, CMH*, will present a cooking demonstration featuring a Tuscan Salad, prepared with locally raised produce. Rita is an award-winning syndicated journalist, accredited family herbalist, author, cooking teacher, media personality and the founding editor of www.Abouteating.com. Rita writes a syndicated weekly column for Community Press Newspapers that reaches almost a quarter of a million people each week in Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

Rita Heikenfeldis Resident Herbalist for Fox 19 Morning Xtra, Natorp’s, Earthineer and Granny’s Garden, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in American Education for her culinary and community achievements. Rita is a former adjunct professor at The University of Cincinnati and can be found on Sacred Heart Radio. Rita lives “in the sticks” outside of Batavia, Ohio near Cincinnati with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs.

*CCP (Certified Culinary Professional) – The CCP (Certified Culinary Professional) designation is awarded by the International Association of Culinary Professionals to individuals who have demonstrated and maintain comprehensive knowledge of the culinary arts and sciences. Members include the late Julia Child and Francois Dionot. *CMH (Certified Modern Herbalist) – An intensive program of study focusing on herbal practices and medicinal uses. Focusing on overall wellness through natural methods.

4pm: Herbalist Janell Foustwill present a program about ELDERBERRY/ELDERFLOWER.  Sambucasnigra, the Herb of the Year for 2013. A wealth of folklore attaches to this plant that has been used for thousands of years. Often described as a "complete medicine chest". It is one of our native medicinal plants that grow wild in wasteland, hedgerows, dense shade, poor soils and still produces masses of flowers & berries. In this class we will not only learn the history a d many uses of this amazing plant but we will make Elderflower water (helps lighten freckles!) make tea for colds and Elderberry syrup for flu.  Elder, another amazing native medicinal plant that we can use for health & wellness.

Janell is a florist, herbalist, Therapeutic Touch ™ and Reiki. Owner and founder of Lavender & Roses Herbary and Florals. Janell has studied at the Dominion Herbal College, British Colombia; at Rosemary Gladstar’s the Art & Science of Herbalogy and Gladstar’s Advanced Herbal Training; served an Internship with an Amish herbalist, Soloman, from Southern, Indiana; completed Reiki 1 & 2 with Sally Garrett, Earthlight Energies, Tarpley, Texas; completed Therapeutic Touch level 1 & 2 Ottawa, Canada and  interned with Trish Rolls, Touching Lives with Care, Montreal, Canada practicing the modalities of Therapeutic Touch™ and Aromatherapy in health care facilities for geriatric care, palliative care, Alzheimer’s & hospice care. And her exciting journey into the green continues ~~~~~

For more information about the May 5 Herb Faire, please contact the Historical Society at 937-787-4256, or by email: preblecountyhistoricalsociety@frontier.com.  Visit our web site: www.preblecountyhistoricalsociety.com and Like us on Facebook!