GREETINGS FLORIDA HERB SOCIETY MEMBERS,
*Reminder- Our next meeting will be the 4th Tuesday this month due to the St. Patrick’s day holiday. (Next Meeting: March 24th)
At our January meeting we reminisced with some of our past presidents, Gail Conroy, Pam Sindlinger and Emily Wenzel as we honored 41 years of The Florida Herb Society. They shared their favorite FHS activities such as having Herb Research Groups, Field Trips, Monthly High Teas, making Rose Beads, Dying Textiles using herbs, making pickles, Penny’s famous FHS Tumeric Super Tonic and working booths at the Annual Herb Day Celebration and Green Thumb festival. Then we all took turns sharing our favorite memories of the FHS and how we first found out about it. We discovered one of our current members (Sandy M) has been a member since the 1980’s and had many fond memories to share as well. Thank you to all who attended and those who shared. Our herb of the month was Rosemary. We had lovely Rosemary tea and a “Share and swap” table full of Rosemary from Yetta’s amazing garden and others brought bunches of Rosemary to share as well. How perfect for remembrance!
At our February meeting we had member Willow Lamonte teach us about listening to the plants. (“Listening to plant wisdom”). She taught us that the more we spend time with our plants, the more we can hear them. We already know that plants communicate with each other and it has been proven that they respond to touch, and sound. You can communicate with them. Sing to them, play music, talk to them, gently touch the leaves and be still with them so that you may listen. What are they saying to you? Maybe they are looking sad and droopy. That is one way they communicate. Maybe they are thirsty or don’t like the soil they are in. Maybe they need shade or more sunlight. Pay attention to their signs they are giving you. Also notice that plants live in community with one another and never alone. As herb lovers/herbalists/gardners, we are a community. Check out the PBS Nature Special: “What plants talk about”. (currently available on NETFLIX) Also the book titled: “The Secret teachings of plants” ( author: Stephen Harrod Buhner). Our herb of the month was Passion flower.
THE FLORIDA HERB CONFERENCE
This past weekend, some of us attended the 4th Annual “Florida Herb Conference” in Deleon Springs. Featuring Key note speakers Juliet Blankespoor and Steven Foster. There were edible and medicinal plant walks by Bob Linde, Andy Firk, and Green Dean. Peggy Lantz took the little ones on a plant walk. I wonder if they realized how awesome that is?! Four of our very own members were also featured speakers. Gail Conroy taught “Herbal Wine Making”. Rebecca Conroy taught “The Magic of Honey Bees” and “Natural Body Care”. Dr. Bob Linde taught “Herbal 1st Aid and Clinical Practice: Native Herb Walk”. Willow Lamonte taught ” Growing Mediterranean Herbs in Florida” and “Planting Sacred Relationships”. I enjoyed seeing and chatting with several Florida Herb Society members. Some camped in tents and some in cabins. Next year we need a group picture to add to our photo album. There were a wide variety of classes and teachers to learn from. In our free time, there were delicious vegetarian and organic food trucks and yummy treats, an herbal tea station, herbal vendors, yoga, qi gong drumming and singing. It was a peaceful and beautiful experience as usual. If you were unable to make it this year, there are plenty of pictures capturing it all on “The Florida Herb Conference Face Book EVENT page”. Plus you don’t have to miss out on the wonderful lectures. Check the website: www.backcountryrecording.com There you will find a list of all the lectures from the Florida Herb Conference that you can order. Downloadable Mp3 versions are only $10 and CD’s are $12 plus shipping and handling. You can also order lectures from previous years. Don’t forget to watch out for the “Early Bird Discount” this fall for next years conference.
We hope to hear a bit of your conference experience at the next meeting. See you March 24th!
Peace & Blessings – Anne & Amy