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7th annual Herb and Garden Day 

Where: McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord
When: Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Cost: $35, workshops included; $5 for admission without workshops
Visit: nhherbalnetwork.wordpress.com/herbday




Natural focus
Food workshops, market at Herb and Garden Day

06/09/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 From mushroom excursions to a crash course in home brewing, Herb and Garden Day is all about “bringing together the people and the plants,” New Hampshire Herbal Network President Sara Woods Kender said.

The seventh annual event takes place Saturday, June 18, at the McLane Audubon Center in Concord and features workshops, a market and other activities centered around herbs, native plants, organic gardening, permaculture, traditional homesteading practices and more.
“Knowing where our herbs and veggies and ingredients come from is an important piece of the local food movement, so empowering people with this knowledge is what [the event] is all about,” Woods Kender said.
Workshops will be held during four sessions throughout the day. In each session, people can choose from one of three workshops or a plant identification walk.
A “Fermentation Fundamentals” workshop will provide an introduction to fermented foods and beverages, their health benefits and the fermentation process.
“It’s something that cultures have done for thousands of years, and we kind of lost that art,” Woods Kender said, “but now we’re seeing a huge resurgence of people waking up to what they eat and how it makes them feel, and fermentation is an important aspect of that resurgence.”
The lineup also includes a workshop on home brewing, which Woods Kender expects to be popular. The class will cover ingredients, essential equipment to get started and the process of home brewing from start to finish.
Other workshops include “Invasive Plants for Food and Medicine,” a lecture on community herbalism and a variety of classes on medicinal herbs and wellness topics.
On the plant identification walks, participants will venture outside and learn how to find, identify and harvest wild plants for food and medicine. One of the four walks will be a search for mushrooms exclusively.
“Mushrooms are a huge trend right now,” Woods Kender said. “We have mushrooms that grow around here in huge abundance that can be utilized and are wonderful for people, so we’re trying to do more with getting out and foraging, because that’s an important piece to the whole thing.”
An Herbal Market Fair will be open throughout the day, featuring over 30 vendors and exhibitors, including local herbalists, farms, food organizations and health and wellness specialists. Attendees can shop for culinary plants and herbs, local organic food products, medicinal herbs and herbal remedies, natural body care products, artisan crafts and more.
In addition to the market, people can pre-order plants, herbs, berries, vegetable starts and more online from participating farmers and pick up their purchases at the event.
Other features at this year’s Herb and Garden Day include a Reiki tent, a drum circle, chair massages, live music and raffles. The Crust and Crumb Baking Company of Concord will provide tea and breakfast items in the morning and organic lunch options in the afternoon.





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