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Upcoming West Virginia Herb Society Events

Event Dates

  • Spring Gathering, May 18, 2024
  • Fall Conference, Oct 19, 2024

Spring Gathering Highlights

Seed & Plant Exchange, discussion group.

Informational lectures, local knowledgeable herbalists and plants people.

Joyful gatherings for young and old, sharing the spirit of plants.

 

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WVHA has two in-person events per year -- a Spring Gathering and Fall Conference. Spring is a smaller gathering with 4-8 classes and Fall is a larger event with a key-note speaker and 8-12 classes. Other events may be held in between and will be announced to current members by email, posted to Facebook and here. Please become a member should you wish to get early announcements of events. TO REGISTER CLICK HERE.



Spring Gathering ~ May 18, 2024

Spring Gathering ~ Spice Up Your Spring

Bring your friends, family, and children to learn about growing and using herbs & medicinal herbs from herbalists, growers, and naturalists to deepen your knowledge of using, propagating, collecting, and sharing. Multiple lectures and a plant walk will fill the day with joy and learning. Between the sessions you can browse vendor booths with herbal products, live plants, seeds to grow your own herbs, and visit educational tables. Food trucks will be on-site for lunch or bring a bag lunch.


Registration starts at 9:00 am, Conference begins promptly at 10:00 am
New River Community & Technical College
280 University Drive, Beaver, WV, in the Rotunda
Directions to college campus: www.newriver.edu/directions-to-raleigh-county-campus/

Cost: $20 non-members, WVHA Members $15 ($5 discount),
CASH ONLY AT DOOR
Registration begins April 20th

Children 12 or under free with paid adult
Register and pay at event email: info@wvherbassociation.org

Click here to register and pay  online in advance become a member and save $5
If you want to mail a check please click here to email us for a registration form.

Presenters

Melissa Dennison of Garden Treasures, Frametown, WV
Learn to Make Herbal Soap

Ms. Dennison will guide the class through making a batch of herbal soap. She will provide take-home recipes and a soap sample. Making soap is challenging with the use of lye which is a caustic chemical, but making your own soap is fun and you can use the ingredients that are best for your skin. You will learn how to identify quality ingredients and determine the quantity of fragrance (essential oils) to add for your preference.

David Richmond, WVU Extension-Raleigh
Soil Testing, Fertilizer and Crop Improvement

Mr. Richmond is the Agricultural and Natural Recourses Agent assigned to Raleigh and he will present a beginners discussion on soil testing and applying the soil test results to improving the soils. His family worked together to produce and manage an average of 20 head of beef cattle, 70 ewes, 50 market hogs, 4 acres burley tobacco and 50 acres of hay annually. He will discuss fertilizer recommendations and how to apply the soil test results to maximize crop growth.

Bette Angle
Wild Food Foraging and Cooking

In Part 1 of Ms. Angle's presentation she will take you on a journey to identify and learn about the edible weeds and plants in your yard and the in the wild. In Part 2 she will enthusiastically teach you how to use these plants and overcome the fear of cooking and eating the wild weeds. By the end of the classes you will be able to eat the weeds and thereby save yourself money and benefit from the higher nutrition content of wild plants.

Mark Lilly ~ Head Beekeeper of Appalachian Beekeeping Collective, Cool Ridge, WV
Sustainable Beekeeping helps People and Pollinators

Mr. Lilly a WV a certified master beekeeper, head beekeeper of Appalachian Beekeeping Collective and owner of Mountain State Bee Farm and he will share information on his organization which teaches beekeeping skills. You will learn how pollinator health reflects our environmental quality, and why everyone should be concerned with establishing pollinator habitat in your own yard.

Barbara Volk & Sierra Cox
Plant Meditations and Conversations
Join us for an exploration of the interconnectedness of the natural world. We will begin with a meditation to attune with the plant energies and follow with an interactive discussion. We will focus on the importance of both grounding and expanding into the eco-systems around us which will increase our effectiveness in using plant medicine to heal ourselves and to help us heal others. All levels of skill and knowledge are welcome.

Eve Von Deck, CH, MG, MN of Great Spirit Herbs, President of WVHA
A Walk and Talk on Wild Medicinal Plants, Shrubs and Trees
Ms. Von Deck's class will start in the classroom with a short introduction on Wild Medicinal Plants, Shrubs and Trees with some live and dried examples. Then we will walk the field edges of the campus and learn about the history, native uses, Latin names, medicinal properties and practical uses of the Flora we encounter. Each participant will come away with a better understanding of the plants around us so they can share that knowledge with others.

Sierra Cox, West Virginia Department of Agriculture
Funding Your Flora
Ms. Cox, owner of Wonder Valley Farm, will teach about different funding opportunities available for plant cultivators and organizations that can guide you on your herbal and plant journey! She grows veggies and herbs, keeps bees, cultivates non-timber forest products, and cares for a menagerie of animals. She worked with the WV Food and Farm Coalition from 2019-2021 and now serves as the Program Manager for the Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Program.

Other classes & Happenings
Moon Gardening (video and discussion)
Medicinal Tea Experience, tea tasting and discussion
Seed table, Many vendors, Meet other herbalists and growers
Free Milkweed Seeds for all attendees!


VENDORS INCLUDE



Herbalists Without Boarders
Barbara Volk brings us herbal remedies, consultations,flute meditations and plant conversations, kids activities. www.spottedhorsefarm.com


For more information

Email us for registration form, or to request a vendor registration form. Register by clicking here. Free passes for volunteers. More will be posted on the website as we get closer to the event and watch our Facebook page.