Heritage Herb Festival Explores History and Current Use of Herbs

herbfest(NEW LEBANON, N.Y.)  – The third annual Mount Lebanon Heritage Herb Festival, celebrating the illustrious past of herbs in town history as well as the Native American and Shaker traditions in the heart of the Lebanon Valley of New York — the birthplace of the herbal pharmacy in the United States — takes place on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10am to 3:30 pm on the historic grounds of Darrow School at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village. The festival features more than eighteen talks, walks and workshops exploring the role of herbs in food, gardens, medicine and health from the early days of the Native Americans to current practices.

Talk and workshop topics include growing herbs in your home garden; herbs as powerful foods and drink; the special relationship between bees, herbs and honey; healing traditions around herbs; and how to make herbal soap.

Lunch and snacks will be offered for sale by Blueberry Hill Market Cafe. Noted local herbalists and vendors will offer herbal products to sell. There will be a plant sale offered by Zema’s Nursery and a book sale offered by Storey Publishing.

Admission to the HerbFest is $10 per person or $20 per family. Seminars are offered in the morning and walks and workshops in the afternoon.

A listing of events is available at Mount Lebanon Heritage Herb Festival. The Darrow School is located at 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, N.Y., 12125.

The HerbFest is held rain or shine. Picnics are welcome on the beautiful grounds, but pets are not allowed.

Grow the Valley, Inc. (previously known as the Lebanon Valley Business Association) sponsors the HerbFest and other projects that bring prosperity to the Lebanon Valley of New York.

 

 

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