HerbDay Plans Run Wild

(July 25, 2006) —HerbDay fun is increasing as events to celebrate herbs are registered at the event's website: www.herbday.org. Events in cities all across the US and Canada already are in the works. These include presentations, demonstrations, workshops, arts and crafts, lectures, cooking classes, music, tastings, kids activities, storytelling, farm and garden tours, and rescuing plants at risk of being lost to a new highway project. Topics include cooking with herbs, making salves, brewing teas, botanical bodycare products, growing and harvesting tips in a variety of environments (from the Arizona desert to the lush hills of West Virginia), wildcrafting (gathering herbs in the wild), Native American traditions, herb safety, Chinese herbalism, stocking a basic herbal medicine chest, sustainable living practices, current research on using plants to maintain health, and conserving plant species for future generations.

Organizations who have registered their events at the HerbDay website include Rural Action of Rutland, OH; the French Broad Food Co-op in Asheville, NC; La Paix Herb Farm of Alum Bridge, WV; Possum Creek Herb Farm in Soddy Daisy, TN: Herbs-on-Hudson in Chester, NY; Common Scents Health at El Camino College in Torrance, CA., and more.

The Natural Health Hut in Wesley Chapel, FL, will host a festival at its 7-acre organic herb farm/educational center and clinic. Twelve workshops are on the schedule so far at the Harmony Hill Lodging & Retreat Center in East Meredith, NY. And plant identification walks are among the events at Wise Acres in Pleasant Hill, OR, and Seven Arrows Farm in Attleboro MA, as well as at other settings.

The Herb Society of America (HSA) is a new HerbDay Partner, encouraging its 44 chapters and 2,300 members around the US to become involved with HerbDay events. HSA is also sponsoring several programs at the U.S. Botanic Garden HerbDay celebration in Washington DC. Other events there include renowned herbal experts Aviva Romm, AHG, James Duke, PhD, Robin DiPasquale, ND, and Bevin Clare are scheduled to offer free classes to the public on herbal topics. A detailed schedule and more information the USBG events can be found at www.usbg.gov
Several schools also plan to celebrate HerbDay, including Bastyr University, in Kenmore, WA, the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts of Tempe, AZ, the Tai Sophia Institute in Columbia, MD, and Western Carolina University, of Cullowhee, NC.

New Corporate Sponsors have added their support to the event:

  • General Nutrition Centers (GNC), a global retailer of nutritional supplements;
  • Vitamin World, a seller of nutritional and herbal supplements direct from the manufacturer.

    They join HerbDay Corporate Sponsor Nature’s Resource Herbal Supplements, sold in food and drug stores nationwide. All will promote activities in key cities across the country. The extensive GNC chain is planning a variety of store-based activities all month and special offers to honor the day. Vitamin World will promote and publicize the day at its 480 stores and has designated its publication Health Smart Today as a new media sponsor. Several retailers, large and small, will participate as HerbDay hosts, either on HerbDay itself (October 14) or on the days and weeks before and after that day.

    Five national nonprofit organizations have been working together as the HerbDay Coalition to launch this event — American Botanical Council (ABC); American Herbalists Guild (AHG); American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP); American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and United Plant Savers (UpS) . The entire herbal community is invited to participate actively in HerbDay, either by hosting an event or providing sponsorship in the form of financial support. More information about HerbDay activities, downloadable educational resources, and registration forms for prospective participants are available at: www.herbday.org.


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