2016 Meeting Schedule

Janurary 19th -Canceled because of winter weather, to be rescheduled-

Medicinal Herbs for Colds and Flu with Sharon Masterson

Sharon Masterson, a long time Herb Society member, will give a presentation on Colds, Flu and the herbs and vitamins you can use to lessen and relieve symptoms. She has studied and used herbs for over 35 years. She started in her teens learning about the power of herbs and has studied in London, Washington D.C., Virginia, Arkansas and Missouri. Her first love is the medicinal uses of herbs and their effects in not just controlling illness, but also bringing healing. She has studied under many recognized herbalists. Currently, she is working on a book about making salves, tinctures and simple home remedies from the kitchen.

February 16th

Peruvian Cooking and culinary herbs with Joseph Gidman

Joseph Gidman is the co-owner of Chabom Teas & Spices on Historic Commercial Street in Springfield, MO. He is also the co-owner and chef for Café Cusco, also on Commercial Street. Mr. Gidman is a graduate of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO where he studied art and philosophy. He also studied at The University of Spain in Salamanca as well as the INHOLLAND University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Born in Northeast Connecticut, he finds his home here in Springfield, MO with a deep love of food, health and community.

March 15th

Immune System Support herbs and essential oils with Linda Whiting

Linda Whiting is co-owner with her husband Dow, of Garden Adventures Nursery since 2007. She is currently teaching weekly classes in Nixa regarding clean, healthy living to include: essential oils, herbs, healthy foods as well as emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of well being. With her college degree in psychology and her passion for helping people make positive life changes, she is currently pursuing certification in Herbalism and Aromatherapy.


April 19th

Aromatherapy 101

Curious about essential oils and how they may benefit your health, but you do not know who to trust?  Want to learn how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the health claims seen on the Internet or you have heard fro friends?  If so, our April meeting is for you!

Teri Leigh Baird is the only Certified Aromatherapy Practitioner in the state of Missouri recognized by both the Alliance of international Aromatherapist and the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy.  She has studied under Shanti Dechen, Ciny Black, Andrea Butje, Acthy Skipper, and Robert Tisserand.  She has completed over 300 hours of study in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and essential oils.  She has also earned her Masters in Education from Drury University.  Teri Leigh is a Missouri Master Naturalist specializing in Missouri Native Plants.  her aromatherapy practice is in Springfield where she sees private clients, creates custom blends for her clients, and is an artisan soap maker of began soaps for the nutrition of your skin with therapeutic intention.


April 23rd

Fund raiser at Commercial Street Market.


April 24th

Wild Edible walk at 1pm at Lost Hills Park with Bo Brown.


May 17th

Wild Food Verses Industrial Food

Bo Brown has worked as a wildlife/avian field biologist since 1985, was Associate Director with Ozark Center for Wildlife Research during it’s 15 year history, was a naturalist for MO Dept. of Conservation in Branson for 9 years, and is still active in contract fieldwork.  His career has taken him all over the US/Central America and has provided a wealth of natural history knowledge.  Currently, Bo presents primitive skills/nature programs for schools, museums, and nature centers around the country.  Including educational nature walks to identify wild eatable herbs for our own SAGA.  He is also a professional musician.