April, 2013

  • April 13 – Seed Swap Workshop  (more info. below)
  • April 16 – Growing and Harvesting the Medicinal Garden  (more info. below)

Springfield Area Herb Society Presents: 

Seed Swap Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 13,2013
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $3.00 per person (at the door); SAHS 2013 members: Free
Location: Botanical Center, 2400 South Scenic, Springfield, MO
Members: Please bring refreshments

Seed saving seminars throughout the morning culminating with a seed swap.
Get your seeds ready to swap…learn how to better save your own seeds.

Bring your seeds to swap…don’t have any???  Come anyway, Mike from White Harvest Seeds will be donating seeds for the swap (Thank you Mike!).

Seminar speakers include: 

9:00-9:30 am: Ken & Lynda Batson –  Tomatoes, Squash, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Okra, Beans
9:35-10:05 am: Joan BassGarlic and Herbs
10:10-10:30 am: John RaleighFun Frugal Seed Starting Containers You Can Make
10:35-11:20 am: Guest speaker –  Mike, owner of White Harvest Seed Co.
11:30-12:30 pm: Seed Swap

About the Speakers:

Ken & Lynda Batson – Members of the Springfield Area Herb Society (SAHS).  Ken & Lynda have been growing seed for a company for five years.  You will enjoy hearing them and learning their process for growing and saving seed.

Joan Bass – Member of the Springfield Area Herb Society (SAHS).  Joan is one of our SAHS mentors.  She has grown garlic and herbs for many, many years and used to sell at Farmers Markets.  Come with your garlic and herb questions.

John Raleigh – Member of the Springfield Area Herb Society (SAHS).  John is a Master Herbalist.  He will delight the audience as he teaches on fun and frugal containers we can make to start our seeds in.

Guest Speaker: Mike, Owner of While Harvest Seed Co. – White Harvest Seed is in their third year of partnering with SAHS and offering our members a discount on their purchases.  This is a great family owned and operated company, from Hartville, MO and we know you will learn from his seminar.  Mike will be sharing with us the process of seed saving. Check out their website: www.whiteharvestseed.com

Seed Swap to follow the seminars.  Seed Swap details:

  • Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring some of your seeds (not limited to herbs) to swap out with others in attendance.  A “swap” is just as it sounds.  No one charges for their plants or seeds, they simply swap them (or trade) with each other.
  • We are asking everyone to sit down front, as the round tables will be “reserved” for the seed swap.
  • The seed swap tables will be labeled with the type of seeds for that particular table.  Tables will be sectioned off the following ways –
                     * Beans & Peas
                     * Nightshades (potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne – tomato is left out, as it will have its own table).
                     * Tomato varieties
                     * Brassicas (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. – this is a large category and so we will put greens and some brassica root crops under those categories)
                     * Lettuce & Greens
                     * Root Veggies (turnip, radish, beets, carrot, parsnips, etc.)
                     * Herbs
                     * Other
  • When you arrive, you may bring your seeds to the appropriate table(s) and get them arranged for the swap.
  • We will supply: 3×5 cards, markers, plastic baggies/envelopes and bowls/spoons for all.

* 3×5 Cards – please write as much info. about your seeds as you know. EX: variety, heirloom, saved from ____ year, suggested amount of seeds to take, days to maturity, etc.  Feel free to do this in advance at home.
* Plastic baggies/envelopes – for participants to take the recommended seeds – not the entire package/container. REMINDER: save some for others.
* Bowls/spoons – for those bringing seed, you may wish to empty into a bowl to make it easier to take a few seeds (place your 3×5 card with the corresponding bowl)

  • We are going to ask that those not bringing seeds, to visit the White Harvest Seed table first and make a few selections.  This will allow those bringing seeds a few minutes to look over the selection and make their choices.  After a few minutes, an announcement will be made to open it up for everyone.
  • PLEASE NOTE: To be fair to everyone, there will be no swapping until the appointed time during our meeting.  Thank you for helping us out in this area!
  • Mark your calendar, a plant” swap will be held during our May monthly meeting.

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Growing & Harvesting the Medicinal Garden

April 16, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

SPEAKERS:  Bud & Claudia Marvin

Just in time for the planting season, Claudia will be teaching us how to grow and harvest medicinal herbs.  We will also learn about “square foot” gardening from Bud.

Becoming a part of the SAHS in it’s early years, the Marvin’s came back to SAHS last year.  Living in Willow Springs,   they have quite a drive each month;  we are glad to have them back.  Bud and Claudia have many years experience with growing and harvesting herbs.  Make plans to join us for this free seminar and bring someone with you.

This month’s Herb Highlight brought by Mardell BontragerGinger

Monthly Garden  with Barb Emge – What to do in your Garden for May

Location:  Botanical Center at the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. (Directions: http://www.friendsofthegarden.org/discover/visit/directions-to-the-botanical-center)

Cost: FREE

Many of our members bring “herbal” refreshments to our meetings, so please feel free to bring a snack to share. You may also want to bring along the recipe!  We have had some wonderful herbal snacks with requests for recipes.