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OHIO HERB EDUCATION CENTER

110 Mill Street, Gahanna, OH 43230

Office: 614-342-4380

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Building on our mission to educate the public about the benefits and various uses of herbs in everyday life, the Ohio Herb Education Center offers a variety of learning opportunities. Whether you are looking for new culinary twists, in-depth gardening advice, wellness information or ideas on how to use your herbs, we offer programs that inspire you to try something new.

Explore our current list of programs (preregistration is required):

Workshops
One-time sessions on a single topic that rotate seasonally. Check back quarterly or join our Facebook page or email mailing list.

Exploring Your Inner Beekeeper

Are you interested in beekeeping but don’t know where to start or what to expect? Join professional beekeeper Dave Noble as he guides you through the time commitment and costs of keeping bees. This class is designed to examine the motivations and expectations when considering keeping bees so that you can decide if beekeeping is right for you.

Activity: 52275.101

Date: Saturday, Jan 6

Time: 10am-1pm

Instructor: Dave Noble

RDR/NR: $65/$70

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration! Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

Herbal Tea Circle

Join us for an informal evening of tea and herbal discussion. We will sample a featured tea or blend, and enjoy light refreshment with an herbal twist, spending the hour discussing whatever herbal topics the group is interested in.

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7

Time: 7-8pm

Instructor: Jennifer Schneller

RDR/NR: $5/$7 per session

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Herb Center Open House

If you are interested in joining the Gahanna Herb Group, Earthy Herbal Garden Series or The Beekeeper’s Year, but are unsure which one is the best fit for you, consider attending this free information session. We will discuss the details of each program, as well as talk about our upcoming workshops. No registration required. Begins promptly at 6:30pm.

Date: Thursday, Jan 11

Time: 6:30pm

RDR/NR: Free

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Herbal Tea Blending 101

What better way to fight off cold weather and boost wellness than to brew up a nice hot cuppa! In this class, we will explore the definitions of tea, a variety of infusion techniques, the characteristics of some common tea herbs, and how to bring it all together to make magical pot a tea.

Activity: 52255.101

Date: Saturday, Jan 20

Time: 1-2 pm

Instructor: Jennifer Schneller

RDR/NR: $20/$25

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration! Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

Intro to Medicinal Herbs

Many people turn to medicinal herbs as a way to bring more nourishment into their lives. In this intro we discuss the advantages of medicinal herbs as well as their limitations. Learn about the actions of herbs and the three major lineages of herbal medicine. While sampling infusions, learn how to decipher formula labels and what questions to ask at a supplement store.

Activity: 52285.101

Date:  Saturday, Jan 27

Time: 1-3pm

Instructor: Brooke Sackenheim

RDR/NR:$40/$45

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration! Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

Advanced Herbal Tea Blending

So you think you brew a pretty good pot of tea? Join us for an in-depth exploration of building the perfect tea blend: a balance of flavor components and wellness benefits. We will look at more refined brewing techniques, try our hand at in-class blending, and taste some of our results. Take home a sample of a blend you build yourself!

Activity: 52256.101

Date: Saturday, Feb 24

Time: 1-2 pm

Instructor: Jennifer Schneller

RDR/NR: $25/$30

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration! Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

DIY Series

Is your Pinterest page full of projects you haven’t tried yet? Have you ever watched a simple DIY video, but have yet to make anything? This year, we are offering one-hour hands-on classes to demystify do-it-yourself videos, blogs and Pinterest perfection. Each class will focus on one product, going in depth with how-to knowledge as well as addressing pitfalls and creative substitutions. At the end of the hour, go home with your product and cross that project off your list. Let’s have fun and make stuff!

Botanical Beauty Bar
This winter we take the guesswork out of making your own herbal beauty care products. Focusing on one product per class, we discuss
the importance of each product, how to use it properly, and customize a take home version that matches your skin type. Utilizing hands-on
techniques, you can walk away with the knowledge and confidence to make your own products at home, saving time and money.

Activity & Dates:
52294.101      Thursday, Jan 18     Facial Grains
52294.102      Tuesday, Jan 23      Herbal Steams
52294.103      Thursday, Feb 15    Facial Serums
52294.104      Tuesday, Feb 27     Facial Masks

Thrifty Herbal Homecare
This spring we delve into making green cleaning products from simple ingredients found around the house. The trick to running a natural
home is to learn a few simple techniques, and then replicate them all over the house. Over the next two months we will work with the  basics, helping you feel at home making easy cleaners.

Activity & Dates:
52303.101     Thursday, Mar 15   Kitchen/Bath Sprays
52303.102    Tuesday, Mar 27     Kitchen/Bath Scrubs
52303.103    Thursday, Apr 19    Laundry Detergent
52303.104    Tuesday, Apr 24     Laundry Stain Stick

Time: 7-8 pm

Instructor: Amanda Ferguson

RDR/NR: Single Class: $15/$18; Series: $50/$60

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration! Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

Intensives
A series of classes that allow participants to delve into specific areas of herb education.

Herbal education is a lifelong study. Intensives are a series of classes providing a more immersive experience. Students study with the herb center staff as well as herb experts from around Ohio to learn botany, in depth herb profiles, herbal folklore and history, and culinary or wellness approaches. Moving beyond lecture, students also examine and experiment with herbs using multi-sensory techniques and learning practical, hands-on applications. Intensives courses require curiosity and commitment, but students find they gain a new and deeper understanding of herbs.

Gahanna Herb Group

The Gahanna Herb Group is a 9-month program that focuses on herbs and their uses. Each month participants study one herb in depth, as well as learn hands-on culinary, cultivation and craft techniques. Herbs are viewed and studied from botanical, historical, folkloric, and wellness points of view. The group also receives informative guides that extend the learning beyond the classroom. Instructors include Herb Center staff as well as guest experts from Central Ohio. This cooperative learning environment is for individuals who would like to dedicate time to earn a deeper understanding of all things herbal.

“The instructors worked well together and were very informative. They made learning about herbs fun. I liked the hands on approach that kept the classes interesting and I was able to use what I learned right away.” –Past Herb Group Member

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10, and May 8

Time: 6:30-8pm

Instructor: Jennifer Schneller & Brooke Sackenheim

Activity & RDR/NR:
52254.304    Spring Quarterly Payment    $80/$90 Mar-May
52254            One Time Drop in                   $30/$35

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration!

The Beekeeper’s Year 1- Beginner Basics

Everything in beekeeping starts and ends with the bees. A lot of people are interested in becoming backyard beekeepers, however they lack the confidence of taking on their own hive. This winter, join the Ohio Herb Education Center for A Beekeeper’s Year. Led by Dave Noble, an apiarist with over 20 years of experience in beekeeping, students will strengthen their knowledge of bees and colony behavior in order to develop their confidence in practicing bee keeping.

For more information see the following brochure: Beekeepers Year Trifold 

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration! Already set up in our online registration system? Click here  to register through Webtrac.

Earthy Herbal Garden Series

This three month intensive course is designed to educate herb lovers about garden practices that will help them use the earth’s cycles and systems to work smarter, not harder, in the garden. Rather than “the way it’s always been done”, we will explore and update traditional growing techniques to make our modern gardens more productive, safer, and more inviting. Participants will enjoy professionally instructed sessions as well as documentation and supporting course materials, trustworthy resources, and simple projects to practice at home. Lively group discussions will help make complex concepts understandable. The full Earthy Herbal series consists of both classroom and hands-on technique sessions. You may choose to attend only the classroom sessions, or you may choose to attend both, but classroom sessions are required in order to attend the technique classes.

For more information check out our brochure: Earthy Herbal Garden Series Trifold

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration!

Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

HERB CAPITAL OF OHIO

The Herb Center is located in the City of Gahanna — the Herb Capital of Ohio — just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to Port Columbus International Airport in the heart of Gahanna. The Nafzger-Miller house, in which the Herb Center is located, is listed in the National Register of Historical Places with the original structure being built in 1855 and additions made to the home in 1910. The center includes a gift shop, parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and rentals.

UNIQUE HERBAL EXPERIENCES

The Ohio Herb Education Center is located in the City of Gahanna, the Herb Capital of Ohio, just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to Port Columbus. As head of the Herbal Trail, we can create an herbal experience that your group will not forget. For more information on what Gahanna has to offer, visit the Gahanna Visitors Bureau. Plan your visit today!

HERB TALKS

Teas, Tonics & Elixirs
Sometimes the right combination of herbs and liquids can create a not only a healthy drink but a tasty beverage too. This class will simplify the complex art of brewing herbal teas. Learn new techniques like infusions and decoctions; understand what makes a tonic different than a tea and when to brew one or the other. Discover the allure surrounding elixirs.

Thyme for Fun in the Kitchen
Herbs can be the signature part of a culinary experience with their sweet, tart, and pungent flavors. Discover the fun facts about popular kitchen blends such as Herbs de Provence. Learn new ways to enhance every day recipes with herbals salts, sugars, butters and simple syrups. Participants come away inspired to create their own culinary creations using herbs.

Cleaning – The Herbal Way
Receive herbal “eco friendly” ideas for cleaning your home. Natural cleaning products made right in your own home provide better indoor air quality, greatly reduce the use of toxic products, and help save money. Learn how to make your own home-made soft scrub, herbal laundry aids, window cleaner, and herbal air fresheners.

The Symbolic Language of Herbs
Before texting, emails and even phones, people used to communicate with plant bouquets. Floriography, the language of flowers, was a practice that focused specific meanings and messages in the arrangement and with particular flowers and herbs. We will discuss the history of this practice and how it has been transformed through the ages, particularly by the Victorian era. Learn the secret messages of some of our favorite garden herbs.

Sacred Herbs of the Bible 
Herbs have been a part of human life since the dawn of civilization. They had a seamless integration in all aspects of family life, as food, medicine and in ritual. One can find them in several passages in the Bible, illustrating the themes and stories. In this lecture we will learn about the spiritual link that Rosemary, Hyssop, Spikenard, Dill and Lavender all contributed to our past and how they can be significant additions to our modern lifestyle.

Cost: $12.50 per person per 45 minute-1 hour; 6 person minimum
1 1/2 hour and 2 hour demonstrations available, please call for details.

HANDS-ON HERB CRAFT
This hands-on craft allows participants to experience how easy it is to incorporate herbs into a simple take home product. Each craft is themed to match the related experiential workshop.

Cost: $4 per person; 6 person minimum

Contact the Herb Center at 614.342.4380.

AN HERB SHOP DEDICATED TO ALL THINGS HERBAL

The Ohio Herb Education Center gift shop has that unique gift for the herb lover in your life. Inside you will find local honeys, custom selected teas, custom scented candles, tea presses and tea accessories. Our books are a selection of great resources on herb gardening, cooking, and herb craft.

VENDORS
Aimees Blue Ribbon Spices, Mockingbird Meadows Herbal Health Farm, Black Radish Creamery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, For Life Design, Herbal Sage Tea Company, Jane Inc., North Market Spices, Urban Moonshine, Woman’s Work, Honey Grove Botanicals, Gourmet Farm Girl, Jorgensen’s Farm, Mountain Rose Herbs, Root and Willow, Brother Veterans, Root 23, Champaign Paper, Earth Philosophy, Lather Rinse Repeat, Little City Love, Nature’s Magic, The Onyx Exchange, Sen Cha Naturals, Storehouse Tea Company, Under Aurora

RENTING THE NAFZGER-MILLER 1910 PARLOR

Looking for a unique space to hold your next event? Consider the Ohio Herb Education Center’s parlor. Suitable for parties of 20-25 people, this historic space offers the options of three refinished round tables, two porches and a kitchen. Our Herb Center Rental Brochure contains photos and detailed information.
For $15.00 the Ohio Herb Education Center can supply insulated cups and hot/iced tea of your choice for your event.

Call 614.342.4380 for reservations.
Herb Center Parlor Rental Forms are available for information on rental policies and rates.

Ohio Herb Education Center Rental Fee Schedule:

Suggested parlor capacity 20
maximum is 25 people
3-Hour Rental
Monday-Thursday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
3-Hour Rental
Friday-Sunday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
 Gahanna Resident Rate (RDR)  $105 $35 $150 $50
 Standard Rate $150 $50  $225 $75
 Additional Services
 Herbal Tea $15 $15

RENTING THE NAFZGER

MILLER 1910 PARLOR

Looking for a unique space to hold

your next event? Consider the Ohio

Herb Education Center’s parlor.

Suitable for parties of 20-25 people,

this historic space offers the options

of three refinished round tables,

two porches and a kitchen.

Our Herb Center Rental Brochure 

contains photos and detailed information.

For $15.00 the Ohio Herb Education

Center can supply insulated cups and

hot/iced tea of your choice for your event.

Call 614.342.4250 for reservations.
Herb Center Parlor Rental Forms 

are available for information on rental

policies and rates.

Ohio Herb Education Center

Rental Fee Schedule:

Suggested parlor capacity 20
maximum is 25 people
3-Hour Rental
Monday-Thursday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
3-Hour Rental
Friday-Sunday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
 Gahanna Resident Rate (RDR)  $105 $35 $150 $50
 Standard Rate $150 $50  $225 $75
 Additional Services
 Herbal Tea $15 $15

The Herb Center is located in the City of Gahanna — the Herb Capital of Ohio — just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport in the heart of Gahanna. The Nafzger-Miller house, in which the Herb Center is located, is listed in the National Register of Historical Places with the original structure being built in 1855 and additions made to the home in 1910. The center includes a gift shop, parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and rentals.

VOLUNTEER
Sign up to volunteer by contacting our volunteer coordinator at herb.center@gahanna.gov.

NEW FALL INTENSIVE PROGRAMS

Intensive Information Sessions:
If you are considering one of our intensive series classes but are unsure which one is the best fit for you, consider attending one of our free information sessions. We will discuss the details of each program, answer questions, and meet instructors and past participants. Free to attend. No Registration Required. Begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

Dates: Tuesdays, July 11 or August 15, 6:30 pm

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“I was enthralled by the class and the amazing presentation and vast knowledge of the instructor.”

Herbal Wellness Kit participant

“A hidden ‘gem’. I was so excited that something like this exists.”

Herbal Spa Day participant

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Many people turn to medicinal herbs as a way to bring more nourishment into their lives. Join the Ohio Herb Education Center on Saturday, January 27th from 1pm-3pm as they discuss the advantages of medicinal herbs as well as their limitations. While sampling infusions, learn how to decipher formula labels and what questions to ask at a supplement store.

To register, you can call the Herb Center at 614.342.4380, the Parks & Recreation desk at 614.342.4250, or online at bit.ly/2Bfp65m
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Intro to Medicinal Herbs

January 27, 2018, 1:00pm - January 27, 2018, 2:00pm

Many people turn to medicinal herbs as a way to bring more nourishment into their lives. In this intro we discuss the advantages of medicinal herbs as well as their limitations. Learn about the action...

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The community is invited to attend Gahanna Lincoln High School's annual GahannaThon this Sat., 1/20 from 2-4 pm ! This year, they will be hosting a Student vs. Staff Basketball game in the main gym at GLHS. Tix are on sale now for $5 or $7 at the door. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Hematology and Oncology Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Come show your support for a great cause! ... See MoreSee Less

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If you like bingo and food, you'll LOVE Lunch & Bingo at the Senior Center on January 31st from 12-3pm. The cost is $2/bingo and $5/lunch. Please register in advance by the prior Monday. To register please call the Senior Center at 614.342.4265 ... See MoreSee Less

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Starting February 10th and going until March 17th, join Engineering For Kids of Central Ohio at the Gahanna Senior Center from 10:30am-12pm for 3D Game Design: Kodu Kart Racing! In this class, children (ages 8-12) will race to the finish and create their own racing game in Microsoft's Kodu gaming environment. From terrain design to enemy selection, students are placed at the wheel and given full control to design their own video game while exploring the foundation of coding.

To register, call 614.342.4250 or register online at bit.ly/2z4IkIZ
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Due to inclement weather conditions, the Senior Center will be closed today. Normal business hours will resume on 1/17. Stay warm and safe!

Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy: All Senior Programs are canceled when Gahanna Jefferson Schools are closed for the day.
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Gahanna City Hall is closed today, Monday, January 15, 2018, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"On this day we commemorate Dr. King's great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace, and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and rooms at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance, and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America." - Coretta Scott King

"This is not a black holiday; it is a peoples' holiday. And it is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of his dream." -Coretta Scott King www.thekingcenter.org/meaning-king-holiday
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Looking for a way to fight off the cold weather and boost wellness? Then join us at the Ohio Herb Education Center on Saturday, January 20th from 1pm-2pm as we brew up a nice hot cup of tea. In this class, we will explore the definitions of tea, a variety of infusion techniques, the characteristics of some common tea herbs, and how to bring it all together to make a magical pot of tea!

There are three ways to register for this class: call our front desk at 614.342.4250, call the Herb Center at 614.342.4380, or register online at bit.ly/2Bfp65m
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Herbal Tea Blending 101

January 20, 2018, 1:00pm - January 20, 2018, 1:00pm

What better way to fight off cold weather and boost wellness than to brew up a nice hot cuppa! In this class, we will explore the definitions of tea, a variety of infusion techniques, the characterist...

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Nettle (Urtica dioica) has its own plant family, the Urticaceae, or Nettle Family. Distant cousins to Mulberry, Hops and Elm trees, nettles are an herbaceous perennial with a character all their own. Native to river lowlands, nettles prefer wet soils in full sun. Sometimes thought of as a “grumpy” or “prickly” plant, nettle’s well-known stinging hairs are inactivated after the plant is cooked or dried. The plant itself is extremely nutritious, being rich in vitamins A, B, C, E & K, the minerals iron, potassium and calcium, and also high in protein and omega 3’s. Nettle is used in culinary recipes from pesto to leek soup, and makes a highly nutritive tea. The flavor has been compared to spinach and cucumbers, and is sometimes described as simply “green,” making it a good mixer with other pleasantly flavored herbs such as lemon balm and ginger. In other uses, the stems are highly fibrous, making them a good alternative to linen, and the leaves and roots may be used to dye fabrics a lovely yellowish green. ... See MoreSee Less

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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is one of our favorite herb members of the Mint Family. Its soft green leaves have a gentle lemon scent that makes a delicious calming tea. This tea, when consumed on a daily basis, has a reputation for creating a general sense of wellness. Lemon balm blends well with other herbal tea ingredients in terms of flavor as well, bringing a soft citrus to the party, without the sharply sour taste of lemon peel. Lemon balm bears pale yellow to white flowers that appear in mid-summer, and are great nectar sources for pollinators and hummingbirds. One of the best garden benefits is that the leaves, when lightly bruised and rubbed on the skin, help repel mosquitos and other biting insects. Lemon Balm grows best in full sun and moist soils, but beware. Since it is a mint, it will happily spread its roots into surrounding beds! ... See MoreSee Less

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Chamomile (Matricaria recutita/Matricaria chamomilla), also known as Garden or German Chamomile, is a member of the Asteraceae, the largest flowering plant family in the world. Like most plants in this family, chamomile is extremely pollinator friendly in the garden, but the small, white button-shaped flowers are probably best known as the source of a very calming tea. Not to be confused with Roman chamomile (Chamamaelum nobile), an apple-scented spreading groundcover often used in aromatherapy, German Chamomile is an upright plant that grows to 2 ½ feet tall in full sun and rich, moist soil. The relaxing, digestive and soothing benefits of this herb are known around the world, and native American peoples from Mexico to Alaska also have versions of a tea made with its flowers. In ancient Egypt, it was even used as an offering to the gods! ... See MoreSee Less

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Due to the weather, the Herb Center will be closed today. We will be open on Tuesday. Feel free to message us with questions. Have a warm, safe snow day. ... See MoreSee Less

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There are two main methods of tea preparation, where “tea” means soaking plant materials in water to make a tasty beverage. The first is infusion, which is pouring water that has been brought to temperature (anywhere from cold to boiling) over dried plant material (leaves, flowers, roots, seeds) and allowing it to soak for a set period of time. So for instance, taking a tea bag, putting it into a mug, pouring in hot water, and letting it steep for five minutes. The other method is decoction, which is adding dried plant material to simmering water, and leaving it over active heat for a period of time. So for instance, simmering elderberries and cinnamon to make a drink to help ward off colds. The magic is, you can use the liquid that results from a decoction to then infuse more delicate plant material, creating a layered beverage that is both delicious and good for you! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Beekeeper's Year 1: Beginner Basics

January 20, 2018, 9:00am - April 22, 2018, 12:00pm

The Beekeeper’s Year 1-Beginner Basics Everything in beekeeping starts and ends with the bees. A lot of people are interested in becoming backyard beekeepers, however they lack the confidence of ta...

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New year and a new look. Reminds us of the purple flowers of Agastache foeniculum or anise hyssop. It's even more beautiful in person. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cold enough for ya? Ok, we already know the answer to that question, so this month we thought we would explore one of the most warm and comforting herbal techniques: herbal tea. Technically tea is any beverage brewed from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis shrub (that is, a tea bush), and any beverage brewed from any other plant material is a tisane. But with so many tasty and beneficial herbs out there, why limit yourself? Herbal teas are one of the oldest forms of imbibing herbs, both for wellness and for flavor, or simply to purify your water! So join us this month as we sink into the warm and inviting world of teas. ... See MoreSee Less

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Exploring Your Inner Beekeeper

January 6, 2018, 10:00am - January 6, 2018, 12:00pm

Are you interested in beekeeping but don’t know where to start or what to expect? Join professional beekeeper Dave Noble as he guides you through the time commitment and costs of keeping bees. This ...

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