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Herbal Field Trip & Medicinal Herb Workshop

Early-bird registration deadline is March 30, 2012

April 6 - 7, 2012
Document: 2012MedicinalHerb.pdf

April 6, 2012

9 AM -5 PM         Rain or shine, bring a sack lunch, water, walking stick, and weather-appropriate hiking apparel.  Park at the General Store and board the bus by 9 a.m.. Visit a Stone County homestead with greenhouses, gardens, ephemeral wildflowers and spring-fed creeks. Walk lightly-used, rocky, footpaths along wooded mountainsides to visit sensitive plant communities.

Expect frequent resting and interpretive programming including Sasha Daucus, of the Golden Light Center in Doniphan, Missouri, presenting Deep Ecology in Herbalism. Other topics of the day will include Herbs that Support the Healing of Tick-borne Diseases and the folklore and current uses of herbs that we will encounter along the trail. Andrea and Matthias Reisen of Healing Spirits Herb Farm and Education Center, located in the Five Lakes Region of New York State and Susan Belsinger from Brookeville, Maryland, Patricia French, Committee of 100 Herb Garden Chairman and Ozark herb gardeners, Kathleen Connole, Paul White and Tina Marie Wilcox will also teach on the hike. Participants must be physically-able and fit to climb mountains at a slow pace. We have an alternate plan in place for comfortable learning in case of inclement weather.


April 7, 2012

9 - 10 AM      Solar Herb Drying for Preserving the Prettiest and Most Potent Botanical
                       Andrea and Matthias Reisen

10 - 10:15      Break

10:15 -12       Spring Greens Cooking Class-Jeanette Larson

12 - 1 PM       Herbal Luncheon (included in workshop fee)

 1 – 2:30        The Bitters Truth—how these aromatic flavoring agents are made, why and how to use
                       Susan Belsinger

2:30-2:45       Break

2:45-3:30       A Simple Introduction to Glycosides - Tina Marie Wilcox   

3:30 - 5          The Ways and Wisdom of Solomon’s Seal Tubers—get your hands and mind around this incredibly useful and easy-to-grow native herb.
                       Andrea and Matthias Reisen


About Our Speakers

Please join us in thanking the Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center for significantly sponsoring these teachers’ expenses.

Matthias and Andrea Reisen co-founded Healing Spirits Herb Farm and Education Center, a Certified Organic Medicinal Herb Farm, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Matthias tends all the herbs, flowers and vegetables at Healing Spirits. Matthias earned a BS in agronomy and has worked as an agricultural agent. Both Matthias and Andrea graduated from Rosemary Gladstar’s apprenticeship program and now produce and manufacture her line of Sage Mountain products along with their own line of value-added products. Andrea enjoys sharing her love of herbs and her knowledge of their healing powers. She is a student of numerous healing modalities, including CranioSacral, Reiki and Therapeutic Touch. She is certified in Zero Balancing.

Susan Belsinger is a culinary herbalist, food writer, educator, and photographer. Her most recent project was editing Rose—Herb of the Year 2012™. She has authored/co-authored 20-something books and has been published in over 25 national publications. She is passionate about her work—sharing the joy of gardening, cooking and herborizing through teaching and writing—and inspiring others to get in touch with their senses of smell and taste. She too, completed Rosemary Gladstar’s apprentice program.

Patricia French worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation for 26+ years on a variety of natural resource projects including fire fighting, land management and native plant projects. She served as Ozark Region Office manager at the time of her retirement. She is a gardener, an expert presenter of wild edible programs, an artist and designer/decorator. Patricia is the president of the Folk Culture Commission and serves the Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center as chairman of the Herb Garden Committee. She is passionate about everything to do with the Ozark hills and hollers she calls home.

Kathleen Connole “reinvented herself” after her three children were grown, earning a B.S. in Plant Science/Ornamental Horticulture and then working as a grower and designer in her native state of Missouri. After moving to Arkansas with husband Jeff in late 2005, she attended Ozark Folk School’s “Organic Herb Growing” with Tina Marie Wilcox and soon thereafter became the nursery specialist and artistic gardener at the Ozark Folk Center.

Sasha Daucus is a master herbalist and energy healer. She has worked in her own herbal and healing business, Golden Light Center, located in the Missouri Ozarks, since 1984. She teaches classes, leads herb walks and does private healing consultations.

Jeanette Larson is the craft director at the Ozark Folk Center, a shepherd and fiber artist, and is well-versed in using herbs for food and medicine.

Paul White of Native Tones Nursery and Landscape has been creating and installing useable and pleasing environments for over 15 years. From shade gardens to water features, natural stone walkways to woodland restoration, his use of native plants and hardy herbs mixed with a few non-natives adds distinction, beauty, and longevity to his projects. Paul is hosting the Medicinal Herb Hike on his piece of paradise in Stone County, Arkansas.

Tina Marie Wilcox has worked in the Heritage Herb Gardens at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas for over 27 years. She is a gardener, an herbal presenter, writer and musician.



Seasonal and Somewhat Wild

Workshop Lunch Menu

 Seasonal and Wild Greens Salad

With Your Choice of Barb’s From-Scratch Dressings or Untamed Vinaigrette

Jeanette Larson’s wild spring greens class will join us as we learn to properly identify and prepare the tasty and healthy greens that await the knowledgeable in the great out-of-doors.


Cottage Pie & Toothsome Whole Grain Bread

A stew of vegetables and choice of protein topped with real, garlic, mashed potatoes, baked in the oven.

Our Chef, Barb and the host of foodies planning the Medicinal Workshop have discussed and researched this hearty entree. Cottage Pie dates back to the 1700s in Great Britain and Ireland. Rather than a pastry crust, the pye was topped with sliced potatoes that had the appearance of a cottage roof. The meat was minced beef with a variety of vegetables, depending upon what the cook had on hand. Shepherd’s Pie came along in the late 1800s with minced mutton and vegetable stew topped with mashed potatoes. We took our liberties and hope you will be pleased with the fluffy mashed potatoes and the lighter flavor and lower saturated fat of chicken or tofu. Please select your preference when you register.

 Fresh Strawberries and Prickly Pear Syrup on Rich Biscuit

 Patricia French has dreamed up this delicious finish which features a rich biscuit recipe from around Cherokee Village and syrup made from the fruit of our native Opuntia.

 Caffeine-Free and Stimulating!
Hibiscus Mint Tea