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MAR 14 ANTIVIRAL HERBS
With John Redden, medical herbalist and founder of Viriditas Herbal Products.
For millions of years plants have fended off attacking viruses that cause disease in plants. They evolved elaborate chemical factories to produce an arsenal of protective compounds to help fight off these viruses. So it should not be surprising that we humans learned how to harness these plants and these compounds to protect us from disease-causing viruses too. Herbs such as oregano, sage, garlic, lemon balm, elderberry, echinacea, licorice, astragalus, ginger and ginseng are just some of many antivirals we can use. John shows us how. 2-3pm
MAR 21 GROW YOUR OWN MICROGREENS
With Arlene Hazzan Green, co-owner of The Backyard Urban Farm Company.
Micro WHAT? Microgreens are 10-day old, sprouted seeds of vegetables like peas, arugula, radish, cabbage and sunflowers grown in soil. Microgreens are nutrition packed powerhouses that taste great and can be added to any soup, salad, sandwich, or eaten on their own. Not to be confused with sprouts, microgreens are simple to grow in potting mix, indoors just by placing your planted seeds in a sunny window or under grow lights. Water every day and in 10 days you’ll have a delicious, fresh harvest, any time of year. 2-3pm
MAR 28 DIY HERBAL TEA RECIPES FOR PLEASURE AND HEALTH
With Penny Beaudrow, registered herbalist and founder of The Ginkgo Tree.
Tea blending is simple and fun! Learn how to make delicious herbal teas for pleasure and for health - for colds and flus, coughs, for sleep, and much more. Looking for a unique homemade gift that is easy and inexpensive to make? Want to create your own blends for you and your family? Come and get the skinny on basic tea making, and on the many herbs you can use for your special tea blends. Penny will show you how easy it is. 2-3pm
APR 11 PUT MORE HERBS ON YOUR PLATE
With Pat Crocker, professional home economist, culinary herbalist and author.
Expand your culinary repertoire with unconventional herbs, even medicinal herbs, that deliver antioxidants, phytonutrients, and pure deliciousness! Culinary herbalist Pat Crocker asks you to expand your culinary herbal repertoire to add roots and stems to the familiar leaves and flowers for a total herbal adventure. In this lively presentation, Pat will introduce you to the flavours and medicinal benefits of 12 roots, stems, leaves and flowers. You will sip on her Root ‘Coffee’ Blend and her Raspberry Syrup with stems, leaves, flowers and berries for a total herbal hit. 2-3pm
APR 18 HOT SAUCES FROM CHILE PEPPERS
With Steve Best and Drew Jacobson, founders of Hurt Berry Farm.
Steve and Drew are former chefs who teamed up to pursue a love for “all things spicy” while having some fun. They have a collection of over 600 chiles from all over the world, from the common to the super rare – and interesting stories to go with them. Steve and Drew will discuss how to grow chile peppers organically, peppered with lots of useful tips -- like how having busy beehives around helps improve chile production. Of course making great chile sauces is the point of all this sweat, so Steve and Drew will share some of their hard won secrets. Come prepared to set your palate on fire! 2-3pm
Celebrate Herb Day with an afternoon in praise of Parsley,
Herb of the Year for 2021
APR 25 PARSLEY - MORE THAN A GARNISH!
With Yvonne Tremblay, author, food stylist, and proprietor of Quisine, a food consultancy.
It’s more than just a garnish meant to be chewed after a meal to ward off bad breath, Give it centre stage as a main course in tabbouleh salad or falafels or as a condiment in chimichurri, chermoula, cheiro-verde, gremolata, persillade, pesto, etc. Parsley brings life to even the most basic dishes, added to meats, fish and vegetables, eggs, soups, herb butters and sauces, deep-fried and more. And it’s essential in traditional seasonings such as bouquet garni and fines herbes. Yvonne Tremblay, author of Thyme in the Kitchen and Culinary Herbs – Grow. Preserve. Cook!, will show you how to use parsley in all its most glorious ways! 2-3pm
Learn more about Parsley here.