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2018 Minnesota Herbal Festival

It was another glorious September day for our 13th Herbal Festival.  Thanks to everyone who attended and everyone who taught and volunteered.  We had a great day of being outside in the countryside together, listening, learning, creating,  laughing and eating.  We hope you can join us next year!  Prairie Oaks Institute is has been such a great home for our event– cozy and restorative.  We were thrilled to have Sam Thayer join us this year as a teacher.  He is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about wild foods with a lively and engaging teaching style.  I know everyone enjoyed his sessions.  Many delicious and healthful things were made and tasted at this year’s festival including Kombucha with our community favorite, LuAnn Raadt,  all kinds of delicious goodies were explored in Betsy Olson’s Cooking with Herbs, Spices and Wild Greens and tinctures and salves were made in Carolyn Smith’s workshops and we explored lots of ways to step up your topical preparations in my workshop.  This year was also heavy on diagnostics with both Lise Wolff and Spencer Blackie teaching hands-on traditional assessment techniques. We loved seeing all the kids and babies this year and I always love seeing what folks bring to sell. We have a very talented community of makers here in Minnesota.   All the photos below were taken by talented herbalist/photographer, Sharri Keller of Terra Sura Photogrpahy.



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