2016 Annual Meeting

2016 Annual Meeting of Members

Mark your calendars!

The Herb Society of America's Annual Meeting of Members is on the horizon!
April 29, 2016
Join us in the heart of Appalachia and you'll never want to leave! Our first-ever one day annual meeting and more will be an unforget-table experience that only Asheville can deliver! See you there!

Explore Asheville!

In 2016, our format changes up and we experience our Annual Meeting in a new way.  The HSA Annual Meeting, will include a recognition of the HSA award winners, the 2016 Rosemary Circle and Golden Sage recipients. The afternoon will include featured speakers and end with a toast to Asheville reception.

Speakers include, Charlie Williams, as Andre Michaux. Michaux was an eighteenth-century French botanist and explorer who traveled throughout eastern North America including Western North Carolina. 

Doug Elliott has spent most of his life in the southern Appalachian mountains foraging for wild herbs. His illustrated talk Medicinal Plants – A Human Connection will introduce us to the variety and importance of the useful plants of western North Carolina. 

George Briggs, Executive Director of the North Carolina Arboretum will give us a virtual tour of the North Carolina Arboretum

Joe-Ann McCoy, Ph.D., is the head of the Germplasm Repository establish within the North Carolina Arboretum. Dr. McCoy will share with us her continuing research projects including her work with the Cherokee to conduct nutritional analyses of their traditional food plants and medicines.

A simplified format, sans the educational conference component of our past annual meetings, will not only give members a more focused experience on connecting with other HSA members, but new opportunities to explore the stunning Biltmore grounds, the Asheville Herb Festival at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market, and the captivating beauty of the Asheville area.

Why Asheville?

Western North Carolina is a southeastern mecca for high-quality, often organically grown herbs, vegetables, and other produce. Conservation easements help farmers preserve existing farms and establish new ones, and many farms are dedicated to organic agriculture practices such as producing heirloom vegetables and range-fed livestock. Among the area’s many growers of herbs and other traditional plants, the Asheville Herb Festival has become an annual opportunity for old and new friends to show off their latest plants and products and share their knowledge. “The herb festival is sort of like a family reunion,” remarked Rick Morgan, who founded the festival 25 years ago. “When we get together in the spring, everyone has news to share. It’s a very friendly atmosphere.”

Since its founding by a small group of dedicated herb farmers, the three-day festival, sponsored by the WNC chapter of the NC Herb Association, has grown into one of the Southeast’s most important annual events for herb lovers of all stripes. The festival is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday – with a closeout sale from 3-4 Sunday!

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