Educational Conference 2021 - Baton Rouge

Mark your calendars for April 29 - thru May 1, 2021 as The Herb Society of America heads to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for our 2021 Educational Conference and Annual Meeting of Members. This is a full conference including pre-conference bus tour and two full days of meetings and programs. Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and home to our host, the Baton Rouge Unit.

This city has a dynamic and diverse history that starts with its very name. Dating back to 1699, French explorers noted a red cypress tree stripped of its bark that marked the boundary between Houma and Bayou Goula tribal hunting grounds. They called the tree "le baton rouge," or red stick.

Located along the majestic Mississippi River, Baton Rouge has been a focal point for strategic military occupation and since its first European settlement, Baton Rouge has functioned under seven governing bodies ranging from France to Spain to the Florida Republic and The Confederate States of America. Today travelers come to Baton Rouge come to enjoy beautiful river views, historical sites, and amazing food scene.

An expected 150-200 herb enthusiasts from all over the country will attend this multi-day event. If you are a vendor, ensure your participation by registering for vendor space early. If you have an idea for a presentation submit it by July 2020.

Call For Presentations

Members, non members, speakers, authors, herbalists, and more are cordially invited to submit a proposal to present in Baton Rouge. Programs should be about 50 minutes long and focused on the use and delight of herbs. Topics can range from research, culinary, botany, horticulture, ethnobotanical studies, medicinal, native plants, and historical uses. We are particularly interested in local and regional topics. Have an idea for a program, workshop, or hands-on demonstration you would like to run by us? Please contact for additional information.

If you are ready to send us your proposal, fill out and return the PDF.

Presentation Proposal Form

Deadline for submission is Friday, July 10th, 2020

Marketplace Vendor Registration

Calling all growers, makers, and herb lovers! HSA is seeking vendors for our 2021 Educational Conference. The vendor market place will be open April 30 and May 1, 2021 at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge coinciding with the hours of the conference. 

Each marketplace registration includes 1- 6 foot skirted table, two chairs, listing in our onsite conference program, and pre-conference promotion. Please note that the hotel offers complimentary parking. Space is limited and is on a first come first serve basis so register early!

Vendors are responsible for setup, staffing table(s), and tear down. Neither The Herb Society of America nor the hotel provides security and are not responsible for items left in the vendor area overnight. Vendor agrees not to hold The Herb Society of America responsible for injury, accidental loss, or damage of any kind. Vendor further agrees to maintain their area and surroundings in a neat and orderly state to prevent injuries to attendees. Insurance and liability are the full responsibility of the vendor.


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