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2022 Annual Meeting

Speaker News! Nathalie Dupree -- the "Queen of Southern Cuisine" to present at the Annual Meeting! 

Registration is now closed for the 2022 Annual Meeting of Members in Charleston, South Carolina but members are still invited to register for the Annual Business Meeting!

Annual Business Meeting Registration Page

If you registered for the in-person annual meeting or the virtual meeting and you have questions, reach out to HSA headquarters or 440.256.0415.

AGENDA - The Herb Society of America 2022 Annual Meeting of Members


Presenter Profiles

Dr. Faith Mitchell -- Hoodoo Medicine: Gullah Herbal Remedies

Based on her book, "Hoodoo Medicine: Gullah Herbal Remedies" Dr. Mitchell will share a nearly lost realm of African-American folk culture. Faith will enlighten us with the rich history of the Gullah people who live in the Georgia and South Carolina Sea Islands, explain their tradition of using plants, and give examples of medicines that are described in her book.

Dr. Faith Mitchell earned her Doctorate in Medical Anthropology in 1980 from the University of California, Berkeley. As a student, she had the opportunity to live among the Gullah people gaining firsthand access to how the community lived and used folk medicine. Her book “HooDoo Medicine: Gullah Herbal Remedies” reflects on her time on the Sea Islands. More recently, Faith has published a new book based on the history and customs of the Lowcountry called The Book of Secrets, Part 1. When Faith isn’t writing she is the President and CEO at Grantmakers In Health. Prior to that Faith was a senior staff member of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the Senior Coordinator for Population in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in the US State Department, and a program officer at the Hewlett and San Francisco foundations.
*Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic District and Jamie Jo Washburne

Nathalie Dupree -- Herbs in the Lowcountry and Southern Cooking 

Known as the "Queen of Southern Cooking," Nathalie Dupree is a best-selling author of 15 cookbooks and her wisdom and recipes have been featured in Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Better Homes and Garden, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. A beloved and respected teacher, she has appeared in more than 300 television shows on The Food Network, PBS, and The Learning Channel. She won James Beard Awards for “Southern Memories” and “Comfortable Entertaining” as well as her most recent book, “Nathalie Dupree’s Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking”. She was also honored with the prestigious “Grand Dame” of Les Dames d’Escoffier.
*Sponsored by the Central District and the South Central District

Celie Dailey -- Wild foraging on the South Carolina Coastal Plain

This presentation will let us explore the wild foods of the Coastal Plain with Celie Dailey, a biologist, conservationist, author and artist. Celie is a DHEC-certified wild mushroom forager in South Carolina and Georgia and has a Certificate of Native Plant Studies from Clemson University. Learn about how to safely forage for  wild foods. She will serve up the topic with a side of botany and plant science, expand on the nutritional aspects of wild food choices, and point out potential toxicological concerns. The history and folklore surrounding some of these plants will help put them in context, as will culinary tidbits. Celie will bring in foraged or live plants for visual identification. 
*Sponsored by the Great Lakes District

Meeting Hotel and Food Service

HSA chose the North Charleston Marriott hotel because of its convenient proximity to many attractions, to the airport (free shuttle), complimentary on-site parking, and it's event accommodations.

After registering for the Annual Meeting, you will receive an automatic email receipt that includes a link to an HSA-only hotel reservation page. 

Room rates start at $163 per night plus tax and destination fee of $2.18  per room per night. 

North Charleston Marriott
4770 Goer Drive
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406 USA
Phone:+1 843-747-1900
Fax:+1 843-744-6108
Toll-free:+1 888-747-1900

Getting to Charleston

Charleston is centrally located on the coast of South Carolina. It is located 2 hours south from Myrtle Beach, SC and 2 hours north of Savannah, GA. The Charleston International Airport (airport code CHS) is located minutes from our hotel and 20 minutes from downtown Charleston. The North Charleston Marriott offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.

Airport shuttle service, scheduled, complimentary
Mon-Sun: 5 a.m. to Midnight
Shuttle Phone: +1 843 747-1900

Estimated taxi fare: $12 (one way)

Food Service

Registration includes a welcome reception (cash bar), breakfast, snacks, and lunch. One month prior to the event, all registrants will receive an on-line menu  so individual catering choices can be made.

The hotel has a full-service casual-dress restaurant, breakfast restaurant, lounge, and sundry shop. 

If you have questions or concerns please email and we will get back to you in two or three business days.

Covid 19 Precautions

Marriott Hotel Corporation and South Carolina Covid Guideline Links

HSA loves its members and we want everyone to make decisions that are healthy for themselves and each other. The Covid 19 situation is changing day-by-day. Because of that uncertainty, HSA is relying on the venue itself to establish rules for socialization. The Marriott brand looks to the CDC and follows the guidelines and policies put in place by the region in which the venue is located, the State of South Carolina and the City of Charleston.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at Registration during the event.