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The Herb Society of America (HSA) is pleased to announce P. Allen Smith, an award-winning designer, gardening and lifestyle expert, an author, television host, entrepreneur and conservationist, has been selected to be the HSA Honorary President effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018. Allen lives in Little Rock, Arkansas and has a passion for American style.

 P. Allen Smith shares, “As many of you know, I have loved and grown herbs my entire life. So when I heard that I was selected to be the Honorary President of The Herb Society of America, well I was absolutely thrilled. And I want to thank you very much.

Our missions are very similar in that we see the importance of raising the awareness of the natural health benefits of herbs through fostering the preservation, cultivation, use and delight of these beautiful plants.

I certainly hope to see all of you in Little Rock and here at Moss Mountain Farm in 2017.  Until then, I hope your herbs grow strong and bountiful.”

Allen uses his Arkansas home, Moss Mountain Farm, which The New York Times hails as a “stunning estate,” as an epicenter for promoting the local food movement, organic gardening and the preservation of heritage poultry breeds. He created his farm to serve as a place of inspiration, education, and conservation and provides visitors from around the country locally sourced meals to introduce them to an expression of the regional cuisine.

 Moss Mountain Farm is grounded in historic precedent, inspired by regional influences and guided by modern-day innovation—all of which are helping to write a new chapter in the evolution of the classic American farm and a celebration of the cuisine of the South.

 In 2009, P. Allen Smith founded the Heritage Poultry Conservancy, which is dedicated to the preservation and support of threatened breeds and strains of domestic poultry. In addition, he strives to educate future generations through his work with Kids Plant It Earth. The curriculum he developed for the program teaches students about being good stewards of the planet through gardening.

 Smith studied garden history and design at the University of Manchester in England, is an honorary member of the Garden Club of America and recipient of their Medal of Honor, a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society and a former board member of the Royal Oak Society.

 His work is featured in national publications, highlighted at key events, and commemorated in bestselling titles including P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home and P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, which is a nod to his love for organic, regional cuisine. His media company, Hortus Ltd, produces three national, award-winning television shows: Garden Home (which has enjoyed 14 seasons on PBS), Garden to Table, also on Public Television, and Garden Style, now in its 17th season of syndication.  Learn more at http://www.pallensmith.com

Welcome to the 2016-2018 HSA Board of Directors

President- Rae McKimm, Arkansas and Ozark Unit, Southeast District
Vice-President-Nicoll Cadwalader Brinley, Connecticut Unit, Northeast District
Secretary-Rie Sluder, NorthEast Seacoast Unit, Northeast District
Treasurer-Janie Plummer, Pioneer Unit, South Central District

District Membership Delegates
Central-Pat Greathead, Wisconsin Unit
Great Lakes-Bonnie Porterfield,Western Reserve Unit
Mid-Atlantic-Cindy Meier, Member at Large
Northeast-Jen Munson, NorthEast Seacoast Unit
South Central-Mary Doebbeling, Pioneer Unit
Southeast-P.J. Stamps-Kitchen, Nashville Unit
West-Jody Lacy, Member at Large

Botany and Horticulture Chair-Karen O'Brien, New England Unit, Northeast District
Development Chair-Carol Schmidt, Colonial Triangle Unit, Mid-Atlantic District
Education Chair-Dava Stravinsky, Long Island Unit, Northeast District
Membership Chair-Gloria Hunter, Texas Thyme Unit, South Central District
Nominating and Awards Chair-Susan Liechty, Past President, Delaware County Unit, Great Lakes District
Publications-Jackie Johnson, Northeast Wisconsin Unit, Central District


The HSA Research Grant Committee is pleased to announce Margaret Skinner from the University of Vermont, as the recipent of the 2016-2017 HSA Research Grant. The project selected is "Quality Assessment of Saffron Grown in Northern New England."

Congratulations to HSA Member Rhonda Fleming Hayes on her new book

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New HSA Member Discount!

Special $10 one year subscription to each of the Mother Earth publications including Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Capper's Farm and Grit.
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Congratulations to the 2016-17 Grant for Educator Recipient-The Year of the Garden, Fayette Academy, in Somerville, Tennessee

This project will include students in grades Pre-kindergarten through 10th grade who will actively conduct STEM plant hands on research in the Action Garden. This science based project will plant, grown, nurture, and harvest herbs. The project will develop an understanding and appreciation for the amazing flavors and aromas of herbs. Families of over 600 students will be provided herb handbooks to encourage the use of fresh herbs at home.



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