Monday, August 22, 2011

Hands on Herbs Workshop w/ Liz Meeks

what: herb workshop
when: August 27 @ 10:00am
where: McCoy Garden (807 main st 37206)
cost: free (but we'll pass the hat for our speaker)

This class will focus on identifying and using healing plants that grow naturally in our backyards, or are easily cultivated.

Liz Meeks, community herbalist and gardener, will attempt to dispel the myth that a 'medicinal herb' is something that must be purchased at a health food store or must be concocted by someone in a white lab coat. We will learn that many healing plants, aka 'weeds' offer themselves freely at our doorsteps, in the back alley, and voluntarily in our gardens. We will meet at the ENCM campus, which is home to Versatile Dandelion, Powerful Poke, Incredible Plantain, Iron-rich Yellow Dock, and the often overlooked Smartweed and Amaranth. The garden also offers Echinacea, Rosemary, Sage, Mint, Thyme, Lavender, and Parsley, all with healing properties beyond the kitchen. Let's see what else we can find!

We will go through all the steps of making a fresh plant tincture, or alcohol extract. We will also discuss extracting herbs into vinegar and honey for those who wish to avoid alcohol, or simply want to try something different.
We will touch on basic cultivation techniques for a few of my favorite herbs including Calendula, Comfrey, Holy Basil, St.John's Wort and Yarrow.

The world of herbs offers endless opportunities to explore, create, and connect with the natural world on a deeper level. Please join us for what is sure to be a fun workshop!

As always, sign up in comment space below and direct all questions to justin there.

*a special note for this workshop*
A very slight but very real possibility exist for this workshop to be rescheduled. Liz is scheduled to assist a birth that has yet to be. So it may be that liz becomes preoccupied during the workshop time because shes helping bring a person into the world. Stay tuned here for updates. And look for an email update if we have to reschedule. In advance, thank you for your understanding.


Elizabeth B. said...

I would love to attend this workshop. - Elizabeth Bradley

Anonymous said...

I plan to attend the herb workshop and look forward to it.
Kevin Guenther

Alyce said...


Linda Ray and I are putting this into our calendars so we can attend.


Mandy Cook said...

I will be there! -Mandy C

jamidesign said...

rsvp for 1 - jami at

Anonymous said...

rsvp 1

Karen Cisler

Anonymous said...

I plan to be there!

C Willett

Anonymous said...

Randall will b there, Thanks Liz and ENCM

tarabyte said...

rsvp 1

Tara Jo Kirk

Monrita Hughes said...

See you there.

Anonymous said...

plan on coming. thanks for having this!

Anonymous said...

Good news! The baby was born Wednesday morning so the class is definitely on! Mom and baby are beautiful and healthy.

Cookie said...

Hi Justin,
I would love to attend this workshop and learn more about the blessed work you all are doing. RSVP 2, we look forward to learning. Thank you,


Anonymous said...

RSVP 2 more for herb workshop tomorrow. Looking forward to it!
Matt S.