November Message from the President

Hi everyone. After planning to meet at the Herb Garden and then Boa Vista, we finally ended up at the VETS. They have some strict rules we need to follow but the 18 members who were able to attend seemed to feel safe. We had hand sanitizer, face masks and shields available for those who wished to wear them.


Four of our members talked about gifts from the kitchen. DonnaRae Caccavo talked about the flavored salts her guest, and now new member, Linda Thompson, introduced her to. Jane Reed demonstrated how easy it is to make fermented chutney. Liz Niles described a spice blend that she usually buys at Trader Joe’s but because of the long lines she hasn’t been shopping there. So, necessity being the mother of invention, she figured out how to make it herself. And I talked about making pickled asparagus. 4 easy gifts that most people would love to receive. Thanks ladies, for sharing.


Speaking of sharing, we had the food and clothing drive for our Veterans, which was a huge success. We received a thank you card from Jennifer New-man and her team that said, “You are a great example of everything that’s right with the world.” Jennifer added the following thank you message: “On behalf of the El Dorado Veteran Resources & Military Family Support Group, I would like to extend a warm heartfelt thank you to your beautiful group for the food and clothing donations. No matter what we are going through, it is so welcoming knowing we have community support for our VETS. God Bless.


Because of Covid restrictions, we won’t be having our Holiday lunch this year. However, the VETS is allowing meetings to take place with limited attendance and specific rules to follow. We will hold a regular meeting on Friday, December 4, from 10:00 to Noon at the VETS. And we will have our gift exchange. Please keep the following requirements in mind:

  • This meeting is for members only, no guests or family members.
  • No food service is allowed and the kitchen is “off limits”. Members can bring their own beverage and snack if they wish.
  • Only four people per table.
  • Face masks or shields are recommended but not required.

Also, keep in mind that these requirements can change so check your email frequently as we get closer to the date. Ada Brehmer will notify everyone if plans change.  Back to the gift exchange. For new members, our tradition is “Make it, Bake it or Grow it” but we’re very flexible. The purpose is to get together and have fun!


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, 

Jan Keahey










2020 Meeting Calendar

December 4, 2020          CANCELLED*

Topic: Meeting & Gift Exchange (Members Only)

Organizer: Carolyn Fallis

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions

2021 Meeting Calendar

January 8, 2021

Topic: Neonicatinoids

Presenter: Pat Trimble

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                 130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

February 5, 2021

Topic: Dill & Seed Exchange

Presenter: DonnaRae Caccavo

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

March 5, 2021

Topic: Saffron

Presenter: Lois Trimpey

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

April 9, 2021

Topic: Health Benefits of Culinary Herbs

Presenter: Candis Canton of EverGreen Herb Garden                      and School of Integrated Herbology 

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

May 7, 2021

Topic: Field Trip to Morningsun Herb Farm

Location: Vacaville, CA

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

June 4, 2021

Topic: Native Herbs

Presenter: Cindy Podsiadlo & Plant Exchange

Location: El Dorado County Fairgrounds

                100 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Meet at the Adopt-a-Spot herb garden

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

July 9, 2021

Topic: How to Make Lavender Wands

Presenter: Nan Franz

Location: El Dorado County Fairgrounds

               100 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                Meet at the Adopt-a-Spot herb garden

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

August 6, 2021

Topic: Herbal Definitions

Presenter: Peggy Holmes

Location: El Dorado County Fairgrounds

               100 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                Meet at the Adopt-a-Spot herb garden

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

September 10, 2021

Topic: Parsley - International Herb Society Association 2021 Herb of the Year

Organizer: Gosia Porwit

Location: El Dorado County Fairgrounds

               100 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

               Meet at the Adopt-a-Spot herb garden

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

October 1, 2021

Topic: Putting Your Garden to Bed

Presenter: TBD

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

November 5, 2021

Topic: Herbal Gifts

Presenter: Herb Society Members

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

December 3, 2021

Topic: Annual Holiday Buffet

Organizer: TBD

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

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