March Message from the President

Hi everyone. We had another fun and educational meeting at the Greenstone Barn. Thanks to DonnaRae Caccavo for making the arrangements. We had two talks this month. First, Lois Trimpey told us all about Saffron, that tiny, expensive spice. Look for Lois’ notes elsewhere in the newsletter. Then Nan Franz gave a talk on “Fast Food and Culinary Herbs”. What a hoot! I never thought of herbs in connection with fast food. Thanks to Lois and Nan for sharing their knowledge and increasing ours.


A new member joined this month, Carolyn Havicon. Carolyn and her husband own the Blue Stone Meadow Lavender Farm. Welcome Carolyn, we look forward to getting to know you.


We’ll be meeting back at the VETS for our April 9 meeting. The requirements are the same as before: maximum 50 people in dining room, masks are recommended but not required, same with social distancing. No “communal dining”. Snacks are ok but no meals. And disinfect after meeting. El Dorado County Resident and Herbalist, Candice Canton, will be our speaker. Candice will be speaking on the health benefits of culinary herbs. Check out Candice’s bio in our newsletter.


Our May 7 meeting will be a field trip to Morningsun Herb Farm in Vacaville. We talked about it briefly and started a list of people who are willing to drive and those who would like a ride. We also discussed getting Box Lunches and the Treasury paying for $5 of each member’s lunch. Ada Brehmer will be sending out a menu from La Borgata Deli for your use in ordering lunch. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me.


And lastly, Nikki Bari and Ada Brehmer organized a drawing at the meeting. Members took home some nice items including bottles of wine.  Thanks for your participation and support.


See you next month,

Jan Keahey











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2021 Meeting Calendar

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