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The 2014 Herb of the Year, Artemisia, will be featured at the Sunday, May 4 Herb Faire, hosted by the Herb Society of the Preble County Historical Society.

Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Preble County Historical Society, 7693 Swartsel Rd., Eaton, the Herb Faire will host the ever-popular herb plants sales, herbal related educational programs, relaxing music, and healthy food selections in the Carriage House Cafe.

The Herb Plant Sale is the highlight of the Herb Faire. Herb Society members entice garden enthusiasts to think beyond the ordinary Thyme and Basil plants. Some of the herbs available this year are Sweet Bay Laurel, Betony and Wormwood. Cooks and gardeners alike will be interested in trying new unique flavors and aromas to add a little spice and adventure to recipes and flower beds. In addition, aromatic scented geraniums will be available, which can be dried for beauty and pleasure long after the last frost. Herb Society members will be on-hand to assist customers in selecting the right herb plants for their gardens. Visitors can sample a variety of tasty herb dips and teas.

Local vendors will offer herbal related products and handcrafted wares. For a $3 fee, the Herb Society will plant one’s purchased herbs in a container. Also, children will be able to plant some sunflower seeds in a mini-pot to take home and enjoy.

For visitors’ dining pleasure, Buckeye Jakes will be catering a meal perfect for a Sunday afternoon at the Preble County Historical Society Center.

Adult and children’s educational programs featured include:

Noon – Worm Composting for Children and adults will be presented by Connie Duncan, a 14 year veteran of Five Rivers Metro Park. Connie works as an Education Assistant at Possum Creek Metro Park on programming that helps connect children to their food and the environment. Connie is also a worm wrangler and teaches both children and adults how to compost with worms. One lucky child attending the program will have the opportunity to take home a worm bin complete with worms and compost! Connie lives in Preble County on 3.88 acres with her husband, 8 goats and an Appaloosa named Curious George.

1 p.m. — Organic Composting presented by Tim Pritchard, will focus on composting methods, describing characteristics of good compost and addressing many of the typical challenges associated with getting started with composting. Tim is an avid gardener, naturalist and sustainable living advocate. After studying Communication Arts at Sinclair Community College and Environmental Biology at Ohio University, training as an intern at the Arc of Appalachia Nature Preserve System and operating a landscaping business, he accepted his current position as Green Practices Program Coordinator for Five Rivers Metro Parks. Tim oversees the quarterly Compost Kitchen series which entails three 2 hour programs dedicated to exploring compost as a means of waste management and organic gardening strategy.

2 p.m. — Herbalist Janell Foust will present a program on “Artemisia, Herb of the Year 2014” as selected by the International Herb Association.

In Foust’s presentation visitors will learn about the many varieties of this herb mentioned in the Bible, how it was used, and how to grow them. Then, have fun using Artemisia vulgaris-Mugwort, to make a “Dream pillow” and a “Dream Balm” while sipping a Dreamers tea.

Foust is a florist, herbalist, Therapeutic Touch ™ and Reiki. She is the owner and founder of Lavender & Roses Herbary and Florals. She has studied at the Dominion Herbal College, British Colombia; at Rosemary Gladstar’s the Art & Science of Herbology and Gladstar’s Advanced Herbal Training; served an internship with an Amish herbalist, Soloman, from Southern, Indiana; completed Reiki 1 & 2 with Sally Garrett, Earthlight Energies, Tarpley, Texas; completed Therapeutic Touch level 1 & 2 Ottawa, Canada and interned with Trish Rolls, Touching Lives with Care, Montreal, Canada practicing the modalities of Therapeutic Touch™ and aromatherapy in health care facilities for geriatric care, palliative care, Alzheimer’s & hospice care.

3 p.m: “Rain Barrels.” Samantha Burke, a 2013 graduate of Twin Valley South High School, is currently working with the Preble Soil and Water Conservation District as an AmeriCorps Environmental Steward for the year of 2014. Burke greatly enjoys her job and the tasks associated with it. She attended Sinclair Community College with the major of Environmental Engineering in mind, and plans to continue her education in the fall by transferring to Ivy Tech Community College with an agricultural major. She will be talking about using rain barrels for watering gardens. Her passion in life includes agriculture and horses.

All the presentations will be held in the bank barn this year, so whether the sun is shining or not, the Herb Society will be ready for visitors to come and spend the day at the Preble County Historical Society Center, located at 7693 Swartsel Rd. The historic buildings will be open for touring, trails open for hiking, and the gift shop open for gift giving needs. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the May 4 Herb Faire, contact the Historical Society at 937-787-4256, or by email: preblecountyhistoricalsociety@frontier.com. Visit the web site: www.preblecountyhistoricalsociety.com and find the society on Facebook.

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