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General Meetings & Special Events Schedule

General Meetings of the Herb Society of Manitoba are usually held at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory located at 15 Conservatory Drive in Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and are generally held on the third Monday of each month except July, August and December. There is the odd exception to the third Monday rule and the location so check the schedule below. Information is added regularly, so check back often.

Meetings generally begin with a brief presentation of Herb Society business, then there is a short break. The Hospitality Committee provides herbal goodies for everyone to try during the break. Right after the break, the speaker begins their presentation. Sometimes the order is reversed depending on the speaker and topic. Upcoming speakers are listed below.  Clicking on "MORE INFO" will bring up a flyer (if one is available) for the meeting.

If you have questions, or you want to volunteer at meetings or events, please feel free to contact us at: herbs@herbsocietymb.com.

Notice to our Guests
The Herb Society of Manitoba charges guests $5.00 to attend presentations given at General Meetings. Our annual HerbFest event is free to all! Our AGM and our Christmas Party/Holiday Potluck is open to members only. We thank you in advance for your interest in our programming and look forward to seeing you!

Mission Statement
The Herb Society of Manitoba is dedicated to promoting knowledge, use and enjoyment of herbs through education, programs, research and sharing the experience of its members with the community.

MONDAY, November 20, 2017





This annual Christmas party is a favourite with our members.

DATE: Monday, November 20, 2017  
TIME: 6 :00 pm          Doors Open
6:30 - 7:30 pm  Potluck and Socializing
7:30 - 8:30 pm  Guest Speaker
8:30 - 9:00 pm  Clean-Up
PLACE: Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg, MB  
TOPIC: Herbal Medicine Today  
SPEAKER: Rand Smith, Master Herbalist, River City Herbals  
WEBSITE: www.rivercityherbals.com  
  Rand Smith is a master herbalist and founder of River City Herbals in Winnipeg, Canada. In the 1990s he served as staff herbalist at Finlandia Pharmacy in Vancouver BC, Canada's oldest and largest natural pharmacy.
After returning to his home town of Winnipeg in 1994, Rand was inspired to develop the formula for River City Herbals Calendula Ointment to relieve his own painfully dry skin condition caused by the windy prairie city's harsh, dry winters. Rand's ointment soon garnered rave reviews from other users and has been a bestseller in local retail outlets and holistic clinics ever since.
Since 1996, the River City Herbals product line - which now includes OM Lip Balm - has been picked up by more and more stores right across Western Canada.

Attention Herb Society Members...

- Bring a Herbal Goodie to share with your fellow Herb Members
- Herbal Market Tables
- Collecting donations for Alpha House
**This Event is for Members Only**
Memberships can be purchased or renewed prior to the event.
Membership: Individual $25; Family: $35; Business $50

November's herb of the month is Coriander.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

MONDAY, January 15, 2018
January's herb of the month is Dill.
SPEAKER:  Carmen Spiech

To assist in our ongoing effort to be environmentally friendly,
please try to remember to bring your own mug for your herbal tea.

Doors open 6:30 pm | Meeting 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Doors close 9:00 pm

Yearly Membership: Individual $25; Family: $35; Business $50
Admission:  Members - FREE; Non-member - $5

MONDAY, February 26, 2018***
February's herb of the month is Hyssop.
SPEAKER:  Britt Embry and Justin Girard, Hearts & Roots
1. Becoming a Certified Organic Farm
2. Participating in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program

MONDAY, March 19, 2018
March's herb of the month is Lemongrass.

MONDAY, April 16, 2018
April's herb of the month is Parsley.
SPEAKER:  Natalie Elizabeth, Urban Eatin'
TOPIC:      Growing Herbs in Containers
WEBSITE:  http://urbaneatin.com

MONDAY, May 28, 2018
*** (tentative)
May's herb of the month is Valerian.
SPEAKER:  Ed Ledohowski
TOPIC:      The Traditional Use of Herbs by Indigenous peoples

MONDAY, June 18, 2018
June's herb of the month is Sorrel.
Annual General Meeting (Members' Only).

***NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month.

Previous General Meetings and Special Events - 2016/17

MONDAY, September 19, 2016


Culinary Herbs for Health and Healing



Karen Peters of KarenFood

Website:  karenfood.blogspot.ca  

Karen Peters has always been in the kitchen, it seems. As a student in Germany, she apprenticed at a Bavarian and then Italian restaurant, earning her red seal. Karen worked as a chef in Turkey. Her other interests lead her to also learn about the foods of Korea, different regions of India, China and Morocco. In each of these regions, food is seen as the key to health and medicine. She holds a Masters of Environment and had her field work in Kerala, South India. Karen has been a food educator for a number of years, from seed saving and gardening to food security programs as well as having a top restaurant, featuring her foods.

September's herb of the month is Perilla.

MONDAY, October 17, 2016


How do you like your grass? Juiced, of course!



Omer and Ann Marie Gautron


Whoever would have thought that one could DRINK greens? Wheatgrass packs a powerful punch in a small volume. Omer and Ann Marie will share their experience with growing and juicing wheatgrass.

Living in small town Manitoba, they have the space and ability to grow greens all year long. They have had fun experimenting with different growing systems to produce their own greens from seed – from lettuce to wheatgrass.

October's herb of the month is Peppermint.

SATURDAY, October 22, 2016

Herb Society of Manitoba 20th Anniversary Celebrations

We are turning 20 this year and we are celebrating!
Please join us... ALL ARE WELCOME!

MONDAY, November 21, 2016





This annual Christmas party is a favourite with our members.

DATE: Monday, November 21, 2016  
TIME: 6 :00 pm          Doors Open
6:30 - 7:30 pm  Potluck and Socializing
7:30 - 8:30 pm  Speaker & Demonstrations
8:30 - 9:00 pm  Clean-Up
PLACE: Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg, MB  
TOPIC: The Fascinating World of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar  
SPEAKER: Lise Belanger, Frescolio Fine Oil and Vinegar Tasting Bar.
Lise will be bringing a variety of oils and vinegars for us to sample and purchase. Please note that Frescolio will only accept cash.
WEBSITE: www.frescolio.ca  
Dawn Kitching - Natural Fragments
Susan Haywood - miscellanous
Kelly Johannsen - crafts
Attention Herb Society Members...
- Bring a Herbal Goodie to share with your fellow Herb Members
- Collecting donations for Alpha House
**This Event is for Members Only**
Memberships can be purchased or renewed prior to the event.
Membership: Individual $25; Family: $30; Corporate $100

November's herb of the month is DANDELION.

MONDAY, January 16, 2017


How to Grow Sweet Potatoes in Manitoba



Tiffany Grenkow, Winnipeg Sweet Potato





Learn how to grow sweet potatoes in Manitoba. We will discuss everything you need to know from growing tips and tricks to curing and proper storage of your own sweet potatoes.

January's herb of the month is Wild Strawberry.

MONDAY, February 20, 2017


The Mixology of Herbology



Melissa Makarenko, Chef de Cuisine from Resto Gare





Chef Melissa Makarenko was born and raised in Winnipeg. Her passion for cooking was substituted with Jazz and music while studying French immersion. While studying Microbiology at the University of Winnipeg, Melissa rediscovered her passion for cooking. She enrolled in the Culinary Program at Red River College, graduating (2005) with honours and several completion awards. After graduation she started her career with Fairmont hotels and resorts, beginning with Fairmont Winnipeg. She continued to compete in culinary competitions throughout the city and won the jeune Chain des Rotisseurs and represented Manitoba at the Nationals. Melissa has a passion for Canadian cuisine and decided to travel to learn and explore local ingredients and flavours. She joined the team Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews by-the-Sea in New Brunswick (2008) where she stayed for two years. She also had the opportunity to work at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal as Sous Chef. It was here she learned the meaning of perfection in the dining experience. Passion afoot, Melissa moved west to work at Chateau Lake Louise in the Rocky Mountains.

Melissa moved home to Winnipeg to bring her knowledge, experience, and passion back to her roots. She has applied this to Resto Gare, to bring home cooked food to an experience and flavour that patrons cannot forget. Her theme is “Comfort Food with a French Flair and elegance”. Great dining experience is about fresh ingredients that are available locally.

February's herb of the month is Basil.

MONDAY, March 20, 2017


Square Foot and Vertical Gardening



Mick Manfield


Mick immigrated to Canada in 1999 after a 23-year career in the British Army and learned to garden in England alongside his Dad and Granddad.

He gardens on a 1-acre lot in Lockport where he grows plants in a Square Foot Garden that measures 32 ft. x 32 ft. In this garden, he grows 50 different varieties of vegetables, salads, herbs and fruits.

Mick completed his Square Foot Gardening Teacher Certification in October 2011 in Austin, Texas and completed the Master Gardener and Master Composter certification in 2012. He is passionate about gardening and learning new gardening techniques.

In 2013, he won the award for the best Square Foot Garden in the Instructor Category of the Square Foot Garden Organization, and in 2014, he won the Rural Category of the Manitoba Garden Makeover Competition.

Mick's garden has been featured twice on the Manitoba Master Gardener Association Garden Tour and is open for visitors throughout the growing season.

Over the last 5 years he has presented Square Foot Gardening techniques to gardening clubs, small businesses, greenhouses and at Gardening Saturday, and we are looking forward to his presentation to our herb society members and guests.

March's herb of the month is Fennel.

MONDAY, April 24, 2017***


Uses for Herbs in Your Garden



Dawn Kitching from Natural Fragments





***NOTE: Fourth Monday of the Month.

Dawn enjoys growing or wild harvesting the leaves, flowers, roots, etc. to make the oils that go into making her handmade products.

Dawn practices Chi Nei Tsang, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Iridology, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Reiki. She is a certified Medical Intuitive and Quantum Practitioner.

April's herb of the month is Echinacea.

MONDAY, May 15, 2017


The Many Yields of the Urban Landscape



Natalie Elizabeth, Urban Eatin'





Join Natalie Elizabeth of Urban Eatin' for a new twist on the home garden. Drawing primarily from her experience in garden design, homestead living, herbalism and traditional food preservation, Natalie will present gardens that incorporate both form and multiple functions. Come take a walk through the garden seasons and explore the vast potential of urban spaces from habitat to harvest.

Natalie hails from a family farm in southern Manitoba where she could often be found crouched in the dirt, overturning rocks. Throughout the years she has bounced back and forth between remote locations and densely populated urban areas building green spaces for plants and people. Some of her favourite things to share and learn are: traditional food processing skills such as fermentation, soil microbiology, seed saving, herbal medicine, and the cultural history of farming around the world.

May's herb of the month is Ginger.

HerbFest 2017

Spring into Herbs
Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Assiniboine Park Conservatory Event Tent & Herb Garden

Co-hosted by the Herb Society of Manitoba
and Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Learn about the benefits and uses of herbs and how you can enjoy them in your home year-round!
Enjoy activities for both adults and children!

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(Event Tent and Herb Garden)

Yummy treats at our Café Bake Sale.
Lemonade Stand, Herb Plant Sale, Children’s Activities.
Guest Speakers. Vendors selling herb-related products.
Herb Society of Manitoba info table. Guided Tours of Herb Garden.
Herbal demos – “Sniff & Tell”.

Fragrant sachets, Herb Society of Manitoba cookbooks, aprons and t-shirts, as well as copies of the 2017 issue of Prairie Garden – “herbs & spices” will be available for purchase.

Speaker schedule:
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
(School area by Conservatory)

12:30 - 1:00 pm | Melissa Makarenko, Chef at Resto Gare
Melissa will talk about how she uses herbs and offer tips for using herbs in every day cooking. Learn what herbs are easily accessible, which herbs go well together, and how to satisfy different flavour palates.

1:30 - 2:00 pm | Dawn Kitching, Natural Fragments
Dawn will be talking about how she uses herbs in her products. She'll also share useful information about growing herbs, their benefits, and how to use them.

2:30 - 3:00 pm | St. Mary's Nursery
Faery Gardens are all the rage! Watch a demonstration and learn how you can incorporate herbs into your own miniature garden landscape.

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(Event Tent)

B & D Spices - Don & Barb Bartos
Frescolio - Lise Belanger  http://www.frescolio.ca
Green Action Committee 
Karen Food - Karen Peters 
La Bodega - Susan Smandych 
Manitoba Master Gardener Association  http://www.mgmanitoba.com
Natural Fragments - Dawn Kitching  https://www.facebook.com/NaturalFragments
Sage Garden - Dave Hanson  https://sagegarden.ca
Sandy’s Garden Driftwood - Sandra Ross  https://www.facebook.com/SandysGardenDriftwood

You can see more info and pics by joining our Facebook group.

MONDAY, June 19, 2017


**Members Only**  **Members Only**  **Members Only**


  • Constitution/Bylaw changes to be voted on

  • Member Idea Sharing

  • Herbal Market

  • Bring a potted plant for the "Plant Exchange"

Potluck Dinner...
Please bring something to share with your herbal friends.

MONDAY, September 18, 2017


Natural Qualities & Properties of Ingredients
in My Handmade Products



Dawn Kitching, Natural Fragments

Website: https://www.facebook.com/NaturalFragments  

Dawn will be speaking on some of the natural qualities and properties that are inherent in the plants, roots, bark, petals, leaves, etc. that go into some of the products she loves to make.

Dawn practices Chi Nei Tsang, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Iridology, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Reiki.

She is also a certified Medical Intuitive and Quantum Practitioner.

September's herb of the month is Bay Laurel.

MONDAY, October 16, 2017


Urban Growing with Microgreens (Herbs too!) and Vegetables



Joel Weber, Fresh Forage

Website: www.freshforage.ca  

To assist in our ongoing effort to be environmentally friendly,
please try to remember to bring your own mug for your herbal tea.
October's herb of the month is Borage.

If you would like to volunteer at General Meetings or have an idea you would like to share with us for a Speaker or Workshop, please contact us at: herbs@herbsocietymb.com.

To contact us for more information,
either write to the following address:

     Herb Society of Manitoba
     PO Box 61004 RPO Grant Park
     Winnipeg, MB R3M 3X8

Or contact us by email at:
Any information on this site is NOT intended to prescribe or diagnose in any way. The intent is to offer general information about herbs including information about their historical and current use. Those who are sick should consult with their doctor.

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