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General Meetings & Special Events Schedule

General Meetings of the Herb Society of Manitoba are usually held at the Canadian Mennonite University, South Campus - 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. (south of Grant) in 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.

UPCOMING MEETING DATES

NOTE... meetings held at Canadian Mennonite University, SOUTH Campus - 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. (south of Grant), Conference Room A01.

MONDAY, November 19, 2018
November's herb of the month is Soapwort.
Annual Christmas Celebration (Members' Only).
Collecting donations for Alpha House

 

MONDAY, January 21, 2019

January's herb of the month is Tansy.

MONDAY, February 25, 2019***

February's herb of the month is Poppy.

MONDAY, March 18, 2019

March's herb of the month is Bergamot.

MONDAY, April 15, 2019
April's herb of the month is Rose.

MONDAY, May 27, 2019***
May's herb of the month is Heliotrope.

MONDAY, June 17, 2019

Juner's herb of the month is Nasturtium.
Annual General Meeting (Members' Only).

***NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month.

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

Meeting will be held at Canadian Mennonite University, SOUTH Campus, Rm. A01


Previous General Meetings and Special Events - 2017/18

MONDAY, September 18, 2017

Topic:

Natural Qualities & Properties of Ingredients
in My Handmade Products

MORE INFO

Speaker:

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

Topic:

Urban Growing with Microgreens (Herbs too!) and Vegetables

MORE INFO

Speaker:

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.


MONDAY, November 20, 2017

   

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

MORE INFO

& HOLIDAY POTLUCK  

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.


MONDAY, January 15, 2018

Topic:

Arctic Plants and the Importance of Berry Shrubs in the Canadian Arctic

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Carmen Spiech

 
     
After completing an undergrad degree at the University of Manitoba Carmen went west, then east, then north, where she spent six years in a cabin on a lake just outside of Churchill. In 2008 Carmen moved to Québec where she earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Science studying berry shrub ecology in Baker Lake, Nunavut. Carmen currently lives in Winnipeg with her family and works part-time pushing non-fiction books and NFB films at the local library.

January's herb of the month is Dill.
 


MONDAY, February 26, 2018***

Topic:

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA),
Growing Organically and Incorporating Permaculture

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Britt Embry and Justin Girard, Hearts & Roots

 
Website: www.heartsandroots.com  
     
***NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month.

Britt and Justin own and operate Hearts & Roots, a small, organic vegetable, fruit and flower farm near Elie, Manitoba. They are entering their fourth year farming together and sell their produce directly to their customers and wholesale to stores and restaurants. They grow over 45 varieties of fruits and vegetables on five acres and are passionate about growing organically for the health of their land.

February's herb of the month is Hyssop.


MONDAY, March 19, 2018

Topic:

The Benefits of Drinking (Herbal) Teas

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Daniel, teamate

 
Website: teamate.ca  

March's herb of the month is Lemongrass.


MONDAY, April 16, 2018

Topic:

Growing Vegetables in Containers

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Natalie Elizabeth, Urban Eatin'

 
Website: urbaneatin.com  
     
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.

April's herb of the month is Parsley.

NOTE... meeting will be held in the Qualico Family Centre - Assiniboine Park


MONDAY, May 28, 2018***

Topic:

The Use of Herbs by Indigenous peoples

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Ed Ledohowski, Historic Resources

 

***
NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month.

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

NOTE... meeting will be held in the Qualico Family Centre - Assiniboine Park


HerbFest 2018

Thyme of Change
Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Pavilion & the Event Tent across from The Pavilion

(55 Pavilion Crescent at Assiniboine Park)


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


Learn about herbs and how you can enjoy them in your home year-round!

Activities:
Bake Sale Table. Lemonade Stand, Herbal Tea Sales, Herb Plant Sale.
Herb Society Cookbooks for sale, Raffle tickets, 50/50 draw.
Guest Speakers. Vendors selling herb-related products.
Herb Society of Manitoba info table. Guided Tours of Herb Garden.
Herb Display Table – “Touch & Sniff”

Try & Sample Table - oils, vinegars, butters

Speakers (in Pavilion):
11:30 am | Melissa Makarenko, Chef at Resto Gare – “Cooking with Herbs”
12:30 pm | Louise May, Aurora Farms – “Preserving Herbs”
  1:30 pm | Dave Hanson, Sage Garden Herbs – “Maintaining Your Herbs”

Vendors (in Event Tent):
B&D Spice Mixers
Braecrest Design
Devils Creek Herb & Berry Farm
Frescolio
Jojo’s Creations
Karen Peters
Manitoba Master Gardeners
Natural Fragments
Sage Garden Greenhouses
Sunrider International
The Prairie Garden
Thyme Jump
Winnipeg Public Library


MONDAY, June 18, 2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & POTLUCK DINNER
 

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

MORE INFO

  • Member Idea Sharing

  • Herbal Market

 
Potluck Dinner...
Please bring FINGER FOOD to share with your herbal friends.
 

June's herb of the month is Sorrel.

NOTE... meeting/potluck will be held in the Qualico Family Centre - Assiniboine Park


MONDAY, September 17, 2018

Topic:

Herbs and Drug Interactions  – Should We Be Concerned

MORE INFO

Speaker: Meera Thadani, Pharmacist  

***
NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month.

Meera is truly homegrown. She was educated in Manitoba and is a pharmacist (BSc. Pharm 1978 and MSc. 1987 from the University of Manitoba). Her practice focus has been mainly in the community but has also worked in hospital and as an educator at the Faculty of Pharmacy. She has provided many lectures to students in pharmacy, medicine, nursing and the general public on many health issues. Her garden grows fruits (raspberries, pears, Nanking cherries, gooseberries, and currents) and a variety of culinary herbs that enhance flavors and foods both exotic and traditional.

September's herb of the month is Elderberry.

Meeting will be held at Canadian Mennonite University, SOUTH Campus, Rm. A01


MONDAY, October 15, 2018

Speaker:

Melissa Makarenko, Chef at Resto Gare

MORE INFO

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 Marigold.

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

Meeting will be held at Canadian Mennonite University, SOUTH Campus, Rm. A01


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:
herbs@herbsocietymb.com 
COMMON SENSE WARNING:
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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