Heritage herb festival in New Lebanon
The third annual Mount Lebanon Heritage Herb Fest is planned July 7, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Darrow School, 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon. Admission is $10 per person, $20 per family. There is a $2 discount with online preregistration.
This year’s schedule offers workshops with topics ranging from cheese, soap making, bees and honey to a Native American healing techniques. For class times, visit http://www.mountlebanonherbfest.com/2014-classes–workshops.html/.
A walk through the swamp is planned in the afternoon as well as a family forage for edible plants and herbs with nature educators from Flying Deer Nature Center.
Acupuncturist and herbalist Naomi Alson will speak on “Herb Consciousness: 30 Years of Rising Interest,” tracing the comeback which began in the ’60s where there was a backlash against the chemical-based pharmaceutical industry.
The Darrow School has a significant link to the power of the herb, having once housed the Mount Lebanon Shakers and being located just down the road from the 240-acre Shaker Swamp where bountiful herb growth is fed by the town’s thermal springs. The Mohican tribe was the first to explore the riches of the Shaker Swamp and shared their knowledge with the Shakers who eventually established a successful seed, herb and extract business.
Nearby is the former site of the nation’s first pharmaceutical company, Tilden Pharmaceutical, founded in 1824 by Elam Tilden who used herbal compounds derived in New Lebanon.
Mount Lebanon Herb Fest is a project of the Lebanon Valley Business Association.
Gloria MazurePost Author
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