At the 37th annual Winter Abundance Gathering at the Boonville Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 8th, the Mendocino County Herb Guild will feature herbalists Donna d’Terra and Lisa Montez who will be answering questions and offering free herb seed at their display table in the Arts and Crafts Building. Lisa is a plant lover who works at a local garden center and Donna is a well-recognized herb grower and herbal educator. With community support the Herb Guild has accomplished much in its three-year history, including the production of Mendocino Vitality Tonic, a vinegar/honey/herb tonic using locally sourced ingredients. It is sold throughout the County at natural foods stores. The last two summers, the Guild has donated locally made herbal medicines to firefighters and fire victims in our greater bioregion. Last November the Guild held its second annual Harvest Dinner at the Grange in Willits, featuring local chefs, local food, local herbalists, and a speaker; it was a fundraiser towards the acquisition of an Herb Bus that will someday travel around the County doing education and outreach.
The mission of the Guild is: "Full circle herbalism that benefits the community through regenerative cultivation and wildcrafting, conscious education, and development of accessible apothecaries and clinics, so that healing plant medicine can be available to all who need it.”
At Winter Abundance, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be free presentations on grafting and vine propagation, seed saving, and utilizing greenhouses. A seed, scion, and plant exchange is happening as well as a series of hands-on fruit tree grafting clinics at no cost. Low cost rootstock sales and a farmers’ market will be open. The AV Girl Scouts will provide hot and cold beverages, snacks, and a tamale lunch for sale. For the schedule and much more information please go to www.avfoodshed.com. The event is sponsored by Mendocino Permaculture, Anderson Valley Adult School, and Anderson Valley Foodshed.