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The Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community.

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From it’s inception, the Herb Society has always been interested in spreading our passion for herbs far and wide. Looking back at 2014, we note the growing concern in our culture of our food sources and the sustainability of nature to support it. For instance, we’ve noted the growing popularity of food enthusiasts nicknamed ‘foodies’, who’s a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger.
    Another niche group springing up are advocates of the ‘garden to table’ movement who are keenly interested in becoming more attuned to the food they consume and their sources, and also refers to a movement concerned with producing food locally or even at home, as past generations did. Some commercial chefs as well have come to rely upon extremely fresh ingredients that have been barely modified, sometimes presented raw just a few feet from where they grew. Generally, these chefs rely on traditional farmhouse cooking, and may refer to their preparations as “vernacular food” or “peasant food”, with its emphasis on freshness, seasonality, local availability, and simple preparations.
    Increasingly, the public backlash against genetically-modified organisms in our food supply has added a note of political activism to what had been, until recently, a largely aesthetic movement.
    Along with these groups, there is a re-kindling interest of do-it-yourselfers who are more interested in personally creating and maximizing their resources than consuming mass-produced products, and a more environmentally-concious population — from school children to young adults and first-time home buyers.
    As we observe the growth of these enthusiasts we are excited and encouraged this is leading to a reinvigorated interest in herbs, and an area of interest that we are wonderfully positioned to serve, support and nurture. With that in mind we look forward to the great possibilities in 2015 and the future.

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Chia seeds are the newest "super food" to come on the market. This webinar will cover the history of chia seed use by the Aztecs, the invention of the Chia Pet, and the nutritional value of chia seeds. It will include tips on growing and cooking with chia, and a few simple recipes will be provided.

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