Maggie's Herb Farm
Maggie Ouellette started gowning herbs as a hobby in her back yard in the St Augustine Florida many years ago. Her homegrown business quickly outgrew the back yard. She has been in the present location since 1983 with Maggie’s Herb Farm.The farm was purchased by Dora Baker, the present owner, several years ago and today cultivates more than 200 species of herbs, succulents, and flowering perennials.
Herbs are like ornamental plants. There are annuals such as basil, coriander, and marjoram; perennials such as mint, fennel and thyme; woody perennials such as rosemary, lavender, and sage; and even bulbs such as chives. Some of the most popular culinary herbs that are also super healthy are bay laurel (the oil of which is said to alleviate arthritis, and in aromatherapy is used to treat earaches and high blood pressure); basil (test tube experiments show basil to exhibit potent antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties); parsley (can improve your heart and ease urinary tract infections); sage (used as an anti-inflammatory and to help with memory); thyme (a tea with thyme infusion can be used for coughs and bronchitis), rosemary, sorrel, and mint (helpful with digestion).
Do you wonder how to use the fresh herbs in your garden or the herbal vinegars you made? On Saturday, April 5, from 10 am to 2 pm, instructor Marge Powell will present "Cooking With Herbs". After this workshop you should have no doubts how to make cooking with herbs fun and easy. It is a hands-on workshop, and you will be on a team that does a portion of the cooking. Then you will sit down and enjoy dining on the fruits of your labor and sip herbal infused wines. A sample menu may include gingered carrot bisque, herb bread province, herb butters, chicken with herb greens (tofu available), grapefruit basil sorbet, and herbal vinegars. Bring an apron and an appetite. All detailed recipes and food included. The cost is $55 per person. Reservations are required and can be acquired by calling 904.829.0722. Instructor Marge Powell Herbalist is the owner of Magnolia Soap. Visit her website for information on all of her classes at www.magnoliahillsoap.com.
OTHER WORKSHOPS at Maggie's Herb Farm
May 18, 2014, 10 am to 2 pm
Building Hypertufa Planters
Learn to make these funky fantastic containers! Wear your old clothes. This is a dirty class, held outdoors "mud pie making for grownups." Bring an open mind, ready to fill with creative ideas! You will learn the recipe and “rules” and take home completed works of art, crafting four planters of varying sizes and shapes. All supplies are included, along with molds to keep and material to add color to your masterpieces. All you bring is a bagged lunch. We'll drink a toast to art and creativity before reluctantly ending our day! Instructor: Melanie Palmrose (www.almostancientpots.com). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!
Instructor Melanie Palmrose call to register with Melanie 904-744-1890 or email@example.com. $75 limit 10 people
May 25, 2014, 2 to 4 pm
Planting an Herbal Dish Garden
Learn the growing care tips and medicinal uses of common cooking herbs, then choose your own culinary plants to create a portable lightweight bowl that can easily be moved from outside patio to inside for a table centerpiece or fragrant kitchen accent. Hands-on participation. Bring garden gloves and a smile. $30 per person (all materials and herbal care book included). Instructor: Dora Baker, Owner of Maggie’s Herbs.
May 31, 2014
Herbs for Heart Health
In this workshop you will learn how to keep your heart healthy the natural way. There are herbs with which to treat high blood pressure; lower cholesterol; remove blockage in the arteries; and treat and prevent angina, stroke, heart attack, and congestive heart failure. You can treat these serious conditions with plants! And you'll learn how to make these plants into safe, effective, and inexpensive remedies. Each student will make 2 remedies to take home. Please bring a sack lunch. Cost is $40 (includes all materials). Instructor: Herbalist Cindy Whitley.
Traditional Treatments for Cancer
Long before chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Native Americans from both North and South America had their own proven methods for fighting cancer. Come learn about these complimentary treatments that can change your way of looking at a cancer diagnosis and positively change your life. Each student will learn the "recipes" these ancient tribes have left for us and learn to prepare them. Everyone will bring home the ingredients they need as well as resources. Please bring a sack lunch. Cost is $40 (includes all materials). Instructor: Cindy Whitley.