Moringa Tree Featured in October

For our next meeting on October 17th we have invited Jayme Oats to speak. She is owner of a business that helps farmers with solutions including helping beginning farmers and organic certification. She is the director of the Cooperative Extension Beginning Farmer Program. She will be speaking to us about Moringa a wonderful medicinal herb tree that grows well here in Alabama.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 17th at 6pm, at the Loeb Center of Old Alabama Town.

Permaculture at March Meeting

Permaculture Thinking Creates Solutions
Speaker: Chris Gore
Old Alabama Town Herb Society, Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 p.m., OAT Loeb Reception Center, 301 Columbus St., Montgomery, AL 36104

Chris Gore Permaculture“Over six years ago I decided I was going to do some landscaping at my new home. I had never heard of permaculture design nor did I know just how awful my soil was at the time. It turns out a sandy hill void of topsoil comes with challenges. Adding to those challenges was the high acidity from all the surrounding pine trees that are a staple in southern monoculture forestry land. So without much observation I dug six holes and filled them using four encore azaleas and two peach trees. The peach trees I planted almost immediately died regardless of the care I gave. By the next year all but two of the azaleas followed suit and decided not to live. With such a low return on investment I stopped planting. I stopped trying to grow. It did not make sense to buy more plants just to watch them die…That’s when the idea of making the problem the solution made sense and applying this new way of thinking to my life and plantings began to close the loop of my well being. Now I spend a lot of time, energy, and money creating great soil. I no longer see it as a liability but rather as a priceless asset.”

February Meeting Features Goldenrod

Debbie Boutelier, 2014-2015 President of the Herb Society of America (HSA) will present a program “Autumn Gold – Exploring Solidago” on February 21, 6pm at the Loeb Center of Old Alabama Town.

The ‘Herb Society of America’ has selected the much maligned ‘Goldenrod’ as the “Herbal Shrub of the Year for 2017.” Debbie will enlighten us concerning the medicinal properties and cultural significance of this lovely gift of nature.

Debbie BoutelierDebbie Boutelier is Alabama’s own precious resource on ‘all things herbal.’ She has extensive horticultural background – ​former Autauga Count​ Extension Agen​t​,​​ Alabama Master Gardener​, over ten years study in​ ​​uses of medicinal herbs, and completed a three year intensive study of the medicinal aspects of herbs at the Appalachian Center of Natural Health. She teaches nationally and gives many seminars on organic gardening, nutrition, the many aspects of herbs, and other garden-related topics.
Debbie was an early member of the ‘Old Alabama Town Herb Society’ and we are proud to call her our friend.

Please join us for light refreshments and an evening of delighting in Herbs with Debbie Boutelier!

January Meeting Features Yarrow

yarrowOATHS member Kathy Quinn will do a presentation about traditional medicinal uses Yarrow (Achillea Millefollium) at our next meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 6pm at the Loeb Center of Old Alabama Town. Yarrow is a flowering herb that grows in several of the gardens in Old Alabama Town. It has been used since ancient times and has many interesting properties. Herb Society members and other interested people are invited to hear her presentation. Kathy is a pharmacist with 25 years experience who has recently become interested in non-pharmaceutical ways of healing. She completed a certificate in Community Herbalism from the Appalachian Center for Natural Health located in Arab, Alabama. She began studying herbs in the garden and came to Old Alabama Town to Herb day for a number of years, joining the Herb Society last year.

No November Meeting +

There will be no regular meeting for November or December 2016. 
The next regularly scheduled OATHS meeting will be at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
Currently, scheduled activities for November and December are as follows:
  • Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 p.m., (in lieu of regular meeting) dinner by Chef Michael at Capitol City Club (details to follow from President Duane).
  • Saturday, November 19, 8:00 a.m., (in lieu of regular meeting) take down scarecrows at Old Alabama Town; volunteers needed.
  • Saturday, December 10, 8:00 a.m., (in lieu of regular meeting) hanging of Christmas decorations at Old Alabama Town.  Only natural materials to be used; please plan to participate.
Volunteers for refreshments will be needed for the January 17, 2017 regular meeting.  A meeting reminder will be sent prior to January meeting.

July 19 Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, July 19, at 6:00 p.m.at the Loeb Center at Old Alabama Town for the monthly meeting. Bring your ideas and suggestions for the coming year to make plans for the best year ever!
Be thinking of the committees you want to assist and which herb garden team you plan to join. It’s the beginning of our fiscal year and dues are due if you haven’t already paid.
Refreshments will be served and bring an item for the door prize.

June Meeting in the Gardens

At the Tuesday evening meeting Jane McCarthy and Ann Hamill conducted the induction ceremony for new officers of Old Alabama Town Herb Society for 2016-2017, using the language of plants for each officer’s purpose. Those present were President Duane “Duck” Mara, Secretary Christine Robinson, and Treasurer Maxine Taylor. After the induction, Jane McCarthy gave a demonstration of propagating plants and a walking tour of the OATHS herb gardens.

June 21 Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, June 21st for the Installation of Officers for 2016-2017 Old Alabama Town Herb Society. Thank you to the officers for the coming year- President Duane Mara; Vice-President TBD; Treasurer Maxine Taylor; Secretary Christine Robinson; Corresponding Secretary Marsha Allison. Jane McCarthy will conduct the installation ceremony. The meeting will be held in the herb gardens of Old Alabama Town (where Herb Day is held). Parking on Jefferson, enter through the gate mid-block. Bring a chair. We will have a short business meeting. Following the installation of officers Jane will give a demonstration on propagating herbs. Bring an empty water bottle (16 oz. to 2 liter and a cutter). Volunteers to bring refreshments are Carolyn Gomillion, Ann Hamill, new members Yma Carrington and Kathy Quinn. No door prizes this month. See you there!