WESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Herb Association (WVHA) gathered at WVU Jackson’s Mill on Oct. 15 to hold its 30th anniversary celebration as part of its fall conference.
Registration for the conference started bright and early at 9 am, and the lectures started at 10 am. The conference consisted of informative lectures and workshops, local vendor tables, raffle baskets, books, good vibes and light refreshments and snacks.
Before jumping right into the lectures, everyone gathered in a circle to get to know each other and match their vibes.
At 10:00 a.m., presentations were held in the building of the Electric Power Center (EEC):
- Eve Von Deck – Prediabetes and Diabetes: Prevention and Maintenance Herbal Herbs for a Healthy Lifestyle
- Sierra Cox – Plants for WV Department of Agriculture Veterans and Heroes
- Bette Angle (O’Steen) – Making herbal medicine and gathering wild food
- Eugene Breza – Production of colloidal silver and its various uses
Presentations at 11 a.m. in the EEC building included:
- Christina Adams – Best Herbs for Bees
- Joan Beard – Supporting research on the efficacy of medicinal plants in common aging conditions
- Ed Daniels – Propagation of Medicinal Plants
At 1:30 p.m., author and herbalist, Susun Weed, gave a keynote presentation on the Seven Wise Woman Remedies at the West Virginia Building. She took attendees on an adventure into the heart of healing, where serenity, story, mind, lifestyle, herbal, pharmaceutical and deep medicine integrate into abundant health.
Presentations at 3 pm were given by David Hawkins and Melissa Dennison. Hawkins talked about “immune support with antiviral herbs” while Dennision talked about “making mosaics out of broken pottery and pottery.”
The presentations ended after a panel discussion at 4 p.m., followed by a nature walk.
As for the cost for the full day workshops, it was $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Children under 12 who were accompanied by a paying adult entered for free. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of the association, click here here.
Vendors who came to attend and sell their goodies are:
- Shady Grove Botanicals
- Smoke Camp Crafts
- Faye’s Sweet Addiction Apiary
- Spotted Horse Farm, Barbara Volk
- Herbalists without borders
- West Virginia Plant Association
- Arcadia Studios
- Garden Treasures greenhouses and plant products
- Supply of deep gourds
- Wylde Gardens
- Irish crocheted and tattooed creations
The WVHA has two in-person events a year. The next event they will host is the Spring Gathering, which is like the fall conference, but with four to five hours instead of six to nine. If you are interested in attending the 2023 Spring Gathering, you can find updates here here.