2018 Speakers & Workshops

May 5 at the Applegate Regional Theater, 87230 Central Rd, Veneta, OR

NorthWest Gardening

10:15 - 10:45am

with Marietta and Ernie O'Byrne

Learn about the O’Byrne’s garden—situated on one and a half acres in Eugene, Oregon— filled with an incredible array of plants from around the world. By consciously leveraging the garden’s many microclimates, they have created a stunning patchwork of exuberant plants that is widely considered one of America’s most outstanding private gardens.

Herbs for Backyard Poultry

11:00 - 11:30am

with Candace Hunter

Chickens & Herbs!

Lemon Balm for anxiety

11:45am - 12:15pm

with Sue Sierralupe

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a locally abundant herb that works well for calming anxiety. Sue will discuss this herb, how to use it, counter indications and other options for those with thyroid conditions.

Mugwort Vinegar and Spring Rice Salad Demo

12:30 - 1:00pm

with Peony Prashanti

Cannabis 101

10:30am-12:30pm

with Heather Shelton

$10 per person - email botanicfest@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

Registered nurse and herbalist, Heather Shelton, will be sharing an in-depth presentation on the history of cannabis prohibition, the health benefits of cannabis for prevention and treatment and its relationship with our endocannabinoid system in targeting different conditions. She will discuss the main cannabinoids as well the different delivery methods available. Heather is a member of the American Cannabis Nurse Association and is committed to helping others reach their health goals.

Who's Your Farmer?

1:00 - 2:00pm

with Elise Higley

Do you ever wonder who’s growing the herbs that you just ordered, when they were actually planted, where the seeds came from and how they were processed to get them to you? This presentation will be a walk through of the ins and outs of running a mid scale production herb farm in the US and what it takes to get them to you. This discussion is designed to inspire herbalist to connect with their local and regional herb farmers and to know where the herbs they use come from.

Anti-Fungals for Skin, GI and Respiratory Issues

1:15 - 1:45pm

with Dr. Rachel Stricker

Our wonderfully wet climate in the Pacific Northwest can lead to increased susceptibility to fungal overgrowth that can cause skin inflammation, gastrointestinal disturbance and nasal/respiratory difficulties. Come learn how to identify fungal causes and treat these dis-eases with our best herbal allies.

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Product Contest Awards

Join us at the Pennyroyal Music Stage in the main court to congratulate the winners of the first Vendor Product Contest at the Annual HerbDay Celebration. We are so excited to help them spread the word about their outstanding products!

Defensive Plant Magic

2:30 - 3:00pm

with John Goforth


Herbs To Know & Herbs To Grow for Family Health and Well-Being

3:00 - 4:00pm

with Mel Mutterspaugh

Did you know you can grow your own herbal remedies in your garden?

Join us as herbalist Melissa Mutterspaugh shares her favorite herbs for family health and well being. The herbs discussed grow very well in our climate, and can be fantastic remedies for many common health complaints. We'll discuss some of their medicinal properties, how to harvest and prepare them, and the best ways to use them in your family. You'll go home with several great recipes from this class as well.

Kratom for Pain Relief

3:15 - 4:00pm

with Daphne Singingtree

Use and history of Kratom, including precautions, and controversy

the healing powers of ashwagandha

4:15 - 5:15pm

with Jeff Johnson

A look at Ashwagandha for healing trauma, recovering from illness, relaxing into one’s self, and just making life more awesome

Fire Cider

4:15 - 5:00pm

with Nicki Neilson

Learn to make this delicious and healthy vinegar tonic in this hands-on workshop. We'll talk and chop the ingredients to make a nice big batch, and everyone gets to taste a sample!

$2 donation requested per participant

Herbalism as Resistance

5:00- 5:45pm

with Nicole Telkes

Traditional Smoking Herbs in the Modern Era: An overview of herbal vaping

5:15 - 5:45pm

with Ravi Brounstein and Tony Perez-Whyte

A brief introduction to the concept of vaping. An overview of herbal vaping and how this compares to smoked herbs