Wednesday, March 7
The Aromatic Herbs with Erica Fargione

The Aromatic herbs, high in volatile oils, attract us (and pollinators) with their scent while in the garden and make our foods appealing to all. Come enliven your sense of smell and learn how these volatile oil rich herbs work through the whole body; from helping us ward off illness to making us present while coordinating functions through the Vagus nerve throughout the body. Spice up your life!..

About Erica
While growing up, Erica had a deep interest in plants. She enjoyed gardens, flowers, the woods, bogs, prairies and the lakes. The family and community Erica grew up in did not use plants for medicine – can you imagine? It took Erica until college to realize the natural world was an apothecary.
Erica studied Botany and Environmental Horticulture at the University of MN. While getting her B.S. she started studying the medicinal properties of plants with local herbalists.
Teaching herbal medicine is a passion for Erica. Erica believes education can truly change the world. She taught at her farm from 2001 to 2005. In Minneapolis, she has been faculty at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) since 2007. In 2012, working with MCTC, she started the first accredited Herbal Studies certificate program in the US at a public institution. Teaching at MCTC has broadened Erica’s understanding of the richly diverse world of herbal medicine existing in the Twin Cities.


2018 Schedule

February 7 Brian Fredericksen – Honeybees and their Interactions with the Minnesota Landscape

March 7 Erica Fargione – The Aromatics

April 4 Dr. Spencer Blackie – An Existential Journey to the Heart Through Eyes

May 2 Luann Raadt – Adaptations: The What, Where and How

June 6 Matthew Wood – Adrenal Fatigue

August 1 Jessica Belden – Plant Walk

September 5 Loey Colebeck – The Spirit of the Fountain: an Investigation of the Flower Essence

October 3 Carolyn Smith – Metaphors of Healing, the Body, and the Environment

November 7 Learn About Herbalism

December 5 Dr. Helen Healy – Influential Herbalists, Impressive Herbs
Plus Our Annual Silent Auction




Special Announcement:

Dear NCHG members,
My boyfriend is a metalworker based in St. Paul and he's making a small batch of high quality tincture presses to sell to other members of the herbal community.
The presses will be 3" diameter x 3.5" tall, about 4 oz.- 8 oz. capacity, and the components are all food-grade stainless steel. The price is $100 and the presses will be ready by the end of January. Below are photos and video of the first prototype — the final version will have a few modifications including a welded top piece and a squatter shape. Please let me know if you might be interested in purchasing one, or if you have any questions — you can reach me at

Thanks! Sara Nelson,
NCHG member

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