Wednesday, April 4

Discover (or rediscover) the fascinating world of adaptogenic herbs and their medicinal properties. The presentation will begin with an overview of what they are, why they are beneficial, with some ideas (and recipes) of tasty ways to use them as part of your daily routine. As time allows, we will then focus on those that can be grown in Minnesota, with tips on growing and making remedies with them.

LuAnn Raadt was raised on a farm in southern Minnesota and grew up with a love of plants and growing things. She now happily gathers many of the “weeds” her family once tried to eradicate, and uses them in remedies for common physical ailments and imbalances. Trained under Lise Wolff and other local herbalists, this farmer’s daughter enjoys growing a wide variety medicinal herbs that are not readily available or are considered at-risk in the wild. She is also passionate about introducing others to the fascinating world of herbal remedies and teas and teaching them how to make and use remedies for themselves.


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, Why & 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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