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The mission statement of the Herb Society of America is to "promote the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experience of its members with the community.
The Society is committed to protecting our global environment for the health and well- being of humankind and all growing things. We encourage gardeners to practice environmentally sound horticulture.
The Motto of the Society is taken from the herbalist, John Parkinson: "For Use and Delight"
Next Meeting Date
March 21, 2017
9 AM to 12 Noon
956 RR 2325
March 21 - Honey Bees in the Garden with Kim Lehman
Kim will teach us about our "Tiny Treasures" and how important pollinators are to any herb garden. Approved Master Natural Advanced Training
Herb Basics by Sara Holland
will be from 9 to 9:30am
Social Time 9:30 to 10am
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Ramps – Allium tricoccum
• Common names include ramps, wood leek, wild onion, spring onion, and wild garlic.
• Ramps resemble a green onion, though have oval leaves, smell like garlic and onions and have an
• Garlic, onions, leeks and chives are other edible members of the Allium family.
• The native range for ramps are the woodlands of the eastern part of the United States and Canada.
• The city of Chicago is named for the ramps plant, which comes from shikaakwa (chicagou) in the
language of local native tribes.
• Native American tribes such as the Iroquois and Cherokee have traditionally used ramps to treat
cold symptoms and as a spring tonic.
• Since it is one of the first plants to emerge in the spring, rural people within this plant’s native
range in particular, considered it a spring tonic plant.
• USDA lists ramps as a plant of special concern in Main, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Tennessee
also list ramps as a concern for commercial exploitation. Yet ramps are on the invasive species list
• Ramps are listed on the United Plant Savers “To Watch” list due to their increased popularity and
potential for over harvesting.
• Harvesting one leaf per plant and leaving the bulb is a sustainable method of harvesting, now
advocated by conservationists. Ramps mature slowly, taking 7 years to reach maturity in the forest.