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Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are held in the Old Sterling Town Hall (a.k.a. the Sterling Recreation Center), 31 Main St, Sterling MA, at 2pm unless otherwise specified. Come and join the Community.

July 23, 2017

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 August Meeting August 20, 2017 at Clover Springs Farm

Rachel Ross - Nurse, Midwife, Herbalist

Wild Plant and Tree Walk beginning at 10:30 am.

Club member Rachel Ross  of Hillside Herbals will lead our wild plant and tree walk at Clover Springs Farm  233 Ragged Hill Road, West Brookfield, MA.  Member Natalie Johnson, owner of Clover Springs Farm, will be allowing responsible wild harvesting (either some of hte plant or digging up the whole plant to transplant) of the plats we go over.

Non-members are welcome for a fee of $5, members are no-charge.

After the walk, there will be a business meeting and BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic lunch).  We will discuss some minor changes to our By-Laws.

If you would like to carpool, please email herbiepres@gmail.com. Based on requests we will see if we can come up with a good meeting point.

Suggestions for the walk:
Comfortable walking/hiking shoes, protective clothes for walking through woods/tall grass (also for tick protection), sunblock, bug spray, water, backpack (for carrying specimens and supplies), plant pots for specimens, plant snips, trowel, notebook, camera.

For lunch, Natalie will provide:
-Waters in a large cooler
-Fresh pressed lemonade
-flatware, cups
-canopy screened tent
-tables and chairs

Members bring own lunch, if you would like to bring something to share please feel free!

Please do not park in the house driveway.
Please park in front of the red barn buildings in the barnyard, just past the house, on the left or right of the road.

September 17, 2017

Making Elderberry Syrup/Elixer 

October 22, 2017

Annual Meeting, Potluck and Elections

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Stay tuned for our new slate of officers to be voted on, plus some minor changes to our By-Laws which will be discussed at our August meeting.  Mostly this is a social meeting, so bring a dish to share and plan to catch up with herbal friends!


Recent Meetings

June Meeting:  Herbstalk & The International Herb Symposium

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In lieu of a regular meeting, we encouraged our members to attend Herbstalk in Sommerville, MA and/or The International Herb Symposium at Wheaton College in Norton, MA.  Several members went to one or the other.

May Meeting:  Trip to Pickety Place

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In May, a group of our members made the trip to Pickety Place in Mason, NH.  They had lunch, walked the gardens and shopped for plants.

April Meeting:  Fermentation FunImage may contain: drink

In April, Donna Onacki presented "How to Make Kombucha", a fermented sweet tea.  She brought with her a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) so that our members would be able to get our own batches started.  We also sipped her hibiscus based kombucha, which was delicious!

March Meeting  High Tea and Herb talk. 

We had a delicious tea.   6  or so different teas to taste cucumber sandwiches and wonderful snacks.  We  checked in on our garden plans and helped each other with questions ideas and seeds.


 February Meeting Sterling Old Town Hall  Guest Speaker Marie Cargill  Marie Cargill shared her expertise in alternative medicines, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, Western herbal medicine, Homeopathy, Supplements and Nutrition.  Marie Cargill focused on the intelligence and capability of plants to help and heal our animal friends.



January's Meeting

Dr Dennis Cicconne B.S.,D.C. led us through a follow-up discussion of the Cancer and Herbal Treatment Panel.  A graduate of New York Chiropractic College in 2005, Dr. Cicconne maintains a practice  in Lancaster MA. https://twwclinics.com/lancaster-ma/


Herbal Community of Central Mass

and Tower Hill Botanic Garden Events!


 Check out the regional herbal events coming up! See you there!


November 12, Cancer and Herbal Treatment  a panel presentation with Guido Masé, RH (AHG) Dr. Ian Bier, N.D., Ph.D L.Ac, FABNO, Dr. Uma V.A. Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP, MRO, Chris Marano, RH (AHG,) Michael Busky, and Melanie Johnson. 


November 13,2016 DIY Bitters: Reviving the Forgotten Flavor  - A Guide To Making Your Own Bitters for Bartenders, Cocktail Enthusiasts, Herbalists, and More -presentation and book signing Clinical Herbalist and  co-author Guido Masé.



 "Essence of all beings is Earth. The essence of the Earth is water. The essence of water is plants. The essence of plants is the human being. "    -Upanishads


  HCOCM Mission:  A Central Mass Herbal Infusion of knowledge and events to increase awareness of herbal benefits.

Herbal Community is now officially 501(c)(7) non profit organization!