Herb & Flower Fiesta / 2015

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The Monsoons are upon us, Summer is in full bloom, and it’s time for the…

Herb & Flower Fiesta!Yes, we snuck those herbs in for this, our 3rd Annual Fiesta, and we will begin with an invitation for you to join us at the

The Volunteer Center
Friday 14 August 2015 / 9am – 4:30pm

for a whole day devoted to Classes Using Herbs for Food and Medicine, including…

  • 9am / Seven Primary Herbs
    in cooked and raw dishes and smoothies. Delicious and Nutritious!
    Includes smoothie sample to share.
    Martha Everett / Qigong and Food Healing Facilitator
  • 10am / Creating Exotic Herbal Condiments
    Learn how to handle fresh and dried herbs and seeds. Gain confidence in your own taste buds. See how a few simple tricks like grinding your own seeds and spices can transform your cooking to a new taste adventure.
    Craig Olander / Master Chef & raconteur.  Craig has studied and eaten his way around four continents
  • 11am / Flavoring Lunch
    Learn how herbs from your kitchen garden can enhance flavors in  today’s lunch.
    Monica Rude, owner of Desert Woman Botanicals, is a long-time herb gardener, medicine-maker & cook.
  • Noon / Savoring Lunch – SOLD OUT!
    Summer salads flavored with herbs in the previous class. Lemon verbena sorbet courtesy of Shevek & Company.  Yumm!
  • 1pm / Low Tech Hydrosols
    Whip it up in your kitchen without expensive equipment. Using hydrosols in body care products
    Mary Buonocore / Creator of Gila Valley Lavender organic personal care products
  • 2pm / Herbal Alchemy: How to Make & Use Herbal Infused Oils
    to tend to yourself and your family. Take home an infused oil of your own making. Materials will be provided.
    Irene Sturla / Herbalist, botanical perfumer, craniosacral therapist, shamanic healer and physical therapist. She loves to infuse various plants wildcrafted in the Gila Wilderness in oils for skin healing salves, aromatherapeutic oils and botanical aromatics. It’s not unusual to see her sniffing and tasting leaves in town.
  • 3:15 / Herbal Plant Walk at Bear Creek Herb Garden
    Meet the plants.  Learn how to cultivate & use numerous medicinal plants.
    Michael Cottingham / A teacher of clinical herbal medicine for over 20 years, he is the founder of Bear Creek Herbs in Silver City, New Mexico, Director of The Herbal Program at The College Of Natural Healing in NM, and creator of Voyage Botanica Herbal Field School.   Michael has done ethnobotany in over 20 countries.

The classes are $5 each (WOW! Cheap at twice the price!).

And you can put all of this to the ultimate test…
Lunch! for $10.  Such a Deal! – LUNCH IS SOLD OUT!

All Classes will be at The Volunteer Center  501 East 13th Street in Silver City- except the plant walk which which will be at 604 N Bullard Street in the garden behind Bear Creek Herb Store.

Classes and lunch require advance reservations.
Click the appropriate buttons below to register and get tickets via PayPal.  Please note… No tickets will be mailed!  Your name will be included on our list at the door.

9am /
7 Primary Herbs
10am /
11am /
Noon /
Savoring Lunch!
1pm /
Low Tech Hydrosols
2pm /
3:15 /
Plant Walk
BCH Garden

Print out and fill in the Registration Form and drop it in the mail with your check payable to GMCR or stroll by and drop it through our mail slot at the station at…

Gila / Mimbres Community Radio
519 B North Bullard Street
Silver City, NM 88061

Any questions?  Drop us a line at or give Monica a ring at 575.535.2860.

But There’s More!  Join us at the

Silver City Farmers Market
Saturday 15 August 2015 / 9am – Noon

for a celebration of flower and medicinal & culinary herb gardening and use!

As in the past, our “centerpiece” will be the fabulous bouquets that YOU create and Flower Fiesta 2014 Tnx! PJ!donate to our silent auction.  You’re in for a treat!  Don’t believe it?  Take a peek at the fab florals from our inaugural fiesta!  And we have a few more from last year – scroll down for those.

First, pick local fresh flowers from the garden… yours, a friend’s or a neighbor’s (with their permission, of course!).  Create a breathtaking bouquet & then donate your creation to the Fiesta for a silent auction. The donation of your bouquet and proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Gila / Mimbres Community Radio & KURU 89.1FM

Whether you donate a bouquet or not, you can stroll among all the entries, pick among them and bid on your favorite in the silent auction AND cast your vote for The People’s Choice winners who will all receive prizes. The People’s Choice prizes will be awarded to the 3 bouquets receiving the most votes (Hint… Ballot Box stuffing is highly encouraged!  Express your passion for democracy by voting early and often!).  Rules for entries & other details below.

And in between satisfying your floral fantasies and fetishes, please do partake of our Herbal & Floral Foods and ongoing demos on using herbs and flowers for food and medicine, attracting pollinators and increasing insect diversity in your garden.

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And last but not least, we invite you to support your local economy and in particular our event sponsors.  Show your appreciation!

  •  Bear Creek Herbs

  • Country Girls Nursery

  • Evergreen Garden Club

  • Frisco Farms

  • Gila River Ranch

  • Lone Mountain Natives

  • Rose Valley RV Ranch

  • Shevek & Company

  • Silver City Food Coop

  • The Volunteer Center

  • Voyage Botanica

  • Wentz Electric

    Rules for bouquet entries & silent auction:

    • Flowers must be grown in a backyard garden, not purchased from any store
    • Must be fresh flowers, not dried or silk
    • Bouquets (including container) will be sold in a silent auction
    • Bouquets that do not comply with the rules will be accepted for the silent auction but may not compete for “The People’s Choice”
    • Bouquets must be submitted by 9 am Sat August 15 to the designated table at the Silver City Farmers Market
    • Alternatively, bouquets may be left at the GMCR studio @ 519 N Bullard Street the previous day between noon and 6 pm
    • Bidding will take place from 9 until 11:00 am
    • The highest bidder on each item at 11:00 am will be declared the winner
    • Bouquets may be picked up & paid for at the Fiesta from 11:00 til noon. Those not claimed by noon may be picked up at the GMCR studio until 2 pm
    • Those attending can purchase “dots” & place them on their favorite bouquet. The 3 bouquets receiving the most dots will be declared “The People’s Choice” & will receive exciting prizes
    • Those donating bouquets are encouraged to ask their friends to go to the Farmers Market to vote for their favorite bouquet and to bid on one

    For more info, contact Monica Rude – 535.2860 –

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