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Natural Awakenings Greater Boston - Rhode Island

Herbstalk Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

The fifth annual Herbstalk, a unique plant education experience featuring hands-on workshops, urban plant walks and a marketplace of herbal vendors, will take place June 4 and 5 at the Somerville Armory. Founder and herbalist Steph Zabel says that Herbstalk aims to build and strengthen the community of herbal practitioners, inspire people about herbalism and connect people with plants.

“Herbstalk is a community conference, skill-share and gathering place for a large and diverse group,” says Zabel. “For beginners, it’s a gateway into the herbal world and a place to connect with local herbal and holistic health resources. For herbalists, it’s a way to share and gain new knowledge, promote their business or practice, and become more visible.”

The event is open to the public and includes classes for beginners and more advanced herbal students alike on such topics as herbal medicine-making, plant identification, herbal stress relief, aromatherapy, holistic dental care, and herbs for pregnancy, digestive disorders, Lyme’s disease and chronic illness.

“Herbal education empowers people to take their health into their own hands and builds a vital connection to the natural world,” says Zabel. “Herbstalk provides people with an opportunity to gain practical herbal knowledge that they can put into practice at home, improving the overall well-being of themselves and their families.”

Cost: Free (for marketplace) or $15 per day (pre-sale class tickets). Location: The Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. To learn more, call 617-453-2070 or visit