It’s a beautiful thing when ideas spring up in just the right place and time. Such is the case with Herbstalk, which is coming back to Somerville this weekend for two days of herbal education, gatherings and workshops.
Steph Zabel, Herbstalk’s founder, was one of the first people I interviewed for the Beat and when I did, she was unsure how the first Herbstalk would turn out. She needn’t have worried because at the end of the day, nearly 1,500 people had come through the event. This year’s Herbstalk has expanded to two days and takes place this weekend, June 8 and 9, at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.).
“The whole mission of this event is to connect people with plants,” Zabel said last year of the event. “Especially people who live in the city, like we do.”
Classes on a variety of topics like creating an herbal first aid kit and spice rack medicine to herbal dental care and trying out tincture making begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and run throughout the day.
Herbstalk will also feature a marketplace with vendors like Cambridge Naturals, the Herbal Academy of New England and Soluna Garden Farm, among many others. Herbstalk is open to all, from those in the general public curious to learn more to experienced herbalists.