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Educator Cammie Fulmer highlights the varied uses of herbs found at McDaniel Farm.
Educator Cammie Fulmer highlights the varied uses of herbs found at McDaniel Farm.

Herbs have been the currency of kings, the pharmacy of healers, and the delight of cooks from the dawn of time.# The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center invites everyone to its More Herbs, Less Salt program at McDaniel Farm on either Aug. 17 or Aug. 24, to learn more about these valuable plants.

“Late summer is a great time to focus on garden herbs as they are at their peak for harvest,”# said Catherine Long, history and culture program manager for the GEHC. “If you have not had a chance to visit the heritage herb garden at McDaniel Farm, the More Herbs, Less Salt program will allow you to explore this local treasure.”#

Planted in the traditional style of yesterday”s herb gardens, the heritage herb garden showcases herbs from medicinal, fragrant, decorative and culinary categories. The garden flourishes from early spring into late fall. Examples of herbs grown include soapwort, dill, comfrey, lavender, wooly thyme and basil.

The More Herbs, Less Salt program provides tours of the heritage herb garden and instructs guests on how to recognize common herbs and understand their many uses. The program also showcases how consumers can identify and avoid salt in restaurant and pre-packaged foods.

“This is a great opportunity for guests and families to explore healthy seasoning options that are provided by nature and to learn a little about how our forefathers used herbs to resolve some basic needs,”# Long said.

The More Herbs, Less Salt program will run from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 and 24.# The program fee is $5 per person for Gwinnett residents and $8 per person for out of county residents.#Guests must pre-register at www.gwinnettEHC.org.

McDaniel Farm is located at 3251 McDaniel Road in Duluth, Georgia. For additional information, please visit www.gwinnettEHC.org or call 770.814.4920.