CJ Extra: Topeka herbalist among presenters at Mother Earth News Fair

Topeka Joanne Bauman promotes medicinal benefits of herbs

Topeka Joanne Bauman is among the presenters at the Mother Earth News Fair Oct. 21-22 at the Kansas Expocentre. She will be teaching others how to grow medicinal gardens and talk about the beneficial uses of herbs. (Keith Horinek/The Capital-Journal)

Topekan Joanne Bauman is gearing up for the Mother Earth News Fair and will once again be teaching others how to grow medicinal gardens.

 

Bauman, who has a clinical psychology degree from Washburn University and has worked with individuals with chronic pain and head injuries, has grown an herbal garden at her home for seven years. She also is a volunteer with Herbalists Without Borders, which has been sending herbal items to help victims of Hurricane Irma in Texas.

The Mother Earth News Fair, which was established in 2010, will held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 21, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22, at the Kansas Expocentre, 1 Expocentre Drive.

The fair offers more than 100 presentations and hands-on workshops to help individuals learn practical skills and useful information about organic gardening, food preservation, modern homesteading, renewable energy, natural health and more.

Bauman’s presentations include Herbal First Aid, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday; Herbs for Cold/Flu Prevention and Relief, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday; and Hands-On: Make Your Own Lozenges, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bauman recently talked about the Mother Earth News Fair and her presentations.

Q: How did you get started with the Mother Earth News Fair?

Bauman: I started in 2014 with the Mother Earth News Fair as an herbalist, and I do two to three presentations under the natural health category on the Mother Earth Living stage.

Q: What are some native plants that can be used for medicinal purposes?

Bauman: Plantain leaf, a common yard weed, is used for mosquito bites to take out the itch and swelling. Violets are incredible medicinal plants. Dandelions. Yarrow will stop bleeding. Echinacea, bee balm, rosa rugosa, which is a floppy petal wild rose, and elderberry.

Q: What are some of the other topics typically at the event?

Bauman: Aromatherapy, poultry processing, herbal health and fermentation. Hands-on events are big this year. There’s so much going on that you usually have to pick and choose, because topics are usually presented only once.

Q: What are some of the general categories?

Bauman: Food, chocolate, distilling, mushrooms, energy efficiency, animals and vegetables.

Q: How long are the presentations?

Bauman: They last about an hour to give time in between for the next presenter to take the stage.

Q: Where are the presenters from?

Bauman: They are from the United States, but attendees come from all over. I usually just like to ask the crowd where they are from. They are typically from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio, Idaho and Florida.

Q: Will there be food vendors?

Bauman: Yes, there are bison burgers, homemade bierocks, a vegetarian food truck and barbecue. Everything used with the products must be biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, earth-based and natural.

Q: What should people do to enjoy the event?

Bauman: Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. The event is held rain or shine, so bring an umbrella. There will be free samples and informational handouts, so bring a tote bag. Also, a notebook to take notes at the workshops.

Contact features writer Jessica Cole at (785) 295-5628.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

What: More than 100 presentations and hands-on workshops to help individuals learn practical skills and useful information about organic gardening, food preservation, modern homesteading, renewable energy, natural health and more.

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22

Where: Kansas Expocentre, 1 Expocentre Drive.

Cost: Two-day pass wristband, $20 in advance; one-day pass wristband, $15 in advance; $25 and $30 for gate passes; free for ages 17 and under. Pre-order passes at MotherEarthNewsFair.com or (800) 234-3368.

Fair information: motherearthnewsfair.com/kansas/schedule/

Information on herbal gardens and medicine: prairiemagic@gmail.com

 

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