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September 2018
   We enjoyed an interesting morning with Cheryl from Mitre 10 bringing along some Italian herbs that can be used on pizzas. Not only displaying the herbs but pizzas were made with some of them for our morning tea!  Thanks Diane for bringing along the pizza bases both thin and gluten free based crusts.
   Sweet treats displayed above were brought by Marie so we had quite a delicious tea..   
   Robyn stayed with the theme of Italian herbs and gave us a running commentary on oregano.

August 2018  

     Kapiti Herb Society Inc held its 39th AGM on 14th of August to report on the activities for the year 2017-18 and prepare for the coming year. 

All the current committee members have agreed to stand again and their election en masse was accepted by the meeting.

The morning proceeded with Herb of the Month, sorrel, by Mary Dwen and an amusing summary of the newsletters by Beryl Fletcher. 

Karina Hilterman gave us a powerpoint presentation on 'First Aid for People and Plants' with information about using herbs for natural first-aid. Karina’s knowledge and the valuable wealth of information was mind-blowing.  Check out the Bay Tree editions to view in detail the presentation.

July 2018

We had an inspiring speaker in Daisy Wood who spoke about a variety of herbs that have a particular value in warding off winter ills.  She passed around samples of different dried herbs to taste and provided the tea for our morning break. Who would have thought that a blend of elder, linden yarrow and liquorice could make such a delicious tea concoction?

  Her talk gave us an example of how delicious herbs could be part of our wellness routine in winter.  Along with the tea ingredients another herb she talked about at length was echinacea and how it protects and enhances the immune system, alleviates cold and flu symptoms.

Garlic also is a low calorie antioxidant and possesses antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.  An interesting anecdote she mentioned will be encouraging to all chock owners…

‘Garlic cloves are ideal to put in the water to protect your chocks against mites’

 Our June 2018 was the 'SOUP LUNCHEON' - We didn't have any speaker and enjoyed the company of our fellow members.

May, 2018
Our guest speaker, Dorothy Kane, an ex-chemistry teacher, brought along a natural fibre jersey
she made with natural dyes. She discussed the process of dyeing while using different parts of 
the plant then using a fixative to complete the process to create different shades and colours. 
One set of samples was dyed using the same plant with different mordents to show the variety 
of shades that could be obtained. 
When using raw fleece one can create colours using vegetables, flowers, weeds, herbs or lichens.
Carmel expanded on some of the herbs that could be used for producing a wide range of colours 
and showed us the plant dying colour wheel.

April, 2018 

We enjoyed the ‘Bounty of Summer’.  Members brought along various jams, (both fruit and savoury), vinegars, pickled cabbage, basil pesto, infused oils and even a fortified sherry.  Tomatoes being a good producer for some this year displaying several sauces and relishes.  We had tastes of chilli jam on crackers;  also dehydrated chewy orange and grapefruit slices. What a table display we had with wooden spoons for sampling anything and everything.

December 2016

Our Christmas meeting was held at the beautiful Lavender Creek Farm, located in Te Horo, with 30 members attending.  We enjoyed a welcome cup of punch on arrival.  Suzie White gave us an interesting insight to life on the lavender farm and to the various types of lavender and their uses.  We followed this up with a ramble through her heritage beds answering some rather cryptic questions based on the names of some of the 300 lavender varieties Suzie has growing.  The pot luck lunch was superb, such a wonderful variety of food brought along by everyone.  I can guarantee nobody went home hungry.  That was the end of our programme for 2016, we look forward to meeting up again in February. 

A welcome glass of punch in the gazebo

November 2016
We held a herb potting and propagation workshop.  Members brought cuttings and root divisions from their own gardens to share with others.  The weather was kind to us and we were able to move outside for the rather busy and messy business of potting.  A huge variety of herbs were shared -  mint, parsley, rosemary, lemon balm, calendula, yarrow - even some stinging nettle.
May 2016.
The planned talk by Sarah Hodge and Keith Moyle had to be changed due to Keith's wife having an accident and he could not attend. However Sarah did come to see us and gave us a very entertaining talk on creating a wedding bouquet from flowers and foliage she had gathered from her garden. Her style of bouquet is free form and very, very beautiful - but if you want a formal highly structured arrangement this would not be your cup of tea!  Sarah was a delight as usual and she and Keith will present their talk later in the year.  

April 2016
We had a wonderful cooking demonstration this month.  Mena from Sai Spice and Superette in Paraparaumu showed us how to use spices to create two tasty and aromatic Indian recipes.  The first was a drink made from diluted yoghurt with spices and coriander added - very refreshing.  The second recipe was for a khydgaree cooked in a pressure cooker.  The aroma of the spices as they were cooked through rice and dhal was mouth watering.  We were all able to sample both recipes.  Thank you Mena for a very informative demonstration. 
A few of our members are now interested in attending your cooking classes at the Community Centre commencing in June. 

Mena explaining the use of spices in Indian cooking.
Such a shame you can't experience the delicious aromas.

November 2015

The November meeting incorporated an informative talk by Anne Bennett on the history, uses and medicinal properties of essential oils, focusing on those that are herb based. She passed around samples on wooden sticks so we could experience the scents of various oils including bergamot and geranium.

 Anne showing us the basis of aromatherapy.
 Anne addressing the group and passing around oil samples to smell
October 2015
Sarah Hodge giving us a very entertaining talk on propagation using roots and cuttings at the October 2015 meeting, then assisting with the herb identification quiz.
July 2015 - AGM.
Retiring committee members Margaret Dagarin and Carmel Wilkinson receive tokens of appreciation for their contribution to the successful running of the Kapiti Herb Society at the July 2015 AGM meeting.

 Margaret receiving her lifetime membership
 and Carmel receiving her gift

 May 2015                                                         
Annette Lole Karepa gives an entertaining and informative  talk on the wonderous coconut at the May 2015 meeting.