2014 PA Herb & Garden Festival Speakers
Dr. Brent Binder has a B.S. in biology, a masters degree in sport science, and a doctorate of chiropractic. He is a lecturer at Penn State University in addition to operating a busy chiropractic clinic in Central P.A., where he uses both chiropractic and herbal medicine to help people express overall health. Dr. Binder's medicinal herb garden has over 50 varieties of healing plants and was recently featured in the "Why Dig?" garden issue in Central Penn Magazine. Incidentally, he is also a student of herbal alchemy and maintains a small urban backyard that is arranged according to astrological and astronomical influence.
Judy Bono has been gardening with native plants for over 25 years. Her 6 acre property in York has been preseved with the York County Farm and Natural Lands Trust. Her woodland garden is filled with more than 200 species of native perennials, trees and shrubs. You can visit her shop, The Gardener of the Owl Valley, and tour the property. Judy is a member of the board of Maescapes and Penn State Cooperative Extension.
Joe Manotti has been gardening over 25 years, with the last 10 years exclusively using the Square Foot Gardening Method. He became a Certified Instructor through the Square Foot Gardening Foundation and was taught by Mel Bartholomew, inventor of Square Foot Gardening. Joe enjoys teaching people how to grow their own fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables. Joe's company Your Garden Solution, enables gardeners to grow more in less space, while saving them time, water, and seeds in the process.
Sue Morris, creator of Sue’s Salves and the “Planting and Living by the Moon” calendar has been making remedies from organically grown plants she grows in her central Pennsylvania garden for more than 12 years. Sue has been offering workshops at the PA Herb & Garden Festival as well as The Mother Earth News Fair and many other events to help others understand the connection between plants and health care as well as the connections that plants have to the planetary energies. She is a unique resource for this kind of knowledge and happy to share it with others.
Lisa J. Sanchez has been a naturalist at the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation Environmental Center for 20 years. Teaching students of all ages to explore and value the wonders of nature is her passion. Helping people reconnect to the earth and especially the uses of wild plants as food and medicine is her way of encouraging others to let it grow. Lisa can often be found in her garden or in a kayak on the river.
Marina Schaum interest in herbs began in 1984. While living in Alaska she had the opportunity to learn about the ediblle, cosmetic and medicinal uses of plants from a friend who studied under the nationally known herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. From 1984 through 1996 Marina's small herbal business Canyon Wildcrafts produced wild herb products that included a seasoning blend, tea blend and skin care line. Marina left Alaska in 1996 and moved to Ohio. In 2001 Marina started Ohio Valley Herbal Products Inc. Marina makes herbal products from the wild herbs hand collected in the Ohio Valley. Marina received her B.A. from Princeton University and her C.N.H.P. degree from the Trinity School of Natural Health.
Barbara Steele maintains a schedule of lectures and demonstrations, designs herb gardens and consults with those who desire to create their own garden of delight. She develops herb products for market and is always exploring old and new usages of herbs. She and her husband, Roger, operate Alloway Creek Gardens on their pre-civil war farm just south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The farm is open for plant sales and tours from April through mid-July and is well known for the Garden Faire that is held the first Friday and Saturday in June. The Faire features juried craftspeople, country music and herbal food in a garden setting. As a Maryland Institute, College of Art BFA graduate and former public school art teacher; watercolor, digital photography and acrylic painting fill her “spare” time.