Here are some of the programs I'm offering for 2013. All of my programs include useful information, humor and audience participation. For the complete list and descriptions for all of my programs and workshops, see my PROGRAMS FLYER.
Growing & Using the 10 Most Popular Herbs
This is an exciting, fun and insightful look at how to grow and use the most popular herbs in North America. Jim conducted 2 nationwide surveys, ten years apart, to determine what are the most popular herbs. Information about growing, pest management and recipes are included. Slides; 45 min.
The Herb of the Year, Elderberry
Did you know that this native herb is a berry, a medicinal plant, a landscape plant and a culinary one, as well? Learn how to grow and use this amazing plant in your yard or garden. The antioxidant properties have made this (Sambucus tincture) one of the most popular medicinals in natural foods stores across America. Recipes, uses and great information you can use. Slides; 45 min.
Creating Your Edible Landscape
Lawns require fertilizers, lots of water and plenty of toxic-to-wildlife chemicals, and yet they give little back to the homeowner. Learn how your home can look like a million dollars and yet produce food for your table by minimizing useless shrubbery or lawn, and planting edible plants in your landscape. Jim learned about edible landscaping from his grandmother, who taught him how to grow more plants per square inch and more food per month, and he shares both her secrets as well as his own. Slides; 45 min.
Eat Your Flowers!
Jim began using flowers in his meals in his local 4-H club when he was in his early teens. Over the years as a summer cook in restaurants and at his business, Long Creek Herb Farm, where’s he’s cooked for groups of all ages, Jim has developed a substantial repertoire of delicious and fascinating ways to use flowers for food. Recipes, flower identification and edible flower lists provided. Slides and demonstration; 45 min.
Heirloom Vegetables & Herbs, a Beginner’s Guide
Confused about the differences between an heirloom, a selection and a hybrid? Why grow heirlooms and what are their limitations and advantages? This program is an in-depth look at each, along with tips to help you choose which to grow in your own garden. Slides; 45 min.
Jim began his current garden back in 1979, on a plot of ground that was mostly clay and rocks. He shows how he built up his soil, chose between raised beds, patio planters and row gardening, and covers the basics of how to start or improve your own garden. Slides; 45 min.
My Favorite Home Remedies That Work
Jim has been collecting and testing home remedies for nearly all of his life. As a child, he recorded the local folk remedies from older people in his community. His newest book, Home Remedies That Work, is the inspiration for this program. He provides lots of simple, inexpensive and safe remedies you can use with your own family. Slides and demonstration; 45 min.
Make Your Own Hot Sauce!
Hot sauce can be simple and mild, or complex and sizzling hot. Hot sauce is not the same as salsa and you’ll learn why. Jim shows how to make your own hot sauces to fit your own tastes. He covers fermented sauces, cooked and raw sauces, along with ingredient descriptions, as well as the methods for preserving the sauces you make. Recipes and (often, if available) tastes of his sauces. Slides and demonstration; 45 min.
Cutting Edge Plants
What we grow as gardeners is often the result of the foods we eat. Ethnic restaurants, including Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Korean and Thai, are increasingly popular all over the U.S. Each of cultural those foods use a different assortment of herbs, spices and vegetables, and nurseries are increasingly offering some of those plants. Jim's program is based on his travels around the world where he has brought back exciting, new plants you will want to grow, and on new herbs and vegetables that are entering the markets here. If you think "herbs" are parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, you may be surprised at the amazing variety of new herbs coming onto the markets. Slides; 45 minutes.
Better Sleep, Less Stress, with Dream Pillows; (Program-Demonstration)
Learn how herbs and flowers can affect your sleep. Learn how to use mixtures that give you better sleep, eliminate nightmares, reduce stress. Based on Jim's 3 books on Making Herbal Dream Pillows. Dream Pillows may be the most helpful way of using therapeutic herbs for better rest and health! 45 min.
Sensational Salsas (Program-Demonstration)
There's lots more to salsas than tomatoes and peppers. Learn how to make new, delicious salsas from fruits, herbs and lots more. Banana salsa, watermelon salsa, cantaloupe, too! Fun, educational and you get to taste the results! 45 min.
More programs listed in the complete programs flyer. Fees, travel arrangements and other details are listed in the programs flyer, which you can view or DOWNLOAD HERE.
Jim's programs are reserved several months in advance and some travel dates may not always be listed here. Please contact Jim directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for reserving a date for your conference or organization.