Veteran Virtual “Growing and Using Herbs” Workshop

Veteran Registration for the Free Virtual Workshop “Growing and Using Herbs”: Please register to gain access to the workshop materials and to be invited to participate in the instructor led virtual classes. Whether you are a beginning or experienced herb grower, there is something for everyone to learn. Participants who attend all six sessions will receive the book Beyond Rosemary, Basil, and Thyme by Theresa Mieseler. These class sessions will be held over Zoom and will NOT be recorded.

Class 1. Growing Conditions and Considerations for Culinary Herbs.

Explore the basics of growing herbs in pots, both indoors and outdoors, and in our yards and gardens as both edibles and landscape plants. Walk through a four-season basic herb garden design process with the instructor. Planning worksheets will be provided, and after each of the remaining classes, you can add and improve your plan.

Class 2. Container Gardening with Herbs

The container gardener is limited only by your imagination because even the smallest patio or deck can reap a crop of herbs and edible flowers. Learn how you can add to your gardening season and how to choose the best plants to grow in containers. We’ll discuss soil types, containers, when to fertilize, sunlight, and watering. If you are short on growing space, have limited light conditions in the garden, or just want kitchen herbs close by gardening in containers is the answer.

Class 3. Propagate and Prune Culinary Herbs

Knowing the options and best methods for propagating culinary herbs can save you both time and money. Pruning herbs at the right time and using the appropriate techniques is key to a good harvest and ensuring the longevity of your plants. We will discuss the why, when, and techniques of pruning for optimal health for 10 annual and perennial culinary herbs. Knowing how to incorporate your harvesting schedule into your pruning schedule for optimal care of your herbs can increase your bounty and save you time.

 Class 4. Sweet Herbs to Grow and Enjoy

Herbs such as lemon verbena, lemon balm, chamomile, lemon thyme, and mint have an aromatic flavor and fragrance that triggers our senses. Growing them is a pleasure to smell, but using them in the kitchen or for aromatherapy is rewarding. Many are perennials, some are annuals and biennials ‒ we’ll discuss it all. Learn how to use them in breads, cookies, main dishes, teas, and desserts.

Class 5. Using and Preserving Culinary Herbs

It is never too early to begin thinking of what herbs you want to have at your fingertips during the winter. We will discuss the various ways to preserve your herbs for later use and how easy it can be to save your herbs and replenish them for years.  Discover how to incorporate fresh and dried herbs into your meals for optimal flavor.

Class 6. Unusual, Interesting, and Uncommon Herbs to Discover and Enjoy

Discover fragrance in plants whether it be in the leaves, flowers, or both. Learn reasons to grow and use herbs beyond the favorite basil, mint, rosemary, oregano, and thyme – there is so much more. Theresa will discuss recommended uncommon and unique varieties, propagation advice, and historical information about selected herbs. She will also inspire you with stories about these out-of-the-ordinary herbs.

Optional Farm Ops Veteran Learning Cohort Sessions:  Veteran Learning Cohort Sessions will be open on separate days from the classes for veterans to be able to collaborate with peers and enhance your learning experience. These sessions will be focused on collaborative discussion on the class topics, questions and answer sessions, and troubleshooting. This is a safe place to talk, share, and inspire one another.

Registration Closes: May 6, 2022.

Please view our Farm Ops Event Series page to see upcoming opportunities for veterans.


Nina Saeli

Nina retired from active duty in 2009. She and her husband, Jeffrey, own and operate Centurion Farm in Locke, NY. Nina also now works with the Cornell Small Farms Program as coordinator of our Farm Ops project supporting veterans in agriculture.
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