An herb is a plant whose leaves, seeds, or
flowers are used for flavoring food or in
medicine. Other applications of herbs include
cosmetics, dyes, and perfumes. The word derives
from the Latin herba, meaning "green
Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH, is a Certified Culinary Professional
and Certfied Modern Herbalist, educator, author, founding editor
www.Abouteating.com and writes a syndicated weekly column
Community Press Newspapers that reaches almost a quarter of
a million people each week in the Greater Cincinnati Area ...
and the list goes on. We are very fortunate and pleased to
have this accomplished lady as the resident herbalists at Granny's
Rita lives “in the sticks” outside Batavia, Ohio
with her family, in a house her husband and sons built where
they heat with wood, raise chickens
for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs.
Her style is simple cooking with local ingredients.
Under Rita's guidance, we are enhancing the variety of herbs
in our garden and developing more ways to use them in our
programs. Our focus at this time is on culinary herbs.
In the Herbs for School Gardens fact sheets on the left, Rita
shares a combination of history, growing and using tips and
We will add a new one every week or so.