Briefly, Feb. 15

FELC hosting herb program

“Herbs: Every day in so many ways” is the title of a program at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Ann Boyd of Findlay, owner of My Own Backyard Herbs and Flowers, is to present the program, which includes handouts. A freewill offering is to be taken.

FELC is at 194 St. Francis Ave.

For more information, call (419) 448-7485.

Natural nourishment

workshop slated March 8-9

Sister Rita Wienken, a sister of St. Francis, is planning a weekend workshop 7 p.m. March 8 to 8 p.m. March 9 called “From the Soil to Your Table Nourishing Your Family.”

Since 1982,Wienken has been helping produce organic foods. In 2005, she founded Seeds of Hope Farm at St. Francis, a small, sustainable farm dedicated to the production of healthful, natural produce and pastured poultry and eggs. Under her direction, the farm has grown from 2 to 20 acres.

She also started a community-supported agriculture operation that fed 170 households in 2010, distributed produce to Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton and ran a farm stand on the Sisters of St. Francis property.

Wienken now uses her 35 years of experience in organic vegetable production in Bryan, as a consultant for gardeners and farmers who are interested in growing organic produce. She is carrying out her vision of eating locally and seasonally by growing, or purchasing 70 percent of the food she eats within a 100-mile radius of where she lives.

Wienken plans to help participants explore their food system and learn how to make changes in purchasing habits to have an impact on the nutritional value and healthiness of food.

She is to offer methods for growing food organically through the square-foot gardening and teach the basics of organic gardening. Participants can design on paper their own raised-bed garden and discover how to raise fresh produce with little effort.

Cost is $105 for overnight workshop, $65 for a commuter or $50 for Saturday only.

For more information or to register, call (419) 443-1485.