Maybe it's pure coincidence or maybe it's just time to put 2 and 2 together.    I generally do not accept "conventional wisdom" as it's truly made up by "conventions", ie. people who have similar interests and similar biases congregating.  

    My fellow "Herbanites" are not conventional so let's point out something that needs clarity I think.   As many of you know we try to sell "non GMO" herbs, vegetables and edible flowers.   We do this because our customers generally enjoy raising good things for themselves and their families and do not mind the extra effort to cultivate and use ingredients in the growing that cause no harm as we understand harm. 

  Now on the flip side I despise seeing anyone use tactics to misinform or confuse or simply lie.   There are some in the "non-gmo" crowd who aren't' into science or health to people but are into their own political beliefs and power for themselves.   I just saw it plain and simple.

   What prompted it was each day I get multiple notices about herbs and growing and gmo and non gmo.

   Today it was a screaming headline about some study purporting that GMO was harming millions of people and proclaimed a study "proving" such.  I clicked and the study did not appear.  If true this would be something new.   I then went to the actual website to see if the site had a political bent or is truly out to seek the truth.   Not being able to find the original study I scrolled down and found this on 

Are GMOs feeding the world? 7 facts about hunger and poverty

     I then read this article to see if truly this is  myth.  You can draw your own conclusions but for me one way folks deceive others is to make a bold statement and then intersperse non related tidbits to weave a truth from non-truth.  This is a classic.  I'll use one example from this list of 7 but I could do it for every single tidbit offered by them. 

Fact 1 - "1 in 6 Americans are hungry from one of the largest agricultural countries that uses GMO's" ( paraphrased) -   What is the relation to GMOs and is hunger in America due to GMOs or is hunger in America due to food distribution, food being sold internationally,  govt policy of crop support or more importantly govt. mandating corn be used to comply with the ethanol requirements for "clean energy" or is hunger due to poverty, lack of money?   Or many more factors but what is the relationship of this statement to feeding the world with or without GMO seeds?  

   Simply stated there is hunger in the world but probably not related to hunger due to GMO crops and reality is hunger is reduced due to GMO crops.  That is the truth on hunger.  This article is replete with "facts" that are not such. 

   My conclusion:  I will always look for truthful information and take with a grain of salt information from those who are deceiving in the  information furnished.  

  To each his own but love to see thoughtful consideration based on facts, not biases or prejudices or for financial gain.  Also do not know the source of the image used but found the intent of the message to be appropro for this post.  Choose based on facts if one prefers to use non gmo foods.

Lemon Balm - A Perennial

Matt G:

     I have a question... lemon balm is allegedly expensive because of the low amount of volatile oils in the leaves. But, if you've ever grown it, you know that it's not a subtle fragrance if you brush up against it. If the oil content is so low, how come it puts off such a strong fragrance?

Herbanite Bob:

         Matt not that this is really an answer or necessarily complete but the "fragrance" is also associated not only with oil content but also with volatility of the oil.  Ex. is bay leaves ( laura nobilis) has probably a higher concentration than Lemon Balm but it's not as volatile so therefor our olfactory receptor sites do not pick up the fragrance due to less of the oil in nose than with Lemon Balm.  If Bay has an oil content of 100, volatility of 10,  and Balm is oil content of 30, yet volatility of 90 one will "smell"the Balm but not the Bay.  Hope that makes sense.


     Nice "how to" grow organic herbs starting with a certified organic farm video.    More than one way to skin a cat and this video offers low cost tips on how to carve a "certified organic herbs" selling to restaurants and other outlets seeking certified organic herbs.   HerbFest not only sells certified organic herbs, vegetables but our herbs are also from certified organic root stock or mother plants.  


Growing Certified Organic Herbs For The Restaurant Industry Video


Cardoon or Cardune Is Herb & Vegetable

        Cardoon is known as a showplace focal plant in landscape design.   Beautiful blue hair like artichoke type blossoms which can be dried and used as centerpiece in floral arrangements.   Also an edible with the leaves and stalk being eaten.   In Europe fields of this gorgeous plant can be seen.   A perennial plant ( Zone 7 and below) , going dormant in winter, re-emerging in spring and self seeding.   Often used as the center focal plant in many U.S. gardens.   Available at Wake Forest HerbFest most years. 

Eleonora Mildew Resistant Basil

       In 2014 much of the Southeast had to deal with Powdery Mildew on the basil production.   This form of disease transmits to most varieties of basil and there is little one can do to stop the infestation.   There is one variety of basil that is more resistant than other varieties and that is the variety "Eleonora".   Wake Forest Herbfest 2015 will offer this variety to our customers.  You will still have the same flavor, growing conditons as the more familiar Genovese, Italian style basil,  but this year you can expect  healthy, full leaved basil plants from us.  Our goal is to only provide you with the best in local, organic, non GMO plants for your lifestyle.

     As with all our herbs this variety is still non GMO, raised from organic sources and raised organically so you are still getting the herbs you expect from HerbFest.   For more information on powdery mildew click here for report from N.C. State University.