As the manager of the center, she's all about promoting the usefulness of herbs.
Brooke Sackenheim loves to introduce people to dandelion fritters. The delicious treat often can be the first step in educating people about herbs and their uses.
As the manager of the Ohio Herb Education Center, she's all about promoting the usefulness of herbs.
Of course, not every herb has the bad reputation of the dandelion.
She's happy to help people come up with new uses for a bountiful crop of basil or arugula.
"You can use culinary herbs in a lot of ways," she said. "With a little creativity, you can make a lot happen."
The center offers a wide variety of herb-related classes, covering everything from growing and drying herbs to making soap and bottling infused vinegars.
"People are always curious about what they can do with herbs," she said.
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How did Gahanna come to be known as the herb capital of Ohio?
It's kind of a funny story. Bunnie Geroux, a resident and big supporter of Gahanna, felt the city could excel with a brand. It was the '70s and there was a resurgence of interest in herbs. She petitioned the Statehouse to make Gahanna the herb capital of Ohio. That was in 1972. It's been good for the city.
What can people expect during a visit to the herb center?
We're primarily a resource center. We teach a lot of classes. People can learn about herbs - ways to garden with them, how to incorporate them in their bath and beauty, make crafts and cook with them. We also cover herbal tea drinking. It's really amazing all the fun things you can do with them. We also have a small gift shop that carries local items.
Do you have events for kids and families?
We try to have events for kids and families. Right now most of our classes are for adults. We are going to be participating in the city's Second Saturday events starting in June. We'll do nature hunts. We're super excited about being able to show kids about herbs. It's one of a few plants that kids can eat, smell and feel.
Has the growing number of foodies living in Columbus and the increased interest in growing food impacted the organization?
We're starting to see resurgence. People are really interested in cooking their own food and interested in using herbs. It's a way to add brightness and flavor.