UMass Amherst Students to Display Projects at Herbfest 2000

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts students studying herbs, spices and medicinal plants in the department of plant and soil sciences will share their knowledge with the University community and the community at large at next week''s Herbfest 2000. The annual event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Tues. May 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom on the UMass campus.

Student projects will highlight aspects of the culture, processing, or use of herbs, spices and medicinal plants. In addition to displays and demonstrations, students will offer free starter plants, free samples of herbs and spices, as well as advice on how to grow herbs.

"Herbfest is a day of celebration for herbs, which have played a significant role in festivals celebrating religious and cultural rites through the ages," says Lyle E. Craker, festival coordinator and professor of plant and soil sciences, who is also an expert on herbs, spices and medicinal plants.

For more information, call 413/545-2347.