The Herb Nugget is all about community. We send our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the tragedy in Brussels. The Herb of the Podcast is Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) Marc discusses the many attributes of this amazing shrub / tree, “shrub-er-tree” from its beneficial heart effects to its stinky odor due to triethylamine compounds. The book review focuses Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate by Dr. John Kallas. This is the best book for beginning foragers in Mindy’s opinion. Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Karioti A. Combined HPLC-DAD-MS, HPLC-MS and NMR spectroscopy for quality control of plant extracts: the case of a commercial blend sold as a dietary supplement. J Pharm Biomed Anal 201:88(7-15). This article discusses how researchers were able to use chemical fingerprinting to determine whether or not certain plants (hawthorn, fumitory, shepherd’s purse, olives) were present in a given Italian commercial preparation. The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles discussed are this one and this one. Massachusetts beekeepers are trying to find a way to stop pesticides from collapsing more bee colonies (CCD, Colony Collapse Disorder), and are not happy with the regulatory process thus far. Southwest Virginia farmers in Floyd county are trying to turn a sizable profit by growing Chinese herbs. Updates include: The Trustees of Reservations Gardeners’ Gathering will be March 26, 2016 at 11:00am to 4:30pm (with the Keynote Speaker, Daniel Ross, speaking at 10:00am) at Egan Center and Shillman Hall, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Mindy and Marc will be presenting “Indoor Seed Starting For the Urban Gardener” at 2:00pm. Massachusetts herbalist Jade Alicandro Mace of Milk & Honey Herbs is now taking orders for her nursery’s medicinal plants; find information here. Jade runs a fantastic family farm, which we had the pleasure of visiting last year during an open house. A talented local herbalist, with strong ties to the Pioneer Valley of northwestern Massachusetts, Jade offers herbal consultations by appointment as well. Support our local herbalism businesses and check out her offerings! Finally, we sat down to interview with Herbstalk founders Steph Zabel, Catherine Iagnemma, and Henry Kesner. In a nutshell, they are AWESOME! We are in post-production editing right now, but Marc does put up a bit of a teaser (a very very small bit of one, for the record!) Enjoy the Spring, Herby People!