|The completed drying house|
After discussing various options for drying in such a humid, rainy environment and confirming an appropriate placement for a drying structure, the team sourced and purchased the necessary construction materials and got to work assembling the structure. The result: a 2-sided drying house, each side consisting of 4, 3x18 foot shelves, complete with plastic covering on the roof and sides and screened doors for ventilation and pest protection.
Tea formulation was the next topic of discussion, and after some training the team successfully put together a 5-ingredient blend using herbs from the park. They harvested the aromatics, placed them in the drying house, and Mr. Reisen demonstrated how to process the dried herbs by hand. Finally, Mr. Reisen led a training on using herbs to infuse oils, which can then be used to make other natural products. The team put their new skills to practice, combining infused oil with locally-produced beeswax to develop a salve.
|Herbs set to dry inside the drying house|