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Herb tours at McDaniel Farm

DULUTH -- If you're looking for ways to cut salt out of your diet, there are educational tours in Duluth to teach people alternative ways to flavor food. The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center hosts its More Herbs, Less Salt program at McDaniel Farm for two Saturdays in August.

"Late summer is a great time to focus on garden herbs as they are at their peak for harvest," said Catherine Long, history and culture program manager for the GEHC. "If you have not had a chance to visit the heritage herb garden at McDaniel Farm, the More Herbs, Less Salt program will allow you to explore this local treasure."

Participants will learn more about a variety herbs, including soapwort, dill, comfrey, lavender, wooly thyme and basil. The program provides tours of the heritage herb garden and teaches people how to recognize common herbs. The program will also discuss how consumers can identify and avoid salt in restaurants and pre-packaged foods.

Besides learning about the tastes and flavors, attendees will learn about the medicinal purposes, decorative possibilities and fragrances with the different herbs.

The program runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 18 and 25. Admission is $5 per person and all attendees need to register in advance. To reserve a spot, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org or call 770-814-4920.

McDaniel Farm is located at 3251 McDaniel Road in Duluth.