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July 27 - Verdant Kitchen Co-Founder and CEO Ross Harding to Speak on the Healing Properties of Ginger and Turmeric During August 22 Encourage Health Education Lecture

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 27, 2017 - Wellness company executive Ross Harding will present ‘The Golden Healers: A Study of Ginger and Turmeric’s Effect on Health’ on Tuesday, Aug. 22, during a lunchtime lecture presented as part of the 2017 enmarket Encourage Health Education Series.

The presentation will take place at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required, as a healthy lunch will be provided.

Harding, a longtime energy consultant and native of Australia, is the co-founder and CEO of Verdant Kitchen, a gourmet and wellness company that crafts artisan foods and beverages with a focus on the health benefits of the ginger and turmeric family of spices.

The company is the result of a collaboration between Harding and Savannah businessman Howard Morrison. It features products made of ginger and other foods including organic ingredients grown at Morrison’s historic Lebanon Plantation in Savannah.

Their effort was launched after they learned Savannah’s soil was perfect for growing ginger, which is a booming business in Harding’s native Australia. By mid 2013, Verdant Kitchen had developed a product line and, by early 2014, Harding was sampling the products in regional farmers markets.

Now, Verdant Kitchen’s ginger, galangal and turmeric are delivered to customers through a network of distributors, gourmet and wellness retailers, farmers’ markets and internet sales.

The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance (SUGA) has been selected to receive a $1,000 Encourage Health grant that will be presented during the Aug. 22 luncheon. SUGA is one of four local nonprofits selected to receive donations as part of the 2017 lecture series to recognize their efforts in promoting healthy homegrown food by developing gardens at local schools and educating students on basic gardening skills.

This is the fourth year enmarket has partnered with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Hoist Water, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9 to host the Encourage Health Education Series.

The series features four lunchtime presentations from respected experts who share insights on nutrition and fitness plus general tips for healthy living.

To RSVP for the Aug. 22 luncheon, visit For more information, visit

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