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Southern Living — September 2012. Breaking Ground at Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s garden revolutionized farming. Today, it inspires a new generation to save seeds for a brighter future.
In addition to demonstrations of traditional farming and gardening practices, there will be apple, pickle, tomato, and melon tastings led by Ira and other folks. Don’t miss the cider tasting conducted by Virginia’s Tom Burford (aka “Professor Apple”). The cider he makes with the ‘Hewe’s Virginia Crab,’ one of Jefferson’s apples, is the best you’ll ever taste. Check out the seed swap led by “The Bean Man,” Rodger Winn, who says, “Seeds like these are ideal for the home gardener because they were perfected by home gardeners. They produce longer and resist regional diseases, and the flavors are outstanding.”
The New York Times — 8/22/2012. Thomas Jefferson, ‘Founding Foodie’
Jefferson overturned convention when he brought hot weather crops to his Virginia hilltop garden. Until then Colonial gardens in America grew only cool weather crops, following the English custom. But Jefferson was right: the microclimate turned out to be very hospitable to vegetables from Africa, Asia, South America and the Mediterranean, like eggplant, tomatoes, okra, lima beans, peanuts, garlic and hot and sweet peppers.
Locally Charlottesville — September 2012.
Globe Newswire — 8/21/2012. Consider the Charlottesville Area for An Unparallelled Foodie Experience
Monticello’s Revolutionary Garden Tours & Heritage Harvest Festival: This new experiential tour of Thomas Jefferson’s vegetable and fruit gardens — his Revolutionary Garden — includes an in-depth guided walk followed by a Meet the Gardener segment with Monticello’s professional staff. Visitors participate in seasonal gardening activities, such as planting, harvesting, and sampling spring crops ranging from asparagus to baby root vegetables. The Heritage Harvest Festival (held this year on September 14 & 15) proposes heirloom vegetable and fruit tastings, cooking demonstrations, lectures, workshops, special tours, and family activities.
Washington Gardener — 9/21/2011. Video Wednesday: Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello
How to feast: the official blog of feast! In Charlottesville — 9/20/2011. Automotive Challenges at the Heritage Harvest Festival
It is unquestionable central Virginia has a vibrant local food scene rife with top-notch growers, artisan food producers and vendors. What most folks may not realize is how supportive the community is of one another. There is a genuine interest in mutual success. Ultimately, the altruistic nature of our food community is probably its greatest attribute and we are proud to be a part of it.
.09 Acres — 9/19/2011. Heritage Harvest Festival
Jefferson was a pioneer of and ultimate advocate for sustainable agriculture, and this made Monticello the perfect location for this great event. In short, the festival included everything from seed sales and heirloom tomato and watermelon tastings to hands-on workshops, presentations, and tours of Jefferson’s amazing home, garden, and orchard. I highly recommend this event for anybody interested in all aspects of agriculture and simpler ways of living.
Tangled Branches: Cultivated — 9/18/2011. Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello
Although the Heritage Harvest Festival would be worth attending at any location, it was not in just any location. We’ve toured Monticello a couple of times, but never during the growing season. So on our previous visits, at the end of the house tour, we’d just walk through the bare gardens and imagine what they’d be like in summer. Now we don’t have to imagine.
Seeking Alpha — 9/18/2011. Harvest festival draws crowd at Monticello
A crowd of local and organic food enthusiasts hit the second day of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello on Saturday.
It was the place to buy an apple, a rake or a $3 bag of rabbit manure. It was the time to talk whittling, composting or felting.
"It’s kind of like a wine festival for people who like to grow vegetables," said Ann Marshall of Troy.
Forsythia Hill Finds — 9/18/2011. Heritage Harvest Festival Fun
My first stop was at the Southern Exposure Seed Swap. I used to collect hundreds of seed from my first garden back in Southwest Virginia so discovering that there are other people in the world that far surpass my seed collecting ability was quite exciting. I was stunned at the number of seeds available for trading. Hundreds, some neatly packaged and carefully labeled, others in jars ready for you to scoop. The swap was quite organized, providing free seed packets and lots of pens for you to label your little treasures. If you are a serious plant aficionado, you always want to know exactly what you are growing. I noticed that first and foremost all seed was exactly identified. I took a few packets of seeds to the swap but some people had bizillions of seed for trade – AMAZING.
The Daily Progress — 9/17/2011. Harvest festival draws a crowd at Monticello
“It’s kind of like a wine festival for people who like to grow vegetables,” said Ann Marshall of Troy.
NBC 29 News — 9/16/2011. Heritage Harvest Festival Inspired by Jefferson’s Legacy
Thomas Jefferson is known for many things—president, author of the Declaration of Independence, an an architect—but this weekend, his green thumb is being recognized at the fifth annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
UVA Today — 9/13/2011. Virginia Food Heritage Project to Debut at Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival
Participants at Saturday’s Heritage Harvest Festival will enjoy traditional tastings, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, interpretive walks and garden tours and exhibits. The goal of the festival is to promote a fun, affordable, family-oriented, educational event celebrating gardening, sustainability, local foods and preservation of heritage plants.
The Daily Progress — 9/11/2011. Festival traces history back to its seeds
Thomas Jefferson has been a tremendous influence on me,” Whealy said. “I really admire his whole spirit of adventure, collecting and understanding that there’s more out there than just your backyard.
Examiner.com — 9/9/2011. Friday Premium Workshops of the 2011 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello
The 2011 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello offers two full days of workshops around gardening, eating from the gardening, heirloom fruits and vegetables. These one-hour to two-hour events are divided into lectures, tours and workshops.
P. Allen Smith Garden Home — 9/1/2011. Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival
On September 16 I’m heading to Monticello for the fifth annual Heritage Harvest Festival celebrating Jefferson as America’s “first foodie.” Appropriate title, don’t you think? You can learn from Jefferson too when you attend this family-friendly weekend featuring food, music and workshps. I’m giving the keynote address Reflections on Jefferson: Gardening, Farming and Democracy on Friday the 16th at 6 p.m. Hope you can join me for a lively discussion and good food.
Charlottesville New and Arts — 8/30/2011. Heritage Harvest Fest—Why you must go
The Heritage Harvest Festival is two days long, September 16-17, and absolutely packed with what looks like fairly serious education for the urban or rural homesteader. There are workshops that are included in the $8-10 ticket price, and more workshops that cost an extra $10-15.
Garden Rant: Uprooting the Gardening World — 8/28/2011. Top Pick for September: Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival
As though Monticello weren’t already awesome enough on any day of the year, this event, in just its second year, looks so good I may just go again, rather than miss it.
The Hook. Hertiage Harvest Fesitval at Monticello
Visitors are invited to celebrate the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson during the annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. Thomas Jefferson, America’s “first foodie,” championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable agriculture. Taste a bounty of heirloom fruits and vegetables and learn about organic gardening and seed-saving during this fun, affordable, family-friendly festival unlike any other—held on the breathtaking West Lawn of Jefferson’s Monticello and the new Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.
VisitCharlottesville.org. The Heritage Harvest Festival
For the second year now, the venue for the festival will be the verdant landscape of Monticello. Attendees choose from dozens of educational programs, lectures, cooking demonstrations and food tastings. The popular Tomato Tasting is a great way to enjoy the Festival while taking in the serene setting of Jefferson’s vegetable gardening.
Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide. Heritage Harvest Festival has Fruits, and Wines, of Labor
Dozens of people at the third annual Heritage Harvest Festival sat on grass Saturday evening looking down on Albemarle County and a sea of mountains at Montalto, 400 feet above Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
Yards away, others sampled fruits, vegetables and wine, attended garden workshops and learned tips on how to control pests without using chemicals.
Local Harvest. Heritage Harvest Festival
The Heritage Harvest Festival is a fun, family-oriented, educational event promoting sustainable gardening and the preservation of heirloom plants.
Peter Hatch wrote in the Huffington Post, “Jefferson not only enjoyed the garden process and relished eating fresh produce, but the garden also functioned as an experimental laboratory, in some ways, as a vehicle for social change.”
August 4, 2010
The Martha Stewart of the South Article at nytimes.com >>
The 2011 Festival’s keynote symposium speaker P. Allen Smith champions true Southern localism: Here we are in the middle of nowhere Arkansas and we’re doing something remarkable because we embrace the local vibe and we’re connected to the land and the people around us.
Voice of America’s Rosanne Skirble wrote American President Was Revolutionary Gardener in August 2010, about Thomas Jefferson’s rare collection of vegetables from around the world.
June 30, 2010
At Monticello, Jefferson’s Methods Endure Article at nytimes.com >>
The article features Monticello’s Peter Hatch and his studies of Jefferson’s own garden notes. Peter’s workshop at the festival, Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden, shares its title with his book, to be published in 2011.
New York Times writer Anne Raver, wrote At Monticello, Jefferson’s Methods Endure,in which she says, “[New gardeners] could learn a thing or two from the 19th-century techniques still being used at Monticello today.”