$10; Youth 6–11: $8 (children under 6 free).
General admission is for Saturday, September 7th.
- Tickets will be available for purchase the day of the festival for $15 (Youth 6–11: $8) at the festival parking areas. Credit cards and cash will be accepted.
- Please see Parking & Directions for information regarding Festival Parking. For Premium Festival Parking at the Visitor Center, please purchase a Combination Ticket.
The following programming is included with your General Admission ticket:
More details will be available online soon.
- General Admission Workshops
- Vendor Demonstrations
- Book Signings
- The Music Stage experience our expanded musical offerings for 2013!
- The Backyard Revolution
- Just for Kids
- Chef Demonstrations
- The Tasting Tent
- The Old Timey Seed Swap
with Rodger Winn
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. • South Terrace, Mountaintop
Meet legendary and everyday seed savers at our annual Old Timey Seed Swap. Come share your seeds, your knowledge, and your enthusiasm. Bring any seeds you have to share, whether you’ve saved them yourself or varieties left over from this year’s garden. This is an informal, relaxed event. Beginners are welcome.
Rodger Winn is a Certified Organic grower who produces heirloom varieties for various seed companies and for presevation. He also runs a seasonal greenhouse buisiness selling vegetable, herb, and flower plants in Central South Carolina. When not at his day job, Rodger actively promotes sustanable agriculture, giving seminars and tours to garden clubs, stressing the need to conserve and preserve our resources and enviroment. Rodger recieved the 2011 Conservationist of the Year award for Newberry County, South Carolina, and is a past recipient of the Southern Leagacy Seed Project Seed Saver of the Year. www.rodgersheirlooms.com
How to Gross $1.00 Per Square Foot on Your Small Farm
with Clifton A. Slade
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. • Farmers’ Tent, Mountaintop
This workshop explains how to make a diversified, small farm operation profitable and sustainable.
Clifton A. Slade
A Virginia native who started farming alongside his father. Clif Slade is a graduate of Virginia State University and has recieved both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Agriculture Education. With 28 years of service. Clif retired from Virginia Cooperative Extension where he worked as County Extension Agent and Area Vegetable Specialist. He currently farms in Surry, Virginia, raising mostly vegetables,hogs, and chickens.
New Dimensions in Garden Art
with Dr. Arthur O. Tucker
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. • West Lawn Lecture Tent, Mountaintop
Hypertufa is still useful but so yesterday! A number of new composite materials, many based on cement, are available today for those with limitless imagination to create items from tiny pots to your own multi-story fairy castle.
Dr. Arthur O. Tucker
Dr. Arthur O. Tucker (to his students at Delaware State University in Dover for over 37 years) is a botanist specializing in the identification and chemistry of plants of flavor, fragrance, and medicine. In his capacity as Emeritus Professor and Co-Director of the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, he has had the fortunate opportunity to work with all age groups, from young children to retirees, and a wide variety of ethnic groups to help them better appreciate herbs. As an advisor and writer for numerous scientific and popular gardening magazines, Art has helped untold numbers grow healthier herbs, bring in better harvests, and simply enjoy herbal flavors and fragrances more fully. cars.desu.edu/faculty/atucker
The Future of Small Farms
with Forrest Pritchard
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. • Farmers’ Tent, Mountaintop
A one hour talk about the future of small farms, discussing the challenges, obstacles and opportunities to successfully navigating an evolving food landscape.
Forrest Pritchard is a professional farmer and writer. He holds degrees in English and Geology from William and Mary, and his farm, Smith Meadows, has been featured on NPR and in the Washington Post. One of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, Smith Meadows has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for fifteen years. His book Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm, was published in 2013 by Lyons Press. www.smithmeadows.com
with Steve Bender
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. • West Lawn Lecture Tent, Mountaintop
Many of our most cherished plants don’t come from the garden center or big box stores. They come to us as hand-me-downs and survive through the years by being shared from friend to friend and generation to generation. In this way, we ensure that future gardeners can enjoy more than assembly-line plants grown for the mass market. The best thing about a passalong plant is that every time you see it in your garden, you instantly remember the person who gave it to you and when you got it. I’ll talk about some of my favorite passalong plants and what kind of plants are easiest to pass along.
Steve Bender is the Senior Writer for Southern Living and has been writing about gardening for the magazine for the past 30 years. His book, Passalong Plants, was named the best-written garden book in 1994 by the Garden Writers of America. In 1995, Steve was presented the Horticultural Communication Award by the American Horticultural Society. He edited the best-selling Southern Living Garden Book and is currently working on its second revision. His blog, “The Grumpy Gardener,” is one of the most popular gardening blogs in the country. He holds a B.A. in History from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and makes his home in Hoover, Alabama, with wife, Judy, and son, Brian. grumpygardener.southernliving.com
Selecting the Right Land and Location for Your New Farm
with Sue Ellen Johnson
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Farmers’ Tent, Mountaintop
Once you decide you want to farm, how should you identify and select the right types of soils and the most appropriate location for your new farm enterprise? Soils, crop history and exposure all determine the productivity of your farm, while location determines your marketing costs and effectiveness.
Sue Ellen Johnson
Sue Ellen Johnson has been working with experienced farmers and new farmers since the 1980s. She works with livestock, vegetable and cash grain and hay farmers on the technical production and business aspects of their farm operations. She is the Director of Agriculture and Rural Economy for the Piedmont Environmental Council. Her specialties are pasture based enterprises and ecologically integrated-diversifed farming. www.buylocalvirginia.org www.pecva.org
Can the Sweet Corn
with Hank Will
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. • West Lawn Lecture Tent, Mountaintop
Some folks call it field corn. others call it ornamental or “Indian” corn. While most folks are focused on sweet corn for homestead growing, heirloom flint, flour and dent corns are much more versatile and arguably more practical in the garden or small field plot. Most are easy to grow, some have incredibly short growing seasons, some are highly drought tolerant, and all offer a multitude of uses, including being ground into flavorful cornmeal and flour. Join GRIT Editor in Chief and field corn freak Hank Will as he walks you through the process of raising, harvesting, using and storing this “amaizing” crop on a homestead scale.
As a farmer, scientist, author and editor, Hank Will is known for seeking creative solutions to problems as varied as moving genes between species to working the land without huge investment. He’s published hundreds of articles and five books on a range of topics, including low-tech homesteading solutions and antique farm machinery. www.Grit.com
Green Up Your Home & Town – Beauty & Benefits
with Barbara Hobens
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. • Vegetable Garden Tent, Mountaintop
Do you fully enjoy the outdoors at your home? Do you grow a favorite herb, vegetable, or wish you could pick your favorite flower? Urban gardening is all about beautification. Learn how to increase your enjoyment of nature and wildlife with practical can-do and low-maintenance ideas. Adding “green” to your home can lower your stress and air conditioning bills, while adding property value without an added tax assessment. Learn “right place; right plant” skills and then expand greening efforts to include your road, neighborhood, and community.
Barbara Hobens is an urban gardening and “gardening with wildlife” expert offering consultation and design, from window box and patio containers to community garden and historical reconstruction, to deer-free vegetable gardens and “whole property” evaluations. Author of Garden Your City, Barbara enjoys lecturing: five years at the Philadelphia International Flower Show, for the Ecological Landscaping Association, and garden clubs and historical organizations. Featured on two episodes of HGTV’s Gardening by the Yard, Barbara is also a certified Deer Steward (Quality Deer Management Association) and a National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat Host Trainer. www.gardenyourcity.com
Extending the Harvest- Garden Fresh Eating All Year
with Ira Wallace
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. • West Lawn Lecture Tent, Mountaintop
Learn how cool season vegetable gardening, in the spring and fall, can be just as prolific as the heart of the growing season. Explore growing techniques and suggestions for extending your vegetable gardening season to 12 months.
Ira Wallace is a Central Virginia Master Gardener, an Organic Seed Alliance board member and worker/owner of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange where she coordinates variety selection and new seed growers. Southern Exposure offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic seeds. Ira also organizes the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. Her first book on year-round vegetable gardening in the Southeast will be available from Timber Press in December 2013. www.southernexposure.com
Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving
with Grant Olson
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Vegetable Garden Tent, Mountaintop
If you’re interested in seed saving, understanding some basic concepts before you get started will make the process easier. Learn the difference between open-pollinated and hybrid seed and gain understanding of plant taxonomy, reproductive structures and pollination methods. Seed Savers Exchange staff will also touch on the isolation techniques used at Heritage Farm, the 890-acre home of SSE. Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit, member supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations.
Grant Olson is the Education Coordinator and Display Gardener at Seed Savers Exchange. Grant creates educational seed saving media/curricula and maintains the display gardens at Heritage Farm. He works with schools and other visitors to teach the value of genetic diversity in our food system and how individuals can participate in preserving this diversity in their home gardens. www.seedsavers.org
Maize, The Mother Corn
with Kelley Wilkinson
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Chef Demonstration Tent, Mountaintop
In this session, we will decipher the heirloom corns: flint, flour, and dent, and discuss variety selection, growing, harvesting, and post-harvest use. Kelley will discuss choosing varieties and various aspects of shucking, shelling, cleaning, grinding, parching, popping, polenta, cornbread, nixtamal (hominy), tortillas, grits, posole, tamales, and salsa. Some demos and food samples will be available.
Kelley Wilkinson has been an avid organic gardener for more than 35 years. Once a market grower, she now grows nearly all of her family’s food. She lives near Asheville, North Carolina, on a 285-acre organic farm. She rediscovered heirloom corn when she moved to the high plateaus of central Mexico years ago. In addition to being a working homesteader, she also paints, makes artisan cheeses, loves to ferment, scouts wild foods, and grows unusual crops such as wasabi, water chestnuts, and many different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. She is an avid seed-saver. www.laughingfrogfarm.com
Fall & Winter Veggies: Zero Degree Gardening
with Ken Bezilla
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Vegetable Garden Tent, Mountaintop
Gardens don’t have to end when frosts come in October. Expand your garden’s production, and feel happier about your winter trips to the grocery store! September’s the month for planting fall and winter greens, and there’s still time to get some root crops in too. Come learn how to grow a bountiful winter garden, how to keep your veggies alive through zero-degree nights, and how to enjoy harvests all the way through April! Emphasis will be on low-tech production – floating row cover, mulch, a good thermometer, and an eye on the weather are all you need.
Ken Bezilla has farmed for 20 years in Oregon, Missouri, and Virginia. He’s the seed inventory manager for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and when he escapes the office he helps grow seed crops and variety trials for SESE, plus (of course) huge fall and winter gardens. www.southernexposure.com
A Duo of Tomato Salads
with Miriam Rubin
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Chef Demonstration Tent, Mountaintop
I will demonstrate and we will taste two salads from my new book, Tomatoes: A Savor the South™ Cookbook.
Wilted Cucumber and Tomato Salad and Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Feta and Oregano
Miriam Rubin is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and the first woman in the kitchens of NYC’s Four Seasons Restaurant. She’s the former food editor of Weight Watchers Magazine. Her first cookbook, Grains, was published in 1995. She writes the “Miriam’s Garden” column for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her work has appeared in Prevention, Redbook, Working Woman, and Woman’s Day. She was line-editor for the Encyclopedia of Jewish Food and contributed to The Encyclopedia of Appalachia and The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink. Her new book Tomatoes was recently published by UNC Press. www.miriamrubin.com
The Multi-Functional Homestead Greenhouse
with Harvey Ussery
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. • West Lawn Lecture Tent, Mountaintop
We will start with design, size, bracing for snow load, and continue with a discussion of winter growing, especially appropriate crop choice and management of “the mirror season.” A greenhouse offers far more than winter greens and salads, it also provides green forage for poultry or livestock in winter. Topics include: starting warm season transplants a month early; keeping the winter poultry flock in one end of the greenhouse and releasing them onto a heavily mulched yard for numerous “stacked” benefits; adding a large-volume, frost-free, year-round vermicomposting operation with virtually no loss of growing space.
Harvey Ussery and his wife Ellen are activists in the local foods movement. They produce all their own eggs and poultry, and most of their own fruits and vegetables, year-round, on three good acres in northern Virginia–and further reduce dependence on the supermarket by purchasing most of the remainder of their food from local farmers. Harvey writes for Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside & Small Stock Journal. His book, The Small-Scale Poultry Flock (Chelsea Green, 2011), sets a new standard for holistic poultry husbandry. www.themodernhomestead.us
Gardening With and For Chickens
with Patricia Foreman & Oprah Hen-Free, Celebrity Chicken
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. • Vegetable Garden Tent, Mountaintop
This cutting-edge, ever-expanding, interactive workshop gives you practical, and effective ways to employ chickens in your garden or homestead. Learn how chickens create and enrich topsoil. Understand that not all chicken feed has to come from bags. Learn how chickens forage—and which food they prefer. Use your yard as a mini-pasture (including rotational grazing systems) to build soil fertility and provide fresh graze. Control insects, including ticks and fleas. Integrate different types of fencing by understanding what works, and what doesn’t. Jump start your gardens with chicken-assisted biomass recycling that transforms trash into black gold. Begin birdscaping (planting trees, shrubs. perennials and annuals that your flock will perpetually love). Best of all, we will talk about getting truly wholesome, nutritious, non-GMO homegrown food for both you and your flock. This is truly a “Think Outside the Coop and Inside Local Food Systems“ workshop. Textbook: City Chicks.
Patricia Foreman & Oprah Hen-Free, Celebrity Chicken
Patricia Foreman holds a Masters of Public Administration and a BS in Animal Science (genetics and nutrition). She is a licensed pharmacist. Pat is the author of City Chicks: Keeping Micro-flocks of Laying Hens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers. She is the co-author of Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry, Backyard Market Gardening and A Tiny Home to Call Your Own. She and her fellow Occupy Backyards™ movement cohort—chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free—will be co-presenting.
Oprah Hen-Free is the inspiration and “wind beneath the wings” of the Declaration to Occupy Backyards. She represents—on behalf of all chickens: “We hereby declare The Chicken Have More Plan to be a sustainable strategy that employs family flocks occupying backyards across America—and even the world—to enable individuals, communities and local governments to be more food self-sufficient and economically stable.” www.ChickensAndYOU.com
Why We Eat What We Eat
with Michele Kayal, Bonny Wolf, & Domenica Marchetti
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. • Chef Demonstration Tent, Mountaintop
These days, we often know where our food came from, who grew it and what it ate. But do we always understand why we’re eating it? Do we know the story behind the recipe, how it got from there to here and why it matters?
America is a nation of immigrants, many of whom landed with nothing but their traditions. The aroma of lamb-stuffed grape leaves, the tang of a particular pickle, the sweetness of a chocolate chess pie can carry us across time, distance and generations to connect with our culture. Editors of American Food Roots, a new site celebrating the culture and diversity of American food, will lead a discussion about how these connections can broaden our understanding of who we are, both personally and as a country.
At the end of the discussion, participants will be invited to record their own food stories for possible inclusion in My American Roots, a collection of video memoirs offered by American Food Roots (www.americanfoodroots.com).
Michele Kayal, Bonny Wolf, & Domenica Marchetti
Michele Kayal is assistant managing editor of American Food Roots. She grew up in a Syrian-Irish family, but all she ever learned in Arabic were the food words. After years writing about “important” things – politics, business, the Federal Aviation Administration – she caved in to the lifelong desire to write about food and how it expresses culture and identity. A regular contributor to Associated Press and NPR.org, Michele’s pieces also have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler and The Huffington Post.
Bonny Wolf is managing editor of American Food Roots. She grew up in a Midwestern home with a mother who thought b’stilla was more fun than burgers. She does a monthly food commentary for NPR’s Weekend Edition, is editor of NPR’s Kitchen Window and author of Talking With My Mouth Full: Crab Cakes, Bundt Cakes, and Other Kitchen Stories (St. Martin’s). As a teacher at Texas A & M, she taught journalism to singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, who wisely ignored her advice to get a real job.
Domenica Marchetti grew up in an Italian family, with a mother who had her shaping gnocchi and ravioli before she could walk. She is the author of four books on Italian home cooking: The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy; Big Night In: More Than 100 Wonderful Recipes for Feeding Family and Friends Italian-Style; The Glorious Pasta of Italy; and Williams-Sonoma Rustic Italian: Simple, Authentic Recipes for Everyday Cooking. Her fifth book, The Glorious Vegetables of Italy, will be published in 2013. She is a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism and worked as a reporter at newspapers in New Jersey, Detroit, and Washington DC. www.AmericanFoodRoots.com