Heirloom Lovers Unite!comments (2) September 25th, 2011
The National Heirloom Expo, held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, was billed as the World’s Fair of the heirloom and local food movements. It certainly lived up to its billing.
Heirloom vegetable lovers from across the country gathered to celebrate pure food and enjoy educational workshops, amazing displays of heirloom produce, toe-tapping entertainment, and internationally-known keynote speakers.
One of the goals of the Expo was to create awareness on issues related to genetically modified crops. Another was to educate the next generation of gardeners by emphasizing the importance of school gardens and seed saving.
The non-profit event was organized by the Petaluma Seed Bank. Proceeds from the Expo will be used to fund school gardens and food programs.
Growers from across the country trucked in thousands of pounds of heirloom produce for the largest display of its kind. In addition to the displays of about 2,000 varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables, there were produce competitions, a flower show, antique farm equipment exhibits, a poultry contest, exhibits of heritage livestock, artwork, films, music, and much more.
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