Heritage Harvest Fest: Why you must go


Excuse me, but have you looked at the schedule for the Heritage Harvest Festival? It’s freaking awesome. More about that in a minute. First, let me drop the name of another local-food event: the Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour, September 5, a great chance to snuggle up to some of the wonderful farmers who have been feeding you great stuff all season long. (Or just take a look at their farms. Whatever suits.)

Back to Monticello, where 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.

And how is one to choose? At 9am Friday, do I want to be hearing about medicinal herbs from the folks at Sacred Plant Traditions, or do I want to be learning how to grow heirloom garlic and onions from the experts at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, or do I want to be strolling the woodlands with Monticello‘s curator of plants, Peggy Cornett?

An impossible choice, especially when local permaculture expert Christine Gyovai is lecturing during the same hour.

And it goes on from there. You can learn about home brewing, seed saving, making vinegar…

Count me in. Anyone else going? Got a recommendation about stuff to check out?