In the coming weeks I will share with you my thoughts related to attending the 2nd annual National Heirloom Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Most of my posts will be directly related to farming and gardening, but some posts may start with the Heirloom Expo and transition into bigger lessons and that have value in other parts of our lives. Understand that this show is massive in size and scope, meaning depending on your level of interest and involvement in farming, gardening, healthy non-GMO food, livestock, permaculture, and many other green topics to voluminous to name, that the title of my future posts will go in many fertile directions. When and where possible, I will post graphics and pictures to anchor my references to the experiences that I am trying to communicate to you, but in some instances, I was so involved in being a sponge soaking up the information and experience of it all that taking pictures was the last thing on my mind. Here are some of the speakers that I will be reviewing in upcoming posts:
- Robert Kourik- Author of Roots Demystified
- Axel Kratel- Distinguished member of the California Rare Fruit Growers who did a fantastic presentation on heirloom apples
- Jim Adkins- Sustainable Poultry Specialist and founder of Sustainable Poultry Network who spoke in impassioned ways about breeding, identifying, and maintaining heirloom poultry varieties alive and vibrant
- Kristee Rosendahl: Very cool presentation on technology and digital tools in support of local foodsheds
- Patricia Foreman: Tried to speak about gardening with and for chickens, but failing technology and lack of preparation did her presentation in
- Janel Healy: from Southern Exposure seed Exchange did a great presentation of growing great garlic
In sharing my experiences and impressions of the National Heirloom Expo 2012, I hope you will learn something, get involved with Yummy Tummy Farms in some way, and maybe even attend the National Heirloom Expo next year.