Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father, signer of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States and a foodie. As a revolutionary gardener, he was an advocate of sustainable agriculture and promoted experimenting with seeds and plants. Jefferson believed in using vegetables from his stately garden at Monticello as staple in cooking and encouraged others to be avid planters as well.
Learn about his gardening legacy during the Heritage Harvest Festival presented by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in partnership with the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. The festival will be held at Monticello on September 13, 2014.
About the Festival
The Heritage Harvest Festival will take place in the vegetable garden, on the West Lawn and inside the green-certified Visitor Center at Monticello. The ultimate goal of the festival is to provide informative, hands-on educational programs and workshops presented by experts. Tickets to the festival are $35 and include a tour of Monticello.
Workshops Included with General Admission Ticket:
• The Soil Renaissance—Keys to building and maintaining healthy soil
• Year Round Bounty for the Home Gardener—Culinary gardening techniques
• Integrating Native Plants into Backyard Farms—Beautiful and low maintenance
• Landscapes You Can Eat—The benefits of good looking and good tasting lawns
• Propagating Fruit Trees—Learn how to build an orchard from scratch
View the complete list of free Saturday workshops.
Do the names Brandywine, Cherokee, Amish Paste or Abe Lincoln ring a bell when you think of heirloom tomatoes? If you said yes, then you’re probably already a fan of this fruit that comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Serious gardeners and researchers develop new tomato varieties every year, many being showcased at the Heritage Harvest Festival. Be sure to stop by the Tasting Tent and sample more than 100 varieties of tomatoes along with dozens of heirloom peppers and melons. This is an incredible opportunity to mingle with local farmers and share favorite growing practices.
Those with a green thumb for growing tomatoes are invited to bring a sample of their yield to the tasting. To participate, email Festival@SouthernExposure.com with the names of the varieties you wish to present at the festival.
The festival will also feature book signings, a craft beer garden, a music stage with local acts, vendor demos and premium workshops available at an additional cost.
Scheduled Premium Workshops:
• Field Sketching—Learn how document seasonal changes that occur in the garden
• Fruit Tree Basics—Planting, nutrition, pruning and more will all be covered
• Low-Tech Mushroom Cultivation—Discover methods for growing in the garden, woods or greenhouse
• Gardening with Kids—Classes will help cultivate the fertile and curious minds of children
• Herbal Syrups and Elixirs—Mix up a batch of home remedies that have been used to promote wellness for generations
Purchase tickets and view the complete list of Premium Saturday Workshops.
Also scheduled are tours led by performers through the restored Monticello garden as well as hourly specialty tours that highlight natural history and indigenous plants. Cooking programs inside Monticello’s refurbished kitchen will feature recipes inspired by the multicultural roots that play such an important role in the area’s history.