Sometimes a good thing does happen twice. It’s especially joyful when it happens on your birthday month.
Last September I was overflowing with excitement for Santa Rosa’s first National Heirloom Exposition.
Amazing displays, thought-provoking food policy discussions, demonstrations by local chefs and of course expo swag, like my “anti-Monstanto” coffee cup and designer seed packets from Hudson Valley Seed Company.
Over 11,000 passionate “pure food” enthusiasts descended upon Sonoma County. Ah-h, such a happy girl I was.
Well this September 11, 12 and 13th, Santa Rosa will be hosting the 2nd Annual Heirloom Expo. For those who missed it, here’s your chance to see over 3000 varietals and over 300 exhibitors.
This year’s speaker line up will include Vandana Shiva, India’s leading supporter of the pure food movement. Dr. Shiva drew over 1200 people to her talk last year; Percy Schmeiser, a long-time Canadian farmer who was sued by Monsanto after his crop was contaminated by their GMO canola; Anna Lappe, author of Diet for a Hot Planet and founding principal of the Small Planet Institute; Jere Gettle of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds; and my personal favorite Dave Murphy of Food Democracy Now.
And if you’re into display “eye candy,” Mac Condill, the talent responsible for the White House’s Halloween pumpkin display will lend his artistic eye to deliver serious food art.
Now these are just a few of the 70 (+) educational speakers that will be here this upcoming September. Interested in going? Check out Heirloom Expo and maybe I’ll see you there.
And for those who like to keep up on Marin, Sonoma and Napa’s sustainable food activities year-round check out Edible Marin and Wine Country. It’s a great little periodical of goodies.