Heirloom Garden Festival- Missouri, April 14-15

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Hi! Here is the updated info on our Garden Festival...Hope to meet many of you at the Festival! Jere

SPRING PLANTING FESTIVAL- & MARKET GROWERS CONFERENCE- April 14 & 15, (Sun. & Mon.) 2002. 10 am -6 pm/ both days! Come to our 2nd annual Spring Fest! Admission Free! Hear the best known heirloom garden speakers! - Brook Elliott is a heirloom garden and outdor writer from Kentucky, who writes for Mother Earth News and many others. A fascinating speaker who is one of the real promoters of the heirloom seed movement. Janet Bachmann, with ATTRA (http://attra.ncat.org) will be speaking on oriental vegetables and growing for market. She is an exciting speaker, with excellent knowledge on these subjects. Ron Matcher, Publisher of -"Small Farm Today" and founder of the "National Small Farm Trade Show" that has become the largest in the Country. One of the top agriculture leaders in the U.S. He is doing a wonderful job helping preserve small agriculture. Merlyn Neidens , heirloom seed grower. Seed saving expert who has developed some superb market tomatoes. He will be speaking on market growing and seed saving. Has been a popular speaker at our other shows. Steve Sherrif, vice president of the Southwest Missouri Organic Association. He will be speaking on growing heirlooms in greenhouses, cold frames and hoop houses. Other speakers pending. Learn all the latest on market gardening, selecting varieties for markets, selling to chefs, seed saving, gene-altered food, organic pest control, vegetable history and much more! Bring seeds, vegetables, plants, garden supplies, books and hard crafted items to display and sell. There will be venders selling lots of plants (many varieties of heirloom vegetables, berries, herbs, flowers and ornamentals) books, tools, seeds, produce, baked goods, natural products and much more! We will be having special sales at our Baker Creek Store! Many old time garden and seed tools will be on display, and will again have old fashioned music. Come and enjoy the fun! The Fest will be held at our farm, near Mansfield, MO. VENDERS WELCOME! (There will be some food for sale) FOR INFO CALL 417-924-8917 (RV & Tent camping available, no hookups.) No registration required. Last years' festival was a great sucess with nearly 600 people from 10 states. We had superb speakers and venders and every one had a great time! COME GET READY FOR PLANTING SEASON!


Mansfield: (5 miles) Little House Inn(417)924-3531 Mountain Grove (20 miles) Best Western (417)926-3152 Days Inn (417)926-5555 Seymour (18 miles) Super 8 (417)935-9888

Directions: From Mansfield Missouri take Hwy 5 north 1.5 miles to London Road. Turn left on London road for 3.5 miles to Baker Creek Road. Turn left on Baker Creek Road for 0.5 miles to reach the festival. Watch for Garden Show signs.

-- Jeremiath C Gettle (seeds@rareseeds.com), April 08, 2002



Just a reminder to the folks who are planning on going to the Baker Creek Seed Company Spring Festival and Market Grower's conference - It's this weekend! Hope to meet some Coutrysider's there!

Hubs and I will be leaving Saturday afternoon for the drive down; about 6 hours we think. We'll spend the night in St. James, then drive on to Mansfield Sunday morning; hopefully to spend most of the day, before setting out on the return drive home. If you happen to see a tall, skinny fella burdened down with plants following a short chubby lady in a green dress with pink flowers and bright pink sneakers - stop us and say HI!

(PS - I'm planning to bring the pet taxi, so if any of you have any White Silkie Banties to sell, bring me a rooster and some hens! Also looking for Blue Speckled Pole Lima seed - aka Florida Speckled Pole Lima.)

See y'all there!

-- Polly and John (tigger@moultrie.com), April 12, 2002.

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