Heritage Harvest Festival 2013

| 9/24/2013 4:18:00 PM

Tags: Heritage Harvest Festival, Monticello, Festivals, Community, Hank Will, Donna Rae Barrow,
Donna B

Organic Gardener. Sustainability Spokesperson. Natural Beekeeper. Farm-to-Fork Cook. Small, Local Business Supporter. Committed Preserver.

These are some of the hats I wear daily here on our little plot of suburbia. My day may start with a check on the beehives, continue with a little bread baking in the outdoor ceramic cooker, and end with a crochet hook in my hand, creating dishcloths while watching a documentary on food or farms or homesteading. It's a great life! I wouldn't want it any other way! But sometimes ... well ... the neighbors and the friends think I'm a little strange. They wonder why I fill my compost bin instead of my city-provided trash container. *sigh*

Sometimes I long for community. A visit with the like-minded. A chat with the revolutionaries of our time. A moment with the dirt-under-their-fingernails crowd. I am blessed to be part of an urban homesteading group. Supportive, skilled, amazing folks sharing freely.  

Friends at Monticello Harvest Festival

Friends From the Virginia Urban Homesteaders League at the Heritage Harvest Festival

But to recharge with LOTS more folks like us, my husband and I travel each year to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello for the Heritage Harvest Festival. Imagine ... a whole weekend in the most beautiful surroundings (Jefferson's gardens are worth the trip!), learning and sharing with hundreds of people sharing your love of the land and all things homestead. This year, several friends from the Virginia Urban Homesteaders League made the trip as well.

9/26/2013 8:19:07 PM

Donna Rae, sound like the Heritage Harvest Festival was just what you needed to get a shot in the arm. I attended the Mansfield, Missouri, Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival which had many speakers with great ideas about growing, harvesting, and cooking garden grown food. Hank really is a great guy, isn't he. His wife, Karen, is equally as awesome. I met her at the Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival. If you ever get a chance to visit their headquarters in Kansas, do it. The whole staff is a great bunch of folks. They are hard workers but know how to have fun at the same time. I'm looking forward to the first ever Mother Earth News Fair in Lawerence Kansas in a couple weeks. That should be packed with "what am I going to do next" stuff. I don't think two days will be long enough to get all the speakers listened to and attend all the different classes on how to do things. I guess there's always next year, huh. Have a great festival memory day.

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