Events, Gardening

[Santa Rosa] The National Heirloom Exposition

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要介紹The National Heirloom Exposition之前, 要先說說主辦單位The Petaluma Seed Bank (隸屬Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company). 

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這家店是Gardeners的天堂, 他們販賣超過1,200種來自七十幾個國家的heirloom seeds (另外還賣garlic, tools, books,
and hundreds of local hand-made gifts and food items).
Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties.

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所有的種子都是 non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented.  如果你對Heirloom Seeds有興趣, 你可以免費索取212-page color catalog (他們每年寄給美國各地350,000 gardeners). 有機會建議你一定要去Petaluma Seed Bank親自瞧瞧, 真是大開眼界 (如果你以為茄子只有紫色, 而且只有長條狀, 那就更應該去見識一下, 我可是流連忘返呢), 何況, 光是那個舊銀行的建築就美得令人屏息.

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他們為了推廣大家對Heirloom的認識, 每年在Santa Rosa舉版The National Heirloom Exposition, 這是一個非營利活動, 所有的門票收入都會捐給School gardens and food programs. 

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(可點照片放大)
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超過三百攤相關攤位

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想要一網打盡相關書籍, 這是最好的時機.

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對交換種子有興趣的人可以上Seed Savers Exchange查看.
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當場有超過三千種Heirloom展示

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各式各樣的西瓜, 梨子, 蕃茄, 南瓜, 茄子, 辣椒,
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看是要比體積, 比長度, 比重量, 比種類, 應有盡有.

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活動一共三天(9/10-12, 11:00am-8:00pm), 有近百場的演講, 主題從GMO, CSA, Farming and Gardening, Soil, Growing garlic, onion and shallots, Financing a Food-Based Business, Herbal kitchen, Heirloom seed stories, Organice school farms, Youth inbolvement, Fermentation, Cooking demo, Drip irrigation, Seed saving 101, Checken 101, etc.  還有Silent auction, Giant pumpkin/Tomato/Watermelon contests, 主題豐富多元.

我覺得這個活動是一個很好的機會教育, 不論是對大人或小孩, 若能從小教育孩子去認識他的食物來源, 種類, 增加他的好奇心, 鼓勵他學習栽種一些蔬菜水果, 也許有助降低未來過胖族群的人數吧.

如果你錯過今年, 沒關係, 記得在明年的月曆上用紅筆註明.

註: 早點到, 附近停車還算方便, 停車費6-8塊一天. 會場內有許多食物攤販可以解決午餐; 如果你只挑幾場演講, 一天足夠逛完整個會場, 所以住灣區的當天來回是可行的, 不過二天一夜還是比較充裕, 當晚可以享用個美味晚餐, 隔天還有時間做些品酒活動.

 

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