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Our Annual Spring Planting Festival May 4th and 5th 2014

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We are greatly excited about our 14th annual Spring Planting Festival coming up on May 4 and 5th. This is shaping up to be our greatest festival yet at Bakersville Pioneer Village.


What began in the year 2000 when Jere Gettle hosted a garden show in a makeshift tent right in front of the seed store attracted a crowd of about 400 people. That little garden show has grown into an annual event that drew more than 7,500 people last year and is expected to be even larger this year.


What began as a little get-together for fellow gardeners to hang out and swap seeds and stories, has turned into a 2-day affair that celebrates all things heirloom, old-time, and non-GMO. Both days are filled with non-stop music that includes yodelers, fiddlers, country singers, gospel singers, and much more. Enjoy wandering minstrels, piano music in the restaurant, and on going jamming sessions. We even hold a folk-music contest that is open to amateur singles or groups with an old-time performance. The winner takes away a handsome prize.



While folks still get together to swap stories and gardening tips, they now have opportunities to listen to and learn from national and international experts speaking on a wide variety of topics concerning gardening, sustainability, GMOs, aquaponics, and much more:


Sunday's Presentation Schedule


10:30 Joe Simcox—The Botanical Explorer  

11:30 Dave Murphy—Founder and CEO of Food Democracy Now!

12:30 Drew Hopkins—Proprietor of Viridis Aquaponics

1:30 John Roulac—Founder and CEO of Nutiva organic super foods

2:30 Jim Long—Professional herb gardener and author of more than 2 dozen books

3:30 Shoshanna Easling—Owner of Bulk Herb Store and author

4:30 Charlie Hopper—Missouri Department of Agriculture Marketing Specialist

5:30 Panel discussion ... Topic to be decided 




11:00 Jeff Nekola—University of New Mexico Researcher

12:00 Will Allen—Farmer and author of War on Bugs and works with the Organic Consumers Association.

1:00 Katherine Paul—Writer for Organic Consumers Association

2:00 Ken Bezilla—Virginia farmer and “inventory guy” for Southern Exposure Seeds

3:00 Irina Stoenescu—Food researcher and historian

4:00 Joseph Simcox—The Botanical Explorer

5:00 Panel discussion...Topic to be decided


This is one garden event that is also popular with non-gardeners who come just for the fun experience of visiting the more than one hundred vendor booths. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase organic bedding plants, spring produce, hand crafted items of many and varied kinds, home made food goodies, farm-produced non-food items such as wool, and so much more.


In addition to the many exhibits, there will be ongoing historical demonstrations. Watch and learn the art of broom making, spinning, beekeeping, blacksmithing, and many more old-time ways of life.


Choose your best historical clothing attire and join in the fun and fit right in with our staff and vendors who will be dressed in fashions of earlier times. Enter our historical costume contest where you can win prizes.


What is a festival without good food? The Ozarks Hotel restaurant will be serving a vegan lunch both days. Debbie will have her famous cinnamon rolls and other delicious baked goods in the Baker's Flour Mill bakery. Choose something for snacking or a full meal from the many food vendors on site.


Worried about the kids getting bored? There will be kids activities at various times throughout the day, in addition to their enjoying looking at the multiple varieties of poultry, bunnies, and livestock who call Baker Creek home.


This event is priced to be affordable at only $5 per adult per day. Children under the age of 17 are admitted free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both days. We are at 2278 Baker Creek Road, north of Mansfield, MO. Just take Highway 5 north to London Road and follow the signs—or the car in front of you! For more information, please visit us at, call 417-924-3031, or Like us on Facebook.



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martha furman kojro
rolla, MO
5/4/2014 7:01:35 PM

  Dear Friends, We returned a few minutes ago from the Sunday Planting Festival. We've been attending for several years and this one by far was the biggest and best!!!!! (WOW! The road to Bakersville has been paved!) The warm, sunny weather, after this winter's freezing temperatures, seems to have brought out everyone's desire to garden. We caught Jim Long's presentation. (I've enjoyed all of his writing about herbs for many years.) We also heard part of John Roulac's presentation. I'm eager to explore the many hemp based products that he is bringing to market. I've shied away from them in the past for fear of a false positive for drugs in blood tests. I was thrilled to meet Joe Simcox in the Speakers' Tent along with Irena Stoenescu who was so beautifully dressed. I'll be following their exploits on line. Shopping was great again this year. I buy several of my annual herbs at the Planting Festival. This year I needed to replace my 6 year old rosemary plant which didn't survive the harsh winter. I also bought two Bulgarian pepper plants to add to my collection of Eastern European peppers which I grow every year from Baker Creek seeds. We also met our friend Brenda, selling her goat milk cheeses. We became acquainted with her several years ago and look forward to seeing her at the Planting Festival. All- in- all My husband and I had a great time!!!!! We hope to attend one or more of the Heritage Days. With fewer crowds we'll be able to enjoy a leisurely meal in the restaurant. Happy Gardening to all!

Linda Burton
Lexington, KY
5/3/2014 5:44:36 PM

  I so wish I could be there but I'm in Kentucky & have to work!

Mansfield Woods Cabin Rentals
Mansfield, MO
5/2/2014 9:02:16 AM

  You forgot to mention all the really wonderful staff that you have there to help make this an excellent 2 day adventure in everything gardening.

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