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The National Heirloom Expo

August 28, 2013 10:44 AM
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Squash_Melon_Display_Expo_2012_IMG_3486Excitement grows daily as the 2013 National Heirloom Exposition draws closer to reality. A full year of planning to improve upon the immense success of the 2nd annual Expo in 2012 has resulted in the gathering of an even larger crowd of pure food enthusiasts, sustainable living proponents, anti-GMO activists, heritage animal lovers, environmentalists, organic farmers, and many more like-minded individuals and groups.


The 2013 National Heirloom Exposition is the event to attend on September 10, 11, and 12. Taking place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days. Adult admission is only $10 per day or $25 for all 3 days. Kids 17 and under are free.


Renowned speakers from all around the country and the world will present on a wide variety of topics ranging from food and health issues to seed saving to protecting our future. Dr. Vandana Shiva of India spoke to a full house at the first National Exposition in 2011 and is returning this year to enlighten her listeners on the the importance of heirloom seeds and the dangers of seed patents. Patrick Holden of the United Kingdom is Chief Executive of the Sustainable Food Trust and aims to inspire global communities with sustainable ideas. Andrew Kimbrell is executive director of the Center for Food Safety and one of the country's leading environmental attorneys. Ronnie Cummins is Director of Organic Consumer Alliance. Jeffrey Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. These presenters will join more than 100 other speakers bringing messages of environmental responsibility and sustainability.


SQUASH-TOWERThe impressive exhibits alone are enough to warrant attendance. School groups, gardening groups, fruit growers, large farmers, small gardeners, and specialized growers will be creating displays of produce, flowers, gardening projects, and much more. Demeter's Biodynamic Garden and Lounge exhibit featuring an insectary-enhanced garden, an edible landscape garden, and an integrated livestock display will give visitors the opportunity to experience and learn about Biodynamic farming and gardening through their classes and panel discussions. Mac Condill of the Great Pumpkin Patch will again erect his magnificent squash tower that has been an awesome sight at the previous expos. These are just two of the extraordinary exhibits that leave visitors feeling inspired and energized. We encourage all gardeners to bring items to add to the giant heirloom produce exhibit.


The National Heirloom Exposition will offer entertainment, as well as inspiration. Music lovers will not want to miss the Musical Extravaganza that will feature Sourdough Slim, Fly by Night, Poor Old Shine, Petaluma Pete, and many others. Individual performers and groups will provide bluegrass, western, traditional swing, instrumentals, and much more.



Pure and healthy food will have a prominent place at the Expo. Many distinguished chefs from across the country will host food demonstrations and tastings, as well as remarkable food carvings and enthralling lectures on food. More than 30 food vendors will provide a memorable culinary experience as they offer a variety of meals and snacks that include whole grain, organic, local, fair trade, high-quality, gluten free, and nutritious food that is authentic to certain cultures.


Heritage animal fans and supporters will want to take in the livestock show conducted by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, American Poultry Association, and other heritage animal organizations. Children and adults may enter to win prizes. The outdoors Farmers Market will offer some of the finest and freshest in produce and plants.


While our halls are filling up with confirmed exhibitors and vendors, we can still make room for a few more if you contact us immediately. If you want to join us, please call Paul Wallace at 707-773-1336 or email For general information about the Expo, please visit    


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