For immediate release
Demeter's Biodynamic Garden
returns to the National Heirloom Exposition
Santa Rosa, CA August 13, 2014—With a mission to heal the earth through agriculture, Demeter USA once again hosts its popular Biodynamic Garden and Lounge with a full slate of speakers and panels at this year's 2014 National Heirloom Exposition.
A three-day fair devoted to the pure food movement, heirloom seeds, and anti-GMO education, the National Heirloom Exposition takes over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 9-11, 2014.
Now in its fourth year, the Expo last year drew over 18,000 visitors and Demeter's Garden and Lounge was a favored attraction. Located in the heart of the Expo footprint, this 15,000-square-foot installation offers relaxation and refreshment for guests to enjoy while learning about Biodynamic® farming principles and products.
Offering three full days of free education with Expo admission, Demeter's Garden and Lounge featured speakers this year include Dan Kent of Salmon-Safe, a new Demeter USA partner in the national "Farming in the Wild" program; Cynthia Sandberg of Love Apple Farm, the partner-grower to the esteemed South Bay restaurant Manresa; Harald Hoven of the Rudolph Steiner College; apiarist Michael Thiele, co-founder of Melissa's Garden bee sanctuary; Demeter USA co-director Jim Fullmer; "Slow Money" expert John Bloom; and many others.
As part of the Expo's Kid's Day programming, Demeter's Garden and Lounge hosts Malibu Compost in a free activity for students ages 5-17 on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Using open-pollinated Biodynamic seeds donated by Turtle Tree Seed company, young people will be invited to start plants that can be taken home for their own gardens—helping them grow into a healthier future as adults.
Interest in Biodynamic farming, viticulture, and products has never been higher, particularly in Northern California, where some 40 producers are either Demeter-certified or amid the transition to certification.
More comprehensive than organic, Biodynamic production treats the farm as a closed loop, a holistic whole in which all elements from the people to the soil are interdependent. Grape growers and vintners have been enthusiastic adopters of Biodynamic farming, not only because it is the best for their land, but because such wines are of avid interest to educated consumers. Look for a display of Demeter-certified products, including wine, onsite.
Join us at Demeter's Biodynamic Garden and Lounge this September at the National Heirloom Exposition, quickly becoming known as "The World's Fair of Pure Food."
Details: Demeter's Biodynamic Garden & Lounge at the National Heirloom Exposition
Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 9-11, 2014
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Open 11am to 8pm
Exposition admission, $10 a day; $25 for all days; under 17, free.
Demeter Lounge and Garden admission included
Participating Organizations: Amanda Lane Photography, Blossom’s Farm, Biodynamic Association of Northern California (BDNAC), Bohemian Stoneworks, Dark Horse Farming Company, Demeter USA, DIY Edible Gardens, Frizelle Enos, Gaia Bees, Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products Inc., Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery, Healdsburg SHED, Healing Spirit Plants, Hundred Acre Wood Farm, Live Power Farm, Love Apple Farms, Lundberg Family Farms, Malibu Compost, Permaculture Artisans, Quantum Culture, RSF Social Finance, Robinwood Construction, Rudolf Steiner College, Salmon-Safe, Whole Foods Market
Sponsors: Demeter USA, Whole Foods Market, Presence Marketing, Dark Horse Farming Company, DIY Edible Gardens, Frey Vineyards, Healdsburg SHED, Lundberg Family Farms, Frey Vineyards, RSF Social Finance
Contact: Elizabeth Candelario
Co-Director, Demeter USA
About Demeter USA
Demeter USA is the United States’ representative of Demeter International. It is a not for-profit that was incorporated in 1985 with the mission to enable people to farm successfully, in accordance with Biodynamic® practices and principles. Demeter’s vision is to heal the planet through agriculture. For more information, please visit www.demeter-usa.org.
About the National Heirloom Expo
Produced by the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company and the Petaluma Seed Bank, the 4th annual National Heirloom Exposition is a significant voice in the worlds of heirloom and artisan food and products, non-GMO, and sustainable farming. Known as "The World's Fair of Pure Food," this year’s event is expected to draw close to 20,000 people from all over the country. With emphasis on the increased awareness of label GMO campaigns, there will be a particularly large presence of pure food advocates, truth in labeling activists, and many more interested in promoting healthy living. In addition to the Demeter Biodynamic classes and workshops, over 100 speakers will present on subjects as diverse as seed saving, GMOs, home gardening, food politics and policy, farming, marketing local foods, and more.