When I was researching our trip to Virginia, I went off on multiple rabbit trails of things to do while we were there. Our original plan was to go to only to Williamsburg. While running down rabbit trails, I came across the site for the Monticello Heirloom Harvest Festival. As Thomas had written in one of the comments, 'Monticello is the mecca for gardeners'. How could I pass up going there and seeing the wonderful gardens?
I continued to look at the list of things to do and realized that Sharon Astyk was one of the speakers. Sharon is someone whose blog I started to read several year ago. She's a peak oil writer and when I first started reading, she completely freaked me out. As time went by, what she said started to make more sense to me. Her writing helped me to formulate more of a plan for how my gardens, preserving and many other things would impact my life.
Her talk was on her book A Nation of Farmers that she wrote with Aaron Newton. It is based on many of the teaching of Thomas Jefferson, so was quite apt for a talk at Monticello. The tent was actually in the gardens.
She spoke about how far many of us have come in our food supply, and how far we have to go. She talked quite a bit about the age of farmers and the fact that for the first time ever, we will have our food raised primarily by people who did not grow up on farms. As farmers age and their kids don't take over, newbies are taking over those farms and basically starting from scratch. Instead of having knowledge passed down from generation to generation, we're trying to figure things out for ourselves. Starting from scratch so to speak.
I wish that I could have gone to her second talk. It was on food preservation and based in part on another of her books called Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage and Preservation. My copy is very well worn.
When we went to Monticello, I brought my Independence Days book with me for Sharon to sign. Somehow, I had forgotten to bring A Nation of Farmers. We caught up with Sharon prior to her talk and she signed my Independence Days book for me. Hubby then watched the kids as I braved the tasting tent to get some seeds. While there, Hubby apparently decided that I needed to have both books signed, so he bought a second copy to have her sign. So, now I have 2.
That brings us to the giveaway.