Going Locavore: Edible Gardening, Urban Farming and Culinary Skills

Going Locovore: Edible Gardening, Urban Farming and Culinary Skills

Today’s urban gardeners want to squeeze the most from their space, and that includes growing healthy edible produce. Whether you’re new to growing edibles, or want to take it to the next level, we have a wide range of great seminars to help you get the most from your garden or even a condo balcony.

From starting your own veggie seeds to preparing the produce you harvested, all the steps of edible gardening are covered by our experts sharing the best tips and techniques you need for success. You’ll soon discover edible gardening is fun and fruitful—and can look beautiful! So take a bite on these seminars—you’ll be glad you did.


Be sure to download our full Show Preview Guide! It will be available online to download in December.

The show preview guide will include the full Seminar Schedule, Seminars by Category, as well are other show highlights and show info.

The Seminars by Category are listed in chronological order. Each of the seminars listed below will tell you the speaker name, seminar topic, seminar description, date, time, seminar location and if there is a book signing afterwards.

Please check the full Seminar Schedule for a full list of ALL our seminars.

The $25 Victory Garden Challenge: Grow a Garden to Feed Your Family on $25 or less

Joe Lamp’l—2017 Show Judge, Co-Producer and Host, “Growing a Greener World® TV”

Joe Lamp’l takes you back to where it all began—creating an organic garden from scratch, sufficient to feed his family of four for an entire season. The challenge: spend less than $25 for the entire project—and do it as if he were a brand new gardener,  with no tools and no contacts to help him! Not only did he do it, there was money left over. Discover the tricks and tips Joe used to make it happen, and learn how you can do the same thing.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room

Vegetable Gardening in the Drizzly Northwest

Cyndi Stuart—Owner/Farmer at The Roost at Roddy Creek and author, Real Food from a Real Farm

Whether you have been vegetable gardening for years or it’s your first season, join Cyndi for insights and tricks for growing food west of the Cascades. She’ll help you figure out why some things have worked for you and why some just don’t. Maybe it isn’t your gardening skills, maybe it actually is the weather! The microclimate of the Pacific Northwest is like no other, so discover how to work with Mother Nature—so she doesn’t work against you.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Eat Your Year: Month-by-Month Actions for Continuous Edibles

Bill ThornessAuthor, Cool Season Gardener and Edible Heirlooms

Mining his garden journal entries, author Bill Thorness delves into month-by-month cultivating of the vegetable garden. What gets planted in January? When do the first seeds successfully sprout outdoors? When do you prune the fruit trees and fertilize the berries? How do you juggle the start of winter crops during the busiest spring and summer months? How can you enliven the doldrums of late fall with new plantings? It’s an engaging look at the vegetable gardening year!

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Fresh Eggs Daily: Gardening with Chickens

Lisa Steele—Blogger, FreshEggsDaily.com and best-selling author, Fresh Eggs Daily and Gardening with Chickens

Chickens can be hard on gardens, but using a few tricks, it’s not only possible to raise chickens and still have a beautiful yard and bountiful garden, your chickens can actually benefit your garden and vice versa. Chickens and gardens go hand-in-hand and together make up a complete food/growing cycle when you properly integrate the two. Discover how to get your chickens helping through all four seasons, how to compost with chicken manure, and how to landscape your chicken run as a beautiful oasis, and much more.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Seasonings from the Garden

Sue Goetz—Garden designer, owner of Creative Gardener and author, The Herb Lovers Spa Book

Discover how to capture the rich flavors of herbs. This mouth-watering seminar will show you how to create herb vinegars, syrups, dried seasoning mixes, salt rubs for grilling, and much more. Learn to make flavor mixes from the garden to infuse cocktails and tea with syrups, add zing to greens and salads with vinegars and oils. Sue will cover growing, harvesting and recipes—all using a bouquet of easy herbs from your garden.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Toasting Your Health: From Your Garden to Your Glass

Debbie Teashon—Blogger, Rainyside.com and co-author, Gardening for the Homebrewer

Freshness and flavor is one of the most important elements that comes straight from your garden. Expand your basic edible garden to include your beverages – many vegetables and fruits can serve a dual purpose. Debbie walks you through designing an incredible edible garden in your mixed borders and containers. She also shows you how beautiful a garden can be packed full of edible plants and their role in creating the best tasting adult beverages.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

How to Create a Successful Kitchen Garden Year Round

Kristin CrouchBlogger, ThatBloominGarden.com and Vancouver, BC Master Gardener

Get the most out of your raised beds so you have a year-round harvest! Whether you are growing your own seeds or using transplants, Kristin will show you how to have a better harvest. Harvesting your garlic? Do you have a plan for what will go in after it’s harvested in July? Never have bare soil showing in your kitchen garden. It should always be working to supply you with a continuous harvest all season long.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room

Behind the Scenes at The Farm Garden from PBS’ “Growing a Greener World® TV”

Joe Lamp’l—2017 Show Judge, Co-Producer and Host, “Growing a Greener World® TV”

Creating a garden that’s “good enough for you and your family” is one thing. But doing it all organically, making it healthy and bountiful enough to stand up to the scrutiny of year-round national television production? Yikes! Yet that’s exactly what Joe Lamp’l does in his home garden that also serves as the working set for “Growing a Greener World TV.” Joe will share all the details of creating and maintaining this garden, as well as his 5 must-do’s to create your most productive and resilient organic garden ever!

Friday, Feb 24 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room

Luscious Landscaping with Fruiting Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Lee Reich, PhDSyndicated columnist and author, Grow Fruit Naturally and Landscaping with Fruit

Luscious landscaping is the way to beautify any yard and to put (very) local, healthful, and delicious food on the table. Fruit tree expert Lee Reich will introduce some of the best trees, shrubs, and vines that offer luscious fruits yet provide stunning flowers in spring, attractive shape and color through summer, bright colors in autumn, and/or neat form in winter. For landscaping, the ideal is a plant that also is low maintenance, being pest-resistant and requiring little or no pruning.

Friday, Feb 24 at 11:45 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

A Fresh Approach to Creating a Beautiful and Edible Garden

Stefani BitterCo-owner, Homestead Design Collective and co-author, Harvest

We’ve all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don’t want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? Stefani Bittner shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style.

Friday, Feb 24 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Introduction to Natural Chicken Keeping

Lisa Steele—Blogger, FreshEggsDaily.com and best-selling author, Fresh Eggs Daily and Gardening with Chickens

Raising chickens naturally, without using chemicals or antibiotics is important since your family will be eating the eggs your chickens lay. Natural chicken keeping incorporates common herbs, weeds and edible flowers into a flock’s diet and environment for happy, healthy chickens…naturally. Find out what natural chicken keeping means, the best herbs to add to your chicken’s diet, herbs for refreshing the coop, medicinal herbs, and how to introduce baby chicks to herbs.

Friday, Feb 24 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

The Learning Curve: An Interview with Tom Douglas and Jackie Cross on Prosser Farm

Tom Douglas and Jackie Cross—Award-winning Seattle Restaurant team, chef, author, radio host and organic farmers, Prosser Farm

Tom Douglas’ restaurants are iconic to Seattle diners. Six years ago Tom and his wife and business partner, Jackie Cross, began integrating the farm-to-table concept into their restaurants. Like any new gardener/farmers, they had a steep learning curve, faced with overheated compost, sunburned veggies, and lots of rabbits. But unlike home gardeners, the produce they harvested from their Prosser Farm had to be the peak of perfection to be used in their premier restaurants. Join them for an intimate interview by Seattle edible garden writer Bill Thorness, on how they launched their farm, what they have learned, and their commitment to organic farm-to-table cuisine.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

More Than Raised Beds: Designing the New Kitchen Garden

Jennifer Bartley—Principal landscape architect, American Potager® and author, The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook

How do you create a beautiful edible garden that is a joy to be in? Jennifer Bartley will inspire you with her images of fabulous French and American potagers that are truly a feast for your eyes. Learn how to create a kitchen garden that is truly a garden where family and friends gather, work, eat and play. Be inspired to transform your yard into a food and flower paradise that feeds your soul as well as your stomach.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Preserving the Harvest: Make Homemade Pickles

Carey Thornton—Adult Education Coordinator, Seattle Tilth

Learn how to make pickles beyond your ‘garden variety’ cucumber dills. Carey will cover the basics of food safety with different pickling methods and how to make easy refrigerator pickles. She will also discuss canning quick-packed pickles and fermenting old-world style sour pickles. You will see the ingredients and equipment required for different preservation methods so you can try them at home. Plus get tips on flavoring your homemade pickles with herbs and spices that you grow yourself.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage

Harvest! A Seasonal Guide to Your Most Beautiful and Productive Garden Ever

Stefani Bitter and Alethea HarampolisCo-owners, Homestead Design Collective and co-authors, Harvest

Every garden—not just vegetable plots—can produce a bountiful harvest! Discover how to make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your garden. Learn how to use all parts of the plant: petals, leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit. When you use the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for you to harvest from one growing season to the next.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Backyard Foraging: Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat!

Ellen Zachos—Horticulturist, educator and author, Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail

When you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms, but these perennials are delicious as well as beautiful. A surprising number of our favorite garden plants can feed both body and soul. Learn how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home. Next time you need something for dinner, head into your garden!

Saturday, Feb 25 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Beyond Bok Choy: Mastering Delicious Asian Edible Gardening and Cooking

Wendy Kiang-Spray—Author, The Chinese Kitchen Garden

Now you can master delicious stir-fry with edibles from your own garden. Author Wendy Kiang-Spray shows you how to grow and enjoy a wide variety of Asian vegetables such as chrysanthemum greens, luffa gourds, bitter melon and more, along with growing tips for success. She’ll explain how to use these vegetables traditionally and in your own recipes. Learn tricks to grow delicious Asian greens and prevent bolting and pests, and how to use fragrant lemongrass or kaffir lime leaves in recipes.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

The Blended Garden: Discover Plants that Do Double Duty

Ellen Zachos—Horticulturist, educator and author, Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Not many gardeners maintain separate ornamental and edible gardens. We’re all too busy, and space is at a premium. So it makes sense to choose plants that do double duty in the garden. Many ornamental plants will surprise you with their edibility, and many traditional edibles are downright gorgeous. Learn which plants satisfy on both levels, then plant a single garden that is both productive and beautiful by blending your plants to please both your eye and your palate.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 10:00 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Beyond Bok Choy: How Do You Prepare That?

Wendy Kiang-Spray—Author, The Chinese Kitchen Garden

Asian vegetables sure look fun to grow or interesting enough to purchase from international markets. But what do you do with them? Do you peel the fuzzy melon? Eat the outside of the bitter melon? Is tough lemongrass edible? And how do you cook beans that are a yard long?! Gardener, home cook and author Wendy Kiang-Spray will show you how to prepare several different Asian vegetables and explain how to cook with them.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Edibles in the Mixed Border

Jennifer Bartley—Principal landscape architect, American Potager® and author, The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook

Typically a mixed border contains a variety of flowering shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Why not incorporate perennial edibles into the mix? Jennifer Bartley will share insights on mixing perennial edibles with the rest of your garden. Discover how to design a gorgeous border with blueberries, currants, elderberries, raspberries, asparagus, rhubarb, and other edibles planted among the flowers. The rewards are great! Do the work once and reap the fruits, berries, jams, jellies, pies and flowers every year.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow