Food for Thought: Eat Your Vegetables – Part 1

Food for Thought: Eat Your Vegetables – Part 1

More and more people are exploring ways to use their gardening space to grow their own food. It’s fun, it’s healthy, it’s delicious. But what’s the best approach? How do you get started? Which edibles work best for our region? What about patio or balcony gardeners – is there hope for you to grow edibles?


From seed to table our Seminar Speakers can answer all your questions about edible gardening. We will have 30 seminars devoted to the topic, so there’s plenty that are right for your kind of garden. Plan to bring your notebook and take lots of notes, because the joy of fresh produce is in your future with our seminars getting you off to a fresh start. Here’s Part 1 of our blogs on our edible gardening seminars.


Graham Kerr – Author & TV Star, former ‘The Galloping Gourmet’
Graham Kerr is an internationally known culinary and television personality. He has aired over 1,800 programs with broadcasts in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Asia, Africa, the United Kingdom and Europe. One of his first shows, ‘The Galloping Gourmet,’ brought the art of creative cooking alive to countless television audiences from 1969 – 1971 and made Graham Kerr a household name. He has written over 25 books, with 14 million copies sold. His latest book, Growing at the Speed of Life, was published in January, 2011 by Penguin Corp. From January 1996 through April 2000, Graham was an Editor at Large for Cooking Light, the world’s most widely circulated Epicurean magazine with a readership of 5.7 million. He has received many awards, including the Julia Child Cookbook Award, the James Beard Award, two Emmy nominations for most outstanding daytime programming and induction into the American Culinary Hall of Fame. Today Graham resides in Mount Vernon, Washington, and is working on his goals of increasing people’s daily serving of healthy fruits and vegetables, and reducing portion sizes and making school lunches more delicious and nutritious.


Find out how you can win front-row VIP seats for Graham’s seminar – plus an autographed copy of his best-selling book – compliments of Subaru. Just stop by the Subaru garden on the skybridge on Saturday morning before Graham’s seminar for more information.


E.G.G.S. – Eat. Grow. Gather. Share.
A Vision for 2020– Join the EGGS Carton Club
Sat, Feb 11 at 11:15 am / Rainier Room

Graham Kerr taught America how to cook with his landmark 1969 – 1971 cooking show, “The Galloping Gourmet.” Now he has a new vision for what America eats, and how they get their food – E.G.G.S. Learn about becoming a part of the E.G.G.S movement that will be launched during the seminar. E.G.G.S. stands for “eat, grow, gather and share”. Kerr proposes that we find a total 12 neighbors with whom we become an Eggs Carton Club (12 eggs!). Members resolve to commit to over a 100% increase in their personal use of edible plant foods by 2020 by eating more, growing more, gathering together( as friends) more and sharing more with those ‘left out’ in these troubled times. Kerr will discuss why this needs to happen..” ..for the common good for and by…We the People”. and provides a web source for encouragement  and guidance to begin the journey as a ” saint Augustine grassroots movement.”


Farmer John Muller – Owner, Daylight Gardens & Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farms
Don’t try to call John Muller a fancy name like “horticulturist.” John Muller is first and foremost a farmer, and he’s most at home on his tractor. He and his wife, Eda, own Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm and Daylight Gardens in Half Moon Bay, California. They are both passionate about gardening, and looking at their pumpkin farm, it shows. They have created an aesthetically pleasing, nurturing environment for the many farm visitors that visit each year. This has been done through carefully designed plantings, to give their community and friends a feeling of happiness and joy. Farmer John has been a guest on many television programs and news broadcasts regarding his farming and the farm. He has given seminars for guests at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, and served as a judge on their “iron chef” type cook-off using local produce. He is also a regional expert on growing giant pumpkins. Farm John has received many awards for his service and environmental activism in California, including the US Presidential Volunteerism Award, the US EPA External Award for Stewardship, the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Sustainability Award, and the US EPA Extra Mile Award. He has served on the City Council for Half Moon Bay since 2006, and presently serves as the Mayor.  

From Seed to Table
Farmer John Shares His Growing Secrets
Fri, Feb 10 at 11:15 am / DIY Stage

Farmer John, a 3rd generation Family Farmer will share his knowledge and family secrets on vegetable and flower growing to help you take your seed to the table.  As an urban farmer growing for farmers’ markets, select restaurants, and most importantly, his grandchildren, his approach works for first time gardeners and those who love to eat what they grow.  His practical experience will take gardeners from soil preparation, to seed germination, to planting, and finishing with how and when to harvest!


Colin McCrate – Co-owner, Seattle Urban Farm Company & co-author, “Food Grown Right”
Colin McCrate is the founder and co-owner of the nationally recognized Seattle Urban Farm Company (SUFCo), which builds edible gardens for families, restaurants, and businesses and helps teach first time gardeners the techniques of organic food production.  Colin learned organic crop management while working on a series of small, family farms and teaching garden-based environmental education.  Colin and SUFCo have been featured in The Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, Bon Appetit, GQ, Sunset Magazine, Grist, and numerous other publications and online news sites. SUFCo constructed display gardens in the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in 2008 and 2010, winning a Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Pacific Magazine Horticulture Award. Colin and SUFCo co-owner Brad Halm will have a book on home vegetable gardening for beginners, Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard: A Beginner’s guide to growing crops at home, to be published in January of 2012 by Skipstone Press.

The Peak of Perfection
How to Harvest Your Edible Garden Like a Pro
Fri, Feb 10 at 2 pm / Hood Room

Even after successfully building and planting a home vegetable garden, beginners can still be confounded by the development of their crops. We are constantly answering questions like: How big should it be before I harvest it? Where do I cut? What is that long, curly shoot coming out the side?  A series of garden harvest photos and specific instructions on harvesting your crops can help eliminate “harvest anxiety” and ensure that plants are picked at their peak and enjoyed to their fullest. 

Simple Edible Garden Design
Design Primer for Edible Gardening Success
Sun, Feb 12 at 11:15 pm / Rainier Room

Home vegetable gardens don’t need to be overly complex to be beautiful. Colin will show a series of small, medium and large sized home food gardens and talk about the decisions he made in the design and construction process of each garden.  He has found that nearly every home has a space for vegetable gardening.  Finding the right space and coming up with a manageable design can make the difference between garden success and garden paralysis. 


Melinda Myers – Milwaukee based columnist, TV host & author, Small Space Gardening
Nationally known gardening expert Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2006). She is the host of the nationally syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moments,” which air on 85 television and radio stations throughout the country (including Spokane, WA and Idaho) and Canada. She also hosted eight seasons of “Great Lakes Gardener” seen on PBS stations throughout the U.S. She is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and has written for Better Homes and Gardens and Fine Gardening.

Vegetable Gardening Success
Bountiful Gardens with Little Time, Space & Budget
Sunday, Feb 12 at 9:30 am / Hood Room

Learn some tips and strategies that will help you get the most produce out of your garden.  Whether you have a dedicated garden or squeeze fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your landscape wherever space allows, Melinda will help you grow lots of produce no matter your limitations.  We will explore products and plant varieties as well as planting and harvesting techniques to help increase your vegetable gardening success.


Charlie Nardozzi – Radio & TV host & author,Vegetable Gardening for Dummies
Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 20 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie is the former senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association. For 12 years he contributed articles to National Gardening Magazine. Presently he still writes the monthly Edible Landscaping e-newsletter for NGA. Charlie has written Vegetable Gardening for Dummies (IDG Books, 2009), The Ultimate Gardener (2009) and contributed the horticultural information to the new cookbook, Vegetables from an Italian Garden (Phaidon Press, 2011). Charlie is the former host of PBS’s Garden Smart, and he has also been a gardening expert on HGTV’s “Today at Home”, Discovery Channel’s Home Matters”, Sirius Radio’s Martha Stewart Living, and Natural Eating with Elyssa. Charlie holds a B.S. in horticulture and a M.A. in adult education from the University of Vermont.

Organic Gardening for Everyone
New Tips, Tools & Techniques for Healthy, Easy Gardens
Sat, Feb 11 at 9:30 am / Hood Room

Organic gardening has been around for years and is still growing, but some gardeners are still intimidated with how to garden organically. There are many new varieties, tools and techniques to make to grow vegetables, fruits, flowers and ornamentals in an environmentally friendly way easier and less time consuming. Learn how you can incorporate organic gardening principles into your yard without working harder or having your plants succumb to pests. Learn about new varieties, biological controls, design ideas, and fertilizing strategies to make yard healthy and productive. This talk is sponsored by Gardener’s Supply Company.

A Potted Edible Garden
Easy Tips to Grow Healthy Edibles in Small Spaces
Sun, Feb 12 at 11:15 am / DIY Stage

Everyone seems to be growing edibles these days! In this hands-on demonstration, Charlie will show some of the latest products and techniques on the market that help you grow vegetables, herbs, and fruits in various containers in small spaces. Some of the products will include new containers, fertilizers, soils, watering devices, and trellises. Hopefully, you’ll walk away inspired to try growing some edibles on your deck, balcony or patio this summer. This talk is sponsored by Gardener’s Supply Company.


For the complete 2012 Seminar schedule, just go to our website. After you peruse the lineup of stellar speakers, you’re going to want to plan more than one day at the show! (And for the price of a $16 ticket there isn’t a better value in horticulture education anywhere!) ~ Janet

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