Harvest a Good Time at this Fair

Harvest a Good Time at this Fair

Join the good folks at Seattle Tilth for the ultimate family garden festival, Saturday, September 11 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm for their annual Harvest Fair. It will be held at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford neighborhood, at 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle.

The mobile chicken coop in the 2010 Show garden helps aerate and enrich soil as it is moved around

Seattle Tilth will be offering education and entertainment on just about anything having to do with creating your own urban farm – right here in Seattle and its suburbs. If you have been thinking about growing healthy edibles in your garden, or perhaps indulging in freshly laid eggs from a clutch of chickens, or even getting the ultimate in natural lawn mowing with a goat or two, this is the place to be. It’s an urban farming bonanza!

Seattle Tilth teamed up with Jessica Bloom of NW Bloom EcoLogical Services to create the multi-award-winning garden at the 2010 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, titled “A Family’s Little Farm in the City.” It was a colorful urban homestead demonstrating how a family can live sustainably in the city, and was filled with goats, chickens and loads of edible landscaping and conservation ideas. This garden won the People’s Choice Award and a Gold Medal, along with awards from Sunset Magazine, Pacific Horticulture magazine, 425 Magazine and the American Horticulture Society.

The goat shed in the 2010 Show garden demonstrates how small urban spaces can be used for livestock

At the Harvest Festival there will be activities for the young and the young-at-heart, loads of tasty food, and rockin’ music from local bands. Thanks to the Seattle Farm Co-op, you can meet chickens, goats and honey bees and find out what it takes for you to produce eggs, milk and honey in your own backyard. There will be 17 farmers at the fair, bringing all kinds of fresh, organic produce to enjoy on the spot or take home.

The Show garden had many ways to grow veggies, including this colorful cold frame and raised beds

Be sure to bring plenty of your reusable tote bags because you’re going to want to stock up on delicious farm fresh organic produce offered at the festival.  You can buy bulk quantities of organic produce to take home and freeze, can, preserve or cook. Right now the farmers are harvesting so their produce is at peak freshness, and they will be on hand to answer your questions. Plus you can shop for plants and garden supplies from the many vendors, or indulge your taste buds with the food delights that will be available. Anyone for cupcakes?

There was even room for an outdoor oven and dining in the award-winning urban farm garden at the 2010 Show

Seattle Tilth is renowned for its outstanding educational programs, and their Harvest Fair is no exception. There will be talks on rainwater harvesting, composting, bee keeping, winter gardening, and many others. Plus a children’s parade and a noon performance by the “Creepin’ Critters” (aka Lisa Taylor and Jessica Heiman, popular performers on the Sprouts Stage every year at the garden show). There will also be face painting, worm bin exploration and garden crafts. Visit their website at http://seattletilth.org/special_events/harvestfairschedule for the full schedule of events, author book signings and vendors. – Janet

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