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 fruit and berries off right, to preparing the produce you harvested and using your herbs for good health, a wide range of edible gardening is 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.

SHOW PREVIEW GUIDE

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.

Kitchen Apothecary: Culinary Herbs for Health and Happiness

Carey Thornton—Community Educator, Tilth Alliance

Scents and flavors of herbs and edible flowers delight us in our gardens and kitchens, but did you know that many of these herbs were traditionally grown and added to meals to keep our families healthy and vibrant? Sage tea with honey is brilliant for kicking a sore throat. Chewing fennel seeds after a meal can help your tummy deal with an overly large or rich meal. Learn more common remedies you can make from your kitchen garden.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage

What the Cluck? Getting Started on Keeping Chickens

Jessi Bloom—Owner, NW Bloom, author Free-Range Chicken Gardens and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design

Many gardeners are realizing the healthiest garden systems emulate nature, and include animals. They are taking the next step beyond vegetable gardens to incorporate “gateway livestock” and keeping chickens is often the first step. Animals and plants have specific relationships and needs, in order to thrive and be productive together. Best-selling author Jessi Bloom will teach the basics of how to beautifully incorporate chickens into a home garden.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

The Homegrown Apothecary

Jessi Bloom—Owner, NW Bloom, author Free-Range Chicken Gardens and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design

Join Jessi Bloom for this seminar in the basics of creating your own plant medicine. She will walk through the steps in designing your own apothecary at home, including how to process and store plants and when to use them for everyday healing—whether you are stressed, have achy joints or want restful sleep. Jessi will share some of her favorite plants and design tips, so you too can use plants from your own garden to nourish your body, mind and soul.

Friday, Feb 9 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

The Easiest Fruit Trees to Grow Here

Kristan Johnson—Designer, WWFRF Display Garden and owner, Abundant Design Landscaping

We have many new diseases and pests affecting fruit trees here in the Pacific Northwest that were not a problem 30 years ago. Since many homeowners don’t like to spray chemicals, one option is to grow the smallest trees possible using espalier training techniques. Information will be presented about controlling pests, including new pest resistant netting techniques that are currently being tested, and a chart of recommended fruit varieties detailing their cultural and culinary highlights.

Friday, Feb 9 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room

Five Tips to Grow a Better Edible Garden

Donna Balzer—Co-author, No Nonsense Vegetable Gardening

Growing a better garden and creating a perfect life are like hugs and kisses – they just go together. If you garden and you are limited to doing one thing, you must build better soil. But if you can do five things, you can build soil, add garden covers, plant vertical and pop-up gardens, juggle planting dates to stagger harvest and start saving the world one honeybee at a time. Get inspired and use your money and time to grow more food today.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Eat Your Weeds: Tasty Ways to Utilize Common Garden Pests

Carey Thornton—Community Educator, Tilth Alliance

From hortopita in Greece to gumbo z’herbes in New Orleans, many traditional food cultures enjoy the wild spring greens that will be popping out of the ground soon. Dandelion, shotweed and chickweed are just a few of the tasty plants we normally think of as a nuisance in our gardens but are chock full of flavor and nutrients. Learn to incorporate these wild greens into your suppers with pesto, pasta, frittatas and more.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage

GARDEN 101: The New Edible Garden

Design Inspiration for a Creative Vegetable Garden

Megan Cain—Owner, The Creative Vegetable Gardener and author, Smart Start Garden Planner

The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Ellen Zachos—Author, The Wildcrafted Cocktail and co-host, Plantrama Podcast

Beyond Eating Your Greens: Plant Foods from Around the World

Niki Jabbour—Author, Groundbreaking Food Gardens and Veggie Garden Remix and Savvygardener.com blogger

Today’s edible gardens are nothing like your Grandma’s. No longer banished to a side yard or straight row plantings, they are beautifully incorporated into the garden with many new edibles to try. Learn from 3 leading authors many new ways to add interest in your edible garden. Megan Cain shares fresh ideas to elevate an ordinary edible garden to an extraordinary one, becoming a garden that inspires joy as well as produce. Ellen Zachos is the life of the party as she shows you how easy it is to make delicious, one-of-a-kind drinks with wildcrafted ingredients. And Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden and go beyond lettuce with an intriguing array of food plants from around the world.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Start Your Fruit Trees and Berries Off Right

Sam Benowitz—Fruit tree expert and owner, Raintree Nursery

You want to add more fruit in your life – in your garden! But how do you go about that? Fruit tree expert Sam Benowitz will show you how to pick out strong fruiting plants at the nursery, when and how to plant them and care for them, and what to do for the first year to get them off to a great start. Everything from proper watering to selecting the best rootstock and variety for your unique conditions will be covered.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage

It’s Easy to Have an Edible Garden Lifestyle

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

Come discover creative ways to add edibles to your landscape, such as Chive hedges and apple fences. Many edibles are highly ornamental and can be used in container gardens and mixed garden spaces, or to cover an unsightly fence. Learn favorite edible varieties that mingle well with ornamental landscape plantings or solve landscape problems. Garden sketches, planting ideas and inspired tips for cultivating successful edible landscapes will be included.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Veggie Garden Remix!

Niki Jabbour—Author, Groundbreaking Food Gardens and Veggie Garden Remix and Savvygardener.com blogger

There is a world of diversity available to food gardeners, if we just take the time to look. Best-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of food plants from around the world; Cucamelons, Indian cucumbers, chickpeas, Italian leaf broccoli, Chinese artichokes, zaatar, and wonderful greens like Tokyo bekana, amaranth, magenta spreen, and molokhia. She’ll showcase a wide selection of flavorful and easy-to-grow global vegetables, and offer tips on how to grow and eat them.

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

10 Mistakes I Made in My Edible Garden So You Don’t Have To

Megan Cain—Owner, The Creative Vegetable Gardener and author, Smart Start Garden Planner

Trial and error is often a part of the gardening experience. But, you can skip over some of the beginner mistakes and move straight to the more advanced ones! Megan Cain will share the top 10 mistakes she’s made in her (and others’) gardens so you can avoid them in your own. Topics covered will include being strategic in what you grow, correct watering, inviting pollinators for more produce, and record keeping.

Sunday, Feb 11 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

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

Bill Thorness—Author, Cool Season Gardener and Edible Heirlooms

Mining his garden journal entries, Bill delves into month-by-month cultivating of the vegetable garden and helps to answer burning questions: What do you plant in January? How do you successfully sprout seeds outdoors? When do you cover apples or fertilize berries? How do you start winter crops during spring and summer? And how do you enliven the doldrums of late fall with new plantings? It’s an engaging look at the vegetable gardening year.

Sunday, Feb 11 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

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