National Heirloom Exposition runs Sept. 13-15

Heirloom Beefsteak Tomato

Gardeners who enjoy growing fruits and vegetables with that old-fashioned homegrown taste may want to visit the National Heirloom Exposition, which opened today, Sept. 13 and runs through Sept. 15 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Each day, the event operates from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and admission is $10 for . . . → Read More: National Heirloom Exposition runs Sept. 13-15

Film tells of Long Island farms’ struggles

The other night I watched an interesting documentary about the future of family farms on Long Island, Farming the Future: Farm Life on Long Island.

Quite frankly, I hadn’t realized farms existed in that part of New York, and the documentary focuses on that lack of realization as well as the struggles farmers there face . . . → Read More: Film tells of Long Island farms’ struggles

Va. Gourd Festival opens Saturday

cleaning gourd

As a child, I’d drink water from an outdoor spigot using a gourd as a cup. One of my grandfathers, an avid grower with his own mobile market, used to grow gourds, selling them and making gourd cups, bowls and whatever else he may have needed.

For a fifth-grade history project, I even made a . . . → Read More: Va. Gourd Festival opens Saturday

Film documents Va. winemaking

Photo © Silverthorn Films

I’ve had a fascination with grapevines since I was a child when I’d spend time playing around and helping pick grapes from my grandmother’s scuppernong and Concord vines. The scuppernong vine is old, though no one knows for sure just how old, and continues to produce grapes each year – some years the bounty . . . → Read More: Film documents Va. winemaking