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Originally published July 22 2011

Check out the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa from September 13-15, the 'World's Fair' of pure food

by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) If you have ever wanted to learn more about heirloom farming and gardening -- and sample a treasure trove of heirloom produce from all 50 US states -- then the National Heirloom Exposition taking place in Santa Rosa, Calif., from September 13 - 15, 2011, is where you want to be.

This bountiful event will feature more than 250 natural vendor booths, 55 nationally-recognized experts and speakers, numerous workshops and educational exhibits, and, of course, an amazing presentation of heirloom gardens and gardening techniques, seeds, produce, livestock, and poultry.

Taking place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, which is located about an hour north of San Francisco, the National Heirloom Exposition is a truly unique opportunity to learn about the history, beauty, and necessity of heirloom agriculture. Vendor booths at the event will feature everything from heirloom seed and animal varieties, to the tools and techniques needed in order to cultivate and raise heirlooms.

Featured at the National Heirloom Exposition will be more than 2,000 varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables grown across the US, and raised specifically for the event, that will be made available to guests -- and if you have ever tasted an heirloom tomato, for instance, you already know how rich and delicious heirloom produce is compared to conventional store-bought produce. So the tastings alone are definitely something that you do not want to miss.

The National Heirloom Exposition will also feature movie screenings, practical technique workshops, and a host of speakers who will speak in a number of educational seminars. These speakers include Dr. Vandana Shiva from Navdanya International, a movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources; Alice Waters from Chez Panisse, a Berkeley, Calif., restaurant that features sustainable, local, organic, and seasonal ingredients; and Jeffrey Smith, head of the Institute for Responsible Technology; as well as many others.

Besides increasing public knowledge about heirlooms, one of the other stated goals of the event is to raise awareness and educate attendees on issues relating to genetically-modified organisms (GMO). Heirloom seeds, of course, are pure, unadulterated sources of life that are vital to the survival of small-scale, local, and family farming and gardening. GMOs, on the other hand, are the antithesis of food freedom, and are a threat to the viability of heirlooms.

Admission to the National Heirloom Exposition is $10 for adults, and FREE for children under 17. And since it is a non-profit event, all proceeds will be donated to school gardens and food programs. This will be an amazing, inspirational, educational, and fun event that, if you can make it there, is definitely worth your while!

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