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Living an Organic Life
w/ Karen Golden
Karen Golden, of Michigan Heirlooms, an organic vegetable greenhouse, talks about her journey into living an organic life. Being ‘organic’ is not just about your food. In fact, the food we consume is a small percentage of an organic lifestyle. In this talk, Karen will share her personal
journey from a nearly 100% chemical/synthetic lifestyle to her now mostly organic lifestyle.
In 1999, Michigan Heirlooms was born. Today, Karen
sells over 30,000 organic vegetable starter plants a year
to local customers out of the greenhouses located on her
property in Highland, MI.
Outside of selling season, she travels the country giving talks, sharing her passion for organic fresh food. She is
a steward of the land, the soil and the seed.
Growing Gourmet Mushrooms in Your Garden
w/ Erin Hamilton
Learn about growing some of the best mushrooms on earth alongside your herb and vegetable garden!
Dive into the joy of mushroom growing with Erin Hamilton of The Mushroom Conservatory as she takes you along on the flavorful adventure of growing gourmet mushrooms. Learn about growing in straw beds, totem logs and buckets, and begin planning your mushrooms to harvest different varieties in tandem with your herbs & vegetables throughout the growing season.
Erin Hamilton is a mushroom farmer and agricultural educator from Howell, Michigan. She and her husband Elijah have three children and together, they run The Mushroom Conservatory where they help people around the world learn to produce their own food with hands-on mushroom growing kits.
Lost Treasures & Rare Plants:
The Ark of Taste in the Midwest
w/ David Shields
This keynote presentation from author and historian David Shields is sure to inspire and educate! Join David as he explores the rare, lost and historical food plants of the Midwest. He’ll also be sharing stories from his 2023 book, The Ark Of Taste. Written in collaboration with Slow Food USA, The Ark of Taste illuminates the history, identity and taste of special and unique foods, many of which were revived or saved from extinction.
David Shields is a distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina, a James Beard Award finalist and member of Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste committee. Copies of his book will be available for purchase during the swap.