Dig In! It’s here: Big Big Saturday

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 | Comments Off

Saturday, March 2: The Big Day

Saturday’s the big day of the 2013 festival!   Classes, films, tastings, seeds swap, interest roundtables, more films….

All events take place at UA Global Campus on the Fayetteville Square. Map here.  When you arrive, CHECK IN at registration booth in street-level lobby. You will get a detailed program at check in. Admission is by donation.  At the door, it’s cash or checks, so if you want to get a supporters pass on credit card, tonight’s your chance.

Bring a notebook, pen and your own coffee mug and you’ll be outfitted for the day!

Don’t miss Brad Lancaster’s afternoon keynote.  After today’s three-hour presentation to more-advanced growers, Brad asked how many would attend his home-scale presentation on Saturday. Nearly every hand in the room went up. Afterwards I overheard a lady getting a glass of water say to her friend, “After that, you just don’t look at a glass of water the same…” Brad teaches great ideas you can start on…next weekend!

8-9 Registration & Coffee. Info & Vendor Fair Opens.

9-10am Concurrent Class Session 1
EMMA: EASY BRASSICAS & COOL WEATHER GREENS
DANA & LEIGH: EDIBLE LANDSCAPES
MARY: CANNING & PRESERVING
PATRICE: WINTER HARVEST
CHEF LEWIS: COOKING IN SEASON
 
 1030-1130am Concurrent Class Session 2
MARIAH & IRA: BACKYARD CHICKENS
JANE: COMPOSTING FOR BETTER SOILS
KARYN: EASY HERBS TO GROW AND COOK
TIFFANY: BUDGET BEGINNER ORGANIC GARDENS
CHEF TUESDAY: COOKING IN SEASON

1130-130p Lunch Break/ Vendor Fair/ Interest Group Roundtables/ FREE Community Seed Swap by Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition. 

11:30-12:30 Sponsored Tasting: Lean Green Gourmet. Visit their table in the Information & Vendor Fair

12:30-1:30 Sponsored Tasting: Greenhouse Grille Visit their table in the Information & Vendor Fair

12:00-1:00 Interest Roundtables: Community conversations, totally casual. Meet up with other folks who share your interests and share information.
•Lexicon of Food: What do the terms organic, local, locavore really mean? Farmer James Maginot of Beyond Organics Farm will moderate this discussion on the terminology of the food movement.
•Urban Gardening: Peter Nierengarten, Director of Sustainability and Strategic Planning for the City of
Fayetteville will moderate this conversation on the particular challenges and opportunities of growing within cities.
•Find Your Food: Local Markets, CSAs & More. Farmers Mariah and Ira of Summer Kitchen Farm will moderate this conversation on exploring options to eat more locally.

130-330p PUBLIC KEYNOTE PRESENATION: BRAD LANCASTER

Water-Harvesting Presentation: Turning Drains Into Sponges and Water Scarcity Into Water Abundance
This inspiring  presentation shares eight universal principles of water harvesting along with simple strategies that turn water scarcity into water abundance. They empower you to create integrated water-sustainable landscape plans at home and throughout your community. Rainwater harvesting is the process of capturing rain and making the most of it as close as possible to where it falls. You’ll see examples enhancing local food security, passively cooling cities in summer, reducing costs of living and energy consumption, controlling erosion, averting flooding, reviving dead waterways, minimizing water pollution, building community, creating celebration, and more.

3:30-4:00 Sponsored Tasting: Ozark Natural Foods Tasting table in the Information & Vendor Fair area (4th Floor).

400-500pm Concurrent Class Session 3
CELESTE: MAKING MEDICINALS WITH HERBS
CAT & LUCY: FERMENTED FOODS FOR BEGINNERS
LEIGH: BEGINNER BEEKEEPING
GUY: GROWING BACKYARD FRUIT
HERB: SEED SAVING (Followed by an “Advanced Seed Savers Exchange”  by Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition. See details here

Saturday Evening—FESTIVAL FILMS: Make A Difference Night Films start at 6:30 King Corn (90 min) , 8:10 Big River (27 min) 8:40 Homegrown Revolution (14 min) (Included in all Festival Passes, or $5 per film suggested donation)

See your bright and early and all day long!
Leigh, Charity and Cheri
Map, directions, parking info here: http://diginfestival.com/map_parking/
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