First Annual Spring Planting Festival at the Rodale Institute!

This Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, the Rodale Institute will be having its first-ever spring planting festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It’s the perfect time of year to stock up on everything you need to get your garden growing, figure out how to get a perfect organic lawn, or pick up some organic compost.

I will be there all day Saturday, since Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen is sponsoring the organic Applegate Farms hotdog stand (dogs on the grill, of course!). Applegate Farms makes the best organic hotdogs ever, and at last year’s apple-picking festival, they were a huge hit.

I’ll also be speaking about my book, Organic Manifesto, at 1:00, and signing copies afterwards.

But that’s not all! At 11:00 on Saturday morning, there is a Q and A with Ethne Clarke and Doug Hall, editor-in-chief and senior editor, respectively, of Organic Gardening magazine. And at 3:00 Saturday, our very own Nickel Pincher from, Jean Nick, will hold a session on raising chickens in your backyard. She has a chicken farm called Happy Farms, and her chickens are delicious. (But just because you want chickens in your backyard doesn’t mean you have to eat them.)

There is also a container gardening workshop with April Johnson, who is really amazing, and has lots of tattoos.

And one more thing, there is a bargain barn filled with lots of stuff left over from spring cleaning.

It will be really fun, and it be held rain or shine (by now I’m used to weather of all sorts) because gardening happens no matter what the weather. And as one of my favorite new country songs by Luke Bryan goes, “Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey, whiskey makes my baby feel a little bit frisky! Rain is a good thing.” I don’t grow corn or drink whiskey or have a baby who drinks it, but it’s a catchy song!

Come on down to the farm! For more info, go to


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10 Responses to First Annual Spring Planting Festival at the Rodale Institute!

  1. Alexandria May 5, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    If I didn’t have to work, I would come out to this one. Oh, well. Can’t win them all. 😉

  2. Donna in Delaware May 5, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    If I wasn’t headed to New York on Saturday, I would come. Maybe next year.

  3. Laura May 5, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    You made me laugh. Must check out Luke Bryan. I hope he’s cute!

  4. Maya May 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Ditto, Laura! Looking forward to the festival!

  5. Julie May 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Love that song! The Spring Planting Festival sounds like a good time. What a great way to promote organics!

  6. liz carlson May 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Maria…I love your voice. I can totally hear you talking while reading this. I hope we’ll be able to make it to the farm this weekend.

  7. Rog.popaspepprsnatur;ly May 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    MARIA,now is the time.. I know u know that it takes 3 things for seeds to sprout(1)soil ,(2)moisture (3) sunshine. I believe that O G has stated u need to allow your seeds to bask in the sun before u plant! When the seed ‘s coat is tough to germinate put them in a jar of sand and shake them all about, or use an abrasive sand paper on the seed, do not forget the sunshine which activates sprouting. These measures are to have the seed to sprout faster. However, have any of you allowed your seeds to pass thru a magnetic field as you plant(do not let the seed touch metal or your hands)? I have had sprouting of sweet corn within three days..using magnets shorrtens the sprouting time.. try it.

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