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11 am - 12 pmFriday

Ferment the Garden Harvest

Dawn Story

Learn how easy it is to transform the garden harvest into nutritious and delicious fermented foods using the ancient...

Classroom 5
10 am - 12 pmFriday

Exploring Regional Heirloom Wheat – from Grain to Bread

Paula Marcoux

Join Paula Marcoux, food historian and cooking with fire expert, on an exploration of wheat – from grain to...

Woodland Pavilion
11 am - 12 pmFriday

Jefferson & Natural History Walk

Peggy Cornett

Thomas Jefferson’s passion for gardening arose from his truly wide-eyed curiosity about natural history and the “tranquil pursuits” of...

Fish Pond (Walkabout)
11 am - 12 pmFriday

Home-based Edible Oil Processing

Chris Smith

Chris Smith will teach you how to press your own oil from leftover seeds and gathered nuts and grow...

Classroom 6
11 am - 12 pmFriday

Smartphone Photography

Eleanor Gould

Explore Monticello’s landscape with Eleanor Gould, Curator of Gardens, and learn about exposure, composition, creative apps, and storytelling. This...

Vegetable Garden Pavilion (Walkabout)
11 am - 12 pmFriday

Saving Collard Seed: The Essential Act in Food Heritage

Tor Janson

Join Tor Janson as he discusses the Collards Project, a collaborative effort to renew the endangered cultural tradition of collard...

Classroom 7
12:15 pm - 12 amFriday

Book Signing: Paula Marcoux

Paula Marcoux

Join Paula Marcoux, author of Cooking with Fire for a book signing in The Shop at Monticello, located in...

The Shop at Monticello
Included with Admission
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

Tour and Seed Saving in the Monticello Flower Garden

Debbie Donley

Join Debbie Donley, Monticello’s flower gardener, for a hands-on seed-saving tour in Thomas Jefferson’s flower garden.  Learn to identify...

Fish Pond (Walkabout)
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

Grow Your Own Ginseng and Goldenseal

Jeanine Davis

Join Jeanine Davis to learn how to grow ginseng and goldenseal in your own woods or shade garden. This...

Woodland Pavilion
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden

Peter J. Hatch

Join Peter Hatch on a walking tour of the Monticello vegetable garden. Thomas Jefferson wrote that “the greatest service...

Vegetable Garden Pavilion (Walkabout tour)
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

Vinegar Making Basics

Gabriele Rausse

Vinegar was an integral ingredient in various Jefferson-family recipes. Join Gabriele Rausse, “the father of Virginia wine,” in learning...

Classroom 5
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

Tough Plants for Southern Gardens

Jason Powell

From Antique roses to heirloom shrubs, to cottage perennials and classical varieties of Fruit Plants; join Jason Powell in...

Classroom 6
12:30 - 1:30 pmFriday

From Seed to Garment: Cotton and Flax/Linen in Your Garden

Cindy Conner

Imagine growing your own clothes! Cindy Conner will lead you through what it would take to grow cotton and...

Classroom 7
1:45 - 2:15 pmFriday

Book Signing: Jeanine Davis

Jeanine Davis

Join Jeanine Davis, author of Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Other Woodland Medicinals, for a book signing in...

The Shop at Monticello
Included with Admission
1:45 - 2:15 pmFriday

Book Signing: Cindy Conner

Cindy Conner

Join Cindy Conner, author of Grow a Sustainable Diet and Seed Libraries: and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in...

The Shop at Monticello
Included with Admission
2 - 3 pmFriday

Tour and Seed Saving in the Monticello Vegetable Garden

Pat Brodowski

Pat Brodowski, gardener at Monticello, for a tour of the Monticello vegetable garden as she reviews specific methods for...

Vegetable Garden Pavilion (Walkabout)
2 - 3 pmFriday

The Foodscape Revolution

Brie Arthur

Working with public school systems and suburban developments, Brie Arthur is the changing the way green spaces are designed...

Classroom 5
2 - 3 pmFriday

Fall and Winter Veggies

Ken Bezilla

Gardens don’t have to end when frosts come in October. Expand your garden’s production, and feel happier about your...

Classroom 6
2 - 3 pmFriday

Thomas Jefferson’s Fruit Garden

Jessica Bryars

Enjoy an in-depth tour of Monticello’s South Orchard and Vineyards with Jessica Bryars, Monticello’s fruit gardener. Explore more than...

Fish Pond (Walkabout Tour)
2 - 3 pmFriday

Eggs-trodinary Eggs: The Tricks, Science, Secrets and Politics of Eggs

Pat Foreman

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Increasingly folks are keeping family flocks to have...

Woodland Pavilion
2 - 3 pmFriday

Putting By – Boiling Water Bath Canning

Dr. Leni Sorensen

For cooks and gardeners who want to put up the bounty of summer’s harvest this workshop will talk you...

Classroom 7
3:15 - 3:45 pmFriday

Book Signing: Pat Foreman

Pat Foreman

Join Pat Foremand, author of City Chicks: Keeping Microflocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers, and Local...

The Shop at Monticello
Included with Admission
3:15 - 3:45 pmFriday

Book Signing: Brie Arthur

Brie Arthur

Join Brie Arthur, author of The Foodscape Revolution, for a book signing in The Shop at Monticello, located in...

The Shop at Monticello
Included with Admission
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Cyder: Monticello’s Table Drink

Charlotte Shelton

Enjoy a hands-on demonstration of craft cider making using heirloom apples that Ursula Granger, supervisor of cider-making at Monticello,...

Woodland Pavilion
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms

Mark Jones

Learn how to grow several different types of mushrooms using low-tech, low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot.  Discussions...

Classroom 6
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden

Peter J. Hatch

Join Peter Hatch on a walking tour of the Monticello vegetable garden. Thomas Jefferson wrote that “the greatest service which...

Vegetable Garden Pavilion (Walkabout Tour)
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Truffle Workshop: Chocolates Inspired by Monticello

Tim Gearhart

Tim Gearhart of Gearharts Fine Chocolates will lead a Chocolate Truffle demo inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  Utilizing nuts...

Classroom 5
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Growing Sweet Potatoes from Start to Finish

Pam Dawling

Pam Dawling of Twin Oaks will demonstrate how to grow and plant your own sweet potato slips; grow healthy...

Classroom 7
3:30 - 4:30 pmFriday

Tour of the Mountain’s Native Plant Gardens

Julie Roller

Join Julie Roller, certified arborist and trail manager of the Saunders-Monticello Trail, for a relaxing tour of the Virginia...

Fish Pond (Walkabout)
4:45 - 5:15 pmFriday

Book Signing: Pam Dawling

Pam Dawling

Join Pam Dawling, author of Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres, for a book signing...

The Shop at Monticello
Included with Admission
9 am - 4 pmSaturday

11th Annual Old Timey Seed Swap

Rodger Winn, Pat Brodowski, Ira Wallace

Meet legendary and everyday seed savers at our annual Old Timey Seed Swap. Come share your seeds, your knowledge...

Seed Swap Tent
Included with Admission
10 am - 4 pmSaturday

Tasting Tent: Tomato, Pepper & Melon Tasting

Ira Wallace

Nothing says summer in the garden like a luscious, vine-ripened heirloom tomato. Stop by to taste dozens of varieties...

Tasting Tent
Included with Admission
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African-American Culinary History in the Old South

Michael W. Twitty

Michael Twitty is in tenacious pursuit of his family’s personal history.  Michael traces his genealogy from Africa and Europe...

Festival Tent
Included with Admission
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

The Chinese Kitchen Garden

Wendy Kiang-Spray

Thomas Jefferson’s garden was an Ellis Island of introduced plants. Jefferson wrote that “the greatest service which can be...

Garden Tent
Included with Admission
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

A Rich Spot of Earth – Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden

Peter J. Hatch

Were Thomas Jefferson to walk the grounds of Monticello today, he would no doubt feel fully at home in...

Harvest Tent
Included with Admission
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

Between the Farm and Table

JM Stock Provisions

Join James Lum, Matthew Greene, and Hunter Hopcroft, owners of JM Stock Provisions as they have a conversation with...

Heritage Tent
Included with Admission
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

Sushi at Home: Connecting Local Products with International Cuisine

Mark Crandall, Jason Voos

Join Wegman’s executive chef Jason Voos and sushi chef Mark Crandall as they explore the world of sushi and...

Chef Demo Tent
Included with Admission
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

The Early Spices of Appalachia.

Nathan Brand

Join Chef Nathan Brand as he explores some of the early spices of the Appalachia. Taste the key spices...

Monticello Historic Kitchen
Included with Admission
11:45 am - 12:15 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Michael Twitty

Michael W. Twitty

Join Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene, for a book signing in The Shop Tent on the West...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
11:45 am - 12:15 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Peter Hatch

Peter J. Hatch

Join Peter Hatch, author of “A Rich Spot of Earth” Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello and Fruits and...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
11:45 am - 12:15 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Wendy Kiang-Spray

Wendy Kiang-Spray

Join Wendy Kiang-Spray, author of The Chinese Cooking Garden, for a book signing in The Shop Tent on the...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
12 - 1 pmSaturday

The Four Season Garden

Ira Wallace

Ira Wallace, co-founder of the Heritage Harvest Festival and the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange will take you on an...

Festival Tent
Included with Admission
12 - 1 pmSaturday

Plant to Preserve

Barbara Pleasant

Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? Learn proven strategies for stocking...

Garden Tent
Included with Admission
12 - 1 pmSaturday

Defining Mid-Atlantic Cuisine

Jeremiah Langhorne

The term “New England cuisine” conjures up visions of clam chowder, lobster and clam bakes. “Lowcountry cuisine” evokes shrimp...

Heritage Tent
Included with Admission
12 - 1 pmSaturday

America: The Cookbook Panel

Gabrielle Langholtz, Scott Peacock, Kevin West

Gabrielle Langholtz will lead a panel of American cooks in a celebration of the remarkable diversity of American food...

Harvest Tent
Included with Admission
12 - 1 pmSaturday

Drinking History: Jefferson and Ginger Beer

Georgia Dunn

Join Georgia Dunn, the owner of the British West Indies Trading Company, and direct descendent of Thomas Harriott, the...

Chef Demo Tent
Included with Admission
12 pm - 12 amSaturday

Historic Cocktails

Kevin Masters

Join Kevin Masters,  the Food and Beverage Director of the AAA 4 Diamond Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, Tennessee...

Monticello Historic Kitchen
Included with Admission
1:15 - 1:45 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Ira Wallace

Ira Wallace

Join Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, for a book signing...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
1:15 - 1:45 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Gabrielle Langholtz

Gabrielle Langholtz

Join Gabrielle Langholtz, author of America: The Cookbook, for a book signing in The Shop Tent on the West...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
1:15 - 1:45 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Barbara Pleasant

Barbara Pleasant

Join Barbara Pleasant, author of The Complete Compost Gardening Guide and Starter Vegetable Gardens, for a book signing in...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
1:30 - 2:30 pmSaturday

Landscape Archaeology of Monticello

Fraser Neiman

Join Monticello archaeologist, Fraser Neiman, on a behind-the-scenes hike to explore the physical traces of Jefferson’s ornamental mountaintop landscape....

West Portico
Included with Admission
1:30 - 2:30 pmSaturday

3000 years of Appalachian Seed Saving

Bill Best

Bill Best maintains over 600 different varieties of heirloom bean seeds at his farm in the Knobs country of...

Garden Tent
Included with Admission
1:30 - 2:30 pmSaturday

Appalachia Perceived Through the Lens of Foodways

Ronni Lundy

Ronni Lundy’s extensive research for her latest book, Victuals, winner of the James Beard Foundation Book of the Year and Best Book,...

Heritage Tent
Included with Admission
1:30 - 2:30 pmSaturday

Importance of Seed Saving

Diane Ott Whealy

Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of the Seed Savers Exchange, will discuss how backyard gardeners can protect the genetic diversity...

Harvest Tent
Included with Admission
1:30 - 2:30 pmSaturday

Taste Heirloom Wheat: Biscuits

Scott Peacock, Kevin West

Join Scott Peacock as he leads an exploration into the wonderful world of heirloom wheat. Taking participants through processing...

Chef Demo Tent
Included with Admission
1:30 - 2:30 pmSaturday

Cooking with Chocolate

American Heritage Chocolate

Join MARS American Heritage Chocolate as they reveal the many ways to cook with chocolate. Come taste the variety...

Monticello Historic Kitchen
Included with Admission
1:30 - 2:30 pmSaturday

Food Waste: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Joy Crump, Corby Kummer

Can you imagine throwing 40 percent of all the groceries you buy in the trash before you even bring...

Festival Tent
Included with Admission
2:45 - 3:15 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Diane Ott Whealy

Diane Ott Whealy

Join Diane Ott Whealy, author of Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver, for a book signing in The Shop...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
2:45 - 3:15 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Bill Best

Bill Best

Join Bill Best, author of Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste; Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia, for a book signing in...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
2:45 - 3:15 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Ronni Lundy

Ronni Lundy

Join Ronni Lundy, author of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes, for a book signing in The Shop Tent...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
2:45 - 3:15 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Scott Peacock

Scott Peacock

Join Scott Peacock, author of The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Two Great American Cooks, and...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
2:45 - 3:15 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Kevin West

Kevin West

Join Kevin West, author of Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving, and contributor...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Dutch Farmhouse Cooking

William Woys Weaver

The foods and foodways of the Middle Atlantic States are now blossoming into one of the leading culinary trends...

Harvest Tent
Included with Admission
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Reviving Our Southern Family Heritage

Matthew Raiford

CheFarmer Matthew Raiford shares his stories behind the journey to revive his Southern legacy of farming. He will explore...

Heritage Tent
Included with Admission
3 - 4 pmSaturday

In Defense of Okra

Chris Smith

Okra is a misunderstood plant, often shunned for its “sliminess,” but this beautiful, productive, nutritious and tasty crop shouldn’t...

Garden Tent
Included with Admission
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Southern Fried Chicken

JM Stock Provisions

Join Chef Matthew Greene of JM Stock Provisions as he prepares the delicacy that is fried chicken. Using locally...

Chef Demo Tent
Included with Admission
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Race and Food in the South: A Conversation with Michael Twitty and Corby Kummer

Michael W. Twitty, Corby Kummer

Michael Twitty, culinary historian, historical-cooking teacher and author of the influential Africulinaria blog and of the new book The...

Festival Tent
Included with Admission
4:15 - 4:45 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Michael Twitty

Michael W. Twitty

Join Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene, for a book signing in The Shop Tent on the West...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
4:15 - 4:45 pmSaturday

Book Signing: William Woys Weaver

William Woys Weaver

Join William Woys Weaver, author of Pennsylvania Dutch Country Cooking, for a book signing in The Shop Tent on...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission