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Biodynamics Takes Center Stage at the National Heirloom Expo Written by Lauren Limbert

Tomatoes every color of the rainbow!  Pumpkins that top the scales at over 1,000 pounds! Sculptural flowforms of living water! These are just some of the features at the 2nd Annual National Heirloom Exposition coming to Santa Rosa, California September 11th through 13th. 

We at Malibu Compost are excited to be collaborating with friends from Horns of Plenty, Demeter USA, and dozens of other organizations to bring Demeter’s Biodynamic Garden and Lounge to the center of the expo.  This cluster of biodynamic culture will provide expo-goers the chance to learn and explore the principles of holistic farming.  It will contain demonstration farm & garden installations, pop-up art show and photo exhibits, a classroom with a rolling program of speakers all day long, picnic tables, and yes, a genuinely comfy lounge area. 

Check out our garden installation entitled “Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants = Healthy People”, or hear our own David Perkins explaining “Building Beautiful Biodynamic Compost” Thursday at 12:15.  There are over 21 classes scheduled over the 3-day expo, which will cover topics from the basics of biodynamics to the science and art of flowforms to living with bees the biodynamic way. For a complete list of classes, visit demeter-usa.org/expo/.

Also be sure to check out our booth in the vendor hall alongside our friends from Horns of Plenty, Grow BD consulting, and Turtle Tree Seeds.  Check out our Facebook page to get a coupon for $3 off your purchase of a sleeve of Bu’s Brew Biodynamic Compost Tea Bags when you visit anytime during the expo (http://www.facebook.com/malibucompost).

Last year, over 10,000 people attended the Expo, which is now being called “the World’s Fair of the pure food movement”. With over 3,000 heirloom varietals on display (and available to sample!) it’s easy to see why. Tickets for the exposition are $10 per day or $25 for all three days of heirloom immersion.

For more information (including the entire schedule of happenings) and to reserve your tickets to this one-of-a-kind event, visit www.theheirloomexpo.com or www.demeter-usa.org.

Here are some excellent shots of the building process for the flowform that will be featured in Demeter’s Biodynamic Garden & Lounge


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