A quick update on this week's National Heirloom Expo doings at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds:
California Guild was stand-out participant, with President Bob McFarland serving as speaker, moderator and featured panelist alongside the internationally acclaimed Dr. Vandana Shiva, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, and Mom's Across America's President Zen Honeycutt. Thousands of attendees walked by the California Guild booth, located across from the entrance to the exposition hall, and many wandered inside to learn more about us. Our volunteers did a good job of educating, and it seems we've added many new members in process -- maybe even some new chapters!
The big losers this week: GMO's, Monsanto and Syngenta et al, Round-Up and specifically glyphosate.
The big winners: heirloom varietal vegetables and fruits, organic farmers, and their advocates.
The biggest winner: whoever it was who grew the 1401 lb pumpkin that won first place among the giant pumpkins. Wow!
We can be proud to belong to an organization that figures so prominently in a national exposition based on our local values -- to "Be the community we want to live in." Thank you Bob and the volunteers of California Guild for representing our members admirably!
To borrow a blessing taught us by Vandana Shiva:
"May your seed be exhaustless."