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HOMEGROWN Road Trip – Part 1. Petaluma Heirloom Seed Bank.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
The product of the Hands-on Sauerkraut workshop in The HOMEGROWN Village at Maker Faire Bay Area

The product of the "Hands-on Sauerkraut" workshop in The HOMEGROWN Village at Maker Faire Bay Area

Well, we took off after Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 with full minds and bellies and headed for reaches north. San Francisco itself offers so many incredible things, some of which were represented in The HOMEGROWN Village. Ritual Coffee Roasters are a super friendly group of coffee freaks who we hope will continue to expand their caffeinated reach. We so enjoyed the final presentation of the day from K. Ruby Blume. She reminded us that her tight-knit Oakland community of urban homesteaders is what makes the struggles with quirky weather and bureaucrats worth it.

One place that we didn’t get to visit, but that I wanted to mention here is Oakland’s People’s Grocery Health and Nutrition Demonstrators Program. It’s staggering how little cooking and once-called “home economics” skills are taught these days, and these folks are helping turn that around. Do you know of a program like this that teaches nutrition and cooking in your area schools and institutions? I’d love to hear about it!

After fueling up on the heavenly triple cream MT TAM cheese from Cowgirl Creamery – smeared on a sourdough bread that can only be found in these parts, our first stop was The Petaluma Heirloom Seed Bank in Petaluma. Whoa…seeds. More seeds than you can imagine. They’re planning a giant Heirloom Seed Exposition in September 2011, so stay tuned for more information on that. Baker Creek Heirloom Seed company took over this old bank building (har!) and designed it as a retail store / resource center / all-round shrine to growing.

There were whole rows of heirloom tomato varieties!

The folks that run the place were so hospitable and kind. They loaded up our already hefty seed haul with some other varieties to try: Purple plum radish, Mongogo Du Guatemala squash, Early White Vienna Kohrabi…amazing.

We’d like to share the love, so leave a comment about your favorite heirloom seeds and one of you will receive a goodie package in a few weeks. Some more photos here and on Flickr:

Next up: The northern California coast.