|Great sculpture of Green Man, the ancient gardener image.|
|Carlo Petrini, founder Slow Foods|
Each of the 3 days of the Expo I left for Santa Rosa at 6:30 a.m., drove for an hour in backed-up traffic (think 3 car lengths for every 5 minutes). I'd restock the booth with books and Nail Fungus Soak, then would be at the booth until 9:00 p.m. and head back to American Canyon where I was staying with friends, Eddie and Greg. That's a lot of time standing on concrete! By the end of it, my throat had given out from talking to customers all day, my feet hurt and I was ready for it to be over.
Some of the folks from Baker Creek Seed gave me a break so I could walk around for about 20 minutes and take some photos. That's all I got to see of the event. Here are some views for you. It was truly amazing, with about 14,000 people attending.
|View from my booth in one of the buildings.|
|Early in the day, plant markets on the right, more markets on the left.|
|The Fly by Night band.|
|Lots of music on every corner.|
|One tiny section of the rows and rows of school garden displays.|
|Kids of all ages found lots of activities aimed specifically at them.|
|Monsanto Man gets dunked was a popular attraction.|
|Kid pitching at Monsanto Man.|
|One tiny corner of the Great Hall. This is just a portion of the squash displays.|
|Heirloom watermelon tastings were popular.|
|Lots of shady picnic areas are scattered about the grounds, each with musicians playing.|
|Just a few of the hundred or so heirloom tomato varieties.|
Overall it was a fantastic Expo. I shouldn't have done it by myself, I won't try it again, but I'm glad I was there. I wish all of you could have been there, too!