SPA visits the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello!

Five of us here in the Student Planners Association (SPA) made the trip up to Mont Alto (the hilltop adjacent to Monticello) yesterday for this year’s Heritage Harvest Festival.  We had a blast!!

My personal highlights:

-the worm composting demonstration…..looked kind of gross at first, but it was AMAZING how quickly stuff in the worm bins (mostly fruit rinds, peels, etc)  decomposes into very rich compost that plants apparently go crazy for.

-a real, old-school blacksmith demonstration!

-the tomato tasting booth.  A couple of farmers had set up a booth where people could sample tons of diverse tomato varieties. They were delicious, and some varieties were at the peak of the season.

-the view from Mont Alto is spectacular.  You should check it out sometime….gorgeous, panoramic views of Albemarle County and Monticello.

We came back to Grounds with tons of new information about not only the local food scene in C-ville.  We may have also come back to Grounds a collective ten pounds heavier because of all the delicious food we ate up there.  The lineup of weekly or bi-weekly events (all focus on some aspect of local food in the Albemarle region) that S.P.A. is planning leading up to Thanksgiving is providing us with tons of inspiration, even though Thanksgiving seems kind of far off right now.  Keep checking back, we’ll put the schedule of events up here pretty soon!

-Emily Laetz

SARC ’10

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