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2012 Spring Planting Festival events and workshops

March 9, 2012

A Week of Activities to Celebrate and Green Your Life

2012 Spring Planting Festival events and workshops


2012 Spring Planting Festival

February 22, 2012

Our Fourth Annual Spring Planting Festival will take place from March 24 with our Opening Concert, Guitars and Beyond, and run until the Finale, April 1, featuring the ever popular Backyard Gardeners Expo.

The theme our 2012 Festival is “Greening Your Life,” and will focus on what each one can do on the scale of the individual, home and community to promote food security, a resilient, quality lifestyle and connection to the environment.

  • For the new gardener there will be hands-on workshops on getting a garden going, including building soil fertility with composting and vermiculture, exploring crop diversity, and learning about irrigation.
  • For the more experienced gardener there will be workshops on backyard beekeeping, rainwater harvesting, seed saving and permaculture design.
  • For those striving to experience the nurturing and healing forces of nature we offer workshops in herbal preparations, aromatherapy, extracting essential oils from native plants, and several artistic workshops and performances that explore the Sacred in nature.
  • For those who love to explore the delicacies of local foods we offer a workshop on cooking with native and local foods. In addition, five outstanding Sedona restaurants will feature a Spring Planting Festival locavore menu, with each weeknight featuring a different restaurant.
  • For those seeking to become better neighbors to the environment we call home, we have native plant walks and a presentation on how to develop an environment free of toxic chemicals.
  • For those who are interested in energy independence and advocating local food security and choice we have two forums, “Greening your Home” and Local Food: The Human Connection.

To explore all the events, workshops, and locavore menus and to register online, use this link to our calendar:

There are a wide variety of events to enjoy with your friends. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Spring Planting Festival!

Women’s High Desert Herb Walk

April 21, 2011

The Sedona Red Moon Mystery School presents the “Womens’ High Desert Herb Walk” led by herbalist, Feather Jones, on Saturday, April 23rd, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in West Sedona. We will be walking the desert, tasting the flavors and smelling the aromas of our local plant allies. This workshop is being offered in order to assist members of our community in reconnecting to the earth and rediscovering their roots. Under the guidance of Feather Jones, we will explore how we can bring herbs into our everyday lives as wild food and medicine. We will also focus on the aspects of the plants that have an influence on womens’ health and childrens’ wellness. Bring a camera, water and a notebook for this workshop and be prepared to enjoy the morning meeting your botanical neighbors.

To learn more about this event download a flier here.

2011 Spring Planting Festival

February 20, 2011

Gardens for Humanity presents the third annual Spring Planting Festival from March 12 to March 20. The Festival will present more than 25 activities: workshops, cultural events, food and garden expos, films, and panel discussions plus many opportunities for people of all ages to learn and work with plants and the earth during festival week.

Opening the 2011 Festival on Saturday March 12 at 7:00 pm is a concert, Rhythms of Spring Planting, at the Cottonwood Old Town Center for the Arts, evoking the traditional joy of the rebirth of the planting season.

"Gary Nabhan""Toby Hemenway"

On Sunday, March 13, two of the world’s leading visionaries of the local food andpermaculture movements, Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD and Toby Hemenway, will set the stage for the week’s activities. Their Keynote address, From Land to Mouth − Connecting People to Place, Taste and Story will take place at 7:00 pm at St. John Vianney Church in Sedona.

This unique and exciting evening brings Gary Nabhan and Toby Hemenway together for the very first time. They will present their latest thoughts on the state of our food supply, climate change and progress in new regenerative farming strategies, as well as approaches currently missing in our efforts to meet these challenges.  Local seedsman and educator Bill McDorman of Seeds Trust will host the evening and moderate a panel with Dr. Nabhan and Mr. Hemenway after both presentations. Attendees should come prepared to be surprised and inspired.

More information: Evening with Gary Nabhan and Toby Hemenway >

Download a Flyer > FromLandToMouthFlyerB.pdf

The final day of the Festival, Sunday, March 20 will be the Backyard Garden Expo. The Expo organizers, Verde Thumbs Garden Club of Cottonwood will bring together Master Gardeners and vendors demonstrating transplanting, composting, worm composting, starting seeds, thinning of new plants, companion planting, growing in containers, seed saving, organic pest control, and rainwater harvesting.

Spring Planting Festival Calendar of Events >

We invite you to the workshops and events of our 2011 Spring Planting Festival, including several especially for families and children. This is the third year of the Festival and we have expanded our horizons, changing from a local event to one with broad impact on the sustainability and local food movements.