Saturday To-Do: Mountain Top Harvest @ Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

mountaintop tee_originalThis Saturday, visit the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute’s Heritage Farmstead and witness life on the farm as part of its first Mountaintop Harvest: Connecting the Past with the Present. Through demonstrations of traditional farming practices, the entire family can experience first-hand what it’s like to make apple butter over an open fire, press sorghum with a horse-drawn mill, churn butter, dig peanuts and turn them into peanut butter, pick cotton, and see a historical smokehouse in action. Master Naturalist Don Higgins will give an informal talk about the history of farming on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton, Arkansas.

At this Arkansas fall festival, you will find out why growing and harvesting your own food does not have to be a thing of the past. Dr. Brian Campbell of Conserving Arkansas’ Agricultural Heritage and the University of Central Arkansas, Herb Culver of Bean Mountain Farms, and Katy Elliot of the Arkansas Sustainability Network will teach a seed-saving workshop from 10 a.m. until noon.

Throughout the day at the fall harvest festival, the Petit Jean Extension Homemakers Club will sell homemade pies, and the Dill Pickers will provide musical entertainment. We hope you can join us for this fun, and educational, farmstead experience.

Advance registration is required for the seed-saving workshop. The cost of the workshop is $10. While there is no cost to attend the “History of Farming on Petit Jean” talk, seating is limited and advance registration is required.

For the Schedule of Events, visit http://www.uawri.org/pdf/Harvest%20Tentative%20Schedule.pdf. To register for the seed-saving workshop and/or the “History of Farming on Petit Jean” talk, visit http://www.prestoregister.com/cgi-bin/order.pl?ref=uawrc.net&fm=4.

For more information, contact Joanna Seibert at (501) 727-6281 or jseibert@uawri.org .

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