|Kris Mo - wristbanded and ready for rock.|
So what does this have to do with 'urban farming' and why am I writing about it on the blog? Well, I was surprised and delighted to find that the love of locally-produced, artisan cuisine and enthusiasm for growing food at home was prevalent at Bonnaroo! Gourmet food trucks came from across the country to showcase their signature dishes to thousands of fans, and we enjoyed incredible meals like vegan curry from Gastropod (Miami), and a quirky and delicious snack you have to taste to believe called a 'Petro'.
'The Academy' run by the festival offered free workshops all weekend on topics like sustainable gardening practices, composting, and growing food in containers, even showcasing examples of different garden styles and a mud-and-straw house. Awesome! Watching people mingle around the gardens, reading tags and touching the tomato leaves was really cool to see, and my heart nearly burst as I watched passers-by empty their (precious!) water from their reusable bottles onto the dry soil for the plants. It was in the mid-40's all week, and the heat took a toll on everyone, including the veggies!
Here's a glimpse at the gardens of Bonnaroo 2011:
|Teaching gardens at 'the Academy' - Bonnaroo 2011.|
|Demonstrating growing food in small spaces with repurposed containers. Sweet!|
|The Victory Garden surrounded a clay-covered straw bale house - a cool respite from the Tennessee heat!|