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Gardening at the Emergency Preparedness Fair

We were asked to run the Gardening Booth at the Emergency Preparedness Fair for Knox County, Tennessee last September.  And I’m finally getting around to posting pictures and the video clips we took.

It was an amazing experience, getting to connect with people and talk about gardening and preparedness.  I didn’t get a chance to sit down until the last half hour.  And it was 4 or 5 hours long.  Both John and I were constantly talking to people, answering questions, and doing a bit of enlightening.  It also proved to me just how far removed our society in general is from the land, and real, healthy food.

I guess in a way that’s a good thing for John and me… because it means that there will likely be a need for us to continue teaching productive gardening and permaculture throughout our lives.  We long for the day when we’ll have our own farm/CSA, and we can not only grow good, healthy food for our local community, but we can also run hands-on workshops.  We’re determined to make it happen, somehow.  And hopefully soon!

Gardening isn’t likely to help in the short term, unless you’ve already been growing a garden and preserving your harvest.  If you haven’t been growing a garden, gardening preparedness won’t help you much in the short term.  Having a few supplies on hand is a good idea, for those short-term emergency situations.  But if it’s going to be a long-term thing, there’s nothing better than having  a few seeds in your cupboard and a bit of gardening knowledge.

Here are the handouts we created for our booth at the fair (downloadable PDF’s).

We’ll say the rest with the pictures.

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Going to set up the night before.


John cleaning the back wall so we could hang up the white background.

We wanted a slideshow.  A friend of ours got ahold of a projector and we put up a white background with our huge roll of paper that we purchased from a photography/videography supply company.  It’s come in handy more than we ever thought it would.  IMG_3098


Putting up the white background.




 The handouts.  (The PDF files for those are above.)IMG_3115




The panel discussion at the beginning.

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One thing that people were particularly interested in was my Stevia plant.  That probably got the most questions and was definitely got the most attention.  But we also talked to people about watering, improving soil, companion planting, high yielding crops, food preservation, seed sources, and a lot more.emergency preparedness fair 03

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It was great to see some kids there too! And even some of the kids had questions for us. :) It was great fun.

What fun!  And now that I finally have news up about this event… I need to get busy on the video and pictures from the Gardening Workshop we did today!

About Anni

Gardening for life, liberty, and happiness. I love running, hiking, being with my family, gardening, cooking (most especially the stuff we pick from our garden), and reading.

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2 Responses to Gardening at the Emergency Preparedness Fair

  1. Phillip March 27, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    I think one of the best things to be prepared is having seeds. Other people tell me that I can’t eat seeds in a crisis, but I think that whether or it’s a short-term or long-term problem, seeds are essential. And the most essential part is that you’re actually USING and growing things all the time. Pots on the windowsill in the winter, and as much of a garden as you can in the summer. It’s an all-around preparation kind of thing. Storing seeds brings it full circle, and having them is a constant reminder to people that the goal is to be self-sufficient.
    Thanks for the post. Emergency Preparedness fairs are a good way for the community to gather and teach each other. I’m glad you got to be a part of it.

    • Anni March 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

      I agree! We like having seeds around. We’re trying to figure out a better system for storing them and keeping them organized, but it’s always nice to have seeds. :)

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