Harvest Festival—October 10, 2020

Free

  • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • LGVC open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Event at Heritage Farm

Soup cook-off, pumpkin carving, garlic tasting, cider pressing and more: it’s time for Harvest Festival at Heritage Farm. Vote for your favorite soup, attend a workshop, take a hayride, and make your very own corn husk doll. This family-friendly event is one of our favorites.

  • 12:00-4:00 pm - Ongoing events, including soup cook-off, apple pressing, garlic tasting, pumpkin carving, face painting, kids activities, and hayrides.
  • 12:00 pm - Orchard Hike with Lindsay Lee
  • 1:00 pm - Seed Processing Demo with Cody Egan and Rochelle Wiedenhoeft
  • 2:00 pm - Squash Presentation with Steffen Mirsky
  • 3:00 pm - Recreating Classic Recipes: A Cooking Demo and Tasting with Norah Hummel
  • 4:00 pm - Soup Cook-Off Winner Announced

Heritage Farm is just outside Decorah, Iowa.

Why not make a weekend of your trip to Decorah?

  • Stay the night
  • Eat in town
  • If you have questions about this event, contact our customer service staff:

  • Send us a note
  • Call us at 563-382-5990
  • Workshop Presenters

    Lindsay Lee

    Lindsay Lee

    SSE Orchard Manager

    Lindsay describes himself as an “old-school nurseryman”. He has logged over 45 years in the ornamental horticulture trades, with 30 of those running Willowglen, a seed-to-sale perennial plant nursery near Decorah, Iowa. Lindsay served as the grafting team leader in 1989 when SSE collected the first trees for its Heritage Orchard. “I believe the knowledge and skill of grafting has been eroding among gardeners,” says Lee. “It is my goal to rectify this by teaching gardeners to graft and share their favorite fruits.”

    Cody Egan

    Cody Egan

    SSE Catalog Field Coordinator

    Cody oversees catalog seed production at SSE. He has almost a decade of experience in organic agriculture, with the lionshare in diversified vegetable crop production. He loves the ability seeds have to reconnect us to a specific time and place; a certain soil and season during which that seed, and the memories associated with it, were grown.

    Rochelle Wiedenhoeft

    Rochelle Wiedenhoeft

    SSE Collection Field Coordinator

    Rochelle manages Collection seed regenerations at SSE. She studied Biology and Ethnobotany at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and has a background in sustainable agriculture. She loves working with and learning from seeds, especially when seed processing and cleaning.

    Steffen Mirsky

    Steffen Mirsky

    SSE Evaluation and Trials Manager

    Since Steffen joined the team in 2011, he has helped document about 6,000 varieties of fruits and vegetables from the Seed Savers Exchange collection. He also manages the Citizen Science Corps, where participants from around the country trial varieties from the collection and send feedback on their performance. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steffen got his feet wet in agriculture through the WWOOF program and has a passion for the natural world and sustainable food systems.

    Norah Hummel

    Norah Hummel

    SSE Seed Bank Manager

    Norah graduated from the University of Washington, obtaining a degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Norah’s interest in sustainable agriculture grew while co-managing the University of Washington’s urban farm. Since joining the SSE Heritage Farm team in 2016, Norah has contributed to the seed regeneration efforts and evaluation of hundreds of vegetable varieties. Today she manages the seed resources at Heritage Farm by prioritizing seed for regeneration and curating the collection’s 20,000 accessions. She also manages the RENEW program partnering with growers across the country to regenerate varieties from the collection. Norah is inspired by the Seed Savers Exchange mission to provide open access heirloom and historic varieties to the public.