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Be bountiful

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TOMATO-TASTIC:  Tastings at Bountiful Arkansas Weekend
  • TOMATO-TASTIC: Tastings at Bountiful Arkansas Weekend
You don't have to be a farmer to enjoy Bountiful Arkansas Weekendcoming up at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. You just need to like food. The third annual event on Petit Jean Mountain celebrates our state's agricultural heritage with classes, demonstrations and lots of food. I went to last year's event and had a blast — especially at the tomato tasting, where dozens of varieties of heritage and new tomatoes were available to try. You might be surprised by the span of tomatoes — some small and sweet, some big and meaty, ranging from bright yellow to dark purple to red and green striped. This is also a great event to pick up seeds for next year's gardens. More to come about the event... and the press release is on the jump.

Bountiful Arkansas Weekend To Celebrate Local Foods

PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (June 29, 2010) - Although Winthrop Rockefeller
championed many areas of need during his 20 years in Arkansas, he focused
largely on agriculture - a cause to which he devoted himself for the
remainder of his life. His leadership and philanthropy brought agriculture
and education together in a common forum.

Keeping his legacy in mind, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will host the
third annual Bountiful Arkansas event Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July
17, on Petit Jean Mountain. The institute is situated on what was once part
of Governor Rockefeller's homestead and model cattle farm.

Bountiful Arkansas is designed to give the public an opportunity to
celebrate Arkansas' rich agricultural heritage by learning about and tasting
food grown in The Natural State. A variety of educational workshops, booths,
practical demonstrations, expert-led garden tours and tomato tastings are
planned. Horticulture workshops on beekeeping, rain gardens, green gardening,
grafting, and growing fruits and vegetables will be available throughout the
weekend. In addition, culinary classes for children and adults will focus on
cooking with seasonal fruits and garden-fresh vegetables. Other activities

o keynote addresses by Chris Olsen of Botanica Gardens in Little Rock and
Janet Carson of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service;
o food-related film screenings by the Hot Springs Documentary Film
o an art exhibit and sale featuring garden and agricultural art by Arkansas
artists; and
o an interactive kids' village featuring three areas - a farm, a market and
a school - as a way to teach children about the foods they eat.

Space is limited for the keynote sessions and workshops, so advance
registration is required for these activities and is recommended for the
tomato tastings. Register online at or by calling
501-727-5435. Local food will be served at the institute's River Rock Grill
during lunch and dinner, and overnight accommodations are available at the
Lodge and Conference Center. Call for room and meal reservations; check in
at the front desk.

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