Homestead is holding its first Book Event this weekend - Friday through Sunday - and here's the line-up of great books you'll be hearing about.

Friday, June 22

10:00 a.m. Marie Iannotti, author of Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables, The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden  will be speaking and signing her book.  Marie is the former owner of Yore Vegetables, an heirloom seedling nursery. She is a longtime master gardener and a former Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator, Master Gardener program coordinator, and a member of the Garden Writer's Association and The Garden Conservancy.

Marie's garden writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines nationwide, and she has been interviewed for Martha Stewart Radio, National Public Radio, and numerous articles. She is the former editor of The Mid-Hudson Gardener's Guide and writes about her own garden at Practically Gardening.

3:00 p.m. Enjoy a demonstration of homemade fireflies from Lorene Edwards Forkner's book Handmade Garden Projects. What's a handmade firefly?  Click here to see some - very cool!  Tomorrow I'll be posting photos of Lorene's garden in Seattle, which showcases lots more of her imaginative works.

5:00 p.m.  Author Jennifer Trainer Thompson will be speaking, signing, and offering tastes of her creations.  Jennifer wrote the Fresh Egg Cookbook and Hot Sauce.  Jennifer has been featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine and has written for Yankee, Travel & Leisure, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and other publications. Thompson is the chef/creator of Jump Up and Kiss Me, an all-natural line of spicy foods. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family and a flock of backyard chickens.

Saturday, June 23

11:00 a.m. Enjoy another talk with signing and tasting, this time by Maryland's own Lucie Snodgrass, Dishing up Maryland. Lucie is an award-winning author whose writing has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, and Vegetarian Times, where she was a regular columnist and contributing editor. She lives, writes, and cooks on her farm in northeastern Maryland.


3:00 p.m.  We hope you'll be inspired to go DIY when you see how easy it is to make a concrete tealight holder, just one of dozens of projects in Concrete Garden Projects by Malin Nilsson and Camilla Arvidsson.  The book offers up an inspiring array of creative projects that can be made for next to nothing. Follow the easy, step-by-step instructions to make containers of all sizes, benches and stools, ponds and birdbaths, pavers and stepping stones — and even a barbecue.

At pennies per pound, you can't beat concrete's price. And the molds for the projects (like bowls and baking pans) can often already be found in your house.  For elegant, individual, garden décor, don't spend a fortune, just mix and pour.

5:00 p.m. We'll be demonstrating another easy-and-fun garden-related project - hand printing on garden gloves, a project from Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials by Laura Bethmann.   The book gives simple step-by-step instructions coupled with beautiful photos make it easy and fun to learn the basic techniques. The author urges us to try making one-of-a-kind home furnishings, such as a clothes hamper printed with scallop shells, a footstool printed with cinnamon sticks, or a lampshade printed with willow leaves on bark paper. Or make one-of-a-kind wearables, like an apron printed with sage or a shirt printed with striking geometric shapes cut from maple leaves. There’s something here for every inventive crafter.


Sunday, June 24

9:30 a.m. Author talk by MK Wyle, a contributor to Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers’ Movement.  The Greenhorns are a community of more than 5000 young farmers and activists committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth. MK blogs about her agricultural and gastronomic adventures on her website here.  Here's a trailer for the book.

10:30 a.m
. Ruth Rogers Clausen, author of 50 Deer-Resistant Plants, the Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs and Shrubs that Deer Won't Eat, will be talking about these 50 - more, actually - plants that have stood the test of time against the herds.  Clausen has been awarded the prestigious Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association. She has also written for the American Garden guide series: Perennial Gardening with the New York Botanical Garden, Annual Gardening with the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Trees with the Chicago Botanic Garden. Her Dreamscaping was published by Hearst Books.

From 9:30 to 1:00 enjoy a demonstration from the book Lavender Lover's Handbook: The 100 Most Beautiful and Fragrant Varieties for Growing, Crafting, and Cooking.   We'll be showing off a lavender lemonade stand, with the recipe on hand for you to try at home.



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