Wild America Nature Festival to feature talks on organic gardening

Date(s) - Sunday, Jul 30, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Panama Rocks Scenic Park


The Wild America Nature Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 30 at the grounds of Panama Rocks Scenic Park, 11 Rock Hill Rd., Panama.

Admission each day is $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 ages 6-12, and free for 5 and under.

The festival will feature a juried fine nature art and craft show and competition, a local food cook-off competition, classes, workshops, music and talks by well-known speakers and artists.

Speakers will include two nationally acclaimed authors.

Douglas Tallamy is professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where he has researched the relationship between insects and plants and how it impacts the diversity of animal communities. Tallamy won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer’s Association for his book, “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants (2007),” which has been among the top 4 best-selling books on Amazon in the Landscape category for the last 10 years. Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being. “You don’t have to save biodiversity for a living,” said Tallamy “but please consider saving it where you live.” At the Wild America Nature Festival, Dr. Tallamy will discuss the topic of his book and provide practical advice on how YOU can sustain native wildlife with native plants.

Orchardist and author Michael Phillips is the nation’s leading scholar advancing “organic’s final frontier” and uncovering how to effectively grow good fruit without harmful chemicals. His books include “The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist (1998),” “The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way (2012),” and “Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together (just released in 2017).” Phillips shows us that is possible to grow fruit without toxic chemicals using methods developed by modern scientific research and innovation. “Prospects for growing healthy fruit are excellent when you understand how Nature works, which also means the fruit we grow will be that much more flavorful” says Phillips. In addition to two public talks (Growing Healthy Fruit and Biological Alchemy – one each day), Phillips will teach four specialized workshops (Orchard Ecosystem, Tree Fruit Cultivars and Rootstock for Western New York, Taking on Pests Organically, and Holistic Disease Management – schedule TBA) at the festival that can help homesteaders and small diversified farmers get started growing holistically. ​​

See the schedule here.

The Wild America Nature Festival is hosted by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History and Panama Rocks Scenic Park with the involvement and collaboration of local and regional non-profit, government and environmental organizations.