Sat, April 04

Sedona/Verde Valley Spring Planting Festival March 14-22

Celebrate spring and support development of agricultural sustainability by participating in the Sedona/Verde Valley Spring Planting Festival, March 14-22. The festival, organized by members of the Sedona Community Gardens/Farmers Market, will include a public forum, educational events for both children and adults, music concerts, and spiritual events, many of which are free of charge.

Music and dance events galore highlight the Spring Planting Festival, including concerts by The World Garden Orchestra (featuring William Eaton, Will Clipman and Claudia Tulip), New Age artist Snatam Kaur, and the Wilde Boys in Concert (featuring R. Carlos Nakai, Eaton, and Clipman), plus a Spring Equinox Universal Dance of Peace and dance party. A portion of proceeds from these and other fee-based events will support the Sedona Community Garden/Farmers Market Fund.

"The Sedona gardens group supports an agricultural renaissance in the Verde Valley," said Ruth Hartung, one of the group's founders. They coordinate a variety of events in private gardens, educational events, and opportunities for garden volunteers to work together in the dirt each month. This supports the return of "victory gardens," and the establishment of a Sedona Farmers Market, set to open in June 2009 to connect the community with local growers. "With the recession, and issues of sustainability and soil quality, it is more important than ever for us to have more control over our food supply," said Hartung.

The festival includes a free public forum on March 16th, including community leaders, such as Hopi Elder Jerry Honawa, to build support for farmers, growers and backyard gardens throughout the region. On March 20th, author David Crow will present "Replanting the Global Garden," a free photographic and olfactory pilgrimage around the world to places where cultivation of medicinal plants is preserving and regenerating eco-systems, alleviating poverty, providing grassroots healthcare, and preserving spiritual traditions. Also, 7 Centers Yoga Arts will host free yoga classes with an earth/plant-based theme, all beginning at 9 am: Vajrayogini Yoga from the Tibetan yogic tradition on March 18th, 5 Elements Yoga with aromatherapy on March 19, and Kundalini Yoga with live music on March 20.

Other events planned for the festival include free hands-on gardening workshops at West Sedona Elementary School, Crescent Moon Ranch, and Sedona Schnebly Community Garden, plus a donation-based Herb Walk, where participants will learn uses of local desert plants.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the Sedona Gardens website at

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