“Growing and Cooking the Year-Round Harvest”
Barbara has worked professionally in the field of horticulture since 1977. She writes, consults and lectures on gardening and farming and is co-owner, with her husband Eliot Coleman, of Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine. Barbara writes a weekly column in The Washington Post called “A Cook’s Garden.” She is also the author of “The Garden Primer” and “Theme Gardens” and her writing has been published extensively in national magazines.
“Achieving the Holy Grail - Epic Tomatoes from your Garden”
An avid gardener since 1981, he has been known as NC Tomatoman. Some know him as the fellow who named Cherokee Purple in 1990. To others, he is the author of the books “Epic Tomatoes” or “Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales,” the co-host of “Tomatopalooza,” a co-leader of the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, or just the odd person with a garden where the driveway used to be. He is the tomato nut with a website, a blog, a newsletter (on occasion), and a huge tomato, pepper and eggplant collection.
“Designing Edible and Ornamental Small Space Gardens”
Bill Shores has been professionally involved in small-scale, intensive gardening and food production since 1993. He manages several urban residential spaces that function both as high yield food gardens and as lushly planted outdoor living and entertaining spaces. Several of these gardens
produce specialty crops for high end Chicago restaurants including the Rick Bayless restaurants, Topolobampo, Xoco, and Frontera Grill.