Chris Smith

Chelsea Green Publishing

Sow True Seed


Expert okra enthusiast Chris Smith writes regularly for Heirloom Gardener, as well as contributing blog posts to Mother Earth News and the Farmers’ Almanac. His presentations on the versatility of okra have delighted audiences at food and farming festivals and fairs throughout the Southeast. He is the executive director of The Utopian Seed Project, communications manager for Sow True Seed in Asheville, North Carolina, and serves on the boards of The People’s Seed and Slow Food Asheville. A native of the United Kingdom, Smith has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Manchester. His short stories have been published in Nashville Review, Mid-American Review, and The Manchester Review.

Chris will be speaking at the Maryland, Pennsylvania Fairs


Check It Out!

What I Learned from Growing 76 Varieties of Okra

Okra is an easy-to-grow annual with a whole lot of untapped potential. This workshop focuses on top tips for growing the plant, discussion of its multitude of varieties, and great and tasty reasons to include it in your garden and kitchen.
Organic Gardening

Available In:

Maryland, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage
Pennsylvania, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage

The Whole Okra, an Underdog Superfood!

This seed-to-stem celebration of okra explores the diverse traditional and creative uses of the whole plant. Learn about eating the plant's pods, leaves, flowers, and seeds, as well as using the fiber. Workshop highlights include okra flower gin, okra seed oil, okra microgreens, and a multitude of pod preparations that could forever change the way you look at okra (okra marshmallows, anyone?).
Real Foods

Available In:

Maryland, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Heirloom Gardener Stage
Pennsylvania, Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m., Real Food Stage
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