2013 Chef and Lecturer Schedule

Pat Crocker - Chef

River Song Herbals – Culinary Herbalist is the term Pat Crocker coined to describe her work, her expertise, her passion for food, and her love of herbs. A professional Home Economist (Ryerson Polytechnical University: BAA, Food, Nutrition, Consumer and Family Studies), Pat specializes in creative presentations with a particular focus on herbs and food and how each affect our health. - www.riversongherbals.com

Ric Orlando - Chef

A man with a colorful past, Ric’s cultural roots stem from the underground music and art scene from the late 1970s through 1980s in New York, New Haven, and Boston. Orlando gathered his passion for Global flavor eating cheap ethnic urban food while a “starving artist” and developed in his culinary experience at groundbreaking restaurants such as the Elm City Diner in New Haven, (the original) Harvest in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Wild Goose in Boston, Sugar Reef in Manhattan, and Yates Street and Justin’s in Albany. He has cooked in the kitchens widely of respected chefs Bob Kinkead, Jake Jabobus, and Emmett Fox. 2010 Food Network CHOPPED CHAMPION.

David Stern - Lecturer

Has farmed small fruits and vegetables at Rose Valley Farm for 35 years. His certified organic farm is between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. He has produced garlic for over 30 years and was a co-founder of the Garlic Seed Foundation in 1984. He has been the Director of the Foundation since its inception, and is a Board member of its parent organization, Friends of Garlic, Inc. For many years, he has researched, written about, lectured about, and eaten a lot of garlic. You can look for David at or nearby the Garlic Seed Foundation tent.

Tony Sarmiento
“Growing Garlic in Your Backyard”

Has grown garlic, tomatoes, and other vegetables in his backyard in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, for over 20 years. His hardneck garlic has won blue ribbons at the Maryland State Fair and Montgomery County Fair. He also has volunteered regularly at the Garlic Seed Foundation tent at HVGF. Since his backyard is so small, he keeps his day job as Executive Director of Senior Service America, a national nonprofit organization that provides jobs to older adults.

tsarmiento@ssa-i.org www.seniorserviceamerica.org


Bob Dunkel – Lecturer

For me the challenge has always been to find the balance between my family and work and my commitment to supporting sane policies that affect our communities. Moving to New York State in 1981 brought me into working with NOFA/NY and supporting the organic community. There I met David Stern and we found that one thing we had in common was garlic. The Garlic Seed Foundation was just starting up and I happily joined up to connect with this notorious group of stinkers! The first few issues of the press were out then and I began to send in letters and articles and by about 1985 I took over as editor. Many issues have come and gone since then.
I've been growing garlic for twenty years and I am trying to maintain a small collection of garlics that do well in the northeast. I have tried to level off at about 100 strains per year and no more than 10.000 row feet. I found that the quality suffered if I got too much bigger and my time became too compromised. I have even been planting a bit less quantity in order to work on quality while keeping the soil productive as well as chemically free.


Bob Yerina (left) grower, supreme braider and grand organizer of HVGF garlic Vendors with Skip Arthur of the Garlic Seed Foundation.
David Stern – Lecturer
David Stern

David Stern with his Rose Valley Farm Hands
Has farmed small fruits and vegetables at Rose Valley Farm for 35 years. His certified organic farm is between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. He has produced garlic for over 30 years and was a co-founder of the Garlic Seed Foundation in 1984. He has been the Director of the Foundation since its inception, and is a Board member of its parent organization, Friends of Garlic, Inc. For many years, he has researched, written about, lectured about, and eaten a lot of garlic. You can look for David at or nearby the Garlic Seed Foundation tent.

 

Crystal Stewart
Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Specialist

Areas of Interest
Small and Beginning Farms, Organic

Crops
Carrots, Garlic, Horseradish, Turnips

Background
Crystal Stewart has long been interested in commercial and consumer horticulture. She completed both her bachelor and master degrees at the University of Wisconsin. During her studies, she worked in the Department of Horticulture as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and as a Research Associate. After graduating, Crystal became a Regional Extension Educator with the South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension providing horticulture support. She joined Cornell Cooperative Extension in 2007 as the horticulture and agriculture educator in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Today, Crystal's areas of emphasis include organic horticulture, small and beginning farmers assistance, and basic farm business management.