Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable agriculture. The 12th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival, hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in partnership with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and Seed Savers Exchange celebrates Jefferson’s legacy in a fun, affordable, family-oriented, educational event promoting gardening, sustainability, local food, and the preservation of heritage plants.


The 2018 Heritage Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 22, at Monticello: on the historic West Lawn, in the vegetable garden, and in Jefferson’s Lower Grove. The venue provides a beautiful showcase for the restored gardens and features the wealth of Monticello’s programs in not just gardening, but also natural history, foodways, and the roles of the entire plantation community.


Learn about organic gardening, seed-saving, cheese-making and southern recipes. Explore Jefferson’s 1,000 foot long vegetable garden and ornamental mountaintop landscape. Taste hundreds of heirloom tomatoes, melons and peppers and savor local artisan jams, honey and chocolates. Learn new and period cooking techniques at chef demos, pet heritage breeds of animals with the kids, or revive your own kitchen garden at the 12th annual Old- Timey Seed Swap.

At the heart of the Heritage Harvest Festival are educational programs on seed-saving, botanical medicine, heirloom varieties, sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, edible landscaping, regional cookery, and other aspects of sustainable living. Interpretive tours of the restored Monticello garden, plus specialty tours on natural history and native plants, will take place every hour. Monticello will come alive with cooking programs highlighting the little mountain’s cross-cultural legacy.

The Heritage Harvest Festival is a grassroots, volunteer-oriented event with serious educational goals. The festival seeks to educate garden and culinary enthusiasts preserve heirloom plants and foodways, and celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s agricultural and epicurean legacy. We invite you to join us for a meaningful and fun day celebrating sustainable living and the good things that come from the earth.

  • 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902

Region: Monticello Area

No other home in the United States more accurately reflects the personality of its owner than Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home. Monticello is the only home in America recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. Guided tours of the house are offered daily throughout the year;... more