The people visited Monticello this weekend for the 6th annual Heritage Harvest Festival.

Historians, and locals, spend considerable energy asking WWJD what would Jefferson do? And Jefferson aids that pursuit by his writings in which he meticulously cataloged.
Jefferson had an avid interest in gardening and the variety of flora in the world.
Jefferson has been called the epicurean president, the first foodie. Peter Hatch has a good article here regarding Jefferson’s table.
So, this is Monticello, as classroom. But hey, the people are hungry.
The Monticello food court!

My unscientific Count crowned Carpe Donut king of the mountain. The line to Matt Rohdie’s trailer was 20 people deep. When was the doughnut invented? When did the doughnut also become the donut? Wikipedia can answer that..

What did Jefferson’s enslaved people eat? “Each week one slave might be given a peck of cornmeal, a half-pound of pork, and four salted fish.” The Monticello classroom has answers.

The Mar’s chocolate stand was very popular. Providing deep history on Theobroma cacao, the chocolate tree.
Their audience was the size of Carpe Donut’s, but rooted in place by free samples of Cocoa liquor, pure liquid chocolate extracted from the cocoa bean, including both cocoa butter and cocoa solids mixed with hot water. 18th and 19th C liquid crack…


q alba
I hope there is something symbiotic going on here. A silver lining to this opportunistic invasion for the oak tree. Some benefit. I assume something living emerges from these things? What?

There are hundreds of critters who call Quercus food. I arrived at Oak Grove after the banquet. Trying to figure who was at the table by the patterns of foliar destruction and what kind of poop is lying around. Then they are microscopic opportunists. Viruses, blights, bugs on bugs… Tooth and claw.

Arbor Day

Charlottesville schoolchildren measure the circumference of Quercus alba at Forest Hills Park.

CATS plaque
The Tree Stewards stressed that this tree is a survivor. Its life recently hasn’t been easy. It’s under professional care. Time will tell.

There is a saying about oaks, something to the effect of :
“They spend 100 years growing, 100 years thriving and 100 years dying.”
No telling how old these trees are. They were located on the woodland of the James Fife’s farm “Oak Lawn”. Thanks to the Fife folk for seeing beyond the timber value of these trees.

One of my few regrets in life is that I didn’t start planting trees earlier. Maybe these people will grow up without that regret.

Councilor Smith and TC chair Waters
Is there space for trees in Charlottesville? Do “ecosystem services” matter? These issues are under discussion by the Planning Commission and the City Council. Now there is a Tree Commission in the mix.