Idaho Botanical Garden Celebrates Fall Harvest


The rain cleared just in time for the Fall Harvest Festival at Idaho Botanical Garden over the weekend.
More than 5,000 people passed through the gates for a family friendly day of traditional fall activities, including picking and painting pumpkins, scarecrow sightseeing and conquering a corn maze. Several local musicians provided live entertainment.

"We're just trying to get people into the garden. It's such a gorgeous place," said Event Director Renee White.

Local farmers and food vendors offered a variety of products and foods to enjoy. The wine and beer garden was also supplied by a local brewery.

"Eat locally and get to know your farmers," said Jenny Easley, a co-founder of GMO Free Idaho.
Easley said her group was on hand to help inform the public that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are widespread in the public food supply. She explained that GMO products do not currently have to be labeled, and said her group is holding a rally next Sunday in Veteran's Memorial Park on the matter.

Meanwhile, the festival felt a world away from a factory farm, which is exactly what Easley intended as she echoed her mission for the event.

"Today was about celebrating Idaho's agricultural culture," she said.