Trade fair — old timey style

Next time I hear someone whine about all the cool stuff they wish they could do that only a big city offers, I’m gonna smack ’em. I’ve got a co-worker who just started working in Columbus but lives in Newnan. Because of the traffic, her 40-mile commute to her old job, in Atlanta, took her the same amount of time as her 71-mile commute does to Columbus now.

Then there are events like last week’s folk-art festival, the Doo-Nanny, in Seale, Ala. (Population: 4,600, give or take). No way, no how is that happening in a big city. So let those crazy city folk come to us.

Today’s example is the Seed Swap Festival in Crawford, Ga. (Population: 807). It’s a whole festival that started around the opportunity for farmers and growers to learn about preserving heirloom seeds and swap seeds. Oh, they’ve had to throw in a nod to modern festivals to lure in people, so there’s also live music and food. But this fest also has a farmers market. And “entertainment,” in this case, is a mule-plowing demonstration. Crawford’s a few miles east of Athens, so pile up the car and head out now, interested Columbusites. (We’ll give more notice next year. We found out about this late.)

The event is put on by the 300-acre, sustainable Grove Creek Farm, and it looks like a dangerous place for Jenn and me to venture.

Don’t think I’m completely down on cities. I’d love to be able to see Leonard Cohen without driving 100 miles, or have just one single decent brunch place within 30 miles. But events like the Seed Swap and the Doo-Nanny are proof that innovation doesn’t need a population mass to happen. In fact, neither could have ever really come to fruition in an urban environment.

Take that, ATL.

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