The Highgrove Garden Festival took place in England last month. Among the presenters was Kansas City’s own Eco-troubadour, Stan Slaughter. Stan tells us all about this once in a lifetime adventure on this week’s program.
On April 15th a delivered a speech at Highgrove Gardens at the invitation of HRH Prince Charles. 130 friends and family donated over $10,000 to fund the trip for my wife and I. We’ve just returned from a ten-day Trip-of a-lifetime including two days at the Highgrove Gardens.
I’m a long- time environmental educator. As The Eco-Troubadour I’ve been funded for 25 years by the likes of Hallmark Foundation, Kansas City Power and Light, Kansas Gas Service, Missouri DNR, Kansas KDHE, MARC, and cities and agencies in the greater midwest. My specialty is Composting, healthy soil and healthy food. I’ve recorded 5 CD’s of environmental music that I use in the programs-mostly assemblies in schools but also festivals workshops, etc.
Prince Charles has a sustainability demonstration property that he bought in 1980. It is one of his personal residences and he personally gardens there. This year he decided to hold a festival to celebrate Highgrove Gardens- an incredible organic estate with formal gardens and wonderful food gardens. The funds raised go to his 20 international charities. His staff invited the highest profile garden-related experts in the U.K. The 25 presenters host 20 some BBC garden TV programs.
To speak on composting the staff chose me in October, 2015 and I received a hand-signed invitation from the Prince in early November.
We put the request on Go Fund Me and let our many friends know about the campaign. We surpassed our goal of $8,000 and eventually raised just over $10,000.
I am well known in the KC region and have visited almost all the elementary schools here at one time or another. I also taught at Lee’s Summit and Hickman Mills districts for 11 years.
My website is www.stanslaughter.com