Cashman Nursery’s 20th Annual Zucchini Festival

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 8:30 AM–6:00 PM

Zucchini Bucks

How they work: From July 27 through August 19, Cashman Nursery will give you one Zucchini Buck for every $10 you spend at our nursery.  Then, on August 20 during our Zucchini Festival, you can redeem them here for plants or any items in the store.


9:00 AM – “Easy Seed Saving Methods” by Cheryl Gough, Gardening Author, MA in Horticulture. Cheryl will present easy methods of saving seeds for with flowers and vegetables, whether it’s dry, pulpy, or whatever kind of fruits bear the seeds.

10:00 AM – “Controlling Voles and Richardsons Ground Squirrels” by Stephen Vantassel, Ph.D. and vertebrate-specialist for the Montana Department of Agriculture.

11:00 AM – “Cooking with Zucchini” by Scott Peterson, owner and chef at Storm Castle Café.

(See the “About our Zucchini Festival Presenters” section below for more information about each speaker.)


Start growing a BIG zucchini because great prizes will be given for the biggest! Plan to bring in a dish made from zucchini for the recipe contest.

All entries must be submitted by 11 AM!

  • Biggest Zucchini — Great prizes!
  • Best Food Dish made with Zucchini — More great prizes!
  • Best Decorated Zucchini — For children ages 4-14 — Kid’s prizes!


10:00 – 12:30 ART PROJECTS for all ages!

Past Zucchini Festival Photos

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About Our Zucchini Festival Presenters

Cheryl Moore-Gough

Cheryl Moore-Gough M.S. Plant Sciences is an accomplished author of several books including The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds, Montana Gardeners Companion and Rocky Mountain Vegetable Gardening Guide. Her articles have been published in many horticultural magazines, including Fine Gardening, Rocky Mountain Gardening (formerly Zone 4), and American Nurseryman. Retiring as the Montana State Extension Horticulture Specialist, she is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at MSU. Cheryl speaks throughout the west on a wide variety of yard and garden topics, including seed saving, vegetable production, and many more seasonally appropriate subjects

Stephen M. Vantassel

Stephen M. Vantassel has held the position of Vertebrate Pest Specialist for the Montana Department of Agriculture since May 2015. He has over 20 years of experience in the wildlife control industry in private, academic, and government roles. He founded and ran Wildlife Removal Service, Inc. (sold in 1998) and was the Program Coordinator for the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management ( at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2004-2014). He has published scores of articles and several books on various aspects of wildlife damage management, including The Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd ed. and has been a leader in training others in the technical elements of wildlife control.

Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson is an accomplished chef in the Gallatin Valley. After graduating from the New England Culinary Institute, interning at L’Essential in France and establishments in New York and San Diego, Scott returned home to Montana where he continued to hone his skills. In fact, he was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York. Because family is as important to Scott as cooking, he decided to start his own catering business with his wife, Nicole. Castle Rock Café in the Gallatin Canyon was so successful that they outgrew that original café within 2 years and moved to Bozeman opening the Storm Castle Café. Scott credits the support of his loyal customers, his employees and his family for his success.