This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to the Southeast Growing Local & Sustainable Conference in Reidsville, Georgia. Our Ladies Homestead Gathering group drove down on Friday morning and a few of us started the afternoon with a wine tour at Watermelon Creek Vineyard. They make really good muscadine wines and of course we got a few bottles to take back to our cabin!

There was a lovely potluck dinner to kick off the conference where the foods and drinks were all locally made or purchased. Wow, what a spread from some amazing cooks!!! Rosemary garlic rolls(me), goat cheese, marinated vegetables, venison meatballs, heirloom sweet potatoes, baby greens salad, blueberry cobbler(to die for!), elderberry wine, pomegranate wine, endless more veggie dishes! Totally yummy!

We watched a movie on GMO foods – “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives” A little bit frightning, I might add. When you see and here the facts about GMO foods, it kind of puts things more in perspective. So my goal is to be more aware of where my foods are coming from, right down to the seeds I plant in the garden.
If you want more info or to view the movie, not sure if it is in its entirety, click the following link:

Finally, we crashed at the cabin, late Friday night. Oh what a beautiful cabin! It was huge and slept 8 and it was in the middle of 150 acres. But….sigh…..only got to explore the land for a mere 30 minutes.

Up early Saturday, even exercised….still trying to keep up with “Mr. Shut Up and Train”. Huge breakfast at the conference, again awesome cooks in these parts!!! I assisted Cyndi with her class about The Ladies Homestead Gathering. Cyndi had this beautiful slide presentation that showed and explained all of the activities we do with our group like cooking, wood cutting, gardening, wildcrafting, herbal medicine, chicken butchering, you name it. Many wanted to have their own group of like-minded women to do all the same fun things so Cyndi told them, since our group has gone national, she will help them start their own! Yay, we are growing!

On to more classes! I took “Fun With Fungi” – learned about shiitake and oyster mushrooms. A class on making your own cooking oils with Clay Oliver of Oliver Farms. “Small Fruit Production” and “Green Home & Body Recipes” classes were the last two of the day. I will post what I learned from each class later.

But, a BIG thanks to Janisse Ray, well known author of The Seed Underground, and many more. Janisse made it all happen. You can find some of her books at the library or visit her farm page.
red earth farm

Have a great day everyone!!!

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