Long time… no post. Things have been so busy (in the best possible way) that I haven’t had a chance to update here as often as I would like. I update our Facebook page much more often, so if you aren’t following along there, you should!
In case you were wondering about what’s up, I am now going to squeeze several months of updates into one blog post…. hope you can keep up!
- The Kentucky Green Living Fair… on March 15 this year at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. We haven’t released the details yet, but we have so many great workshops scheduled so far (DIY aquaponics, growing ginger, backyard poultry, beekeeping, 3 years to food self-sufficiency, composting toilets… and much more!) and a line up of vendors that I could not be prouder of! We are also going to have live bluegrass/folk/Americana music all day, but we’ve somehow managed to still keep the cost super low—$5 for adults, 12 and under free. I so hope you will join us. And let me just send SO MUCH LOVE to our fair partners, Caught Wild Salmon, Rough Draft Farmstead, The Bluebird, Kentucky Soaps & Such, and Wilderness Road Guest Houses for helping make the magic happen, and our sponsors, Au Naturel Farm, Earthineer, Eat: Local Food For Everyone, and Somerset Community College.
- I am now contributing to the website of Hobby Farms Magazine! While I am happy to be writing for a national audience, I am even more excited that they are letting me write about the subject nearest to my heart: Beginning Farmers. My first article “The Beginning Farmers Guide to Self Sufficiency” is now up and my next one will be available to read mid-February. We must must must do something about the shortage of young farmers in this country, folks. It is a national crisis…
- If you didn’t catch the Winter Issue of Story Magazine, you should still be able to find it on newsstands. My article about beginning farmers in Kentucky (see a theme here?) is in it and features some gorgeous photos of our friends at Rough Draft Farmstead. Also, you can read my Summer 2013 article, “Kentucky’s Coffee Trail” online now.
- I have also been working on another event to follow up the fair… WILDFest will be dedicated to wild and fermented foods. In partnership with my friends at Cedar Creek Farm and Vineyards, we will be hosting some amazing speakers on April 19th—Sandor Katz, the fermentation king himself, and naturalist/storyteller Doug Elliot among many others. We’ve also got some great workshops lined up—forest medicinals, wild mushrooms, natural wine making, mead making, healing the gut through fermentation, and more. A limited number of tickets just went on sale, but you better grab yours now because they will sell out quickly.
- If you have ever wanted to know more about Sustainable Kentucky, today’s your chance! The kind people over at the Kentucky Project recently interviewed me as part of their series on obesity.
- I am speaking at the farm-to-fork dinner at the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival in May! Public speaking is a little stressful for me, but I am willing to do it when I can talk about what I am passionate about—local food and farmers. Hope you can join us… it would be great to see some familiar faces in the crowd!
Outside of Sustainable Kentucky, there are plenty of other good things going on in Kentucky:
- I LOVE MOUNTAINS DAY is Wednesday, February 12 in Frankfort. RSVP on Facebook and join Kentuckians for the Commonwealth to make a stand for good.
- My friend Rona Roberts is teaching a class on Food Writing in Lexington Feb-Mar of this year. Rona is an incredibly kind soul who has been immensely personally helpful to me as I have worked on this blog. If I lived in Lexington, I would already be signed up for this class!
- I’ve done some experimentation with a fall/winter garden and have found it so much more enjoyable than summer gardening because of the reduced pest pressure and temperatures. I’ve always known I could do better, and following along with Mother of a Hubbard and her winter garden in eastern Kentucky has confirmed that. This lady is incredible and I hope inspirational to farmers and home gardeners all over Kentucky. You can have fresh garden produce in winter!
- Jeff Poppen, the Barefoot Farmer, is speaking at Foxhollow Farm (outside of Louisville) on February 22nd! Sign up today… and don’t forget your dancin’ shoes for the square dance that follows.
- I have it on good authority that Sweetgrass Granola is bringing back a revamped version of their chocolate granola. To say that I am a devotee of this sorghum-sweetened granola would be an understatement. Keep your fingers crossed that it releases soon!
One last thing….
Would you like to see your sustainable farm or homestead featured on Sustainable Kentucky? We really want to open up the great platform that we’ve developed here to share more of your stories. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me a little about your and your farm (or even backyard garden). I may select you to be included in a future post!